KEEPING BIRDS SAFE INQUIRY – by Laura Collins (STAO Connex Inquiry Series)

Teacher and students will participate in an inquiry designed to consider how reflective surfaces of windows might pose as a potential danger for birds. Students will have the opportunity to make observations through field work (community walks), as well as conduct research to learn about birds, their habitat, basic needs and develop a solution and prototype to help protect birds from harm using the Design Thinking approach.

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Thanks Laura!!!!!!!!!!!!

How Much Fun Can We Make With Electricity? – by Otto Weavers

This is a  2 week low safety risk, high engagement, creative, design, build, inquiry-based  and presentation activity that involves  students  in developing a thorough understanding of current electricity and how to apply that to electrical circuits in a meaningful and fun way.

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Thanks for the ideas Otto!

I Notice, I Wonder – LEARN Strategy

The K20 Center examines I Notice, I Wonder, an instructional strategy that helps students create good questions from the information at hand by writing down what they notice and what they wonder about a new topic. Support active learning in your classroom with this series of videos on instructional strategies, their strengths, and their uses. Continue reading

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.)?

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Other OSC elementary classroom resources