Ideal for a small group of 2-8 students or independent student inquiry, Resource Boxes can also be used to highlight specific points of a topic in a full class setting. They contain teacher's notes, student activity cards, objects/artifacts, and resource material. Topics are listed by subject below.
How to Make Stone Tools
Through a series of hands-on exercises, students learn how Ontario's First Peoples made tools such as hunting points, chopping tools and scrapers. Other exercises include: hafting or fastening points to sticks, and examining the technique of percussion flaking.
Contents: 9 artifacts, string and rubber socket, tape cassette, activity cards, student activity booklets and teacher's notes. (Junior/Intermediate)
Students examine authentic tools used by Ontario's First Peoples. Objects such as an adze, bone awl, spear points, and a clay effigy pipe are used to construct a picture of what Ontario life was like thousands of years ago.
Contents: 12 ROM artifacts, publication "Ontario Prehistory", student activity booklet and teacher's notes. (Junior/Intermediate)
Earth & Space Systems
Bones Found on the Ground (English Only)
Through a series of hands-on activities, students examine how bones can be altered through weathering, permineralization and burial. Objects include a neck vertebra of a white whale, a 20,000 year old horse vertebra, and a fore-leg bone of a cow.
Contents: 8 bone specimens, student activity booklets and teacher’s notes. (Junior/Intermediate)
Through a variety of fossil specimens, charts and written materials, students explore areas such as fossil classification, the process of fossilization and the study of biostratigraphy (aging rocks with fossils).
Contents: 10 fossil specimens, photo panel, time chart activity, fossil identification game, student activity booklets and teacher's notes with suggested class activities and discussions. (Junior/Intermediate)
Students explore the structure and appearance of bird eggs. Through a selection of bird egg specimens and models, students examine areas such as the laying, incubation and hatching of eggs.
Contents: egg boxes A and B, 2 model "egg" objects, egg dissection booklet, student activity booklets and teacher's notes. (Junior/Intermediate)
Bones and Environmental Adaptations
Using a variety of specimens, students examine how adaptations to environment and mode of locomotion can be revealed in bone appearance and structure. Other areas, such as skin, muscle and the human skeleton are explored in this unit.
Contents: 7 bone specimens, student activity booklets, and teacher's notes. (Junior/Intermediate)
Using a selection of shells, students examine the three main groups of molluscs (gastropods, cephalopods and pelecypods). Other activities include the study of shell surface texture, colour patterns, composition and growth lines.
Contents: shell box (44 shell specimens), nautilus box, publication Seashells of the World, student activity booklets (2) and teacher's notes. (Junior/Intermediate)
Using "Mystery Skull Booklets", students attempt to uncover the identity of six different skulls. This investigation includes an examination of one's own skull, along with understanding the important features on the skull, such as the nasal passage, dentition and eye orbits.
Contents: 6 mystery skulls, 7 mystery booklets and teacher's notes. (Junior/Intermediate)
Inuit Men (English Only)
By examining a harpoon point, snow knife and snow goggles, students are introduced to the daily life of a traditional Inuit man. Other areas explored include building an igloo, making tools and hunting seals.
Contents: 6 Inuit objects, student activity booklets and teacher's notes. (Junior)
Inuit Toys & Games (English Only)
Students examine a flat ball, bone doll, buzzer, and ring and pin in this hands-on study of Inuit toys and games. Activities include learning how to play attailiiyag, string games and bone games.
Contents: 5 Inuit game objects, fold-out game chart, booklet “Northern Games”, student activity booklets and teacher’s notes.
Inuit Women (English Only)
An ulu (knife), blubber pounder, dipper and mitt are some of the objects used in this unit to introduce students to the daily life of a traditional Inuit woman. Areas explored include preparing animal skins, making clothing and using an Inuit lamp.
Contents: 7 Inuit objects, student activity booklets and teacher's notes. (Junior)
Japan: Food (English Only)
A selection of Japanese dishware and utensils introduces students to traditional and modern Japanese cooking. Areas explored include food preparation, dishware decoration, and learning how to use chopsticks (hashi) and a rice paddle.
Contents: 5 pieces of Japanese dishware, 6 Japanese utensils, student activity booklet and teacher's notes. (Junior)
Japan: Numbers and Soroban (English Only)
Through self-directed activity booklets, students learn how to write Japanese numbers and use a soroban (abacus). Activities include writing Japanese characters and doing simple addition and subtraction on the soroban.
Contents: 4 sorobans, student activity booklets and teacher's notes. (Junior)
Japan: Toys and Games (English Only)
This examination includes playing with contemporary and traditional Japanese toys and games. Activities include drawing a kokeshi (wooden) doll, designing a Japanese kite and learning how to play Jan Ken Pon.
Contents: kendama (stick and pin game), otedama (bean bag), kokeshi and daruma doll, photo cards, activity booklets and teacher's notes. (Junior)
Japan: Writing (English Only)
Using an ink brush, ink stone and ink stick students are introduced to Japanese writing. Other exercises include an examination of Japanese characters, signature seals, and a modern Japanese publication.
Contents: 6 Japanese writing utensils, Japanese comic book, student activity booklets and teacher's notes. (Junior)