Unit Plan: Field Study – Farm

Science / Grade 4

Big Ideas


  • All living things sense and respond to their environment.
Essential Questions

Students will keep considering…

  • How do living things sense and respond to their environment?
  • What does using my senses in nature look, sound, feel, taste and smell like?
  • How do my senses compare to the senses of other plants and animals?
  • How is sensing and responding related to interdependence within ecosystems?
Evaluative Criteria


Monitoring Progress

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

  • Class discussion
  • Group and pair discussions



  • Chicken Anatomy 101
  • Farm Animal Info Sheets
  • Farm Facts
  • Laminated Farm Animal Senses Info Cards



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. Create a plan of action to address a chosen (environmental) problem or issue (SS 4).

Unit Overview








Unit Overview

In the Farm Field Study students will use their sense of touch, hearing, smelling and seeing as they participate in this Farm Field study. Our goal is to sense and respond to our environment as we learn about the animals on the farm and as we learn about some of their sensational senses.  As you visit the animals, students will observe and interact with the animals while they learn about how the senses of these animals compare to our senses.





Unit Duration

2 hours


Related Big Ideas


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Big Ideas

The Big Ideas consist of generalizations and principles and the key concepts important in an area of learning. The Big Ideas represent what students will understand at the completion of the curriculum for their grade. They are intended to endure beyond a single grade and contribute to future understanding.

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Core Competencies

orangecommunicationCommunications Competency

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

bluethinkingThinking Competency

The knowledge, skills and processes we associate with intellectual development

greensocialSocial Competency

The set of abilities that relate to students’ identity in the world, both as individuals and as members of their community and society

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Curricular Competencies & Content

Curricular Competencies are the skills, strategies, and processes that students develop over time. They reflect the “Do” in the Know-Do-Understand model of curriculum. The Curricular Competencies are built on the thinking, communicating, and personal and social competencies relevant to disciplines that make up an area of learning.

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Additional Resources

First People's Principles of Learning

To read more about First People’s Principles of Learning, please click here.

For classroom resources, please visit the First Nations Education Steering Committee.