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Living Things for Grades K-2

An Inquiry Approach

British Columbia Edition

By Jennifer E. Lawson
Other primary creator Rosalind Poon, Deidre Sagert, Melanie Nelson, Lisa Schwartz, and Hetxw’ms Gyetxw Brett D. Huson
Series: Hands-On Science for British Columbia
Imprint: Portage & Main Press

Categories: Education, Science & Technology
Softcover, coil bound : 9781553797555, 161 pages, April 2019
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553799627, 161 pages, June 2021


Living Things for Grades K–2 from Hands-On Science for British Columbia: An Inquiry Approach completely aligns with BC’s New Curriculum for science. Grounded in the Know-Do-Understand model, First Peoples knowledge and perspectives, and student-driven scientific inquiry, this custom-written resource:

  • emphasizes Core Competencies, so students engage in deeper and lifelong learning
  • develops Curricular Competencies as students explore science through hands-on activities
  • fosters a deep understanding of the Big Ideas in science

Using proven Hands-On features, Living Things for Grades K–2 contains information and materials for both teachers and students including: Curricular Competencies correlation charts; background information on the science topics; complete, easy-to-follow lesson plans; reproducible student materials; and materials lists.

Innovative new elements have been developed specifically for the new curriculum:

  • a multi-age approach
  • a five-part instructional process—Engage, Explore, Expand, Embed, Enhance
  • an emphasis on technology, sustainability, and personalized learning
  • a fully developed assessment plan for summative, formative, and student self-assessment
  • a focus on real-life Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies
  • learning centres that focus on multiple intelligences and universal design for learning (UDL)
  • place-based learning activities, Makerspaces, and Loose Parts

In Living Things for Grades K–2 students investigate plants and animals. Core Competencies and Curricular Competencies will be addressed while students explore the following Big Ideas:

  • Plants and animals have observable features.
  • Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment.
  • Living things have life cycles adapted to their environment.

Other Hands-On Science for British Columbia books for grades K–2

Properties of Matter
Properties of Energy
Land, Water, and Sky