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Water in Our Lives

Workshop at the Museum

Tania Arbic © Canadian Museum of Nature


Recommended for
Ontario: grade 2
Quebec: elementary cycle 1.

In this workshop, students explore the amazing properties of water through hands-on experimentation.

They learn about the water cycle and explore water in its three states.

Students discover why our planet is known as the Blue Planet and the importance of preserving this important resource.

Duration: 50 minutes.

Curriculum links (link goes to the bottom of the page).


  • October 3, 2017 – June 14, 2018
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
  • Workshop starting time: 9:45 am, 11 am, 12:15 pm.


  • $9 per student (tax not included)
  • Second workshop on the same day: $4 per student (tax not included)
  • See if your class qualifies for Nature Express, our financial-aid programme.

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Students conduct experiments and record their observations in the provided work booklets.

They learn about the water cycle and changing states through hands-on exploration.

They discuss the water cycle in nature.

Students discover the limited amount of fresh water available on Earth and think of ways they can preserve this valuable resource.

Curriculum Links—Ontario

Grade 2

Science and Technology

Understanding Earth and Space Systems: Air and Water in the Environment

Understanding Basic Concepts

  • Identify water as a clear, colourless, odourless, tasteless liquid that exists in three states and that is necessary for the life of most animals and plants.
  • Describe ways in which living things, including humans, depend on air and water.
  • Identify sources of water in the natural and built environment.
  • Identify the three states of water in the environment, give examples of each, and show how they fit into the water cycle when the temperature of the surrounding environment changes.
  • State reasons why clean water is an increasingly scarce resource in many parts of the world.

Understanding Matter and Energy: Properties of Liquids and Solids

Developing Investigation and Communication Skills

  • Describe the characteristics of liquid water and solid water, and identify the conditions that cause changes from one to the other.

Curriculum Links—Quebec

Elementary Cycle 1

Mathematics, Science and Technology

Competency: To explore the world of science and technology

  • To learn to use simple tools and procedures.
  • To become familiar with scientific and technological ways of reasoning and doing things.

Essential Knowledges / The Material World

  • Solid, liquid, gaseous state; phase changes (e.g., evaporation).

Essential Knowledges / Earth and Space

  • Water in all its forms (clouds, rain, rivers, lakes, oceans).

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