Water Docs at School Virtual Youth Forum

Welcome “Water Docs at School” Youth Forum Participants! This page is your home base for all the events, materials & links that are part of this Forum. 

Please reach out to samantha@LSF-LST.ca if you have any questions or feedback! 

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Student Workshops

Complete any 4 (or more!) of the following workshops with your students to receive your $500 Action Project grant!

Live Workshops:

Remember, all live workshops are recorded so you can catch up if you miss one!

Workshop Description: Students will identify and examine the watershed process of water collection, water runoff and waste water through discussion and analysis. This will be a very interactive workshop where students use critical thinking and a creative medium to draw, write and share ideas around their own watershed. Information will be presented as simple questions in water collection, distribution and water flow.

Materials/Prep:

  • blank paper 8.5 x 11 (can use good-on-one-side paper!) – a few sheets for each student
  • coloured pencil crayons/markers (minimum 2 colours per student)
  • either a spray bottle for the classroom or water bottles the students can use a few drips from for an experiment of the H2O flow on their own models of paper

Learn more about Freshwater Alliance

Workshop Description: In this workshop we will learn about our responsibilities to water as taught to us by the water walkers. We will also help students to understand the pressing First Nations water crisis facing many Indigenous children across Canada. Lastly, students will learn about Indigenous water knowledges and how they can restore their connection to water.

Dr. Kelsey Leonard is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. She is a citizen of the Shinnecock Nation; Joanne Robertson is a helper to water walkers across Turtle Island. She is the author and illustrator of The Water Walker and Nibi is Water.

Workshop Description: Students will understand the concept of a watershed, the importance of clean water and the effects that our actions have in the aquatic ecosystems and organisms around us. We will identify how water quality affects aquatic organisms. A Watershed model will be used to showcase human impact. This program provides engaging activities in the classroom followed by an outdoor audit to make real-life connections.

Materials/Prep:

  • Internet-enabled devices are recommended.
  • Please print this Organism Tolerance worksheet before the workshop. There are 8 different sheets; you will need 1 sheet per 2-3 students, so print as many copies as necessary.
  • As an optional follow-up activity, students can perform a Storm Water Management Survey around the school or in a natural area close by.

 

Learn more about Oakville Green

Workshop Description: Our presentation will dive into the Water of the Archipelago and Georgian Bay Islands National Parks and the Indigenous connection to the land and waters. We’ll explore Coastal & Wetland monitoring, what and why and what do we currently know.

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Learn more about Parks Canada

Workshop Description: So you’ve participated in the workshops and learned about all kinds of water issues… Now what? Our Action Project Planning workshop will show you what an Action Project looks like and help you consider your interests and skills, your sphere of influence, and the root causes of the issue so you can take on the best Action Project ever! Materials/Prep:
  • Please print this worksheet (double-sided) – 1 copy per student
  • Internet-enabled devices for Kahoot
  • Watch the workshop recording
  • Play the Kahoot in your class
  • Next Steps:

    Workshop Description: First time filmmakers looking for tips? Or seasoned move makers looking to make the coolest water doc ever? Either way, experienced WaterDocs fiilmmaker Justin Arjune is here to help with everything from filming and sound to editing and cool effects!

    Pre-Recorded Workshops:

    Available anytime!

    Workshop Description: In this session students will explore how we capture and use the wind to generate electrical energy, how wind energy is being used across the country, and how students can support the transition to renewable energies.

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    Workshop Description: In this session, students will explore a circular economic model in relation to the problem of plastic waste in the environment. Through examination of the Plastic Problem and technological solutions to plastic waste, students will feel empowered to address this complex issue and close the loop on plastic.

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    Workshop Description:

    This interactive workshop will explore climate change impacts and solutions through the Climate Atlas of Canada, an engaging online tool for students, researchers, decision-makers, and communities. As an example, we will look at the health impacts of climate change and students will have the opportunity to participate in a “treasure hunt” to find the answers on the site themselves.

    Materials/Prep: 

    • Writing utensil & paper
    • Internet-enabled device – 1 per student or shared

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    Workshop Description:

    Students will learn to code a short program in Scratch that will allow them to create a “Choose your own climate adventure” game. They will code questions and answers, animate, and interactions with the program that will help them better understand how the littlest changes in their actions can have an impact. The learning is accessible to all ages and skill levels. This workshop is broken down into two 30-minute recordings. 
     

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    Supported by:

    Teacher Professional Development Sessions

    Action Project Grant

    Completed all your workshops? Time to request your $500 Action Project grant!

    Film Notes

    Remember:

    • Films are to be max. 4 minutes long (not including end credits)
    • Any music, audio, images, clips, or other elements you don’t create yourselves must be royalty free! (see WDaS Filmmaking Basics Guide page 20 for sources)
    • You must include logos from LSF and Water Docs at School in your film’s credits (click links to download high-resolution logo files)
    • You must submit a signed Media Release Form for every child whose face appears in your film. We have 2 options: a class form to be signed by your principal (preferred), or an individual form to be sent home to parents.

    Feedback Form

    We encourage students & teachers to offer feedback on each workshop using our form!

    Additional Resources