IT’S A MINECRAFT PARTY: USING MINECRAFT IN A SCIENCE CLASSROOM – by Jonathan So

This resource was created to demonstrate an effective use of integrating technology in a Science classroom. This particular resource is about using Minecraft in the classroom and implementing gaming as a fun and engaging way to consolidate science concepts. There is something for everyone in this resource no matter where you are in your learning journey: whether you are currently using technology in your classroom effectively, just beginning to use technology, or wanting to begin, this resource will assist you in your learning process. Continue reading

Bilingual Ontario Multimedia Curriculum Resources for Science & Technology Teachers

Teachers, Our Incredible World (www.incredibleworld.ca)  offers multimedia curriculum resources for the Science & Technology strand suitable for grades 4 to 11. All video series, lesson plans, games, newsletters/factsheets, career profiles, and other resources are designed with teachers, for teachers. They cover topics such as: habitats, ecosystems, biodiversity, species-at-risk, invasive species, and other related life sciences subjects. All videos can be viewed on the site.

Filmed in Ontario, each video series features 2 young people -Incredible World Investigators on assignment to interview scientists and discover firsthand why some species are at risk and what is being done about it. From tracking wolves in the boreal forest in the dead of winter, to converting a suburban lawn into a shared habitat for a multitude of species, including bats, the young investigators have fun, while taking their assignments seriously.

Each series is accompanied by lessons that tie the video story-line to the Ontario’s Science and Technology curriculum. The lessons provide a stimulating mix of science-based class discussions and activities and allow educators to integrate group work, skills-building exercises, research, experiments, art, graphing, data recording, critical thinking, and debating into their classrooms. They culminate with students creating a variety of assessment products including informational posters, graphic organizers, and project assessment reports.

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Puffy Paint in the Microwave | Science Experiments | Steve Spangler Science

This demonstration only uses a few kitchen items and requires very little set up and clean up time. It’s perfect for little scientist-artists who are always looking for new activities and wondering how they work.

Source: Puffy Paint in the Microwave | Science Experiments | Steve Spangler Science

Using a Wonder Wall to Support Classroom Inquiries – Kindergarten by Heather Olah

9461723 – eastern gray squirrel on a tree branch.

The Wonder Wall fosters a community of wonder in an inquiry-based classroom.  A prominent section of a classroom wall is devoted to the children’s questions.  All questions are respected by being displayed on the wall.  This helps children to feel safe as their wonders and theories emerge. Continue reading

Colour Changing Milk | Experiments | Steve Spangler Science

© Copyright 2013 Steve Spangler Science…Written by Steve Spangler

Experiment Materials

  • Milk (whole or 2%)
  • Dinner plate
  • Food colouring (red, yellow, green, blue)
  • Dish-washing soap (Dawn brand works well)
  • Cotton swabs

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Hibernation, Aestivation, and Migration

Birds migrating

Hibernation is when some animals go into a deep sleep to survive winter without food. Any mammal that remains inactive for many weeks with a body temperature lower than normal may be in hibernation.

Aestivation occurs when animals, such as snails, face hot, dry seasons when food and moisture are scarce. These animals will find themselves a safe place to sleep in order to survive high heat and lack of water in their environment.

Migration occurs among animals, such as birds, when they need to travel to a warmer place to find food. An example is the Canada goose.

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