Oxford Children's Water Festival 2022 Virtual Resources

Check out the following videos and activities that will help you teach key concepts from the Water Festival and celebrate water all year long!

VIDEOS

Primary Grades

Water Cycle, Go Noodle - This fun music video will get students up and moving as they learn about the water cycle.

Stream Study, Upper Thames River Conservation Authority - Staff from UTRCA show how to investigate the water quality of a stream in London, Ontario through the collection of benthic invertebrates.

Exploring Wild Wetlands, Scientists in School - Join Scientists in School on an educational and interactive walk through ponds and swamps. Investigate various plants and animals that adapt and survive in water.

Water Cycle, Happy Learning - Learn about the importance of water to the Earth and the water cycle, including evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. 

Moo's Thirsty, Ontario Federation of Agriculture - Take a tour of local barns to learn the different ways farmers provide their livestock with clean, safe, and abundant drinking water. 

Freddy the Fish Teaches About Stormwater, NCTCOG E&D - Freddy the Fish teaches kids about what happens to rain after it hits the ground, where storm drains lead to, and what we can do to help prevent water pollution.

Save Water to Help the Earth, WonderGrove Kids - Learn about the things we can all do to conserve water around the house. 

First Nations Perspectives on Water, Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority - Carlyn Johnston and Karen Mattila of Ska-Nah-Doht Village and Museum share the regard and relationship of Anishinaabe kwe and Haudenosaunee cultures toward our life-giving waters.

The Threat of Invasive Species, TEDEd - A snake that is capable of devouring an alligator. Rabbit populations that eat themselves into starvation. These aren’t horror movie concepts – they’re real stories. Learn the facts on invasive species.

Make Your Own Nature Journal, rare Charitable Research Reserve - A nature journal is a great way to record your thoughts on water and the environment. Discover how to create your very own with the rare Charitable Research Reserve.

Why Do We Put Salt On Icy Sidewalks? SciShow Kids - Investigate why we use salt to keep sidewalks safe in winter and learn about the negative impact salt can have on local water quality with Squeaks and Mister Brown from SciShow Kids.

Wings Over Water: A Water Bird Adventure, Scientists in School - Have you ever noticed the different kinds of water birds? How do they swim? What do they eat? How do they stay warm in winter? Go on a journey with Scientists in School and discover the amazing lives of water birds.

Boiled Water Advisory Summer 2021, AMDSB - Do you know what a boil water advisory is? Monique and Marcia discuss an advisory that affected the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in 2021 and what everyone can do to speak up about better water quality.

The Anishinaabe Woman Who Walked For Water Rights, Historica Canada - Learn about the life and legacy of Josephine Mandamin, an Anishinaabe woman who spent 14 years walking around the Great Lakes to raise awareness of water pollution. Version française

Read Aloud of The Water Walker, Joanne Robertson - Enjoy a read aloud from the author of The Water Walker, an illustrated story about Josephine Mandamin's historic water walks around the Great Lakes to inspire people to protect water.

Meet Clean Water Activist Autumn Peltier, CBC Kids News - Think you can't make a difference as a kid? Think again! Get to know Autumn Peltier, a teenager from Wiikwemkoong First Nation who has been fighting for clean drinking water in Indigenous communities since she was just 12 years old.

Build A River Model, Science Buddies - Learn to construct your own mini river at home in an aluminum pan. When you're done, fill your model with water and watch as it flows through the river channel you created!

How to Draw a River, Art TV - Get creative and try following this beginner-friendly drawing tutorial of a quiet spot along a river. Feel free to add in any local wildlife you might find along the river too. Don't forget to colour your drawing once you're done!

Drip Drip Drop, OFA - Follow Walter the Water Droplet on his journey downstream through the watershed and learn about the many things farmers do to help protect water.

DIY Water Filter, City of Stratford - Have you ever seen a water filter in action? Make your own water filter at home using basic materials such as sand, cotton, and rocks and watch as muddy water turns clear!

All the Water in the World, Water Education - Learn how the world's water is distributed and how much is actually available for us to drink through this fun home experiment. Afterwards, make a beautiful bracelet to remind you of all the water in the world and where it's found.

Melting Exercise, Go Noodle - In this guided meditation for kids, practice freezing and melting like a block of ice to release stress and tension.

Beware the Berg! City of Hamilton - Listen to a story from Fussy Faucet and his kitchen friends and discover what can happen to the fats, oils, and grease you wash down the drain.

JUNIOR GRADES

Toilets are Not Garbage Cans, City of London - Learn about the importance of putting waste in the right place! Toilets are not garbage cans.

The Story of Bottled Water, The Story of Stuff Project - Discover the
impact of bottled water and take a
deeper dive into marketing techniques  that can influence and impact our behaviour.

Greenway Wastewater Treatment Plant, Upper Thames River Conservation Authority  - Take a virtual tour of the Greenway Wastewater Treatment Plant to see how our wastewater is processed. 

Moo's Thirsty, Ontario Federation of Agriculture - Take a tour of local barns to learn the different ways farmers provide their livestock with clean, safe, and abundant drinking water. 

Stream Study, Upper Thames River Conservation Authority - Staff from UTRCA show how to investigate the water quality of a stream in London, Ontario through the collection of benthic invertebrates.

Drain Rangers, Transect Films - Too much stormwater can be a big problem! Investigate the causes of and solutions to dirty stormwater runoff. 

Exploring Wild Wetlands, Scientists in School - Join Scientists in School on an educational and interactive walk through ponds and swamps. Investigate various plants and animals that adapt and survive in water.

First Nations Perspectives on Water, Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority - Carlyn Johnston and Karen Mattila of Ska-Nah-Doht Village and Museum share the regard and relationship of Anishinaabe kwe and Haudenosaunee cultures toward our life-giving waters.

The Threat of Invasive Species, TEDEd - A snake that is capable of devouring an alligator. Rabbit populations that eat themselves into starvation. These aren’t horror movie concepts – they’re real stories. Learn the facts on invasive species.

Let's Be Less Salty, WWF Canada - Discover the impact of road salt on waterways in the winter and learn about how we can all be less salty.

Floodplain Simulator, UTRCA - Investigate floodplains and the role they play in managing floods with Maranda from the UTRCA. You can even check out a floodplain simulator and watch real footage of flooding on the Thames River. 

Thames River Cleanup, UTRCA - Meet Todd Sleeper, a local Ontarian who has been organizing cleanups of the Thames River for over 20 years. Check out some of the unbelievable trash that's ended up in the river and see how big of a difference a concerned group of volunteers can make!

Drinking Water Source Protection, Conservation Ontario - Do you know where your drinking water comes from? Hint: it's beyond the kitchen sink! Learn tips on how we can all contribute to keeping our drinking water clean and safe.

How Much Water is on Earth? NASA Space Place - Join NASA on an investigation of all the water on earth. Find out how much water is salty,  how much is frozen in glaciers, and how much is sitting in the atmosphere as water vapor.

The Basics of Freshwater, Crash Course Kids - Let's talk freshwater! Sabrina shares all about freshwater in this comprehensive video including where you can find it, why it's important, and why we should use it wisely.

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