TVO Learn is designed to meet each student where they are on their learning journey. Learning Activities are comprehensive and require guided instruction from an adult, while Resources for Learning, Apply the Learning prompts and Vocabulary lists work well to reinforce specific skills or to enable independent exploration of a subject. Use these helpful tips to get the most from TVO Learn.
How to Use These Resources
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. As well, what benefits, costs, and risks are involved in using this knowledge and how science interacts with technology, society, and the environment.
The science and technology curriculum is divided into four strands:
- Understanding Life Systems: Habitats and Communities
- Understanding Structures and Mechanisms: Pulleys and Gears
- Understanding Matter and Energy: Light and Sound
- Understanding Earth and Space Systems: Rocks and Minerals
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Learning Activities provide opportunity for deeper exploration of a subject. Organized by grade and topic (or strand), students should be guided through each Learning Activity by an adult. Before clicking on a topic to prepare for or begin this guided instruction, be sure to read these helpful tips about how to get the most out of TVO Learn.
Please note: To access the learning activities, visit this page with a computer or tablet.
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.
Apply the Learning
Choose from the following to consolidate learning across all curriculum strands.
Create a living habitat containing a community and record changes over time while practicing safe handling of materials. What factors do you need to consider when setting up your habitat (e.g., location for container; creating the right climate, light, and humidity)? What equipment and materials (e.g., a container of the correct size, appropriate plant material and/or animals) will you need to create a habitat that meets the needs of the community it supports? What did you learn from your initial observations about meeting the needs of living things? What modifications, based on your observations, need to be made to keep the habitat healthy?
Create a media product (poster, presentation, video) of an example of a food chain.
Design, build, and test a pulley or gear system that performs a specific task. For example, a flag post, elevator or drawbridge.
Research a pulley or gear system that is used in daily life and assess the impacts whether positive or negative. For example: escalator, elevator, cars. What is their purpose?
Create a song or short drama presentation for younger students that will alert them to the dangers of exposure to intense light and sound.
Make a list of objects that emit their own light in contrast with those that reflect light from other sources.
Research devices that use the properties of light and sound. For example, a microscope or microphone.
Create a poster about different igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and research how each is formed.
Investigate the impacts of extracting and refining rocks and minerals for human use. Take into account different perspectives. For example, the perspectives of mine owners, the families of the miners, Indigenous communities, the refinery workers, manufacturers of items who need the refined rocks and minerals to make their products, residents who live in communities located near refineries and manufacturing facilities and who are concerned about the environment.
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.
Habitats and Communities
Structures and Mechanisms
Pulleys and Gears
Matter and Energy
Light and Sound
Earth and Space Systems
Rocks and Minerals
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