Science 8: Local Drinking Water
This lesson meets cross-curricular outcomes for Science 8 and Mathematics 8. Students will administer a survey and analyze the results to investigate the ways that water is used in their community, the quality of the water, and the perceived threats to the water.
Many First Nations across Canada face challenges in ensuring the drinking water they have from the land and in their communities is safe to drink. Various industries, such as oil and gas and pulp mills, affect local drinking water. In this lesson, students will come to understand the significance of water supply and quality to the needs of humans and other living things in their local community. To do so, they will administer a survey and analyze the results to investigate the ways that water is used in their community, the quality of the water, and the perceived threats to the water.
Many Indigenous communities in Canada do not have access to clean drinking water. Lack of infrastructure (e.g. water treatment plants, type of piping in buildings) and pollution are two of the reasons why some communities face long-term boil water advisories. For this reason, some communities rely on a truck to deliver water to homes or may drink bottled water. This lesson introduces students to the importance of clean water and allows them to investigate the quality and perceptions of drinking water in their own community.
Key questions for student inquiry:
Do people in our community feel the water they drink in their homes is safe? What about the water they drink from the land (lakes, rivers, streams)?
In the classroom and in the school/community (survey)
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