Resource Boxes

History

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)

Tools

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)

Language Arts

Cuneiform Writing (English Only)

Using a stylus and a plasticine tablet, students are introduced to ancient Mesopotamian writing. Activities include writing simple sentences in cuneiform and examining a reproduced ancient cuneiform tablet.

Contents: cuneiform writing utensils, cuneiform tablet and student activity booklets. (Junior)

Egyptian Hieroglyphs (English Only)

Students explore the writing of ancient Egyptians using self-directed activity booklets and a scarab reproduction. Activities include reading the inscription on the scarab, and learning how to write in hieroglyphs.

Contents: ancient Egyptian scarab reproduction, booklets "Equipment for Eternity" and "The Words of the Gods", student activity booklets, “The Ancient Times” CD ROM and teacher's notes. (Junior)

Contents: 7 writing utensils, photocards, student activity booklets and teacher's notes. (Junior)

Science & Technology

EARTH AND SPACE SYSTEMS

Fossils

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)

LIFE SYSTEMS

Birds Eggs

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)

Shells

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)

Skulls

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)

Visual Arts

Quilts

By comparing a 19th century quilt sample with a modern version, students explore the technical mastery and traditions of this craft. Other activities include studying the pattern of pioneer quilts and reconstructing the geometry of quilt design.

Contents: 19th century and modern quilt samples, pattern board, patch piece bag, student activity booklets and teacher's notes. (Pr/Junior)

Social Studies

Immigration to Ontario (1900-1992) - A New Home

This cross-cultural unit is one of three cases focusing on four families who came to settle in Ontario from England (1900s), Armenia (1920s), the Indian sub-continent (1960s), and Korea (1970s). Students examine objects relating to everyday home life to become acquainted with the customs, institutions, and historical backgrounds of the four families. A special board game "Destination Ontario" is included to introduce students to the concepts of immigration, cultural and racial diversity, and racism.

Contents: objects include a myelochi strainer, chapti pan, sad iron, Armenian coffee maker, student activity booklets and teacher's notes. (Junior)

Immigration to Ontario (1900-1992) - New School

This unit is the second of three cases focusing on cultural diversity in Ontario. In this unit, students examine schooling for English immigrants at the turn of the century, and the schooling experiences of three families from a Korean, Armenian and East Indian background.

Contents: Game "Destination Ontario", arithmetic and grammar books, report cards, school photographs, student activity booklets and teacher's notes. (Junior)

Immigration to Ontario (1900-1992) - Leisure Time

This unit is the third of three cases focusing on cultural diversity in Ontario. Using a variety of hands-on activities, students examine how four families from English, Korean, Armenian and East Indian backgrounds use their leisure time.

Contents: Game "Destination Ontario", yut game, pachisi game, a turn-of-the-century stereoscope with photographs, student activity booklets and teacher's notes. (Junior)

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)