Rock out Here or Roll on Somewhere Else? 

Understanding Earth and Space Systems: Rocks and Minerals

The students will be researching and discussing the costs and benefits of being the only source of the mineral tin left in the world. In order to prepare for this inquiry, the teacher needs to lay the groundwork on topics like how rocks are formed, and the properties of minerals. This inquiry will create an awareness for the various uses of rocks in minerals and how they are extracted and refined for human use. This unit fits with the Social Studies: B. People and Environments strand.

 

Healthier Habitats, Happier Humans

Understanding Life Systems: Habitats and Communities

In this inquiry activity, students will explore the importance of biodiversity and minimizing human impacts on natural systems.  Through student created models and investigations about habitats, ecosystems, and food webs, they will explore how biodiversity is essential for the success of a species and the ecosystem as a whole.  Communication skills will be developed through a presentations following investigations of Canadian habitats. They will identify an area of their local habitat to improve and create a design to test their ideas for habitat improvement.

 

Symphony of Light and Sound

Understanding Matter and Energy: Light and Sound
 
In this inquiry activity, students will explore some properties of light and sound.  Through student created models and investigations about how light and sound travel, inventions which use light and sound, and natural sources of light, they will explore how light and sound is used in modern day industries.  Communication skills will be developed through a poster showcasing an ancient invention which uses light or sound, soundscapes for picture books, and a guided reading of a First Nation legend.  They will showcase their learning by creating an invention which uses light or sound.

 

It's a Fixer-Upper

Understanding Structures and Mechanism: Pulleys and Gears

The students will be improving the design of an old house/mall/school/castle by designing and constructing a device that will allow accessibility from one floor to the other so that it fulfills the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and can be sold. In order to prepare for this inquiry, the teacher needs to lay the groundwork on topics like the pulley system and the gear system. This inquiry will create an appreciation for the applications of pulleys and gears in our everyday lives.