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 3 - Science
CAD $ 750
My Learning Oasis
Curriculum Policy Document
The science and Technology, Grades 1 – 8, 2007 Revised
Unit 1: Growth and Changes in Plants.
In this unit, students will learn how plants have distinct characteristics. They will learn and explore similarities and differences among various types of plants. Students will understand that plants are the primary source of food for humans and they need to protect plants and their habitats. Students will also inquire how plants are important to the planet.
Unit 2: Strong and Stable Structures.
In this unit, students will learn how a structure has both form and function. They will understand how structures are affected by forces acting on them. Students will build different structures to inquire and learn that structures need to be strong and stable to be useful.
Unit 3: Forces Causing Movement.
In this unit, students will learn that there are several types of forces that cause movement. They will inquire forces to understand how forces cause objects to speed up, slow down, or change direction through direct contact or through interaction at a distance. Students will investigate how forces in nature, such as high winds or water, can have a significant impact on humans and the environment, and need to be regarded with respect.
Unit 4: Soils In The Environment.
In this unit, students will learn how soil is made up of living and non-living things. They will understand why the composition, characteristics, and condition of soil determine its capacity to sustain life. Students will investigate soil as an essential source of life and nutrients for many living things. They will also explore and learn how living things, including humans, interact with soils and causing
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.