The UNESCO Global Geopark in Percé has launched in 2019 new educational workshops created specifically for primary and secondary school children. This is an hour of animation offered in class or at the Geopark that will allow young people to explore the functioning of planet Earth and the job of geologist.
Thanks to the support of the Research Council in Natural Sciences and Engineering, the Geopark's animation team moves and offers the activity at the cost of 50 $, regardless of the location of the school, in the RCMs of the Rocher-Percé, Côte-de-Gaspé and Avignon. Depending on the location beyond these limits, the price is to be discussed.
For more information or to book, contact Isabelle Cyr-Parent at this email address firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 418-616-4249.
The Earth and the life it supports
General description of the proposed activity
This interactive educational workshop aims to introduce elementary school children to earth sciences. The activity is divided into three parts: geology, paleontology and the internal structure of the Earth. Lasting 20 minutes, each workshop consists of a theoretical part, a practical activity and a feedback on learning. The level of difficulty and learning of this activity is adapted according to the first, second and third cycle of elementary school.
workshop geology : Planet Earth has been constantly evolving for nearly 5 billion years. How did we manage to understand its evolution?
In a fun way, the children are introduced to the principles and the tools at the base of the profession of geologist. As a team, students will observe a footprint in clay and make assumptions about what may have left this trace. They will have to characterize the shape (color, texture, etc.), record their observations, then deduce and validate their hypothesis.
workshop paleontology : Paleontology is a specialization of geology. Paleontologists are scientists who study fossils, traces and remnants of past life forms.
In addition to exploring what a fossil is and how it is formed, students will be introduced to the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network. They will learn more about the Tumbler Ridge Geopark. This Canadian geopark started with two young boys who discovered a trail of dinosaur footsteps while walking in the forest. Afterwards, children will be able to make their own fossils by casting a trace of dinosaur with plaster. They will be able to leave with their fossils at home.
workshop internal structure of the Earth : After being introduced to the work of geologists and paleontologists, children will be introduced to the functioning of planet Earth. The internal structure of the Earth is explained in a vulgarized way, the characteristics of the nucleus, the mantle and the earth's crust.
This explanation aims to make children aware of the dynamism of the earth's surface and of plate tectonics. Subsequently, a group game will consolidate learning about certain characteristics of the main parts of the Earth's internal structure.
An exceptional heritage of international significance
The activity proposed to 2 studentse high school begins with a presentation of the organization : Introduction to the concept of UNESCO Global Geopark and the UNESCO Global Geoparks mission, their worldwide distribution and the geological heritage of international scope of the UNESCO Global Geopark in Percé. Then, the activity continues with an overview of the types of geosites recognized internationally through our exceptional heritage, an interactive workshop and a quiz.
Geosite representing a landscape of exceptional beauty: Rocher Percé
The Rocher Percé is the icon of the Gaspé. The beauty of this limestone massif is known worldwide. A presentation of the history of tourism in Gaspésie will allow students to learn about part of the region's development and to explore the influence of geological heritage on it.
Cultural geosite: the interest of international researchers
The geology of Percé first attracted the attention of Sir William Logan, founder of the Geological Survey of Canada. Mr. Logan was the first director of the institution and he chose to do his first field of study in Percé. Subsequently, several geologists and paleontologists studied the rocks and fossils present in Percé, from 1843 to today.
5 geological periods represented on a territory of less than 40 km2: an unusual phenomenon
This characteristic of our landscape has been decisive for obtaining UNESCO accreditation, especially because at a glance it is possible to observe 200 millions of years of evolution. Images of the Percé landscape will be presented with the formation dates of the geological units. The geological calendar will be compared to the Gregorian calendar to properly evaluate time scales, but also the epistemology of natural sciences, the geologist's profession and the types of dating as well as the importance of fossils to estimate the date of formation of rocks .
Interactive workshop: the evolution of life
The main features of some geological periods are presented in disorder. Students team up to guess the chronological order of the arrival of particular events and life forms on Earth. After comparing the results, this evolution is presented in comparison with the Gregorian calendar. Students will try to guess the approximate age of the arrival of life forms before having the correct answer.
The return on learning will be in the form of a quiz. Teams will compete for a prize, such as a Tektonik exhibition pass.