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Journey to the Subnivean Zone

Wild Kratts

Elementary, Middle


Using a combination of animation and live action, this highly entertaining program demonstrates a number of key adaptations that enable some well-known species to survive in the harsh conditions presented by Canadian winters. Attention is paid to how properties of snow create a comfortable home for many animals during the coldest months of the year. The program effectively reveals this often-unseen ecosystem and the important role subnivean creatures play in the survival of some of Canada’s iconic fur-bearing predators.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

While the animation may not be as well-received by older as compared to younger pupils, this video is an excellent companion to the study of habitats / ecosystems in Gr. 4 and Gr. 7 Science.  The video content provides a highly relevant example of the ecosystem concept and would serve as an excellent precursor to an outdoor winter activity such as the one described in Snow Characteristics.

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Themes Addressed

Ecosystems (3)

  • Appreciating the Natural World
  • Biodiversity
  • Interdependence