Mixtures in real life: the food we eat to stay alive!
In the days when family studies was taught in our school, I left the food mixtures like this to that course. However, that option is now gone so this activity aims to help kids see the S&T of food. It also provides some great opportunities to do some critical non-fiction reading, thinking and writing for your language classes. By Otto Wevers.
The Disappearing Test tube
In this classic demonstration, you will illustrate the basic properties of light and how different object and materials interact with light energy. Perfect for your grade 4 learners. By Elizabeth So, Soteira Hortop and Sierra Frank.
The Science of Snowflakes
This inquiry investigation has students using a variety of different mediums (videos, children's literature, and educational websites) in order to make a connection to the three states of matter by looking at snowflakes and water's transition from solid, to liquid to gas. By Shantel Popp.
Mystery Objects : Structures, mechanisms and devices� oh my!
This series of activities helps link language literacy with scientific and technological literacy. Using ideas such as bluffer's panel, mystery object cubes and mystery containers, your students will be challenged to think "outside the box!". By Les Asselstine.
A Visit to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas - A Dream Come True
Over a year ago, I was on a NASA website researching an article when I came across information about the Science Exploration Educator's Conference (SEEC) held at Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston. Organizers were looking for people to give hands-on science workshops for educators at their Conference to be held this past February. This was right up my alley. I applied and was accepted. Learn about this excellent conference, and the people who attended. By Stan Taylor.
Marshmallow Catapults: Launching Your Way into Inquiry-Based Science!
Marshmallow Catapults investigates levers as a simple machine with a focus on their associated inputs, outputs, and components (load, effort, etc...). This was achieved through teacher-guided inquiry that incorporated a PEOE foldable. Students concentrated on properly executing a scientific experiment and applying their previous knowledge to learn the new intended material. For elementary or secondary learners. By Tegan Sitler.
This lesson focuses on how biotechnology is being used in our forests today. Using a timber-theft crime story and additional information, students will complete a profile to assist them in understanding how biotechnology techniques can be used. Through this role-play activity you and your class will see how biotechnology can be used as a tool to help maintain forest biodiversity. From Canada's Forests: All Things Big and Small, Volume Three: Biodiversity.
Edmodo - Digital Learning Platform as Online Course Binder?
While talking with a colleague about cool websites, I expressed my frustration over the need to create an online course "binder" of sorts. Edmodo was recommended. Our conversation ended with, "You will love it! I will send you a link!" Edmodo is a digital learning platform that takes very little in terms of expert know how. It also doesn't take much effort to get kids to sign up on it. Learn more about Edmodo. By Leila Knetsch.
The Evening Sky Map - Best Bargain In Town
o help find your way around the night sky, Skymaps.com makes available for free each month The Evening Sky Map. It is a 2-page monthly guide to the night skies of the northern and southern hemispheres. Each issue contains a detailed sky map, a monthly sky calendar, and a descriptive list of the best objects to see with binoculars, a telescope, or using just your eyes. By Stan Taylor.
The beauty of science is the element of discovery
The ability to ask questions and develop ways to seek the answers is an essential life skill. It allows students to build on prior knowledge and extend their learning. The Ontario Curriculum places great emphasis on this form of inquiry-based learning in the science and technology curriculum. It moves us away from the traditional method of teaching and allows us to challenge our students to ask questions and to make science relevant to their everyday lives. In this activity, students will explore the properties of sound through inquiry-based learning. By Miranda Lung.
Soap Boat Experiments
The particle theory of matter helps to explain the physical characteristics of matter. In this activity for grade 7, students will predict possible outcomes of an experiment and verify the predictions, plan and conduct a scientific experiment, and measure its results, and illustrate an example of surface tension, which is one aspect of the particle theory. By Kerstin May and Barbara Durocher.
STAO Hot Website: The Scale of the Universe
So, you think a T-Rex was big? Think again! Learn about the scale of objects in the universe and here on Earth, from the tiniest, almost microscopic beings, to the largest objects in the galaxy (and beyond)! By Shayla Gunter-Goldstein.
Putting Earth into Science: Activities for You!
What better way to reinforce the importance of Earth and its natural resources in science than to anchor scientific investi-gations for chemistry, physics, and biology, to rocks, minerals, and methods related to the extraction of the resource from the Earth? The activities that follow will highlight how Earth can be used as an anchoring theme in teaching middle school physics and secondary school chemistry. From: Groundwork, a publication of Mining Matters.
Life in the Universe
A lecture on "Life in the Universe" was presented by Professor John Percy, from the University of Toronto recently. This free public lecture was sponsored by the Durham District School Board (DDSB). Professor Percy has been a member of STAO for over 40 years. He is a former STAO Honorary President, and he continues to develop astronomy curriculum and resources, in partnership with STAO. Discover what this fascinating man had to say. By Stan Taylor.
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