About the course
Science is a way of knowing which seeks to describe and explain the natural and physical world. An important part in building scientific and technological literacy is an understanding of the nature of science, which includes an understanding of the following: what scientists, engineers, and technologists do as individuals and as a community, how scientific knowledge is generated and validated. Science addresses what benefits, costs, and risks are involved in using this knowledge and how science interacts with technology, society, and the environment.
Fundamental concepts are key ideas that provide a framework for the acquisition of all scientific and technological knowledge. The fundamental concepts that are addressed in the curriculum for science and technology are matter, energy, systems and interactions, structure and function, sustainability and stewardship, and change and continuity. At My Learning Oasis, students have opportunities to learn through STEAM activities. This allows students to integrate scientific and technological knowledge with knowledge in other subject areas, such as mathematics and social studies.
The courses outlines are built on the big ideas described in the Ontario Curriculum of Science and Technology to develop students’ understanding of fundamental scientific and technological concepts. The science and technology curriculum expectations are organized in four strands, which are the major areas of knowledge and skills in the science and technology curriculum.
The four strands are Understanding Life Systems, Understanding Structures and Mechanisms, Understanding Matter and Energy, and Understanding Earth and Space System. Students inquire how science and technology relate to society and the environment. They develop a deep understanding of the basic concepts of science and technology while developing the skills, strategies, and habits of mind required for scientific inquiry and technological problem-solving.
Grade 1 - Science
CAD $ 750
My Learning Oasis
Curriculum Policy Document
The science and Technology, Grades 1 – 8, 2007 Revised
Unit 1: Needs and Characteristics of Living Things.
In this unit, students will learn how living things grow, take in food to create energy, make waste, and reproduce. They will also learn how plants, animals, and people are living things. Students will gain understanding about basic needs (air, water, food, and shelter) of living things that are met from the environment. They will also learn how different kinds of living things behave in different ways and all living things are important and should be treated with care and respect.
Unit 2: Material, Objects, and Everyday Structures
In this unit, students will learn how objects have observable characteristics and are made from different materials. They will learn and explore specific properties of materials. Students will learn how an object is held together by its structure. They will understand how materials and structure of an object determine its purpose. Students will learn how humans' choices related to their use of objects and materials have a direct effect on the environment.
Unit 3: Energy in our Lives
In this unit, students will learn how everything that happens is a result of using some form of energy. They will understand that the Sun is the principal source of energy for the earth. Students will also learn about humans’ responsibilities of proper ways to use energy.
Unit 4: Daily and Seasonal Changes
In this unit, students will learn how changes occur in daily and seasonal cycles. They will also learn and explore how changes in daily and seasonal cycles affect living things.
Assessment is the process of gathering information from a variety of sources, such as assignments, day-to-day observations, conversations or conferences, demonstrations, projects, and performances. Teachers follow guidelines from Growing Success to analyze how well a student is achieving the curriculum expectations in a subject. As part of assessment, teachers provide students with descriptive feedback that guides their efforts towards improvement. The final grade reflects the student’s most consistent level of achievement throughout the course, although special consideration is given to more recent evidence of achievement. There may be a final assessment, such as an exam, in this course.