Quebec

Below is a curriculum list for water testing using the Education testkit for the province of Quebec. The list covers grades 4-8.

Planning on taking your students out for a water testing excursion?

Here’s how you can target different strands of the science curriculum in grades 4 to 8.


Material World

Matter

  1. Properties and characteristics of matter in different states – other physical properties (e.g. elasticity, hardness, permeability and impermeability, solubility) ➌

j. Describes various other physical properties of an object, a substance or a material
(e.g. elasticity, hardness, solubility)

k. Recognizes the materials of which an object is made

Energy 

  1. Forms of energy  ➋ ➌

b. Identifies sources of energy in his/her environment (e.g. moving water, chemical reaction in a battery, sunlight)

  1. Transmission of energy – electrical conductivity (e.g. conductors and insulators)  ➌

Techniques and Instrumentation

2. Use of simple measuring instruments (e.g. rulers, dropper, balance, thermometer)   ➋ ➌

Earth and Space

Matter

  1. Properties and characteristics of matter on Earth – soil, water and air  ➋ 
    1. Compares the properties of different types of soil (e.g. composition, capacity to retain water, capacity to retain heat)
    2. Describes the various ways in which the quality of water, soil or air affects living things

Energy 

  1. Transmission of energy – thermal and electrical conductivity (e.g. conductors and insulators) ➌
    1. Describes methods for transmitting thermal energy (e.g. radiation, convection, conduction)

Techniques and Instrumentation

  1. Use of simple measuring instruments (e.g. rulers, dropper, balance, thermometer)   ➋ ➌

Appropriate Language

  1. Terminology related to an understanding of the material world ➋ ➌

Living Things

Matter

  1. Characteristics of living things
    1. Explains the basic needs of the metabolism of living Things (e.g.nutrition, respiration)  ➋
    2. Describes activities connected to the metabolism of living things (transformation of energy, growth, maintenance of systems and body temperature)   
    3. Distinguishes among the different types of embryonic development (viviparous for the majority of mammals, oviparous or ovoviviparous for the rest)   ➋

Energy 

  1. Sources of Energy for Living Things 

b. Explains the nutritional needs common to all animals(water,sugars,lipids, proteins, vitamins, minerals) ➋

d. photosynthesis in plants (e.g. need for water and carbon dioxide) ➌

f. Explains how water, light, mineral salts and carbon dioxide are essential to plants d. photosynthesis in plants (e.g. need for water and carbon dioxide) ➌

Systems and Interaction

1. Interaction between living organisms and their environment – living things and their habitats ➋ 

c. Identifies habitats and the animal and plant populations found in them

d. Describes how animals meet their basic needs within their habitat

3. Interaction between humans and their environment 

  1. Describes the impact of human activity on the environment (e.g. use of resources, pollution, waste management, land use, urbanization, agriculture) ➋ ➌

Techniques and Instrumentation

2. Use of simple measuring instruments (e.g. rulers, dropper, balance, thermometer)   ➋ ➌

  1. Appropriately uses simple measuring instruments (e.g.rulers,dropper, graduated cylinder, balance, thermometer, wind vane, barometer, anemometer, hygrometer)

Appropriate Language

  1. Terminology related to an understanding of living things  ➋ ➌
    1. Appropriately uses terminology related to an understanding of living things 
    2. Distinguishes between the meaning of a term used in a scientific or technological context and its meaning in everyday language (e.g. habitat, metamorphosis) 

Strategies

The Water Rangers Education Testkit is intended to help foster student’s engagement in the scientific method by taking part in live, hands-on tests using real scientific instruments. As such, the testkit helps to connect with all fundamental aspects of scientific strategies listed under Cycles Two and Three. 


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