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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. 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:
    Biodiversity
  • Understanding Structures and Mechanisms:
    Flight
  • Understanding Matter and Energy:
    Electricity and Electrical Devices
  • Understanding Earth and Space Systems:
    Space

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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
    Biodiversity
  • Structures and Mechanisms
    Flight
  • Matter and Energy
    Electricity and Electrical Devices
  • Earth and Space Systems
    Space

biodiversity

classification

diversity

ecosystems

humans

impact

interrelationships

living things

planet

species

adaptation

aerodynamics

compress

drag

force

glide

lift

mass

propel

thrust

weight

attraction

battery

chemical

circuit

conductor

current

device

electricity

electrostatic

insulator

nuclear

solar panel

transform

wind turbine

asteroids

axis

comet

model

rotation

satellite

simulation

spacecraft

spectroscope

sundial

telescope

tilt

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.

  • Using a graphic organizer (table, chart. etc), to analyse a local biodiversity issue. Choose one below or think of your own local issue. Take different points of view into consideration and propose an action that can be taken to preserve biodiversity.
    • the effects of human activities on urban biodiversity
    • flooding of traditional Indigenous hunting and gathering areas as a result of dam construction
  • Investigate organisms found in a specific habitat and classify them according to a classification system. Use safety procedures when outdoors doing field work, for example stay with a partner and wash your hands after exploring a habitat.
  • Assess the benefits of the costs of aviation technology for society and the environment and take different perspectives into account (for example, farmers, airline workers, doctors, home owners, tour operators).
  • Design a flying device. If possible create your flying device and then test it out.
  • Assess opportunities for reducing electricity consumption at home or at school.
  • Assess the short and long term environmental effects of the different ways electricity is generated in Canada. For example, compare the following: nuclear, hydro, thermal, wind and/or solar.
  • Research the contributions of Canadians to the exploration and scientific understanding of space.
  • Design, build, and test a device for investigating the motions of different bodies of the solar system for example, a sundial or model of the earth’s rotation around the sun.

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