Water Docs at School
Brought to you by LSF and Water Docs, Water Docs at School (WDaS) is a free, curriculum-connected community action program that actively engages Ontario, New Brunswick and Manitoba grade 7-8 students in addressing water issues through authentic inquiry, project-based learning, and video production. This program builds students’ understanding of water and instills in them a commitment to water stewardship.
Our 2023/2024 program is now open for registration! Check out the FAQ below & register now.
- Completing the WDaS lesson plans, which introduce water issues and focus on your local watershed & the great lakes
- Planning & executing an Action Project (or multiple Projects) to tackle a water issue in your community
- Filming your process
- Producing a 4-minute film (or multiple films) about your learning, your action, and your impacts
- Submitting your film(s) for judging
- Free curriculum-connected lesson plans & supporting resources, including Action Project and filmmaking guides for students
- Invitation to the WDaS Virtual Youth Forum
- Virtual check-ins & support
- Recognition certificates
- A virtual recognition day celebrating all participants and showcasing the top films
- Submitted films are eligible for awards for Best Project and Best Film! Winning films receive a class prize and their films are featured on our site to inspire next year’s WDaS students!
- Start: use the WDaS Lesson Plans with your students
- Jan-Mar: WDaS virtual Youth Forum, including expert-led workshops for your students on water, action, and filmmaking!
- Jan-May: Take on your student-led water Action Projects and create your documentary films!
- May 22, 2024: Film submissions are due!
- May/Jun: Films submissions are judged by our panel of experts
- Jun: virtual film festival recognition day and award presentations
A FREE interactive virtual event series designed to ENGAGE students in local water issues, EQUIP them with the skills needed to make change and EMPOWER them to take action!
The Forum includes:
- professional development package for teachers
- virtual kickoff event featuring a special guest
- virtual, hands-on student workshops on water issues
- virtual Action Project planning session
- virtual Filmmaking How-To session
- $500 Action Project grant to support water action & filmmaking!
The Youth Forum is NOT a mandatory part of the WDaS program, but it is highly recommended!
WDaS is connected to Ontario, New Brunswick & Manitoba curriculum for grades 7 & 8. It will help you engage your students in project-based and inquiry learning, connect them with their local community, foster water stewardship and global citizenship, develop 21st century competencies, and gain skills in technology, creativity, leadership, and more!
Any other questions? Email Sam at samantha@LSF-LST.ca
Watch these teachers talk about their WDaS experience!
Congratulations to all who participated in the program last year! We received over 40 amazing films showcasing student-led water Action Projects from classes across MB, ON and NB.
Our winners and other honourees are below. Click the titles to view their films!
- BEST FILM: “Ground Litter” from Walnut Grove PS (Brampton, ON)
- BEST FILM – RUNNER UP: “The pollution and protection of Lake Ontario” from Fern Ave PS (Toronto, ON)
- BEST FILM – HONOURABLE MENTION: “Food Save Yours” from George Street Middle School (Fredericton, NB)
- BEST PROJECT: “Water Pollution Needs a Fast Solution” from St. Ursula Elementary (Brampton, ON)
- BEST PROJECT – RUNNER UP: “Grenadier Pond – An Urban Pond Success Story” from High Park Alternative School (Toronto, ON)
- BEST PROJECT – HONOURABLE MENTION: “Plant the Gates” from Westgate Mennonite Collegiate (Winnipeg, MB)
Congratulations to all 2022/2023 participants!
This program is supported by