Everything is connected to everything else and one of the most important substances that connects our world is water.
Water First is happy to provide teachers and students with our fun, hands-on, and informative water science learning resources. Our printable learning packs explore foundational concepts in water science, as well as humans’ impact on water systems. We have also included relevant links to the Ontario Elementary Curriculum and evaluation tools for educators.
These water science learning packs were developed to supplement our active communities’ educational resources that were delivered to their students amidst COVID-19. They were created in consultation with teachers and principals working in First Nations schools with the intention of complimenting Indigenous pedagogical values and approaches.
We are making them available to any parents and/or educators who would like to explore these learning concepts in their classroom. We are also working hard to create additional learning resources for everyone to use, please be patient as we continue to add to our library!
Introduction to Watersheds familiarizes students with the geographical components that make up a watershed and why watersheds are important to the health of our environment.
We have incorporated some Anishinaabemowin water words taken from the Ojibway People’s Dictionary to provide students an opportunity to learn about multiple ways to describe our relationships with the land (aki) and the water (nibi). This relationship is fundamental to all life on Turtle Island, and we encourage students to practice writing Anishnaabemowin and/or other languages when discussing the environment.
Different First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples have their own traditional education practices. Story telling and learning from the land are important forms of education in many Indigenous communities.
The Digital Water Journey learning pack is a cross-curricular and integrated learning opportunity. A major component of this packet involves learning about the natural world and its processes through story telling and seeking inspiration from the land. It challenges the students to think critically about how water moves and changes in the environment, while also providing opportunities to strengthen language skills and application of modern technology.