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Hands-On Science and Technology for Ontario, Grade 1

By Jennifer E. Lawson
Contributions by Kellie Ierullo & Jennifer Manitowabi
Categories: Education, Elementary, Science & Technology
Series: Hands-On Science and Technology for Ontario
Imprint: Portage & Main Press

Softcover, coil bound : 9781553797067, 329 pages, August 2017
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553799368, 329 pages, July 2020
Softcover, coil bound : 9781774920664, 328 pages, August 2023
Expected to ship: 2023-08-15

Table of contents

Introduction to Hands-On Science and Technology for Ontario, Grade 11

  • Introduction to Hands-On Science and Technology 2
  • Program Introduction 2
  • The Inquiry Approach to Science and Technology 2
  • 21st Century Teaching and Learning 3
  • The Goals of the Science and Technology Program 3
  • Hands-On Science and Technology Strands and Expectations 4
  • Hands-On Science and Technology Fundamental Concepts and Big Ideas 4
  • Hands-On Science and Technology Program Principles 5
  • Infusing Indigenous Perspectives 5
  • Cultural Connections 7
  • Land-Based Learning 7
  • Technology 7
  • Sustainability 7
  • Program Implementation 8
  • Program Resources 8
  • Classroom Environment 11
  • Planning Units—Timelines 12
  • Classroom Management 12
  • Classroom Safety 12
  • Scientific Inquiry Skills: Guidelines for Teachers 12
  • Observing 12
  • Questioning 13
  • Exploring 13
  • Classifying 13
  • Measuring 14
  • Communicating, Analyzing, and Interpreting 14
  • Predicting 15
  • Inferring 15
  • Inquiry Through Investigating and Experimenting 15
  • Inquiry Through Research 16
  • Online Considerations 17
  • Addressing Students’ Early Literacy Needs 17
  • Technological Problem Solving 17
  • Makerspace 18

The Hands-On Science and Technology Assessment Plan 20

  • Assessment for Learning 21
  • Assessment as Learning 21
  • Assessment of Learning 22
  • Performance Assessment 23
  • Portfolios 23
  • Evidence of Student Achievement Levels for Evaluation 24
  • Important Note to Teachers 24
  • References 25
  • Assessment Reproducibles 26
  • Achievement Chart for Science & Technology 41

Unit 1: Needs and Characteristics of Living Things 43

  • Introduction 44
  • Unit Overview 47
  • Curriculum Correlation 48
  • Resources for Students 50
  • Websites and Online Videos 52
  • 1 What Do We Know About Living Things? 54
  • 2 How Are Living and Nonliving Things Different? 59
  • 3 What Parts Make Up the Human Body? 64
  • 4 How Are Human Features Unique? 68
  • 5 What Is Inside the Human Body? 72
  • 6 What Do We Need to Eat to Stay Healthy? 77
  • 7 What Do We Know About Our Five Senses? 81
  • 8 Which Body Part Is Related to Each of the Five Senses? 87
  • 9 How Do Our Senses Protect Us, and How Can We Protect Our Senses? 90
  • 10 What Are the Needs of Living Things? 95
  • 11 How Do Animals Meet Their Needs in Their Local Environments? 99
  • 12 What Do Plants Need to Stay Alive and Healthy? 104
  • 13 How Do Plants and Animals Work Together in the Environment? 108
  • 14 How Do We Maintain a HealthyEnvironment for All Living Things? 112
  • 15 Which Jobs and Hobbies Involve Plants and Animals? 119
  • 16 Inquiry Project: What More Do We Want to Know About Plants or Animals? 123

Unit 2: Materials, Objects, and Everyday Structures 127

  • Introduction 128
  • Unit Overview 131
  • Curriculum Correlation 132
  • Resources for Students 133
  • Websites and Online Videos 134
  • 1 What Do We Know About Objects and Materials? 135
  • 2 How Can We Describe Objects and Materials? 140
  • 3 How Can We Sort Objects and Materials? 144
  • 4 Why Are Some Materials Better Than Others for Certain Jobs? 148
  • 5 How Can Different Materials Be Used to Construct Objects? 153
  • 6 How Do We Decide Which Materials Are Best to Do a Job? 157
  • 7 Why Is It Important to Choose the Right Material for the Job? 162
  • 8 What Kinds of Waste Do We Produce in the Classroom? 166
  • 9 How Can We Build Objects With Recycled Materials? 170
  • 10 What Can We Learn About Structures in the School? 174
  • 11 What Can We Learn About Natural Structures? 178
  • 12 Inquiry Project: How Can We Make a Model Playground? 181

Unit 3: Energy in Our Lives 185

  • Introduction 186
  • Unit Overview 189
  • Curriculum Correlation 190
  • Resources for Students 191
  • Websites and Online Videos 192
  • 1 What Do We Know About Energy? 194
  • 2 How Do We Know We Get Energy From the Sun? 199
  • 3 How Do Living Things Get Energy? 203
  • 4 What Are Some Everyday Uses of Energy? 208
  • 5 How Do We Use Energy Safely? 213
  • 6 What Happens When Energy Is Lost? 218
  • 7 How Can We Save Electricity? 221
  • 8 How Do We Use Energy Throughout the Seasons? 224
  • 9 Inquiry Project: How Can We Design and Build Devices That Use Energy? 228

Unit 4: Daily and Seasonal Changes 233

  • Introduction 234
  • Unit Overview 237
  • Curriculum Correlation 238
  • Resources for Students 239
  • Websites and Online Videos 241
  • 1 What Do We Already Know About Daily and Seasonal Changes? 243
  • 2 How Do We Put Events in a Sequence? 249
  • 3 Is There a Sequence to Our Daily Activities? 254
  • 4 What Are Some Differences Between Day and Night? 258
  • 5 What Are Our Weekly Routines? 264
  • 6 How Are the Months of the Year the Same and Different? 268
  • 7 How Do We Know the Sun Gives Us Heat? 273
  • 8 How Does the Size of Our Shadow Change Throughout the Day? 278
  • 9 How Does the Temperature Change Throughout the Day? 283
  • 10 How Do Seasonal Changes Affect Plants? 287
  • 11 What Is a Good Design for a Bird Feeder? 293
  • 12 Which Activities Do People Do During Different Seasons? 297
  • 13 Which Characteristics of Shelters Make Them Safe Throughout the Seasons? 301
  • 14 Inquiry Project: How Do Seasonal Changes Affect Animals? 305
  • References 309

Appendix: Image Banks 311
About the Contributors 322

Teach coding with confidence in grade 1 using lesson plans custom-written for Ontario's science and technology (2022) curriculum.

Description

Hands-On Science and Technology for Ontario, Grade 1 is an easy-to-use resource for teaching the five strands of the Ontario science and technology (2022) curriculum:

  • STEM Skills and Connections
  • Life Systems: Needs and Characteristics of Living Things
  • Matter and Energy: Energy in Our Lives
  • Structures and Mechanisms: Everyday Materials, Objects, and Structures
  • Earth and Space Systems: Daily and Seasonal Changes

Hands-On Science and Technology for Ontario, Grade 1 encourages students’ natural curiosity about science and the world around them as they participate in hands-on activities and explore their environment. Using the inquiry approach, this comprehensive resource

  • fosters students’ understanding of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) skills
  • makes coding and emerging technologies approachable for both teachers and students
  • emphasizes personalized learning using a four-part instructional process: activate, action, consolidate and debrief, enhance
  • relates science and technology to sustainability and our changing world, including society, the economy, and the environment
  • focuses on practical applications of the engineering design process as students work on solutions to real-life problems
  • builds understanding of Indigenous knowledge and perspectives specific to Ontario
  • explores contributions to science and technology by people with diverse lived experiences

Using proven Hands-On features, this book provides resources for both teachers and students including background information on the science topics; complete, easy-to-follow lesson plans; materials lists; and digital image banks and reproducibles (find download instructions in the Appendix of the book).
Innovative elements developed specifically for the Ontario curriculum include the following:

  • plugged and unplugged coding activities in nearly every lesson
  • land-based learning activities
  • opportunities for students to use guided research, hands-on inquiry, and the engineering design process
  • a fully developed assessment plan to guide assessment for, as, and of learning
  • ideas and prompts for STEM Makerspace projects