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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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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