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: Cells
- Understanding Structures and Mechanisms: Systems in Action
- Understanding Matter and Energy: Fluids
- Understanding Earth and Space Systems: Water Systems
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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.
Structures and Mechanisms
Systems in Action
Matter and Energy
Earth and Space Systems
block and tackle
mechanical advantage mechanism
wheel and axle
continental divide ecosystems
geological features glacier
polar ice caps precipitation
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.
- Write a point and counterpoint list using a graphic organizer (chart, table, etc.) about transit needs in your area.
- Edit a movie trailer using the concept of at-home DNA testing.
- Make a podcast discussing lab-grown meats.
- Design and create your own tinfoil boat, test it out in a sink and see what it can hold.
- Track your own water consumption over a week and record your observations.
- Make a poster that highlights the water emergency in Attawapiskat.
- Create your own definitions for 20 of the words in the vocabulary list.
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