Downloadable Resources

These downloadable resources contain a lesson plan and curriculum-linked handouts for students who do not have internet access.

Downloadable resources will be made available on the days listed below.

All of the downloadable resources match the classroom videos.


Kindergarten

life systems
  • Experimenting with Seeds!

    Let’s learn about seeds! What do they need to grow, what are they and how are they different? Students will explore how to sprout seeds with an at-home experiment and get them curious about seeds.


    MATERIALS

    • Seeds: any you might find at home or easily accessed (eg. Lentils, pinto beans, peppers, apples, oranges, tomatoes, etc.)
    • Paper towel
    • Water
    • Optional: Tupperware, sealable bag (Ziplock or equivalent)

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matter and energy
  • Rainbow in a Cup!

    In this lesson your students will learn that not all liquids are the same and even though corn syrup and oil look similar they are totally different. It is a fun and colourful activity that gets them thinking and engaged, who doesn't love making rainbows?


    MATERIALS

    • Food colouring (minimum colours yellow, red, blue)
    • 20 Tbsp of white caster sugar
    • Tbsp measuring spoon
    • ¼ measuring cup
    • 5 clear cups
    • 1 ¼ cup of water
    • See through container/glass measuring cup
    • Spoon

    HANDOUT

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structures and mechanisms
  • Building with Shapes!

    Let’s get building! In this lesson students will review the shapes they know and then explore how shapes can be used in different buildings. Students will identify shapes in different structures and will build their own structures using shapes.


    MATERIALS

    • 6-8 popsicle sticks or other equally sized materials (markers, straws, pencils)
    • Crayons
    • Handout
    • Paper
    • Blocks or other building materials

    HANDOUT

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life systems
  • Magic of Metamorphosis!

    Treat your students to a transformative experience with fun activities in the world of butterflies. In this lesson, students will examine the stages of the lifecycle noting the changes in development as it metamorphoses from a caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly.


    MATERIALS

    • Egg carton
    • Red and green paint or markers
    • Scissors
    • Pipe cleaners
    • Multi-coloured markers
    • Coffee filter
    • Paint brushes (if you’re using paint)

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

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earth and space systems
  • The Changing Seasons!

    Spring is here! But what does that mean and how do we know that it is spring? In this lesson your students will explore the different characteristics of each season and will learn how humans, plants and animals adapt to the changes in each season.


    MATERIALS

    • Outdoor wear for each season (hats, coats boots, sandals, etc.)
    • Worksheet
    • Crayons (green, blue, yellow, and orange for worksheet)
    • Blank paper

    HANDOUT

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matter and energy
  • Water and Plants!

    What is water and why is it important? Students will learn about the properties of water, how water can move and why this is important for plants. Students will learn this through hands-on activities they can do at home.


    MATERIALS

    • 3 to 5 clear cups
    • Water
    • 2 to 3 colours of food colouring
    • White paper towel (2 sheets)
    • Celery stalk
    • Crayons
    • Scissors

    HANDOUT

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earth and space systems
  • Deep Dive!

    In this lesson, we will get a little messy and dive into the earth. This lesson will engage your student in a hands-on and creative way to explore the earth’s crust – all the way down to its very core! Engaging creativity while tackling big topics, join us for a deep dive!


    MATERIALS

    • 3 cups of white flour
    • 4 tsp of crème of tartar
    • 1 tbsp of cocoa powder
    • 4 TBSP cooking oil
    • Large mixing bowl (able to withstand heat)
    • Dental floss
    • Wooden spoon
    • 1 cup of salt
    • 2 cups of boiling water
    • Red, yellow, and blue food colouring
    • Rolling pin

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

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structures and mechanisms
  • Paper Cups? No Way!

    In this lesson, your students will learn about weight distribution and how small fragile objects can be used to hold a lot of weight. They may learn a little balance in the mix as well! It is a fun and easy way to engage students and to allow them to safely experiment on their own.


    MATERIALS

    • Flat piece of cardboard (big enough to stand on)
    • 12 paper cups

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

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life systems
  • What Comes from an Egg?

    How do frogs go from being an egg to an adult frog and why do frog eggs look so different from chicken eggs? In this lesson students will learn about what types of animals lay eggs, what different types of eggs look like, and do a hands on activity to explore the frog life cycle.


    MATERIALS

    • Handouts
    • Egg (chicken)
    • Play-Doh
    • Crayons
    • Glue stick
    • Crayons
    • 2 paper plates
    • 1 brad fastener

    To Make Play-Doh:

    • 1.5 cups flour
    • 1⁄2 cup salt
    • 1 cup boiling water
    • 2 tbsp oil
    • 2 tsp cream of tartar

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

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Grade 1

life systems
  • Needs of Living Things!

    In this lesson, students will build a birdhouse and learn that animals need air, food, water and shelter to survive.


    MATERIALS

    • Milk/juice carton
    • Scissors
    • Stick (chopstick or popsicle stick)
    • String
    • Pen
    • Optional: paint, paint brushes, bird seed

    HANDOUT

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  • Helping Living Things!

    Students will learn about the characteristics of living things and be a positive impact on animals by creating their own bird feeder.


    MATERIALS

    • Empty toilet paper tube
    • String / twine / pipe cleaners
    • Pen
    • Peanut butter (or alternative if you are allergic)
    • Oats / granola
    • Optional: bird seeds

    HANDOUT

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matter and energy
  • Energy: Where Does it Come From?

    In this lesson, students will investigate how the sun is a primary source of energy for plants and animals. Students will explore the concept of using these sources of energy to make things grow and heat things up!


    MATERIALS

    Sprouting Seeds:

    • A used egg carton
    • Soil
    • Seeds, variety of garden seeds, grass seeds or chia seeds (alternatives: kitchen scraps, apple seeds, tomato seeds, bell pepper seeds)
    • Water
    • Clear plastic bag
    • Box

    Solar Oven:

    • Pizza box (ideal but any smaller box will do)
    • Black construction paper
    • Aluminum foil
    • Stick / dowel rod
    • Tape
    • Clear plastic (like plastic wrap or clear plastic bags)
    • Glue (glue gun is best)
    • Ingredients (s’mores, nachos, etc.)
    • Scissors
    • Magic marker
    • Ruler
    • Oven mitts
    • Thermometer (optional)

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

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  • Energy: Where Does it Go?

    In this lesson, students will learn about different types of energy in their lives and build a catapult and paper airplane launcher which use energy to make them move.


    MATERIALS

    Catapult 1:

    • Plastic spoon
    • Cotton balls

    Catapult 2:

    • Craft sticks
    • Elastics
    • Large marker
    • Tape
    • Bottle cap
    • Cotton balls

    Paper Airplane Launcher:

    • Craft stick
    • Elastic
    • Tape
    • Paperclip
    • Computer paper or airplane template
    • Crayons or markers

    IMAGES

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

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structures and mechanisms
  • Material Matters!

    Students will learn the difference between materials, objects and everyday structures and do activities to practice identifying materials, objects and structures.


    MATERIALS

    • Learning Materials handout
    • Materials Scavenger Hunt handout

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

    SCAVENGER HUNT

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  • Friction!

    Students will explore friction using a simple machine and investigate how different materials create different amounts of friction.


    MATERIALS

    • 4 strips of cardboard, wood or other similar material (to make ramps)
    • 1 to 4 toy cars (similar type / wheel size is best)
    • 3 materials of different textures (e.g. sand paper, foil, towel, paper towel, plastic bag)
    • Tape
    • Books, blocks or boxes to prop up ramps (same objects for all ramps is best)
    • Measuring tape and / or stopwatch (optional)

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earth and space systems
  • Earth Dance!

    Students will pretend to be the Earth in a dark room with a lamp as their ‘Sun’. By spinning (rotating on your axis) you create night and day. Walking in a circle around the lamp (revolving around it) creates the year.


    MATERIALS

    • A lamp without a shade or camping lantern
    • A dark room

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

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  • Freeze / Thaw!

    Students will explore the seasonal process of freezing and melting (thawing) water.


    MATERIALS

    • Chocolate chips
    • A microwave-safe bowl
    • A microwave
    • A balloon or water balloon
    • Water
    • A plate
    • A freezer

    HANDOUT

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Grade 2

earth and space systems
  • The Three States of Water!

    Discover water in the weather and create your own piece of weather with a simple experiment.


    MATERIALS

    • Metal cooking pot (smallest you can find)
    • A bowl of ice (enough ice to cover the bottom of the metal pot)
    • Salt
    • Spoon (wooden or metal will work)

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

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  • Water in Nature!

    Discover water in the weather and create your own piece of weather with a simple experiment.


    MATERIALS

    • One or two large cups
    • Cold water to fill cups
    • One or two colours of food colouring (optional)
    • 1 ice cube or ice cube tray
    • String (20 cm in length)
    • Salt (1 tsp)
    • Refrigerator
    • Freezer
    • Parchment paper or wax paper or plastic wrap
    • Plate or small baking pan
    • Ruler
    • Activity Sheet
    • Pencil

    HANDOUT ONE

    HANDOUT TWO

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life systems
  • Skeletons: Inside and Out!

    In this lesson, students will explore the difference between an endoskeleton and an exoskeleton, as well as why some animals have one over the other. Students will have the chance to build their own exoskeleton.


    MATERIALS

    • Scissors
    • Scrap paper
    • Tape
    • Pen or pencil
    • String (optional)
    • White craft glue

    HANDOUT

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  • Camouflage and Mimicry!

    Students will gain an understanding of how animals use camouflage and mimicry as adaptations in their habitat.


    MATERIALS

    • White paper
    • Markers
    • Butterfly template
    • Scissors
    • Tape

    IMAGES

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

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matter and energy
  • Solids and Liquids: How Do they Mix?

    In this lesson, students will learn about liquids and solids. They will mix up different solids and liquids to make a sugar scrub and Play-Doh and see how the properties of the materials change.


    MATERIALS

    Do They Mix?

    • Skittles or M&M’s
    • Two colourless glasses
    • Water
    • Cooking oil

    Sugar Scrub:

    • Jars with lids
    • Sugar
    • Oil (vegetable, olive, coconut, etc.)
    • Two bowls
    • Wooden spoon
    • Food colouring (optional)
    • Essential oil (optional)

    Play-Doh:

    • Flour
    • Salt
    • Water
    • Cooking oil
    • Cream of tartar or lemon juice
    • Food colouring (optional)

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

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  • Will it Float?

    In this lesson, students will learn about what objects float by testing and making hypotheses using the scientific method.


    MATERIALS

    • Basin (sink, bathtub, bucket) for water
    • Water
    • Objects from around the house
    • Scientific method printout and pencil
    • Towel (for spills)

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

    SCIENTIFIC METHOD

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structures and mechanisms
  • Simple Machines!

    Do you have simple machines around your house? Go on a hunt and try to find examples of simple machines that you and your family use every day to make life easier!


    MATERIALS

    • Simple Machines Scavenger Hunt handout
    • Pen or pencil

    HANDOUT

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  • Levers and Pulleys!

    Let’s learn about simple machines! In this hands-on lesson, we will explore how levers and pulleys work. We will make our own lever and pulley systems to experiment with them and see how they can be used to make work easier.


    MATERIALS

    • Tennis ball (or other light weight ball / material)
    • Small weight (rock, tennis ball, small toy, block)
    • Ruler
    • Marker
    • Masking tape
    • String
    • Rolling pin
    • Large book

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

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Grade 3

structures and mechanisms
  • Column Challenge!

    How strong is paper? Fold and bend paper to see if different shapes lend more strength to a material. Investigate why columns are an effective building element for strong and stable structures.


    MATERIALS

    • 3 sheets of 8 ½” x 11 paper (you can recycle scrap paper!)
    • Masking tape or scotch tape
    • A load (a can of soup)
    • A piece of cardboard larger than the base of the can of soup
    • A towel or blanket

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  • Making Materials Stronger!

    Humans have a knack for taking simple materials and making them stronger, more durable, or more resilient, just by making simple changes to their shape. Find out how you can make changes to strengthen materials that you can find at home!


    MATERIALS

    • Paper towel
    • Something heavy-ish with a handle that will not make a mess if it is dropped, such as a small bucket filled with objects or a tightly closed filled jug or water bottle with a handle.
    • Paper (recycled office paper is fine!)
    • String or ribbon

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earth and space systems
  • Soils and Plants!

    Soil is an essential source of life and nutrients for many living things. Students examine the composition and characteristics of soils and set-up an experiment to see how well different soils support plant growth.


    MATERIALS

    • Lettuce seeds (1 pack)
    • 1 cup each of sand, dirt, seed-starting potting mix or compost
    • Egg carton
    • Tray or dinner plate
    • Permanent marker
    • Tablespoon
    • Saucer
    • Toothpicks (2)
    • Water in a spray bottle (1 cup)

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

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  • Building Soil!

    Students will play a sorting game and learn about composting. They will also learn how building soil is a nature-based solution for climate change.


    MATERIALS

    • One day’s worth of the student’s household waste
    • Three containers to sort waste into

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

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life systems
  • Life Cycle of a Pine Tree!

    In this activity, students will explore the life cycle of a pine tree and learn what makes them different from other trees in the forest. After learning about special adaptations that allow certain pine trees to succeed, students can perform an experiment on a pine cone to see how change in temperature will affect the cones.


    MATERIALS

    • 3 jars (mason jars work well)
    • 3 pinecones (Eastern white pine)
    • Warm water
    • Cold water
    • Ruler
    • Timer

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

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  • Colouring With Chlorophyll!

    In this lesson, students will learn what makes leaves green, and what makes them change colours, especially in the fall. They will understand the basic characteristics of plants and what makes them grow.


    MATERIALS

    • A glass or jar
    • A spoon or mortar and pestle
    • Rubbing alcohol
    • White coffee filters
    • Leaves or spinach leaves
    • Scissors

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

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matter and energy
  • Contact and Non-Contact Forces!

    In this lesson, students will learn about contact and non-contact forces by building a toy car and moving it with different forces.


    MATERIALS

    TOY CAR

    Tools:

    • Tape
    • Scissors
    • Pencil

    Body:

    • Craft stick
    • Foam tray
    • Cardboard

    Four Wheels:

    • Cardboard
    • Pop bottle lids

    Axles:

    • Straw
    • Skewers
    • Toothpicks (round)

    Motors:

    • Sheet of paper
    • Skewer
    • Magnets (stronger the better)
    • Balloon
    • Plastic straw

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

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  • Water Forces!

    Students will learn about the forces found in the environment while experimenting with water.


    MATERIALS

    Spinning Water Bottle:

    • 3 Straws (preferably bendy ones)
    • Empty plastic bottle
    • Screw or something pointy
    • Scissors
    • Modelling clay (or Play-Doh)
    • String
    • Water
    • Big bowl or a large bassin (sink or tub)

    Water Wheel:

    • Skewer
    • 2 paper clips
    • Tape
    • 2L bottle or large bowl
    • Scissors
    • Long cork or empty spool of string
    • 2 index cards
    • Mod Podge® (optional)
    • Paint brush (optional)

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

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Grade 4

matter and energy
  • Colour Mixing!

    In this lesson, students will learn about light while conducting three different experiments with materials found at home.


    MATERIALS

    CD SPECTROMETER

    Cereal Box Variation:

    • Old CD (ask permission)
    • Flashlight
    • Cereal box
    • Scissors or knife *ask an adult for help

    Paper Towel Roll Variation:

    • Old CD (ask permission)
    • Flashlight
    • Paper towel roll
    • Scissors or knife *ask an adult for help
    • Tape
    • Black paper

    COLOURED SHADOWS

    • Red Marker
    • Blue Marker
    • Green Marker
    • 3 flashlights (can use phone / device flashlights)
    • Clear tape
    • White sheet of paper
    • Box (about the size of a shoe box) *optional
    • Dark room
    • Small figurine

    SIMPLE WATER RAINBOWS

    Option One:

    • Clear glass bowl
    • Water
    • Small mirror
    • White sheet of paper
    • Source of light

    Option Two:

    • Clear drinking glass
    • Water
    • White paper
    • Tape
    • Source of light

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

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  • Sound Vibrations!

    In this lesson, students will learn about the properties of sound by building various instruments. Students will learn that sound is caused by vibrations and can be amplified.


    MATERIALS

    Harmonica:

    • 2 Craft sticks
    • 2 Elastics
    • 2 toothpicks
    • Wax paper strip
    • Scissors

    Harmonica:

    • Plastic straw
    • Scissors

    Car Horn:

    • Can or Plastic cup
    • String
    • Tool to make hole in the can or cup
    • Cup of water

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

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structure and mechanisms
  • Pulleys!

    Use household items to investigate how pulley systems can influence the relationships between force and distance as they relate to the concept of work.


    MATERIALS

    • Long stick (broom or mop)
    • Rope (3m)
    • Basket with handle (lunch box, tool kit)
    • Weights (canned food, water, tools)

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  • Gears!

    Explore, investigate and dissect objects from home that have gears.


    MATERIALS

    • Object with gears (can opener, egg beater, old toys, bicycle)

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earth and space systems
  • Minerals of Everyday!

    Rocks and minerals are important resources which we use everyday, even if we don’t realize it. Come and explore some of the ways minerals shape our everyday life.


    MATERIALS

    Mineral Testing Activity:

    • 3 to 4 minerals collected from outside
    • Steel nail
    • Copper penny or small piece of copper pipe
    • Black light (optional)
    • Unglazed ceramic tile (optional)

    Everyday Minerals Activity:

    • Everyday Mineral handout

    HANDOUT ONE

    HANDOUT ONE ANSWERS

    HANDOUT TWO

    HANDOUT TWO ANSWERS

    ACTIVITY HANDOUT

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  • Rockin’ Detective!

    In this lesson, students will learn concepts about rocks and minerals and start building their tool box of knowledge on how to identify each.


    MATERIALS

    Igneous Activity:

    • Tall container (such as a tall glass)
    • 5 tablespoons of baking soda
    • 400 mL of white vinegar
    • 10 mL of dish soap
    • 100 mL of cold water
    • Food colouring (optional)

    Sedimentary Activity:

    • 3 to 4 different colours of Play-Doh
    • Small figures such as LEGO® characters, plastic dinosaurs or trees, or even small pieces of branches for outside

    Metamorphic Activity:

    • Small square of foil paper (4cm x 4cm) or foil cupcake holder
    • Pieces of wax crayons (small bits from a variety of wax crayons)
    • Oven (need permission and assistance from adult)
    • Oven mitts

    Bonus Activity:

    • 3 to 4 rocks collected from your yard
    • Rockin' Detective handout

    HANDOUT

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life systems
  • Identifying Consumers in the Environment: Animal Scat!

    In this lesson, students will learn about producers, consumers, and decomposers. They will explore types of consumers in an ecosystem (herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores) as well as learn how animal scat is an important clue to identifying an animal's place in the food chain.


    MATERIALS

    • Bowl (size depends on how much you want to make)
    • Spoon
    • Plate / baking sheet
    • Oats
    • Peanut butter or alternative
    • Honey
    • Cocoa powder
    • Additional: dried fruit, chocolate chips, shredded coconut, nuts, Nutella

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

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  • Soil Acidity: The Sudbury Habitat!

    In this activity, students will learn about soil acidity and why different soil is important. They will learn about the Sudbury story, to help explain how humans can have positive and negative effects on habitats and the soil that all living things use. To understand all this, we will look briefly at what habitats are!


    MATERIALS

    • Soil
    • Vinegar
    • Baking soda
    • Red cabbage
    • Saucepan
    • Distilled water
    • 2 cups / bowls

    Optional:

    • 7 jars / cups / containers for solutions
    • Lemon juice
    • Milk
    • Bleach

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

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Grade 5

life systems
  • Cardiovascular System!

    Students will learn about the cardiovascular system by identifying the parts of the heart and the lungs, while also identifying their functions and their relation to one another.


    MATERIALS

    • A pencil or pen
    • Calculator
    • Timer
    • Your body!

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

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  • Musculoskeletal System!

    Students will learn the relations between muscle, bones, joints and ligaments while completing the Musculoskeletal System activities.


    MATERIALS

    • A pencil or pen
    • Colouring pencils, crayons or markers
    • Muscle (ex: Towels, clothes, scarves, blankets)
    • Joint (ex: ping pong ball, tennis ball, a roll of tape)
    • Bone (ex: cutlery, bottles, rulers, straws)

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

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matter and energy
  • Three States of Matter!

    In this lesson, students will learn about the three main states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. They will learn about how matter can change between these states and how this relates to particle theory.


    MATERIALS

    Ice Cream:

    • 1 gallon sized Ziploc® bag
    • 1 quart sized Ziploc® bag
    • Ice cubes
    • Salt
    • Cream
    • Sugar
    • Vanilla

    Rock Candy:

    • Jar
    • Stick or string
    • Water
    • Sugar
    • Flavour extract (optional)
    • Food colouring (optional)

    Butter:

    • Jar and lid
    • Heavy cream (35% or higher)
    • Salt (optional)
    • Herbs (optional)

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

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  • Is it a Chemical Reaction?

    Students will learn that chemical changes result in the formation of a new substance. Students will explore how to identify a chemical reaction through these experiments.


    MATERIALS

    Gas Formation:

    • Baking Soda
    • Vinegar
    • Cup

    Turmeric pH Indicator:

    • Turmeric powder
    • Isopropyl alcohol
    • Household solutions (baking soda, vinegar, soap, soda water, lemon juice, milk, etc.)
    • Jars or cups

    Turmeric Reaction:

    • Turmeric powder
    • Isopropyl alcohol
    • Baking soda
    • Calcium chloride (hardware store) or vinegar
    • Ziploc® Bag

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

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structures and mechanisms
  • Tallest Tower!

    Do you have what it takes to build the tallest tower? Learn what traits make a tower a tower and put your building skills to the test against internal and external forces.


    MATERIALS

    • Any materials that would be useful for building a tower-like structure (e.g. stackable blocks [not LEGO®], books, aluminum foil, Play-Doh, plastic cups, newspaper, popsicle sticks, tape)
    • A load to test your tower (such as a can of soup)
    • A hair dryer

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  • Tension and Compression!

    For a structure to stand the test of time, it has to be able to resist internal forces that act upon it. Investigate compression and tension forces and test how they affect building materials.


    MATERIALS

    • 6 to 7 Books (try to choose books that are similar in size)
    • A ruler
    • A pen or pencil
    • Clay or play-dough

    How to make homemade no-bake play-dough (if you don’t have clay or Play-Doh at home):

    • 2 cups flour
    • 1⁄2 cup salt
    • 1 3⁄4 cups of warm water
    • A bowl
    • A wooden spoon
  • Mix 2 cups of flour and 1⁄2 cup of salt in a large bowl.
  • Add 1 and 3⁄4 cups of warm water to the flour/salt mixture. You can use a wooden spoon or you can mix with your hands. It may not seem like you have enough water, but you do.
  • Take the dough out of the bowl and knead it on a flat surface. It might take up to 10 minutes of kneading until your dough feels right.
  • HANDOUT

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earth and space systems
  • Energy Pendulum!

    In this lesson, students will make a pendulum and watch it swing to investigate potential and kinetic energy.


    MATERIALS

    • String, rope or yarn
    • Something to hang the string, rope or yarn off of (a ruler taped to a table or held down with books; a curtain rod, etc.)
    • 2 solid objects of different weights that can be tied up
    • Water bottle (optional)

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  • Insulation Testing!

    In this lesson, students will investigate different types of insulation used to conserve thermal energy.


    MATERIALS

    • Large Ziploc® bags
    • Medium Ziploc® bags (large enough to fit your hand)
    • Tape
    • Various materials to test
    • Bucket (or other waterproof container large enough for your hands)
    • Cold water
    • Ice

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Grade 6

earth and space systems
  • How to Stellarium, Pt. 1!

    In this lesson, students will learn how to use Stellarium Web, a useful web-based planetarium tool. Stellarium can be used to navigate the night sky, as well as find key celestial objects, such as the North Star, planets, the Moon, and the seasonal constellations.

    Listed below are the concepts that will be covered:

    • The sky changes throughout the night, and from day to day
    • The Moon changes its phase and location in the sky
    • Where to find the seasonal constellations
    • How to find the North Star

    MATERIALS

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  • How to Stellarium, Pt. 2!

    In this lesson, students will learn more on how to use Stellarium Web in order to navigate the night sky at different locations, as well as find key celestial objects, like the Milky Way, the Orion Nebula, planets, and the southern constellations.

    Listed below are the concepts that will be covered:

    • The Sun, Moon and planets travel along a path across the sky
    • Usefulness of red light when star watching
    • The sky looks different at different latitudes

    MATERIALS

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life systems
  • Biodiversity: Agriculture!

    Students will learn about biodiversity and two different types of agriculture; monoculture and polyculture.


    MATERIALS

    • A pencil or pen
    • One die
    • At least 6 pieces each of 5 different coloured items (LEGO®, Smarties, Fruit Loops, etc)
    • An extra piece of paper to draw your “farms”

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  • Biodiversity: Wetlands!

    During this lesson, students will learn about biodiversity and ecosystems by looking at the importance of wetlands and indicator animal species within them. Students will also learn how to build their own terrarium, make their own frog calls, and will tackle questions on the importance of wetlands.


    MATERIALS

    Terrarium Materials:

    • Glass container, with or without top
    • Small stones or pebbles
    • Activated charcoal or moss
    • Potting soil
    • Plants (air plants, succulents and mini cacti are great options)
    • Sticks moss, and other decorative items

    DIY Frog Call Materials:

    • Plastic cup
    • 2 paper clips
    • An elastic
    • Scissors
    • Glue or sticky tape

    *Please follow your city’s rules and avoid searching for materials at public parks or nature areas that are off limits. Please try and find materials at home. If you cannot find materials at home, you can draw and colour a terrarium with all of the correct labels of layers on the handout

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matter and energy
  • Static Electricity!

    In this lesson, students will learn about static electricity by following three hands-on experiments and designing one of their own.


    MATERIALS

    • Fleece blankets (or pyjamas)
    • Handout
    • Crayons, pencils, pens
    • Comb
    • 2 or more balloons
    • Empty pop can
    • Salt or puffed cereal like rice or millet

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  • Current Electricity!

    Students will learn that current electricity is a flow of electrons through a circuit that is in series or in parallel and they will explore the differences between conductors and insulators.


    MATERIALS

    Conductive and Insulating Play-Doh:

    • Kettle (or saucepan and hot plate)
    • Measuring cups
    • Mixing spoons
    • Plastic mixing bowls
    • Flour
    • Salt
    • Sugar
    • Canola oil
    • Food colouring (optional)
    • Water (tap)
    • Deionized or distilled water
    • 9V batteries
    • alligator clips (alternative: wire or paperclip)
    • LED

    Paper Circuit:

    • Paper or cardstock
    • Aluminum or copper tape (aluminum foil will also work)
    • Regular tape
    • 3V coin battery
    • LED
    • Heavy-duty plastic clip

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structures and mechanisms
  • Properties of Air!

    Do you know what air is made of? Why does it act the way it does? Explore some of the properties of air as you try and blow up a balloon in a bottle and build your own balloon rocket!


    MATERIALS

    Balloon in a Bottle:

    • 1-2 balloons
    • 1-2 empty plastic pop/juice bottles
    • Push pin, thumb-tack or nail

    Balloon Rockets:

    • 1-2 balloons
    • 1-2 plastic/paper drinking straws
    • Scissors
    • Tape
    • String, rope or thread (small enough to thread through straws), for best results try to find something at least 1m long

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  • Flight Structures!

    Can you create a paper aircraft using one sheet of uncut paper? How far will it glide? Explore what allows flight to be possible, and apply learning about what elements affect the distance and direction of your glide.


    MATERIALS

    • Paper (8.5 x 11” office paper is fine – you can recycle scrap paper!)

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Grade 7

structures and mechanisms
  • Centre of Gravity!

    Investigate how the centre of gravity of a structure affects the structure’s stability and balance, then test your skills at stacking a dramatic overhang that seems to defy gravity.


    MATERIALS

    • At least four identical rectangular stackable objects. The size of the object doesn’t matter as long as all of your chosen objects are the same size and type.
      • Examples: Jenga blocks, a deck of cards, DVD cases, books, granola bars.

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  • Ergonomic Structures!

    Can you create a chair that can hold a load using only paper and tape? Explore what makes a chair strong and stable enough to sit on, and apply learning about what elements lend support, strength, and stability to structures.


    MATERIALS

    • Paper (8.5 x 11” office paper is fine – you can recycle scrap paper!)
    • Scotch or masking tape
    • Scissors
    • Something to serve as a load to test your structure. It can be a small / medium toy or stuffed animal, or it can be a small can of food.

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earth and space systems
  • Carbon Cycle and Climate Change!

    This lesson will reinforce teachings within the realm of biology, chemistry, and earth sciences, by taking a look at the carbon cycle and climate change. It will lay the foundation of how the carbon cycle influences life on Earth, and will tackle questions on climate change and how it occurs in both natural (geological / environmental events) and anthropogenic (human influence) processes.


    MATERIALS

    • Upcycled plastic container or plastic wrap and upcycled planting container
    • Seeds of any kind or a fruit / vegetable from home
    • Potting soil (preferred) or outdoor soil
    • Water
    • Paper towel
    • Scissors
    • Knife
    • Cutting board

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  • Albedo Effect and Earth's Climate!

    This lesson will reinforce teachings within the realm of biology, chemistry, and earth sciences, by taking a look at the albedo effect and climate change. It will lay the foundation of how the reflective power of surfaces influences Earth’s climate, and will tackle questions on cloud formation, glacial melting, rising sea levels, and overall climate change.


    MATERIALS

    • Ice
    • Paper towel
    • White cloth and dark cloth (t-shirt, face cloth)
    • Small funnel
    • Drinking glass (2)
    • Water
    • Matches (adult supervision)
    • Kettle
    • Mason jar with lid
    • Oven mitt

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life systems
  • Interactions Within Ecosystems!

    In this lesson, students will investigate interactions within the environment and identify factors that affect the balance between different components of an ecosystem. Students will also assess the impacts of human activities and technologies on the environment, specifically on Lake Sturgeon.


    MATERIALS

    • Paper or small pompoms
    • Thick paper or cardboard toilet paper roll
    • Something to poke holes with (scissors, hole punch, wooden skewers, etc.)
    • Tape
    • Uncooked spaghetti or wooden skewers
    • One die

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  • Animal Adaptations!

    In this lesson, students will learn about animal adaptations. The focus of adaptations will be on bird beaks specially adapted to their diet. This will help to better understand interactions between biotic elements within the environment and interactions in ecosystems.


    MATERIALS

    • 1 handful of rice
    • 1 handful of legos or dried pasta
    • Play-Doh
    • Popsicle or skewer stick
    • Scoop or ladle
    • Eye dropper or straw
    • Strainer or a sieve
    • Food colouring
    • 2 medium sized bowls
    • 1 small bowl
    • Water
    • Scissors

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matter and energy
  • Particle Theory of Matter!

    In this lesson, students will learn about the particle theory of matter and how it explains the behaviour of particles at different temperatures.


    MATERIALS

    • Balloons
    • 2 Empty pop bottles
    • String
    • Coin (loonie)
    • Tupperware® containers
    • Freezer
    • Kettle (hot water)

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  • What's in Baking Powder?

    Students will learn the difference between a pure substance and a mixture by experimenting with household items.


    MATERIALS

    Baking Powder Experiment:

    • Little bowls or a big tray
    • Baking soda
    • Cream of tartar
    • Corn starch
    • Baking powder
    • Little spoons
    • Vinegar
    • Water
    • Iodine (drugstore)
    • pH indicator (red cabbage juice or butterfly peaflower tea)
    • Toothpicks

    Healthy Yummy Baking Powder Experiment:

    • 2 Ripe bananas
    • 1⁄4 Cup milk (alt. any non-dairy milk)
    • 1⁄2 Cup peanut butter (alt. WowButter)
    • 1 1⁄2 Cups oats
    • 1⁄3 Cup crushed walnuts (alt. shredded coconut)
    • 1⁄2 Cup chocolate chips
    • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • Large bowl
    • Oven
    • Baking sheet
    • Fork and spoon
    • Measuring cups and spoons

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Grade 8

matter and energy
  • Density!

    Students will learn how to calculate the density of objects, and construct and calibrate a homemade hydrometer to measure the relative density of different liquids.


    MATERIALS

    Object Density:

    • Basin with water
    • Objects of different sizes / shapes
    • Measuring cup
    • Ruler
    • Scale (*There are free scale apps for Android and IOS!)

    Hydrometer:

    • Straw
    • Scissors
    • Paperclip
    • Marker
    • Ruler
    • Various liquids

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  • Buoyancy!

    Students will learn about buoyancy and density while completing the Cartesian Diver experiment.


    MATERIALS

    • A plastic bottle with sealable lid (1L or 2L pop bottle)
    • A straw (alternative: pen cap)
    • Paperclips (or other small weights)
    • An elastic (alternative: paper clip)
    • Water

    Note: if using a pen cap, make sure there are no holes on the top. If it does, cover holes with tape or clay.

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structures and mechanisms
  • Let's Get to Work!

    In physics, the term “work” means something different than the way we use it in everyday life. In this activity, you will learn what we mean when we use the term in physics and will explore how to calculate it.


    MATERIALS

    • Heavy object (e.g. a book, large full water bottle, small dumbbell weight, etc.)
    • Kitchen, bathroom or luggage scale
    • Ruler
    • Let’s Get to Work! Handout

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  • Mechanical Advantage of Levers!

    Learn about the three classes of levers and investigate how they help us do work by experimenting with your own levers at home.


    MATERIALS

    • 2 rulers (at least 1 that is not bendy) or 1 ruler and 1 wooden paint stir stick
    • Pencil
    • 2 plastic cups or containers (should be the same)
    • Tape
    • Many identical small objects to serve as small weights (ex: coins, buttons, legos, marbles) - something pourable like sand, lentils, or sugar may also work but might make a mess
    • Mechanical Advantage of Levers! handout

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earth and space systems
  • Drinking Water Treatment!

    Discover how municipalities treat their drinking water and create your own filtration system at home.


    MATERIALS

    • Plastic pop bottle
    • Two cups
    • Scissors
    • Food colouring
    • Earth or dirt
    • Coffee grinds or tea leaves
    • Cotton balls
    • Coffee filter or paper towel or napkin or old sock
    • Gravel
    • Sand
    • Timer (you can use one from a watch or cell phone)
    • Activated charcoal or carbon* (optional but you can get it from aquarium filters at pet stores)

    * Activated charcoal or carbon is a form of carbon (chemical) that has lots of holes within it that allows it to react or stick to other chemicals and to remove these from water. It helps to clean water by getting rid of certain chemical impurities found within it.

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  • Watersheds!

    Understand the geography of a watershed and how the effects humans can have on them.


    MATERIALS

    • Tray (such as a baking sheet)
    • Piece of white paper
    • Water-soluble markers (4 different colours)
    • Spray-bottle filled with water

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life systems
  • What Are You Made Of? : Cells!

    In this lesson, students will learn about the cells and investigate functions and processes of plant and animal cells. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic structures and functions or organelles within plant and animal cells and their processes.


    MATERIALS

    • Towel or blanket or bed sheet
    • 4 pairs of coloured socks
    • 1 pair of black socks
    • String, charger, cord
    • Pencil or pen
    • Hat
    • Coins
    • Pipecleaner
    • Toilet paper roll
    • Ping pong balls or tennis balls

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  • What Are You Made Of? : DNA!

    In this lesson, students will identify DNA in the nucleus. Cells are the basic unit of life. All cells come from pre-existing cells with the nucleus holding all of the information needed to make every cell in the body. Students will also explore genetic phenology in fingerprint patterns.


    MATERIALS

    Fingerprints:

    • Carbon tip pencil, washable markers or ink pad
    • Piece of paper
    • Your fingers

    Strawberry DNA:

    • 1 tbsp rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol 70%
    • 3 clear cups or small bowls
    • 1⁄3 cup water
    • 2 tsp dish soap
    • 1⁄2 tsp salt
    • 1 strawberry (frozen or fresh)
    • Small wire strainer, paper towel or coffee filter
    • Toothpick
    • Fork

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