Pioneer Water Race

Theme:Water Attitudes
Location:Dining Hall (Outside)
Map #:23
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Purpose

This activity illustrates how difficult it is to haul water … by fetching a bucket of water!  Students are encouraged to examine the importance of water to our survival and to acknowledge the hardships that pioneers endured.  Through this activity students appreciate the ease to which most of us have access to water and are asked to rethink taking clean water for granted.

Key Messages

  • We tend to take water for granted because it is always there when we turn on the tap
  • However, water is a limited resource that is essential to life
  • We must use water wisely

Ontario Curriculum Connections

Social Studies
  • Heritage and Identity, Grade 4 (Early Societies, 3000 BCE - 1500CE)
    • compare aspects of daily lives of different groups in an early society (e.g., the work, family life), and explain how differences were related to the social organization of that society
    • describe some of the ways in which their daily life different from the lives of young people from different backgrounds (e.g. wealthy, poor, slave, urban, rural, nomadic) in two or more early societies (e.g., with reference to family life, responsibilities, work)
    • describe significant aspects of daily life in two or more early societies
    • describe significant physical features and natural processes and events in two or more early societies (e.g. physical features: rivers) and how they affected these societies, with a focus on the societies' sustainability and food production
Health and Physical Education
  • Living Skills, Grade 4 (Movement Competence: Skills, Concepts and Strategies)
    • perform different combinations of locomotor movements with and without equipment, alone and with others, moving at different speeds and levels, using different pathways, and going in different directions
    • send and receive objects of a variety of shapes and sizes at different levels and speeds, using different body parts and equipment, while applying basic principles of movement
    • retain objects of various shapes and sizes in different ways, using different body parts, with and without equipment, while moving around others and ewuipment
  • Living Skills, Grade 5 (Movement Competence: Skills, Concepts and Strategies)
    • perform controlled transfers of weight in a variety of situations involving static and dynamic balance, using changes in speed and levels, with and without equipment
    • explore different combinations of locomotor movements with and without equipment, alone and with others, moving at different speeds and levels, and using different pathways
    • send and receive objects using different body parts and equipment, adjusting for speed, while applying basic principles of movement
  • Living Skills, Grade 6 (Movment Competence: Skills, Concepts and Strategies)
    • perform smooth transfers of weight in relation to others and equipment in a variety of situations involving static and dynamic balance
    • perform a wide variety of locomotor movements, in combination, at different speeds, in different directions, and using different pathways, while moving around others and/or equipment
    • send and receive a variety of objects, adjusting for speed and distance, while applying basic principles of movement

 

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