Activity Ideas: Daily and Seasonal Changes – Grade 1 – by the Ontario Science Centre

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?

Connections/Extensions:

  • 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.)?

Link to the complete resource

Other OSC elementary classroom resources 

Enzyme Activity Guided-Inquiry Lab Turnip Peroxidase – submitted by Flinn Scientific Canada

Peroxidase enzymes are widely distributed in plants and animals, including bacteria, to protect cells against the effects of oxidative stress and cell damage due to hydrogen peroxide. Peroxidases are easily extracted from turnips and other root vegetables and provide a model enzyme for studying enzyme activity—how the rate of an enzyme-catalyzed reaction depends on biotic and abiotic factors. Enzyme activity studies reflect enzyme structure and function and provide the foundation for understanding the mechanism or theory of enzyme action.

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Colour Mixing Gobstoppers – by Steve Spangler

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…

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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