An Alternative to Lab Reports – Book Creator App – submitted by Sandra Gambarotto

Book Creator is an app with many applications.  This post describes the use of Book Creator as an alternative to writing formal lab reports. Here is a quick example example of what a lab report could look like on book creator. You could also do this on Google Slides… This strategy meets the needs of students with LD, and allows teachers and students to document conversations and observations that happen during a lab.

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Thanks for the cool idea Sandra

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Meet the #SinglePointRubric | Cult of Pedagogy – submitted by Sandra Gambarotto

The practice of using single point rubrics is slowly but surely catching on. Try one for yourself and let us see it! Lots of potential applications to tasks in your science class.

Source: Meet the #SinglePointRubric | Cult of Pedagogy

Thanks to Sandra for the submission

Exploring Biodiversity Through Inquiry

By Patt Olivieri

In this resource, Patt provides an excellent plan for the Grade 6 strand on biodiversity with a major focus on inquiry.

Overview:

The intention of the following learning experience is to share, facilitate, and develop an understanding of biodiversity through inquiry, related to the overall Science expectations, as well as some of the expectations in Language and Social Studies.  The process begins with critical questions related to students’ own lives and the impact they have on their local environment.  Continue reading

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

Nitrogen Cycle Game – submitted by Laura Wodlinger, YRDSB

Is your passport up to date? Travel the world as a Nitrogen compound going through the Nitrogen Cycle Game.

Teaching cycles of matter in grade 9 ecology can be boring and hard to visualize for students. This activity get students up and moving by pretending to be various nitrogen compounds moving through the nitrogen cycle.

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STEM Activities and Success in the Program for Gifted Learners – submitted by Chuck Cohen

 

at St. Brother Andre in the Ottawa Catholic School Board

  • As part of the OCSB’s deep learning initiative, learning opportunities in the Program for Gifted Learners (PGL) are planned with an eye to developing 6 Global Competency skills: collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, character and citizenship. These align with the skillset needed in the workforce for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, as outlined recently at the World Economic Forum.
  • The PGL classroom – comprising blended grades 4 to 6 – embraces a culture of innovation to engage the students in critical thinking, with opportunities for failure so that they are equipped to persevere in creatively solving complex real world problems of the future. There are 2 PGL classroom’s in the Ottawa Catholic School Board, each led by educators Deborah Quail-Blier and Jackie Mason.
  • Students arrive at their designated PGL site one day per week from their community schools. They look forward to collaborating with like minded peers to pursue meaningful and challenging studies.

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