National Water Week online learning festival
This year we are partnering with water corporations across the state to bring you the National Water Week Online Learning Festival.
This collaborative online learning festival will bring together a fantastic collection of online events, printable resources and on demand videos to make National Water Week 2020 a week of fun and learning.
All activities are FREE of charge. Below are links to some of the activities in the program provided by Victorian water educators.
LIVE and FEATURE EVENTS
Please note: Registration is required for some of the live events below.
Monday 19 October
Festival launch and state poster competition award ceremony.
We will be announcing the 2020 poster competition winners in a short video available from 10:00 am on our website. (Primary)
Tapstar Saves Water
Eaton Gorge Theatre Company will be performing online – a vibrant and energetic experience with plenty of humour while learning how to save water, why tap water is the best and what happens if the wrong things are put down the sink, toilet or drain. Available ‘on demand’ from Monday 19 October for 4 weeks. Link will be on our website.
(Kindergarten and Lower Primary)
Register your interest for a link to this show.
Tuesday 20 October
Celebrate with Nova Peris OAM, Melbourne Water’s Principal Advisor Aboriginal Engagement. Listen to Nova’s reflections, with an Aboriginal perspective, on the Australian National Water Week theme ‘Reimagining our Water Future’. 10:00 – 11 am. Registration required. (Primary & Secondary)
Water Hero Storytime Special: Do you have what it takes to wear the blue cape? Songs and stories to encourage our little people to love and respect water. This session is co-delivered with Goldfields Libraries. Video available from 10:30 am Tuesday 20 October. (Kindergarten)
Webinar: Managing the effects of climate change and population growth across the Melbourne sewerage system: Join us to discuss climate issues with a wastewater expert by exploring the sewerage system, using the Western Treatment Plant virtual tour. How climate change and increasing population considerations influence the future of Melbourne’s sewerage system and the response to these environmental changes. 11.30am – 12.30 pm Registration required. (Secondary & Community)
Wednesday 21 October
Curious Creatures, Wild Minds Book Week interview with award-winning author and illustrator Meg Humphrys. Meg will be talking about her book, When Water Lost Her Way, which features the water cycle and a very curious creature – a cave salamander! Interview available on demand. Audiobook, teacher resources and a water cycle meditation will allow you to revisit this story throughout the week. (Upper Primary, Science & English)
Thursday 22 October
Webinar: Western Treatment Plant Augmented Reality App: Step off into the wonderful world of the Western Treatment Plant with this clever augmented reality experience. Bring your device and learn how to download the app. You will get a glimpse of the sewage treatment process at this world leading, environmentally friendly, treatment plant which treats 50% of Melbourne’s sewage. 10:30 – 11:00 am. Registration required. (Secondary & Community)
Webinar: Creating a frog-friendly habitat: Learn how to create a frog pond and frog friendly garden with James Frazer of Melbourne Water Frog Census. This session will teach you all the basics of planning and building a pond, as well as introducing the breeding strategies of some common Victorian frog species. 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Registration required. (Primary & Secondary)
Check out all the great resources on the following topics:
- Science experiments & STEM
- Urban water cycle
- Water efficiency and innovation
For more water competitions and activities visit the Australian Water Association.
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Clap Clap Choose Tap: Join Tap and his friends to learn more about the importance of drinking water for your health and wellbeing through story and dance. An activity book is also available. (Kindergarten/ Early Primary)
After the drain Find out what happens after you flush your toilet! (Kindergarten)
Storytime video collection includes a range of books, including Water is Water, Little Cloud and Who Sank the Boat? (Kindergarten, Primary)
The Water Princess by Susan Verde: This wonderfully illustrated book tells the story of a young girl who dreams of bringing clean drinking water to her African village. With its wide sky and warm earth, Princess Gie Gie’s kingdom is a beautiful land. But clean drinking water is scarce in her small African village. Supporting worksheets available. (Kindergarten, Primary)
Shane the Siltbuster: Join Shane the Siltbuster as he helps his friends clean the drinking water in a rural town after a bushfire threatens their water supply. Based on real events in East Gippsland, you will find out how water treatment changes after bushfires. (Primary)
The Rhythm of the Rain by Grahame Baker Smith: A beautifully illustrated story that ventures from home to another country and back again, describing the water cycle.
More water cycle activities are available (Primary)
Science experiments & STEM
Daily experiment with Wally the Water Scientist:
Each experiment uses common items found in the home or classroom making it easy for kids to have a go themselves. Support materials are available. (Kindergarten, Primary Science)
Water cycle game: reinforce or reintroduce the water cycle with a simulation that demonstrates the complexity and random movement of water. A large clear room or outdoor area is recommended. Background notes and printable signs provided. You will need dice. (Upper Primary, Science)
Support materials include a mindfulness colour-in sheet, instructions for a calming jar and directions for mindful breathing this activity aims to engage students on a whole new level. (Primary, The Arts, English, Health and Physical Education, Science)
Water Cycle yoga: Join yoga teacher, Victoria, on a journey through the water cycle. Made in Bendigo, this calming video is designed to help tactile learners process and retain information about the water cycle. (Kindergarten, PrimaryScience, Personal and Social Capability)
Catchment to tap: Find out how water gets to your tap and what happens after you have used it. Aligned with Victorian Curriculum Year 7 Science and Geography, this is a fantastic overview of the water delivery and wastewater management. (Secondary, Community)
How do scientists test water? Find out in this virtual laboratory tour! The Central Highlands Water laboratory offers a range of testing services including compliance and operational monitoring: drinking water, wastewater, trade waste and environmental water. Secondary, Community
Don’t Flush It:The ‘Don’t Flush It’ video is a funny take on what items should never be flushed down the toilet and how they can affect your home’s plumbing and block our sewerage system. Learn what not to flush down the toilet or drain. Support materials: Down the drain maze activity (Kindergarten, Primary).
Sewer smart worksheet: Lots of things that shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet or washed down the sink end up in our sewerage system. These things can cause problems like blocked pipes and a smelly mess! Answers provided. (Primary)
Learn about sewage treatment without the smell. Take a virtual tour of Melbourne Water’s Western Treatment Plant to learn about the sewage treatment process. Teaching resources also available. Find out how sewage is treated at Wannon Water with this information sheet. (Primary, Secondary, Community)
Reimaging our Water Future activity matrix: thought provoking, fun-filled activities across multiple curriculum areas for students of all ages and learning styles, developed by North Central Catchment Management Authority educators. (Primary)
Waterbug Discovery: Join the Corangamite CMA citizen science program to see how to collect and identify the creatures living in creeks and wetlands. Discover some of the features and adaptations of waterbugs that allow them to live underwater. The video will give you information on why a diversity and abundance of waterbugs matters and how you can discover waterbugs too. (Primary, Science)
Environmental Water: Learn about the important balance we must strike to provide water for human uses and water for the environment to ensure our natural systems are healthy and resilient. E-Water is the key and is having amazing impacts for waterways and wetlands across the state! (Recommended for Grades 3-8. Science, Geography)
Water efficiency and innovation
Roof water harvesting: The Warrnambool Roof Water Harvesting initiative is a leading example of integrated water management. The project ‘taps’ a new water catchment by capturing water from roofs that would otherwise be lost in run-off, supporting more liveable and sustainable cities. (Secondary Science, Geography)
Reimagining Our Water Future
Learn about the urban water strategy and share your voice on ideas for the 50 year plan for our water future. As this plan will directly impact our school communities, we are using this years’ National Water Week as an opportunity for students and the community to provide feedback to develop the plan through our online engagement platform ‘Social Pinpoint’.(Secondary & Community)