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Water – sacred, essential to all life and a theme that permeates throughout Alberta Education’s program of studies. Discover a selection of simple activities, broken down by grade level, to support at home learning. All activities support curriculum outcomes and provide opportunities to connect students to nature.
May 05, 2020

Grades K-3

Curriculum: Literacy, Numeracy, Science 

Water Scavenger Hunt - Outdoor Activity

Water is all around us! Take a walk in your neighbourhood or local park to look for water signs. Count the number of different places you found water. What spot surprised you the most?

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Paddle to the Sea - Video/Outdoor Activity

Follow the journey of a boy who carved a canoe and a man whom he called “Paddle to the Sea” in a 28-minute film that follows the adventures of a canoe on its journey from Lake Superior to the Sea. Build your very own nature boat and set it free on a unique journey to extend the learning. 

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Grades 4-6 

Curriculum: Literacy, Numeracy, Science

Flow Factor - Video/Outdoor Activity

Join Great Blue Herron in this video clip from K- Country’s interpretive show, Flow Factor, as she learns about the water cycle from Mountain Goat. Extend your learning with a scientific experiment focused on the transpiration of leaves.

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Where Does My Water Come From? - Video/Indoor Activity

Most of us can turn on the tap and have potable (drinkable) water. We flush toilets and shower without much thought of where our wastewater goes. In this activity, students will draw their house and indicate water sources and exit points, then investigate where this resource travels. Extension activities focus on graphing household water usage while encouraging a water conservation ethic.

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Grades 7-9 

Curriculum: Literacy, Science

Flow Factor - Video/Outdoor Activity

What's the problem with the water? Join Mountain Goat, Blue Herron and Professor Pollutant in this video clip from K-Country’s interpretive show, Flow Factor, to find out. Explore your neighbourhood for possible contaminants that could decrease local water quality and natural buffers that may protect it to extend your learning.

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Grades 10-12 

Curriculum: Science, Biology, Wellness

Water Walker – Josephine Mandamin

Video/Indoor Activity/Outdoor Activity

17, 000 km. 11 pairs of sneakers. 3 knees. Josephine Mandamin, an Anishinabek Grandmother from Wikwemikong First Nation on Manitoulin Island, walked for water. She walked, prayed and sang for the waters of all five Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River from 2003-2009. Josephine’s teachings provide an Indigenous way of understanding a water ecosystem and provide an opportunity for students to integrate knowledge from different worldviews.

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Vicki Perkins
Vicki Perkins has been an Outdoor Educator for over 20 years. As the Formal and Environmental Education Coordinator in Kananaskis Country, she is dedicated to providing opportunities to engage youth and teachers within Alberta's protected area system. Vicki holds a Bachelor of Education and Science degrees, as well as, an Honors Bachelor in Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism. In her previous roles as a park’s interpreter, a classroom teacher with Indigenous youth and as an education specialist for the United Nations Development Program, she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her position. Vicki is passionate about the natural world and protecting it for future generations.

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Updated: Jun 5, 2020