The new Hands-On Science comprehensive resources completely align with the redesigned Science Curriculum for British Columbia. Grounded in the Know-Do-Understand model, First Peoples knowledge and perspectives, and student-driven scientific inquiry, these resources emphasize Core Competencies so students engage in deeper and lifelong learning, develop Curricular Competencies as students explore science through hands-on activities and foster a deeper understanding of the Big Ideas in science.
Using a multi-age approach, each book contains resources for both teachers and students and includes: Curricular Competencies correlation charts; background information on the science topics; complete, easy-to-follow lesson plans; reproducible student materials; material lists and; a five part instruction process - Engage, Explore, Expand, Embed, Enhance, an emphasis on technology, sustainability, and personalized learning, a fully developed assessment plan for summative, formative, and student self-assessment, a focus on real-life Applied Design, Science, and Technology, learning centres that focus on multiple intelligences and universal design for learning (UDL) and place-based activities, Makerspace centres and Loose parts.
Jennifer Lawson, PhD, is the originator and program editor on all of the Hands-On series. In addition to her writing, Jennifer teaches in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba. She is a former classroom teacher, resource/special education teacher, consultant, and principal. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with her husband, Barry, and sons, Devon and Jeremy.