Resources for Educators

UofT Engineering Outreach has created a database of online resources that connect directly to the Ontario Ministry Science Curriculum. This database will continue to grow and can be used freely as a means of supplementing and supporting online and in-class science education for grades 1-8.

 

Please note: This is a sample of the available resources and structure. This page will go live with many links per grade and hundreds of links overall. 

Grade 1

Structures and Mechanisms: Materials, Objects, and Everyday Structures

Basic expectations for this strand:

  1. assess the impact on people and the environment of objects and structures and the materials used in them
  2. investigate structures that are built for a specific purpose to see how their design and materials suit the purpose
  3. demonstrate an understanding that objects and structures have observable characteristics and are made from materials with specific properties that determine how they are used

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Understanding Matter and Energy: Energy in Our Lives

Basic expectations for this strand:

  1. assess uses of energy at home, at school, and in the community, and suggest ways to use less energy
  2. investigate how different types of energy are used in daily life
  3. demonstrate an understanding that energy is something that is needed to make things happen, and that the sun is the principal source of energy for the earth

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Grade 2

Structures and Mechanisms: Movement

Basic expectations for this strand:

  1. assess the impact on society and the environment of simple machines and mechanisms
  2. investigate mechanisms that include simple machines and enable movement
  3. demonstrate an understanding of movement and ways in which simple machines help to move objects

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Understanding Matter and Energy: Properties of Liquids and Solids

Basic expectations for this strand:

  1. assess ways in which the uses of liquids and solids can have an impact on society and the environment
  2. investigate the properties of and interactions among liquids and solids
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the properties of liquids and solids

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Grade 3

Structures and Mechanisms: Strong and Stable Structures

Basic Expectations for this strand:

  1. assess the importance of form, function, strength, and stability in structures through time
  2. investigate strong and stable structures to determine how their design and materials enable them to perform their load-bearing function
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of structure, strength, and stability and the factors that affect them

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Understanding Matter and Energy: Forces Causing Movement

Basic expectations for this strand:

  1. assess the impact of various forces on society and the environment
  2. investigate devices that use forces to create controlled movement
  3. demonstrate an understanding of how forces cause movement and changes in movement

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Grade 4

Structures and Mechanisms: Pulleys and Gears

Basic expectations for this strand:

  1. evaluate the impact of pulleys and gears on society and the environment
  2. investigate ways in which pulleys and gears modify the speed and direction of, and the force exerted on, moving objects
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles and functions of pulley systems and gear systems

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Understanding Matter and Energy: Light and Sound

Basic expectations for this strand:

  1. assess the impact on society and the environment of technological innovations related to light and sound
  2. investigate the characteristics and properties of light and sound
  3. demonstrate an understanding of light and sound as forms of energy that have specific characteristics and properties

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Grade 5

Structures and Mechanisms Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms

Basic expectations for this strand:

  1. analyse social and environmental impacts of forces acting on structures and mechanisms
  2. investigate forces that act on structures and mechanisms
  3. identify forces that act on and within structures and mechanisms, and describe the effects of these forces on structures and mechanisms

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Understanding Matter and Energy: Properties of and Changes in Matter

Basic expectations for this strand:

  1. evaluate the social and environmental impacts of processes used to make everyday products
  2. conduct investigations that explore the properties of matter and changes in matter
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the properties of matter, changes of state, and physical and chemical change

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Grade 6

Structures and Mechanisms: Flight

Basic expectations for this strand:

  1. assess the societal and environmental impacts of flying devices that make use of properties of air
  2. investigate ways in which flying devices make use of properties of air
  3. explain ways in which properties of air can be applied to the principles of flight and flying devices

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Understanding Matter and Energy: Electricity and Electrical Devices

Basic expectations for this strand:

  1. evaluate the impact of the use of electricity on both the way we live and the environment
  2. investigate the characteristics of static and current electricity, and construct simple circuits
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the principles of electrical energy and its transformation into and from other forms of energy

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Grade 7

Structures and Mechanisms: Form and Function

Basic expectations for this strand:

  1. analyse personal, social, economic, and environmental factors that need to be considered in designing and building structures and devices
  2. design and construct a variety of structures, and investigate the relationship between the design and function of these structures and the forces that act on them
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between structural forms and the forces that act on and within them

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Understanding Matter and Energy: Pure Substances & Mixtures

Basic expectations for this strand:

  1. evaluate the social and environmental impacts of the use and disposal of pure substances and mixtures
  2. investigate the properties and applications of pure substances and mixtures
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the properties of pure substances and mixtures, and describe these characteristics using the particle theory

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Grade 8

Structures and Mechanisms: Systems in Action

Basic expectations for this strand:

  1. assess the personal, social, and/or environmental impacts of a system, and evaluate improvements to a system and/or alternative ways of meeting the same needs
  2. investigate a working system and the ways in which components of the system contribute to its desired function
  3. demonstrate an understanding of different types of systems and the factors that contribute to their safe and efficient operation

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Understanding Matter and Energy: Fluids

Basic expectations for this strand:

  1.  analyse how the properties of fluids are used in various technologies and assess the impact of these technologies on society and the environment
  2. investigate the properties of fluids
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the properties and uses of fluids

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