Teaching Resources for Water

2022 Waterloo Wellington Children's Groundwater Festival recording is now available to watch. Learn about the water cycle, states of water, rocks, watersheds and habitats, groundwater and water distribution systems.

Learn about water
Municipal water and wastewater systems
Groundwater aquifers and wells
Water cycle and watersheds

Water cycle and states of water


The Great Lakes

Taking care of water

Water conservation: using less water

Water protection: keeping water clean

Wastewater: what not to flush or pour down a drain

Activities, songs and stories

Colouring and activity sheets


Water games

Science experiments

Teaching resources

Municipal water and wastewater systems:

Groundwater wells:

Water cycle, watersheds and stormwater:

Lesson plans and websites:

Book a free presentation

Free water presentations available for schools in Waterloo Region. Content supports the grade 2 and grade 8 curriculum. You can also request a general water systems presentation for other grades or for your school's environmental club.

Complete this request form to book your free water presentation.

Grade 2 (science and technology: air and water in the environment)

  • Length: 45 to 60 minutes
  • Learn about:
    • Where we can find water
    • Water cycle and states of water
    • Actions you can take to use less water
    • Journey of water to your tap
    • Where water goes after you flush the toilet

Grade 8 (science and technology: water systems)

  • Length: 60 to 90 minutes
  • Learn about:
    • Groundwater aquifers
    • Municipal drinking water systems (collection, treatment, distribution)
Plan a field trip (currently unavailable due to COVID-19)

Waterloo Wellington Children's Groundwater Festival

  • for grades 2 to 5
  • hands-on activities teach students about water
  • Visit the Festival website for details

Region of Waterloo Mannheim Water Treatment Plant tour

  • for secondary and post secondary students and adults only
  • technical presentation and tour
  • tours by registration only based on staff availability
  • Video: Plant tour (5:25m)
Careers in water

Managing water resources and providing clean drinking water to our homes involves a team of dedicated professionals. The water industry offers many challenging and rewarding careers. The American Water Works Association provides more information on working with water. 

Watch these videos produced by the Waterloo Wellington Children's Groundwater Festival: 

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