Lessons and Resources

The CLS provides real world educational resources for middle and senior years teachers across Canada that relate to curriculum. Resources in the following topics have been developed: Light and Optics; Science and Society; Physical Sciences; Earth Sciences; Health Sciences; Chemistry; Physics; Biology; Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge; Synchrotron Science; Research Skills. There are also English and French resources. 

  MIDDLE YEARS SENIOR YEARS
SCIENCE AND SOCIETY
PHYSICAL SCIENCE
CHEMISTRY & PHYSICS
HEALTH SCIENCE
BIOLOGY
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
BIOLOGY & EARTH
ABORIGINAL TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE
RESEARCH SKILLS

 

Printable Activities for Students

Synchrotron 101
Crossword 
Word Find

 

English Lesson Plans

Science 20 Connections

This resource highlights how the innovated research done at the Canadian Light Source connects to Health Sciences, Physical Sciences and Environmental Sciences.  

Crystal Structure

 

Pretty Pathogens – Case Study

A case study for Grade 11 Health Sciences in which students will investigate four different types of pathogens (involved in sleeping sickness, meningitis, malaria, and whooping cough), explore the Protein Data Bank and discover the capabilities of the Canadian Light Source. It was designed to be easily adapted to suit any classroom. Appropriate for senior students.


Pretty Pathogens - Teacher Notes
Pretty Pathogens - Student Handouts

 

Saving Lives with Light

 

Health Science Graphic: Saving Lives with Light

This infographic highlights CLS involvement in health and biological research. The 18 research examples in the infographic have corresponding DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) which can be used to search for the peer-reviewed article. If you prefer, we have also prepared a document with brief plain language summaries or links to news articles for each research example. You can find that here: (Link to PDF)

 

This is a career exploration resource highlighting how CLS employs a broad range of people.

Career Connections

This is a career exploration resource highlighting how CLS employs a broad range of people. 18 employees were interviewed, featuring  different careers and skill sets including scientific, technical and research skills. Each interviewee introduces their career path and education background then describes their current job activities. Each brief bio has the areas of science curriculum it relates to, links to background articles and a 2 minute video of the interview.

 

Nanabush and the Roses

 

Nanabush and the Roses

This lesson plan uses the story of ‘Nanabush and the Roses’ to demonstrate
that the scientific method of inquiry was present in Indigenous knowledge systems. The story of Nanabush and the Roses is a well-known Anishinabek story that describes the disappearance of the roses, as well as the subsequent struggle to find them and determine why they had vanished. This lesson can be used as a tool for exploration of the scientific methods and/or ecological disaster and climate change in the science classroom.

 

Report of the Taskforce on Turtle Island Rose Depopulation

 

Report of the Taskforce on Turtle Island Rose Depopulation

This poster presents story of ‘Nanabush and the Roses’ to describe the scientific method of inquiry used in the natural sciences such as physics and chemistry. The story of Nanabush and the Roses is a well-known Anishinabek story that describes the disappearance of the roses, as well as the subsequent struggle to find them and determine why they had vanished. This story can also be used as a tool for discussion of ecological disaster and climate change.

 

 

CLS Location Discussioncls aerial view location

The premise of this lesson is based on decision making. The Canadian Government has been convinced that a synchrotron, the Canadian Light Source, is a necessary tool for researchers. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan has been proposed as a possible location. Students must determine if the location is appropriate. Appropriate for middle years or secondary students.

 

Calculator and Notepad drawing

 

Research Proposal

The students will write their own research proposal based on their chosen topic. This will let them think of how they could be involved and learn about the scientific research process. Appropriate for middle years or senior students.

 

 

 

Frog on rock

 

Science Research in a First Nations Perspective

This activity is designed to present synchrotron science in an atmosphere supportive to First Nations and Métis cultures. Discussions are based on making connections between daily experiences, life stories, and synchrotron research in the hopes that students are able to identify with the desire to learn more using synchrotron related techniques. Appropriate for middle years or senior students.

 

 

Synchrotron Applications Presentation

A lesson plan for Grade 12 Physics: To develop an understanding that technology both shapes society and is shaped by society. Appropriate for middle years or senior students.

 

 

Photo of earth

 

Environmental Issues

Students will be put in the position of researchers that have been approached by a company for assistance in monitoring the potential for environmental damage as a result of their business practices. Appropriate for senior students.

 

Experiment using magnetic force to accelerate a ball bearing

 

Accelerating Matter

This activity uses magnetic force to accelerate a ball bearing. While it is not precisely the method that CLS uses to accelerate the electrons to produce synchrotron light, parallels can be drawn to help demonstrate similar concepts. Appropriate for middle years students and can be adapted for senior students.

 

 

Diagram of a Monochromator

Build a Monochromator

A monochromator is the device that enables scientists to select specific wavelengths of light for their experiments. Using a prism, students will explore the properties of light and the spectrum within a practical context. Appropriate for middle years or secondary students.

 

Phto of laser through a lense

 

 

Reflection, Refraction and Lasers

A lesson plan designed for Grade 4, 8 and 11 to learn more about reflection, refraction and the behavior of light using lasers.

 

 

Compass

 

 

The D-Files: The Atom Smasher Enquiry

Shared from Daresbury lab in the UK, these are intended as thought exercises, however, the experiments are feasible. Appropriate for middle years or senior students.

 

Mystery Box

 

 

Thinking Like a Scientist - Mystery Box

Art and Science lesson: The idea behind this is that you can see different things with different light, much like a synchrotron. Appropriate for middle years or senior students.

 

Molecule structure diagram

 

 

 

Molecule Construction

Students will learn how synchrotron technology contributes to the understanding of the properties of molecules. This will lead to the construction of a model of an arsenic atom bonded to four oxygen atoms. Appropriate for senior students.

 

Electrons Diagram

 

 

Electrons and the Synchrotron

Patterns in Electron Configuration: A lesson plan for Grade 11 Chemistry.

 

 

 

Picture of Seeds

Mapping Metals in Seeds

Seeds store high concentrations of metal in preparation for germination. Students will map the location of the metals within an Arabidopsis thaliana seed using information provided by experiments using X-ray florescence techniques. Appropriate for senior students.

 

View of the Canadian Synchrotron inside

 

Synchrotrons from a Physics Perspective

This lesson explains how a synchrotron works using basic physics. The demonstrations help clarify some of the different physics concepts. Students will be challenged to think about what is happening and gain a better understanding of how a synchrotron works.

 

 

Cancer Cell

 

The Cell Cycle, Cancer, and the Synchrotron

A lesson plan for Grade 12 Biology, Genetics unit: What happens to a cell when a mutation has occurred? Discuss how normal cells can become cancer cells.

 

 

 

French Lesson Plans

This is a career exploration resource highlighting how CLS employs a broad range of people.

 

Career Connections 

This is a career exploration resource highlighting how CLS employs a broad range of people. 18 employees were interviewed, featuring many different careers and skill sets including scientific, technical and research skills. Each interviewee introduces their career path and education background then describes their current job activities. Each brief bio has the areas of science curriculum the bio relates to, links to background articles and a 2 minute video of the interview. ***Some are in French

 

 

SAÉ Panne au synchrotron jdb

SAÉ Panne au synchrotron jdbVous êtes un chercheur dans un laboratoire pharmaceutique d’ une grande compagnie internationale basée à Québec. Vous devez valider une hypothèse de recherche en effectuant une série d ’ expériences en utilisant les moyens offerts par le synchrotron canadien qui se trouve à Saskatoon. Malheureusement on vous informe, quelques jours avant votre déplacement, que la machine est en panne. Un défaut est apparu dans le canon à électrons qui oblige à reporter votre expérimentation pour une durée indéterminée. Vous êtes très contrarié par ce contretemps car le travail que vous aviez planifié depuis de nombreux mois est reporté à une date indéterminée.
Cahier de l’élève
Planification d'une SAÉ Science et technologie

 

SAÉ Veilleuse jdb

 

 

SAÉ Veilleuse jdb

La compagnie, lumière inc., a décidé de développer une veilleuse. Cette veilleuse sera spéciale, à partir d’un globe normal, l’utilisateur pourra choisir la couleur de la lumière. Tu travailles au département de développement. Ton patron vient te voir et te demandes de lui fabriquer un système qui permettra d’isoler une couleur spécifique d’une lumière blanche.

 

 

SAÉ Lumière gde

SAÉ Lumière gde

Que la lumière soit !!! Construire un modèle réduit de synchrotron en respectant des contraintes de fabrication. ATS 2e année du 2e cycle.

 

 

SAÉ Panne au synchrotron gde

 

SAÉ Panne au synchrotron gde

Faire prendre conscience à l’élève des implications et exigences du monde de la recherche, tant des points de vue académique que personnel. Secondaire V.

 

 

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Tracy Walker
Education Programs Lead 
 
Email:  tracy.walker@lightsource.ca
Phone: 306-657-3525

Anna-Maria Boechler 
Education Coordinator

Email:  anna-maria.boechler@lightsource.ca
Phone: 306-657-3745

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