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: Human Organ Systems
- Understanding Structures and Mechanisms: Forces acting on Structures and Mechanisms
- Understanding Matter and Energy: Properties of and Changes in Matter
- Understanding Earth and Space Systems: Conservation of Energy and Resources
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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.
Human Organ Systems
Structures and Mechanisms
Forces acting on Structures and Mechanisms
Matter and Energy
Properties of and Changes in Matter
Earth and Space Systems
Conservation of Energy and Resources
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.
Complete these activities to consolidate learning across all curriculum strands.
- Design and build a model to show how organs or parts of body systems in the human body work and interact with other components.
- Pick an exercise and investigate changes in the body system (like heart rate, breathing, body temperature) as a result of the exercise.
- Create a media product (video, brochure, presentation, poster) identifying the major systems in the human body describing their roles and interrelationships.
- Design, build, and test a frame structure that will stand the application of an external force. For example, a bridge or tower and a simulated strong wind from a blow dryer.
- Design, build and test a mechanical system that performs a function.
- Design, build, and test a device that transforms one form of energy into another. For example, create a toy that uses electrical energy from a battery or solar cell to move across the floor (kinetic energy) and make a noise (sound energy).
- Prepare a meal with adult supervision. What are the changes of matter that the substances are experiencing? What substances are being used?
- Conduct an energy audit of your home and create a plan for how your family could improve their energy conservation efforts.
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