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  • After the first couple of units in the grade 11 University Chemistry (SCH3U1), students have reviewed and gained a sufficient background to begin a field assignment. 

    Introduction and Collection of Prior Knowledge

    By allowing students the opportunity to...

  • Grade 9 Applied Science (SNC 1P), Electricity Unit

    Overview:  Students watch the teacher demonstrate the OJ powered clock.  The teacher guides students to wonder what they could change to make the clock work.  They do some brainstorming and then the next...

  • Grade Level/Course Code: Grade 10 Applied Science (SNC2P1)

    Strand(s) and Unit(s): Chemistry: Chemical Reactions and Their Practical Applications

    Overview: Students will investigate chemical reactions and their uses through a series...

  • Students will be creating a green screen report on Animals. They will work individually or in small groups (2-4) depending on student needs and technology availability. They will learn how to research using online tools available and library resources about the selected animal and...

  • Students used blogging as a way to guide their learning about ecosystems. As a class we brainstormed ecosystem issues while watching a documentary. Groups then used a series of blog prompts to design their own learning around specific concepts in relation to their chosen issue. 

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  • The approach begins with a “pop science” article geared towards teens. The information gathered is used to generate questions for further study, increasing student voice and gearing further investigations to their...

  • Teacher and students will participate in an inquiry designed to consider how reflective surfaces of windows might pose as a potential danger for birds. Students will have the opportunity to make observations through field work (community walks), as well as conduct research to learn about birds,...