Unit Plan: Field Study – Farm

Science / Grade 6

Big Ideas
  • Multi-cellular organisms rely on internal systems to survive, reproduce, and interact with their environment (Science 6).


  • Systems
  • Organism
  • Interdependence
  • Survival
  • Adaptation
  • Reproduction
  • Interactions
  • Environment
  • Stewardship
Essential Questions

Students will keep considering…

  • What is a living organism?
  • What do all organisms need for survival?
  • What adaptations help the organism survive in its environment?
  • What interactions do you observe –between organisms, and between the organism and environment?
  • How am I connected to the organism(s) I’ve experienced during field studies?
  • What does it mean to be a steward of the environment?
Evaluative Criteria
  • Play Yes/No/Depends, a game of ethics
  • Have a final debrief
Monitoring Progress

Teacher will monitor progress:
Teachers can monitor progress through ongoing formative assessment including but not limited to:

  • Walk and Talk
  • Mind-mapping
  • I notice-I wonder
  • It reminds me of…

How will teachers and their students reflect on and evaluate the completed project?

Teacher Reflection

  • What aspects of the field study went well?
  • What did students struggle with?
  • What did you struggle with?
  • What would you add/revise the next time you taught this field study?
  • What connections can I make back to my school learning community? (e.g. Examine human body systems. Compare and contrast with organisms investigated during ODS Program)

Unit Overview






Field Study – Farm 


Unit Overview

The Cheakamus Centre has a teaching farm, used to introduce students to a variety of animals used on a farm for food, products and pets. Students can study about the concept of Farm to Table, learn about sustainable food production and biology, including adaptation and reproductive systems. This Farm Field Study will focus Systems within a farm setting. We see many systems at play and are interested in some of these questions: how is the organism is a system; how do the animals interact; and how do we interact with animals?





Unit Duration

2 hours


Related Big Ideas


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Big Ideas

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Core Competencies

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The set of abilities that students use to impart and exchange information, experiences and ideas, to explore the world around them, and to understand and effectively engage in the use of digital media

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Curricular Competencies & Content

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Additional Resources

First People's Principles of Learning

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