Every teacher knows that part of preparing today’s learners for a successful tomorrow is to teach using methods that engage learners and spark creativity and interest inside—and outside—the classroom.
The latest edition of Hands-On Science and Technology: An Inquiry Approach is designed to meet the changing needs of Ontario students and educators. It includes brand-new material to help educators equip today’s learners with 21st Century Competencies including critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity.
This resource includes many new features including authentic Indigenous content and an inquiry-based approach to learning which encourages students to learn through research. All of your favourite features from the previous version are still included.It comes packed with useful activities and projects to help you easily incorporate an inquiry-based approach in your classroom.
Keep reading to see some real examples from the textbook, and see how you can incorporate Indigenous-based learning in your classroom.
Using Hands-On Science and Technology in Your Classroom
Hands-On Science and Technology: An Inquiry Approach breaks down each unit with helpful steps and insights to help your class get the most out of each lesson. Let’s take a look at some examples in this new edition:
What Do We Know About Electrical Safety?
Students study the differences between static electricity and current electricity, and explore how we use electricity day-to-day with activities such as:
- creating a collage about electricity
- watching YouTube videos about how static electricity causes thunder
- using diagrams to show their knowledge
The overall goals from this section for your class are critical thinking, creativity, and communication. Have students complete a task that incorporates their creativity, communication, and critical thinking skills and encourages them to consolidate and internalize their learning. Have students:
- pretend they’re a famous pop star/rap singer/country vocalist/rock singer for a day.
- write a song or rap about electrical safety. Use a familiar tune from a current musical hit, one from a traditional song, or make up their own.
- practice their song or rap, then record the audio to share with the class!
Infusing Indigenous Perspectives
Hands-On Science and Technology is full of suggestions to incorporate Indigenous world views in your lessons. Here’s one example:
Exploring Indigenous Understandings of the Annual Cycle
Students study the change of seasons and how they relate to the Earth’s orbit around the sun.
In order to gain an Indigenous perspective on the relationship between the sun, moon, and seasons, consider inviting a local Elder or Métis Senator to share their knowledge with the class, and explore Indigenous stories about the seasons together, such as:
- Dene: Creation of Seasons
- Stories from the Seventh Fire: Winter/Spring and Stories from the Seventh Fire: Summer/Autumn
- “Spring Defeats Winter” in Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children by Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac.
Many activities in Hands-On Science and Technology incorporate land-based learning activities, such as:
Learning the Characteristics of the Planets in Our Solar System
As part of teaching students about the characteristics of our solar system, take the students to a large, open area outside. Have students bring their activity sheets from the classroom, and use a paper sun to take turns estimating how far they think the planets should be from the paper sun.
Have students place their planets on the ground in the correct order from the Sun according to their estimations, using the ground to show how close or far away they estimate each planet to be.
Start Using Hands-On Science & Technology in Your Classroom
One of the biggest benefits of the Hands-On Science and Technology curriculum is that you can modify these examples for your classroom, creating a learning experience tailored to the needs and learning styles of your students.
For more information on how you can use Hands-On Science & Technology in your classroom, find us at the Reading For The Love of It Conference in Toronto, ON, February 21st and 22nd.
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