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The earth supports a tremendous variety of flora and fauna. This biodiversity results from a unique combination of geographical factors including altitudes, water bodies, and climate, to name a few. Every life form requires a specific type of habitat to survive, and many life forms have remarkable adaptation skills.

Habitats are diverse, but together, they provide a complex web of interaction and interdependency that humans are only beginning to understand. The modern clash between urban expansion and delicate habitat systems is a subject familiar to students. By the end of this unit, students should be able to:

  • Offer a definition of a habitat
  • Describe the physical characteristics of a particular habitat
  • Relate climate to resulting flora and fauna of a habitat
  • Discuss what it means for a habitat to be in equilibrium and outline the factors that bring habitats out of equilibrium
  • Link the geographical and ecological relationships that exist between habitats
  • Consider the ways in which humans can protect habitats
  • Suggest practical solutions for protecting the environment

To address these objectives, students will embark on a learning project to study a world habitat in-depth. They will then role-play as scientists to present their findings..

Summative Assessment

Using French, students will act as scientists presenting their findings regarding habitats and climate change at an international conference for habitat study, predicting the future of their habitat, should current climatic trends continue.

Activity 1 Defining habitats
Définition: Les habitats Download Word version
Activity 2 Your neighborhood: Flora and fauna Votre quartier: La flore et la faune Download Word version
Activity 3 Your habitat’s physical geography La géographie physique de votre habitat Download Word version
Activity 4 Is your habitat balanced? Votre habitat est-il équilibré? Download Word version
Activity 5 Climactic changes Les changements climatiques Download Word version
Activity 6 The conference La conférence Download Word version

Teachers can use these activities as templates for personalizing materials for their students' own context. This project is intended to use a collaborative group process with time for individual reflection. These activities assume that students will communicate in the target language for both written and oral production.

Web and Literature Sources
Site interactif sur la nature:

Musée canadien de la nature:

Site de l’environnement canadien:

Site de l’Education au service de la Terre:

Site du Service canadien de la faune:

Information sur l’écologie:

Missouri Botanical Garden:

Habitat and adaptation:

Introduction to Habitat and Adaptation:

Enchanted Learning Website:

World Biomes Project:

Unités et Activités sur les Habitats et les Communautés (Canada):

National Geographic Society:

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