Science at Home Curriculum Resources

Science is everywhere, and learning can happen anywhere

Explore these grade-specific, curriculum-connected resources designed for Ontario teachers to use with their students.

  • Video presentations by our engaging Educators feature hands-on STEM activities
  • Corresponding PDFs provide easy-to-follow instructions and extension activities using everyday materials
  • Developed in collaboration with Science North and the Ontario Ministry of Education

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Grades 9-12

The Nature of Science — Grades 9-12

It matters who does science! Good science requires different perspectives, lived experiences and knowledge systems. Students will explore the scientific process at home and study how different perspectives and experiences lead to the creation of different scientific models.

SUBJECT: Science | TOPIC: The Nature of Science

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The Science Behind Feeling Anxious — Grades 9-12

Understand the “fight, flight or freeze” response and how it relates to feeling anxious. Learn why taking care of your mental health is important, and practise some strategies that can help you cope.

SUBJECT: Science | STRAND: Mental Health | TOPIC: The Science Behind Feeling Anxious | EXPECTATIONS: This program supports Open Minds, Healthy Minds: Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy

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Grade 9

CD Spectrometer — Grade 9

Astronomers use a technique called spectroscopy to understand what makes up the universe. Using everyday materials, students will build a CD spectrometer and study light sources in our world.

SUBJECT: Science (SNC1D, SNC1P) | STRAND: Earth and Space Science 
TOPIC: Investigating StarsNature of Light and Chemistry | EXPECTATIONS: D2, D3, D3.2, D3.3, D3.4https://youtu.be/gMNCoJbq1cI

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Cookie Chemistry — Grade 9

What goes into making a great chocolate chip cookie? Use chemistry to develop your own custom recipe with exactly the crispness, softness and chewiness that you like best. Then share it with us!

SUBJECT: Chemistry | STRAND: Atoms, Elements and Compounds | TOPIC: Chemical and Physical Properties | EXPECTATIONS: NC1D: A1.4, A1.10, C2.2, C2.3, C2.4; SNC1P: A1.4, A1.10, C2.2, C2.3, C2.4

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Ecosystems and Oil Spills — Grade 9

Oil spills can disrupt food webs, taking ecosystems out of equilibrium. Explore methods scientists use to clean up oil spills in aquatic environments with an activity that students can do at home using everyday materials.

SUBJECT: Science | STRAND: Biology | TOPIC: Effect of Oil Spills on Ecosystems | EXPECTATIONS: SNC1D: A1.1, A1.5, B2.1, B3.1, B3.2, B3.5; SNC1P: A1.1, A1.5, B2.1, B2.2, B3.2, B3.5

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Static Electricity — Grade 9

We’ve collected our favourite static electricity challenges and tricks that students can do at home using everyday materials. No Van de Graaff generator required!

SUBJECT: Science | STRAND: Physics | TOPIC: Charging through Friction; Electrostatic Forces | EXPECTATIONS: SNC1D: E1.1, E2.2, E2.3, E2.4, E3.2, E3.3

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Grade 10

Acids and Bases — Grade 10

Turn a red cabbage into an acid-base indicator as you learn the properties of acids and bases through chemical reactions. Test which household chemicals are acids or bases and learn how hydrogen ions are an important factor in their strength.

SUBJECT: Science | STRAND: Chemistry | TOPIC: Chemical Reactions—Acids and Bases | EXPECTATIONS: C2.6, C2.5, C2.6, C3.3, C3.5, C3.6, C3.7

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Light and Optics — Grade 10

Everyone takes pictures, but do we understand how cameras work? What about our own eyes? Working with everyday materials, students explore the core concepts of light rays, refraction and image formation.

SUBJECT: Science | STRAND: Physics | TOPIC: Light and Optics | EXPECTATIONS: SNC2D: E1.1, E1.2, E2.1, E2.2, E2.4. SNC2P: E2.1, E2.2, E2.3, E2.4, E2.5, E2.7

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Measuring Vital Capacity — Grade 10

We inhale and exhale around the clock—luckily we don’t have to remember to do it! Build a model of your respiratory system, and learn about factors that affect vital capacity by designing your own experiment.

SUBJECT: Science | STRAND: Biology | TOPIC: The Respiratory System | EXPECTATIONS: A1.1, A1.5, B3.3, B3.4, B3.5

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Ocean Acidification — Grade 10

Using everyday materials, explore how carbon dioxide in a simulated atmosphere can cause water to become more acidic. Ocean acidification affects the ocean and the organisms that live in it.

SUBJECT: Science | STRAND: Climate Change | TOPIC: Ocean Acidification | EXPECTATIONS: SNC2D: D3.1, D2.2, D2.3, D2.4, D2.6, D3.3; SNC2P: D1.1, D3.1, D2.2, D2.3, D2.4, D2.6, D3.3

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Grade 11

Ecosystems and Oil Spills — Grade 11

Oil is an important resource that also contributes to the global economy. Use everyday materials to explore the environmental costs of oil, and learn how to clean up a model oil spill.

SUBJECT: Environmental Science | STRAND: Scientific Solutions to Contemporary Environmental Challenges, Human Impact on the Environment | TOPIC: Cleaning up an Oil Spill | EXPECTATIONS: SVN3M: A1.3, A1.5, A1.6, A1.7, A1.9, A2.1, B1.1, B2.1, B2.2, B2.5; SVN3E: A1.5, A1.6, A1.7, A1.8, A1.2, B1.1, B3.5, E1.1, E1.2

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DNA Extraction — Grade 11

Extract DNA from fruit using everyday items. Learn about DNA, genes, alleles, chromosomes, homologous pairs, genotypes, phenotypes and the genome using pairs of socks as a model.

SUBJECT: Biology | STRAND: Genetics | TOPIC: DNA Extraction from Cells | EXPECTATIONS: A1.1, D1.1, D2.1, D3.2, D3.3

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Plant Propagation — Grade 11

Dissect a bean, germinate a seed and design an experiment at home using everyday materials from your kitchen. Make the leap from a structured to an open inquiry.

SUBJECT: Biology | STRAND: Plants—Anatomy, Growth and Function; Plants and the Natural Environment | TOPIC: Plant Propagation | EXPECTATIONS: SB13U: F2.2, F2.4, F3.3, F3.4; SBI3C: F2.2, F2.3

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Soda Pop Chemistry — Grade 11

What can candy and soda pop teach us about solubility? Using everyday materials, students make rock candy and soda water, confirm carbonation using a pH indicator and measure the carbonation levels of pop.

SUBJECT: Chemistry | STRAND: Solutions and Solubility, Gases and Atmospheric Chemistry | TOPIC: Solubility | EXPECTATIONS: E2.1, E2.4, E3.1, E3.3, E3.5, F2.1, F3.5

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Sound Waves and Frequency — Grade 11

Learn how sounds are created, study the fundamental properties of sound waves (like frequency and wavelength) and put it all together to build musical instruments!

SUBJECT: Physics | STRAND: Sound and Waves | TOPIC: Frequency and Wavelength of Sound Waves | EXPECTATIONS: E1.1, E2.1, E2.4, E2.6, E2.7

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Grade 12

Bubble Membranes — Grade 12U

Discover how amphipathic molecules are organized in membranes—and how their hydrophilic heads and hydrophobic tails play a role in controlling which molecules enter and leave a cell.

SUBJECT: Biology | STRAND: Biochemistry | TOPIC: Membranes | EXPECTATIONS: B2.1, B2.2, B2.3, B2.5, B3.1, B3.2, B3.6

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DNA Extraction — Grade 12

Use everyday materials and a simple protocol to extract DNA from fruit at home. Learn about DNA structure and how it is replicated both inside and outside of cells in the lab.

SUBJECT: Biology | STRAND: Molecular Genetics | TOPIC: DNA Replication and Extraction from Cells | EXPECTATIONS: A1.1, B3.2, D2.1, D2.3, D3.1, D3.5

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Electrochemistry — Grade 12

Make artwork using the techniques of electroplating and electro-etching and use the creative process to learn about chemical reactions like "redox."

SUBJECT: Chemistry | STRAND: Electrochemistry | TOPIC: Electrolytic Cells (Electro-etching and Electroplating) | EXPECTATIONS: SCH4U: F2.1, F2.2, F2.5, F3.1, F3.5; SCH4C: D1.1, D2.1, D2.2, D2.3, D2.4, D3.1

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Geologic Dating — Grade 12

Using ordinary materials you can find around your home, explore two different geologic dating techniques that scientists use to determine the age of fossils and rocks. This video combines concepts from geology and chemistry to provide an introduction to the principles behind both absolute and relative dating.

SUBJECT: Earth and Space Science | STRAND: Planetary Science; Recording Earth's Geologic History | TOPIC: Relative and Absolute Dating | EXPECTATIONS: C.1.2, C1.2, D.2, D2.4, D2.6, D.3, D3.4, D3.5, D3.7, E2.2

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Spring Force Physics — Grade 12

Are forces really constant? Are solid objects actually rigid? How much weight can a board hold without breaking? What holds objects together? What happens to objects as they break? Use everyday materials to learn about non-constant forces.

SUBJECT: Physics | STRAND: Dynamics, Energy and Momentum | TOPIC: Spring Force Physics (Hooke's Law and Applications) | EXPECTATIONS: B2.3, B2.4, B2.5, C3.1

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Grades K-8

Coming soon. In the meantime, explore these K-8 resources created by Science North.

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