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Science and Technology

Curriculum Overview

Science is a way of knowing which seeks to describe and explain the natural and physical world. An important part in building scientific and technological literacy is an understanding of the nature of science, which includes an understanding of the following: what scientists, engineers, and technologists do as individuals and as a community, how scientific knowledge is generated and validated. Science addresses what benefits, costs, and risks are involved in using this knowledge and how science interacts with technology, society, and the environment.  

The goals of the science and technology program is to relate science and technology to society and the environment. Science and technology is a subject in which students learn to consider both the knowledge and skills that will help them to understand and consider critically the impact of developments in science and technology on modern society and the environment.  

The science and technology curriculum is divided into four strands:

  • Understanding Life Systems: Growth and Changes in Animals
  • Understanding Structures and Mechanisms: Movement
  • Understanding Matter and Energy:  Properties of Liquids and Solids
  • Understanding Earth and Space Systems:  Air and Water in the Environment  

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Vocabulary

Review this list of vocabulary associated with the curriculum. Practice spelling, research definitions, and find these vocabulary words when engaging with the TVO resources or completing learning activities.

Students should understand and be able to apply these words in context.

  • Life Systems
    Growth and Changes in Animals
  • Structures and Mechanisms
    Movement
  • Matter and Energy
    Properties of Liquids and Solids
  • Earth and Space Systems
    Air and Water in the Environment

adaption 

body covering 

classify 

climate 

feather 

fur 

insect 

life cycle 

mammals 

migration 

prey 

predator 

reptile 

axle 

change 

drag 

drop 

friction 

machine 

mechanism 

movement 

object 

position 

pull 

pulley 

push 

ramp 

wheel 

clear 

hard 

granular 

greasy 

liquid 

opaque 

property 

runny 

solid 

characteristic 

cooling 

condensation 

evaporation 

fog 

gas 

liquid 

precipitation 

stage 

scarce 

solid 

vapour 

water cycle 

Resources for Learning

Chosen by TVO educators, these resources support the curriculum outlined above. Review the below list of options along with the activities. Then, read, watch, listen or play to build understanding and knowledge.

Complete the suggested activities using these resources and other TVO resources.

Suggested Activities

Complete these activities to consolidate learning across all curriculum strands.

  • Create your own song or dance about the Water Cycle.
  • Research an animal of your choice and investigate its basic needs, characteristics, behaviour and adaptations.
  • Research some ways in which animals can be harmful to humans.
  • Investigate the properties of liquids by comparing the rate at which different liquids flow.
  • Design, build and test a mechanism that includes one or more simple machines.
  • Research a device that moves people. What are the simple machines used in this device?
  • Design, build and test a structure that involves interactions between solids and liquids, for example an object that floats.
  • Assess your personal use of water in your home. Can you make a plan to reduce the amount of water used when possible?
  • Create your own definitions for 20 of the words in the vocabulary list.

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