Curriculum Information for Parents
FRENCH IMMERSION PROGRAM
SCIENCE

In the Kindergarten to Grade 12 science classroom, students are actively engaged in "doing" science and developing related skills and attitudes, as well as extending their understanding of science concepts. In addition, they make links between science and daily life and appreciate both the power and limitations of science.

 

Kindergarten

Kindergarten students develop an understanding of science concepts in the following units (thematic clusters):

  • Trees
  • Colours
  • Paper

These topic areas serve as contexts for students to develop the following skills, attitudes, and understanding about the nature of science:

  • Recognize that learning can come from observing and investigating.
  • Observe, using a combination of senses.
  • Construct an object or device to solve a problem, based on specific criteria.

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Grade 1

Grade 1 students develop an understanding of science concepts in the following units (thematic clusters):

  • Characteristics and Needs of Living Things
  • The Senses
  • Characteristics of Objects and Materials
  • Daily and Seasonal Changes

These topic areas serve as contexts for students to develop the following skills, attitudes, and understanding about the nature of science:

  • Recognize that learning can come from observing and investigating.
  • Observe, using a combination of senses.
  • Construct an object or device to solve a problem, based on specific criteria.

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Grade 2

Grade 2 students develop an understanding of science concepts in the following units (thematic clusters):

  • Growth and Changes in Animals
  • Properties of Solids, Liquids, and Gases
  • Position and Motion
  • Air and Water in the Environment

These topic areas serve as contexts for students to develop the following skills, attitudes, and understanding about the nature of science:

  • Recognize that learning can come from observing and investigating.
  • With teacher guidance, use tools to observe, measure, and construct.
  • Construct an object or device to solve a problem, based on specific criteria.

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Grade 3

Grade 3 students develop an understanding of science concepts in the following units (thematic clusters):

  • Growth and Changes in Plants
  • Materials and Structures
  • Forces That Attract or Repel
  • Soils in the Environment

These topic areas serve as contexts for students to develop the following skills, attitudes, and understanding about the nature of science:

  • Recognize that scientists develop explanations from observations and what they already know about the world.
  • Use tools to observe, measure, and construct.
  • Construct an object or device to solve a problem, based on specific criteria.

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Grade 4

Grade 4 students develop an understanding of science concepts in the following units (thematic clusters):

  • Habitats and Communities
  • Light
  • Sound
  • Rocks and Minerals

These topic areas serve as contexts for students to develop the following skills, attitudes, and understanding about the nature of science:

  • Recognize that scientists develop explanations from observations and what they already know about the world.
  • Use tools to observe, measure, and construct.
  • Construct an object or device to solve a problem, based on specific criteria.

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Grade 5

Grade 5 students develop an understanding of science concepts in the following units (thematic clusters):

  • Maintaining a Healthy Body
  • Properties of and Changes in Substances
  • Forces and Simple Machines
  • Weather

These topic areas serve as contexts for students to develop the following skills, attitudes, and understanding about the nature of science:

  • Recognize that there are some questions science can't answer.
  • Explore, with teacher guidance, the concept of a fair test, by planning and implementing experiments and drawing conclusions based on investigation results.
  • Construct an object or device to solve a problem, based on specific criteria.
  • Investigate positive and negative effects of science and technology, including effects on themselves, society, the environment, and the economy.
  • Develop a sense of responsibility for the welfare of other humans, other living things, and the environment.
  • Realize that science and technology are part of many hobbies and careers.

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Grade 6

Grade 6 students develop an understanding of science concepts in the following units (thematic clusters):

  • Diversity of Living Things
  • Flight
  • Electricity
  • Exploring the Solar System

These topic areas serve as contexts for students to develop the following skills, attitudes, and understanding about the nature of science:

  • Recognize that there are some questions science can't answer.
  • Explore, with teacher guidance, the concept of a fair test, by planning and implementing experiments and drawing conclusions based on investigation results.
  • Construct an object or device to solve a problem, based on specific criteria.
  • Investigate positive and negative effects of science and technology, including effects on themselves, society, the environment, and the economy.
  • Develop a sense of responsibility for the welfare of other humans, other living things, and the environment.
  • Realize that science and technology are part of many hobbies and careers.

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Grade 7

Grade 7 students develop an understanding of science concepts in the following units (thematic clusters):

  • Interactions within Ecosystems
  • Particle Theory of Matter
  • Forces and Structures
  • Earth's Crust

These topic areas serve as contexts for students to develop the following skills, attitudes, and understanding about the nature of science:

  • Recognize that scientific knowledge has evolved and that technology has played a role in this process.
  • Plan and conduct experiments that constitute a fair test, including controlling variables, recording and analyzing data, and drawing a conclusion based on experimental results.
  • Construct an object or device to solve a problem, based on specific criteria.
  • Investigate societal, environmental, and economic impacts of science and technology.
  • Recognize the importance of maintaining a balance between the needs of humans and a sustainable environment.
  • Appreciate the contributions of Canadians to science and technology.

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Grade 8

Grade 8 students develop an understanding of science concepts in the following units (thematic clusters):

  • Cells and Systems
  • Optics
  • Fluids
  • Water Systems

These topic areas serve as contexts for students to develop the following skills, attitudes, and understanding about the nature of science:

  • Recognize that scientific knowledge has evolved and that technology has played a role in this process.
  • Plan and conduct experiments that constitute a fair test, including controlling variables, recording and analyzing data, and drawing a conclusion based on experimental results.
  • Construct an object or device to solve a problem, based on specific criteria.
  • Investigate societal, environmental, and economic impacts of science and technology.
  • Recognize the importance of maintaining a balance between the needs of humans and a sustainable environment.
  • Appreciate the contributions of Canadians to science and technology.

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