Lather Up!

Theme:Water Conservation
Location:The Pines
Map #:44
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How much water do we use for a five-minute shower?  Students compare early 19th century bathing methods to modern methods and by entering a model shower, participants see the difference a simple technological water-saving device is used.   This activity illustrates what we can do to conserve water while showering!

Key Messages

  • We have a limited amount of water that is drinkable and we must learn to conserve it.
  • Pioneers used water much differently then we do today. We are more wasteful.
  • There are ways in which everyone can conserve water and energy (Electricity and Electrical Devices 1.2)
  • All showers should be retrofitted with water saving shower heads and we should take shorter showers.

Ontario Curriculum Connections

Science and Technology:
  • Understanding Earth and space Systems, Grade 5 (Conservation of energy and Resources)
    • analyze the long-term impacts on society and the environmental of human uses of energy and natural resources, and suggest ways to reduce these impacts
    • evaluate the effect of various technologies on energy consumption and propose ways in which individuals can improve energy conservtion
    • identify renewable and non-renewable sources of energy
  • Understanding Matter and Energy, Grade 6 (Electricity and Electrical Devices)
    • assess opportunities for reducing electricity consumption at home or at school that could affect the use of non-renewable resources in a positive way or reduce the impact of electricity generation on the environment
    • describe ways in which the use of electricity by society, including the amount of electrical energy used, has changed over time
Social Studies:
  • Heritage and Identity, Grade 6 (Communities in Canada, Past and Present)
    • describe some key economic, political, cultural, and social aspects of life in settler communities in Canada


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