Living Things from Hands-On Science: An Inquiry Approach completely aligns with the redesigned Science Curriculum for British Columbia. 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 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, Makerspace centres, and Loose Parts
In Living Things 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 books for grades K–2
Properties of Matter
Properties of Energy
Land, Water, and Sky