Purpose: To introduce students to making frames and then using those frames to create structures that serve a variety of purposes.
The first task is to teach students how to join two wooden pieces using glue, gussets (paper or thin cardboard triangles) and a template. This skill will serve them well for later applications such as soldering metals and sewing materials.
This module is part of a series produced by the Ontario Science Centre on getting your students learning in a play-based classroom featuring indoor and outdoor activities centred on the Earth and Space curriculum strand.
What it’s about:
- Students use materials provided to construct a shelter for a toy animal.
- Students test their shelter by blowing on it (like the Big Bad Wolf). Will it be able to withstand a strong wind?
- How would the characteristics of the shelter change with the seasons (e.g. shelter from strong sun,
waterproof shelter for rain, insulation from cold, etc.)?
- How do animals in Ontario adapt to changing seasons and colder weather (e.g. growing a thicker coat, migration, hibernation, storing food, etc.)?
Color Mixing Gobstoppers (Candy Science)
Gobstopper candies are known for their colors, but what would happen if they were dissolved in water?
Hard candies are known for their bright colors, delicious tastes, as well as having a ton of sugar. While munching on a handful of candy every once in a while can be a tasty treat, we like conducting experiments with them, too! We especially love Gobstoppers. They have layers of colors that, when they dissolve into water, do something very peculiar…
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.
Our science guy Steve Spangler in the studio today to teach us a little bit about carbonation, and of course get a little messy. Continue reading
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
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.