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IdeaPark, developed by Let’s Talk Science, is a collection of free educator resources, planning tools and professional learning opportunities to support having a skills based, co-constructed, learning environment through STEM for your early years to Grade 3 classroom. Registering on IdeaPark grants you free access to
IdeaPark supports educators to develop young children’s language, inquiry, problem solving, critical thinking, numeracy and teamwork skills, while building on their natural curiosity about the world around them.
IdeaPark educator resources were developed by Let’s Talk Science, a national charitable organization committed to inspiring and empowering Canadian youth to develop the skills and competencies they need to participate and thrive in an ever changing world. To accomplish this, Let’s Talk Science offers a comprehensive suite of STEM-based programs to support youth, educators and volunteers across Canada.
Once registered and logged in you can search hundreds of skill-based, integrated, cross-curricular resources including Investigations, Explorations and supporting resources such as Learning Strategies, Backgrounders, Skill Look Fors, etc. to assist you in your daily planning. Through these resources, IdeaPark provides you with illustrative examples of how you can provide an inquiry-based, problem-solving and co-constructed learning environment where your students are given the opportunity to explore and investigate the world around them by asking questions, making predictions, observations and comparisons as well as communicate their findings.
IdeaPark educator resources offer access to hundreds of integrated resources, including:
These resources are also categorized by various interest areas including: Seasonal Change, Machines & Mechanisms, Living Things, Environment & Community, Properties of Materials, and Structures & Stability.
Yes. The Explorations and Investigations support the skills of inquiry, problem solving and the “big ideas/concepts” represented within provincial/territorial curriculum documents. IdeaPark educator resources are continually developed as a cross-curricular resource that supports science and technology curriculum as well as numeracy, literacy, personal and social development, and the arts.
Yes, IdeaPark is designed to help you differentiate students' learning experiences based on their interests, strengths and areas of growth. You can search the educator resources database using multiple search options, creating a myriad of Explorations and Investigations with supporting resources. Choose relevant resources to save in your planning space allowing you to organize and create your own groups based on your students’ needs.
Lets’ Talk Science offers a variety of professional learning opportunities for Kindergarten to Grade 12 educators throughout the year, from workshops to full day Summer Institutes. These professional learning sessions bring together educators to discuss and explore effective early learning practices with fresh ideas and creative approaches. Professional Learning opportunities are regularly updated with links to online registration for your convenience.
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