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Science and Technology

How to Use These Resources

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.

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. 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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Learning Activities

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.

  • 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.

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.

asthma 

appendicitis 

circulation 

circulatory 

digestion 

digestive 

epilepsy 

emphysema 

heart rate 

musculoskeletal 

nervous 

nutrients 

organs 

respiration

compression 

earthquake 

external force 

frame structure 

hurricane 

load 

mechanical system 

protective equipment 

system 

tension 

tornado 

torque 

tsunami 

vibrations 

absorption 

chemical change 

condensation 

environmental impact 

evaporation 

gas 

liquid 

mass 

material 

physical change 

precipitation 

properties 

reversible 

social impact 

solid 

solidification 

sublimation 

temperature 

thermometer 

volume 

chemical 

conservation 

electrical 

energy 

heat 

insulation 

kinetic energy 

light 

mechanical 

renewable 

solar energy 

sound energy 

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