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  • Grade 3 students were introduced to simple tools and design strategies before diving into a trans-disciplinary project (Science & Technology, Social Studies, Mathamatics, Language and The Arts). The culminating activity was to design and build a new landmark for a specific location in...

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    I taught the evolution unit in SBI 3U through a series of simulations and paper labs where students examined evidence for evolution.  The labs were:

    1.  Feeding Frenzy (self-generated)

    2.  Comparing Human and Chimp DNA (NSTA lab)

    3....

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    This lesson harnesses an untapped resource often overlooked in much of our science curriculum: student curiosity and the questions that they develop about the scientific world they live in.  To foster curiosity and question asking...

  • In this unit of study, students get to choose from a range of activities that will help guide them through an inquiry on Space. Focused heavily on space travel, this unit ask students to think about questions like:

    • 'how would life be different on Mars?'
    • 'what would it take...
  • This project started with a Bungee Barbie activity (this one was developed by Stephanie Minor, DSBN and translated into French by me). This activity was great, as it helped students develop skills in making predictions and measuring results of trials and making modifications based on those...

  • In this inquiry, students will be shown how to make ice cream.  They will, using scaffolded handouts from Smarter Science Canada, select one variable to modify to increase the amount of heat transfer that happens between the cream and the ice/salt mixture.  They will choose an...

  • Students are invited to form groups (2-3 students in a group) to devise a ‘cloaking’ device, based on the You tube video of Professor Howell and his graduate student Joseph Choi from University of Rochester in New York . Students are first brought to learn the rules for drawing light...

  • Students will dive into the SBI 4U course using the scenario of Maria's Travels as a way for students to make self generated connections to curriculum ideas through inquiry using the 3-Pocket method. The 3-Pocket method is used to initiate learning, sustain learning and allow for reflections to...