Grade 1 Characteristics of Living Things

Program Highlights

This grade 1 program provides students with a unique opportunity to explore the characteristics of living things through “hands-on, minds-on” experiences with live animals and real animal specimens.  Created specifically to meet curriculum outcomes in the grade 1 science unit on the needs and characteristics of living things, this program uses an object-based and skills-based approach to encourage students to develop their observation skills using all their senses.

Observe the webbed toes of a frog! Touch the shed skin of a snake! Through observation, touching, discussion, asking questions, and drawing, students will explore first-hand the characteristics of animals in Nova Scotia.

Curriculum Outcome Links

Science 1: Life Science

Outcome 2: Students will investigate needs and characteristics of living things, including humans.

  • Ask questions about the needs of living things.
  • Investigate different living things to determine their characteristics.
  • Compare, through explorations, the needs of different living things.

Recognize and explain that humans and other living things depend on their environment.

English Language Arts: Listening and Speaking

  • Demonstrate active listening habits (skills) in multiple cultural contexts
  • Ask and respond to questions to clarify information or gather further information
  • Express opinions and give simple explanations
  • Respond to and give simple directions or instructions

Program Length

80 min


  • 2 classes (50 students maximum)
  • 1 chaperone for every five students is required


The charge for this program is $3.55 per student which includes the tax. The teachers are admitted free of charge. One chaperone is admitted free for every five students (1:5 ratio).


The program begins with a puppet show featuring several of the animals that the students will meet at the Museum.

In small groups, students will visit live animal exhibits around the Museum, focusing on observing the characteristics of the animals through multiple senses. Each small group will then complete an in-depth observation of one animal (either live or specimen) and record their observations through drawing. Each observation point includes hands-on engagement with real museum specimens relating to each animal.

The whole group will reunite to share their observations and compare the characteristics of the animals, followed by an exploration time in which students can explore and examine the animals observed by the other groups.


Contact us for more information regarding availability.

Information and Reservations

To reserve your program, please call Liz Spence at 902 424-6512 or email