Grade 7

Classroom videos, student handouts, and offline lesson plans will be made available on the days listed below. 
 
You will be able to send these videos and handouts to your students to provide them with key concepts and activities that link to the curriculum.

The offline lesson plans provide a detailed explanation of the concepts and the procedure. You can use this to help teach the lesson. These will also be made available to students without internet access.


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

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

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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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    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

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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

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

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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

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

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