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Creatures with Wings and Crawly Things (ENG/FR/SP)

from Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

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Bee, spider, grasshopper, caterpillar. One of these is not an insect. Do you know what characteristics of insects are? We'll explore different habitats including leaf litter, aquatic and grass fields to discover a variety of insects (and non-insects) and their adaptations. What's their connection to plants? With the help of Pierre, my Praying Mantis puppet, and the poetry of Douglas Florian, we'll discover the answers. Now in ENGLISH, FRENCH or SPANISH. Please note language preference in Comments section, if other than English.

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About This Program


By Request: $140.00
By Request Premium: $135.00

USD for American and other international schools
CAD for Canadian schools.
IMPORTANT: The price will increase to $135 on January 1, 2017. Book a program before that date and pay $130.

Lesson price is for groups of up to 35 students.
Invoices will be sent out at the end of the month that the program occurred.
If you are requesting a multi-point; we can negotiate the fee per site depending on the number of sites participating.


35 - 45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6Public Library: Library Patrons

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Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Minimum of 48 hours notice is required for all cancellations, excluding cancellations due to nature, i.e., school closed because of snow days.
No cancellation fee will be assessed if you reschedule within two months of the original program date.
If a program is cancelled with less than 48 hours notice, a cancellation fee ($60) will be charged.

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Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Royal Botanical Gardens is a living museum which serves local, regional and global communities while developing and promoting public understanding of the relationship between the plant world, humanity and the rest of nature.

Education at Royal Botanical Gardens encourages environmental stewardship by providing meaningful and diverse learning experiences that connect people with the wild and cultivated plant world. 
With over 12 years experience delivering engaging interactive videoconferencing programs, we offer topics that explore biodiversity, conservation, botany, plant ecology and the environment., Whether you are looking for an insect program; a program exploring wetlands, their functions and human impacts or you want to discover more about a delicious chocolate treat; we have a wide variety of plant-based programs to support and enhance your classroom needs or stimulate and entertain older adults. 
No matter where you are, your group can interact with our educators and scientists.

Karin Davidson-Taylor
905-527-1158 x249

Program Details


1. Students are welcome to present their pictures of insects.
2. This program begins with a poem - students will guess the insect featured.
3. With help of Pierre, praying mantis puppet, we will discover the characteristics of insects.
4. We will reinforce this with an action song.
5. We examine 3 different representative habitats and typical insects living there.
6. Participants will observe a variety of insects and predict what habitat they live in.
7. Time is allowed for questions and answers during the presentation or after it.


The participant will:
- demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of an insect compared to non-insects
- explore the relationship of adaptations to habitat
- develop an appreciation of poetry and puppetry as means of expression

Standards Alignment

National Standards

All grades:
A1: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry;
A2: Understanding about scientific inquiry;
E3: Understanding about science and technology;
G1: Science as a human endeavour.
NS.K-4.3: Life Science:
C1: Characteristics of animals;
C2: Life cycles of living things;
C3: Organisms and their environments;
NS.5-8.3: Life Science:
C1: Structure and function of living systems;
C2: Reproduction and heredity;
C4: Populations and ecosystems;
C5: Diversity and adaptations of organisms;

State Standards

Science - Living Systems
Grade 1: Needs and Characteristics of Living Things
Grade 2: Growth and Changes in Animals
Grade 4: Habitats and communities
Grade 6: Biodiversity
Grade 1: Needs of Animals and Plants
Grade 2: Small Crawling and Flying Animals
Grade 3: Animal Life Cycles