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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Most students can identify the seasons but are not always aware of the characteristics of each season. They know that they must put on a coat in the winter and wear a hat in the summer but may not be able to recognize that plants, animals, and people adapt to the changing seasons in different ways.
Brainstorm with the class
- Help students recall the names of the four seasons and list them on the board.
- Discuss characteristics such as temperature, weather conditions, and how animals, plants, and humans respond to these changes.
- Show students the pictures of different nature scenes and have them categorize them according to which season might be pictured and why.
Written by Gordon Trites, a 2015 Galbraith winner from the University of Toronto.
Students will understand that using salt on roads and sidewalks in the winter makes transportation safer and easier for drivers and pedestrians.
Students will be able to
- Identify the four seasons in relation to temperature and time of year (calendar).
- Identify matter as being solid or liquid based on properties and characteristics.
- Read and record temperature using a thermometer.
- Develop and test a hypothesis.
- Compare the effects of different solids on ice/water.
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