The Safe Drinking Water Foundation Offers Teachers Seven Different Environmental Education Programs
The Safe Drinking Water Foundation offers teachers seven different, exciting, hands-on, cooperative learning activities for their students. Teachers can order or register for programs that they wish to use in their classrooms. If teachers wish to order Operation Water Drop, Operation Water Pollution and/or Operation Water Biology kits they can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to see if funding has been provided by a foundation or corporation for sponsored kits to be sent to them.
Operation Water Drop (OWD)
Operation Water Drop (OWD) is SDWF’s longest standing education program, over 450 OWD kits were distributed to schools last year and the kits are rated very highly by educators everywhere! Elementary teachers demonstrate to students how to test their community drinking water for eight different parameters included in the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality. High school students conduct hands-on tests for 13 different parameters and compare their results to other urban and rural treated drinking water supplies as well as to a raw source water sample. Operation Water Drop kits are sent out on specific dates during the school year and are available in both English and French.
Operation Water Pollution (OWP)
Operation Water Pollution (OWP) is funded by Imagineaction and some chapters of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation so schools are often not required to pay the $140 value for this kit. OWP is taught in science and social studies, and educates students about the various forms of water pollution, how water pollution affects the world, how it is cleaned up and what they can do to help. Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) and pH meters are included in the kit and students learn why they are important factors to be monitored and why they should be kept at appropriate levels. Both meters are re-useable. Operation Water Pollution is available in both English and French.
Operation Water Biology (OWB)
Operation Water Biology (OWB) is a series of eight lesson plans designed for use with students in grades 9-12. OWB directly connects with science, chemistry and biology curricula and covers several different aspects of drinking water treatment. The major topics are chlorine, chloramine, ammonia and iron. For each of these there is a discussion explaining what it is and its importance to drinking water treatment. There are also lab activities for each which allow students to work with small amounts of these substances and see them in action. Students will demonstrate the idea of chlorine demand, create chloramine through a simple chemical reaction, test local samples of drinking water for chlorine and ammonia and filter water samples with iron oxidized by different processes to determine if one is superior. Every lesson includes additional suggested activities and resources, along with references to other sources of information. Operation Water Biology is available in both English and French.
Operation Water Flow (OWF)
Operation Water Flow (OWF) is available free of charge and gives students a greater understanding of economic, social and environmental concerns surrounding water issues in Canada. Operation Water Flow can be taught in math, biology, chemistry, science and social studies. Each of the lessons lead naturally into the many other programs now available from the SDWF. OWF is available in English and will soon also be available in French.
Operation Water Spirit (OWS)
Operation Water Spirit (OWS) is available to all schools across Canada free of charge. It supports and encourages a greater understanding of Aboriginal culture and beliefs related to water issues. A new component of OWS has been added this year, a teacher resource to encourage and support teachers to introduce Aboriginal culture into their classrooms, plus a session on Aboriginal Identity which is very compelling. There are many stories included in all the different grade levels and they are now available in Cree, in both written and audio versions. The OWS lessons are available in both English and Cree.
Operation Water Health (OWH)
Operation Water Health (OWH) is also available free of charge. OWH provides an opportunity to investigate health issues such as waterborne illnesses and contaminated water, and OWH encourages students to do their part to “make a difference”. OWH is available in English, French and Cree.
Operation Community Water Footprint (OCWF)
Operation Community Water Footprint (OCWF) is designed for use with students in grades 6-12. OCWF directly connects with science, social studies and math curricula and is set up as content-integrated lessons. Students learn about their local drinking water treatment facility and distribution system by undertaking a research project as a class. Students will calculate how much water (source water) is needed in order to produce one litre of drinking water in their community (including water used in the treatment process, water lost in distribution, etc.) Community water footprints and information regarding water-related issues being faced, actions students are taking to alleviate problems and/or to inform others will be shared via the Safe Drinking Water Foundation's website. Students will be able to compare their community's water footprint to that of other communities across Canada. Students will also investigate the quality of their own community's drinking water.
Funding For Your School's Water-Focused Action Projects!
Another option is to request funding through Imagineaction (part of the Canadian Teachers' Federation), to do so visit http://www.imagine-action.ca/, register as a teacher and apply for funding.
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