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Big Ideas – Term Two

Living things have life cycles adapted to their environment.

Sample questions to support inquiry with students

    • Why are life cycles important?
    • How are the life cycles of local plants and animals similar and different?
    • How do offspring compare to their parents?
Students are expected to know the following:
  • metamorphic life cycles of different organisms: body structure changes (e.g., caterpillar to butterfly, mealworm transformation, tadpoles to frog)
  • non-metamorphic life cycles of different organisms: organism keeps same body structure through life but size changes (e.g., humans)
  • similarities and differences between offspring and parent
    • a kitten looks like cat and a puppy looks like dog but they do change as they grow; salmon change a great deal as they grow and need fresh and salt water environments to survive

First Peoples use of their knowledge of life cycles

  • stewardship: sustainably gathering plants and hunting/fishing in response to seasons and animal migration patterns (e.g., clam gardens, seasonal rounds, etc.)
  • sustainable fish hatchery programs run by local First Peoples


Big Ideas – Term One

Materials can be changed through physical and chemical processes

All matter is made of particles.

Key Questions 

  • Why would we want to change the physical properties of an object?
  • What are some natural processes that involve chemical and physical changes?
  • Why is matter known as the material of the universe?
  • How are matter and energy related?

Learning Standards

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