OAC's Lesson Plans

Check out our free downloadable PDF lesson plans developed by OAC faculty and staff below. OAC faculty have adapted teaching resources to meet Ontario high school curriculum objectives.

Coming soon: OAC's Podcast Lesson Plans. Our staff are developing lesson plans that utilize and align with OAC's own research podcast the Why & How. Lesson plan topics will include food science, environmental science, business, economics and more. 

Lesson Plan Themes

Animals

Animal Housing- Think Inside the Box

This activity will allow students to use their understanding of the respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems of various species in hands on learning. Students will be able to apply their knowledge of these biological systems by creating a theoretical model of an animal facility that suits characteristics of each species. This activity supports critical thinking and puts theoretical learning into a practical scenario. 

This activity aligns with the following curriculum: SBI3U, SBI3C, SBI4U

Cow Digestion

This activity will allow students to use their understanding of the digestive systems and increase their knowledge of digestive function of ruminant species. Students will be able to test their knowledge of these biological systems and basic chemistry in this exciting lesson plan. 

This activity aligns with the following curriculum: SBI3U, SBI3C, SBI4U, SCH4U, SCH4C, SVN3M

Environment

The Buzz on Bees

This activity will allow students to use their understanding of the honey bee and expand their knowledge on the social structure and anatomy of a bee. Students will be able to test their knowledge of these important insects through this interactive lesson plan. 

This activity aligns with the following curriculum: SBI3C, SBI3U

Climate Change: It's not all Doom and Gloom

This lesson plan will introduce students to concepts pertaining to climate change, and allow them to explore the different affects climate change has on the earth and our society. Students will discover the differences between weather and climate, and learn about carbon and its role in climate change.

This activity aligns with the following curriculum: SNC2D, SBI3U, SBI4U, SVN3M

Food

Food Sensory Perception

This activity gives students the opportunity to learn how their five senses influence their experience with food. Students will increase their knowledge of how their olfactory and gustatory systems work together. Students are able to apply their creativity and their enhanced knowledge of sensory perception in a culminating sensory perception test.

This activity aligns with the following curriculum: SNC1D, SNC1P, SNC2D, SNC2P, SBI3C, SBI3U

Interdisciplinary

What's On Your Plate

This activity will allow students to explore the various aspects of food production to gain a better understanding of where their food comes from. Organic food, genetically modified food and food science will be investigated through group discussions and interactive activities! 

This activity aligns with the following curriculum: SNC1D, SNC1PSNC1D, SNC1P, SNC2D, SNC2D,  SNC2PSNC2P, SBI3C, SBI3U, SBI3C, SBI3U, SCH4U, SCH4C

Understanding Active Transport

This activity introduces the concept of Active Transportation, a popular topic in community planning across North American communities. Students will learn about the principles of active transportation through activities, videos, discussions and readings. Several activities are designed for hands-on learning.

This activity aligns with the following curriculum: CGF3M, CGR4M, CGG3O

Plants

Biodiversity of Lawns

There are four different varieties of turfgrass commonly found in lawns in Ontario. While most accounts of turfgrass areas refer to them as monocultures this is generally not true. Lawns consist of many species each with different characteristics that aid in the resiliency, or strength, of the lawn ecosystem. The following activities can be performed with these four species to show the diversity of the species found in lawns, and how those differences can be observed in seed size and germination time.

This activity aligns with the following curriculum: SBI3C, SBI3U, SVN3M