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
This activity was a problem-based learning project where students choose cases for context, determined the problem, researched and then shared or presented their learning to the class. Continue reading
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.)?
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Other OSC elementary classroom resources
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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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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Part 1: Research and plan
Students can research what type of plastic that they want to make (from corn, potato, milk, etc). Continue reading
With inquiry-based learning, middle school science students use experiments and discussion to stretch their thinking. Continue reading
By Patt Olivieri
In this resource, Patt provides an excellent plan for the Grade 6 strand on biodiversity with a major focus on inquiry.
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