Resources for the New Elementary Science and Technology Curriculum

Science North is developing a series of new resources in support of the implementation of the new Ontario Elementary Science and Technology Curriculum. There are two sets of resources to support teachers, our lesson and webinars series and Indigenous Ways of Knowing videos.

Our lesson and webinar series is complete, and all resources can be viewed below. Each webinar includes two distinct lesson plans and a video recording working through the lessons, all of which are available to view at your leisure.

Our Indigenous Ways of Knowing videos are still being released. They are being developed in collaboration with Indigenous communities across Northern Ontario. We would like to thank all the indigenous communities and individuals who have taken the time to help in the creation of these videos. We thank you for your time, knowledge and understanding.

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INDIGENOUS WAYS OF KNOWING: TEACHER RESOURCE

Indigenous Ways of Knowing

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This video is specifically meant for teachers to use to gain more knowledge and understanding on how to incorporate Indigenous Ways of Knowing into their classroom in a respectful way. The PDF has lots of great resources for you to use in your classroom or to expand your knowledge.

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INDIGENOUS WAYS OF KNOWING: WATER WALKS

Indigenous Ways of Knowing

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This video is meant for students and teachers to learn more about Water Walks. Throughout the video you will learn about the importance of Water Walks, how they started, and the difference between Mother Earth Water Walkers and Junior Water Walkers. Check out the resources for more information on how to participate in the Junior Water Walkers.

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Note: Resources will be uploaded over the next month.

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INDIGENOUS WAYS OF KNOWING: ROBOTICS

Indigenous Ways of Knowing

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In this video, you meet Aaron Yazzie and members of the Wiikwemkoong High School Robotics Team 5672. Aaron Yazzie, member of the Navajo Nation, is a Mechanical Engineer for NASA in California. He helps design, build and develop Robotic systems that go into space and study our solar system. Members of the Wiikwemkoong High School Robotics Team, an all Anishinabe World Championship Robotics team from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, got the chance to meet Aaron and see the similarities between their work and Aaron’s work.

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CODING EFFICIENCY + INDIGENOUS MATERIALS

Grade 1

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This is the first of Science North's virtual webinars aimed to support teachers with the updated Ontario science curriculum. The first part of the webinar will explore an unplugged coding lesson focused on counting steps and efficiency. The second lesson will explore natural and modified materials and their traditional uses by Indigenous peoples.

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WATER SECURITY + ANIMAL MOVEMENT

Grade 2

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2e année

Science North's virtual webinars supporting the updated Ontario science curriculum continue with this two part session. First, teachers will learn about water treatment and the challenges faced by indigenous communities. This is followed by a lesson about the locomotion of animals that will get students moving. 

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CODING WITH MOVEMENT + SOIL EROSION

Grade 3

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3e année

In this third Science North virtual webinar, teachers will be guided through a coding and an earth science lesson that ties into the updated curriculum. The coding section uses a Micro:bit to identify different inputs and outputs related to movement while the earth science section uses a hands on activity to show how trees help prevent erosion.

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MACHINES and CAREERS + ROCKS and MINERALS

Grade 4

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4e année

The grade four Science North virtual webinar is not one to miss. In the first section, teachers will be introduced to four experiments related to different mechanisms and how they’re used in various careers. In the second section, teachers will be guided through the traditional use of rocks and minerals by Indigenous peoples to make art and jewellery.

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CODING IN HEALTH + STRENGTH OF PLANTS

Grade 5

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5e année

The fifth Science North virtual webinar for the updated science curriculum includes coding content with a focus on health, and a structures component with plants. The first part will use a Micro:bit to explore how technology can track vital signs while the second part uses three unique hands-on experiments to demonstrate the strength found in plants.

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BIODIVERSITY + MASS, WEIGHT & GRAVITY

Grade 6

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6e année

In Science North’s sixth virtual webinar supporting teachers with the updated Science Curriculum, learners will learn an active and engaging game to demonstrate biodiversity as well as experiments to support teaching mass, weight and gravity in the classroom. These activities are sure to be a hit with students and an excellent way to engage them in science.

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FORM and FUNCTION + AGRICULTURE PRACTICES

Grade 7

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7e année

Science North’s virtual webinars continue with this session catered to the grade 7 curriculum. In the first part of the webinar, teachers will look at how coding and technology are an important part of building safety into structures. From there, the second part compares monoculture and polyculture farming while also examining the Three Sisters planting method used in various Indigenous communities.

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MELTING GLACIERS + OIL SPILLS

Grade 8

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8e année

In this eighth and final virtual webinar developed by Science North, teachers will participate in activities built around Matter and Energy and Earth and Space Systems in the new science curriculum. In the first part of the webinar, teachers will examine how climate change has contributed to the melting of glaciers. In the second part, they will assess the environmental impact of fluid spills. In both scenarios, hands-on experiments will support students understanding of the underlying science concepts.

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