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  Lesson Plans

Grade 8

Below are those lesson plans that are curriculum connected to your Grade. A brief description for each lesson is included. Simply click on the title of the lesson to open up the downloadable PDF. Do note which acronyms appear beside each title; they tell you that curriculum connections are made for certain of these subject areas:

  • S&T – Science and Technology
  • SS – Social Studies
  • S – Science (Secondary Level)
  • CWS – Canadian World Studies
Grade 8 S & T S S

3 Strikes You’re Out Froggy!
(30 KB PDF, 2 pages)

Through a role play game, students are introduced to limiting factors that can affect amphibian populations, such as habitat loss and pollution.

Case Study- Walkerton’s Tragedy
(84 KB PDF, 4 pages)

Students will work in teams to develop a report that explains what happened in Walkerton.

Construct a Watershed
(30 KB PDF, 3 pages)

By constructing watersheds out of sand, students will observe how water flows from higher elevations to lower elevations, carrying pollutants over the landscape.

Dukes of Hazard
(22 KB PDF, 5 pages)

Students will learn to properly dispose of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) as they sort a variety of household products into their appropriate disposal containers.

Erosion/Flood Town
(24 KB PDF, 3 pages)

Using model simulations, students explore the effects of uncontrolled development and poor agricultural practices.

Erosion Game
(24 KB PDF, 4 pages)

This interactive game incorporates storytelling and drama to illustrate the impacts of deforestation in a watershed.

Home Water Audit
(22 KB PDF, 6 pages)

Students will measure, calculate and record water use habits at home to determine the amount of water use.

I Am An Aquifer!
(22 KB PDF, 2 pages)

This activity will encourage students to think about the different soil layers under the surface of the earth in terms of their particle size, weight, and porosity.

Incredible Journey
(23 KB PDF, 5 pages)

By assuming the role of a water droplet within the water cycle, students investigate the different ways water moves in its three states.

Is That Water Clean?
(27 KB PDF, 3 pages)

This experiment will introduce students to the concept of water treatment using simple filtration techniques

Just a Drop in the Bucket
(30 KB PDF, 3 pages)

Through hands-on measuring, students learn that despite planet Earth being covered mostly with water, accessible fresh water is a very limited resource.

Life Expectancy and Access to Safe Water
(29 KB PDF, 5 pages)

By graphing data on average life expectancy and access to safe water for several countries, students will better understand the relationship between these two variables.

No Water Off a Duck’s Back
(24 KB PDF, 2 pages)

Students pretend to be wildlife biologists in this activity as they observe the devastating effects of an oil spill and attempt to clean feathers of a marine bird contaminated in oil.

Overfed Lakes
(19 KB PDF, 2 pages)

This experiment will introduce students to the concept of euthrophication using plant fertilizer and a fish bowl containing aquatic plants.

School Water Audit
(84 KB PDF, 14 pages)

Students will measure, calculate and record water use habits within the school to determine the amount of water use.

Solution to Pollution
(533 KB PDF, 4 pages)

Students become water droplets, plants, and rocks in order to simulate the effects that plants have in preventing erosion and watershed pollution.

Something Fishy Going On
(84 KB PDF, 3 pages)

Students will test the pH levels of various common household substances to determine where they lie on the pH scale. They will then see how pH affects aquatic life.

Take the pH Challenge
(20 KB PDF, 2 pages)

Students test the pH levels of various substances (e.g. juice, vinegar, toothpaste etc) and relate their findings to aquatic habitats.

Toast to Water
(18 KB PDF, 1 page)

Students will gain a better appreciation of the water cycle and its existence f rom the beginning of time.

Water Charter of Rights
(23 KB PDF, 2 pages)

By developing a Water Charter of Rights, students consider and debate what they perceive as their fundamental rights to availability and use of water.

Water Distribution in Peel, Using GIS
(32 KB PDF, 5 pages)

Using the Peel Water Story’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) application and a work sheet, teachers and students learn about Peel’s water distribution infrastructure in their own community.

Water Hogs Make Smog
(127 KB PDF, 4 pages)

Students role play to understand the energy intensive processes of water and wastewater treatment and distribution, as well as the importance of water conservation for reducing the pollution that results from energy production.

Water Power
(23 KB PDF, 2 pages)

Students are introduced to the strength of water in a fun challenge to physically contain water.

Water Weights
(36 KB PDF, 3 pages)

Students will compare the weights of common fruits in their regular and dehydrated states to determine the proportion of water in each. Students will also have the opportunity to determine how much of their bodies are made up of water.

Water Terminology Quiz
(127 KB PDF, 1 page)

Students match water terms and definitions important for understanding the water cycle.

Water Quality Testing
(33 KB PDF, 7 pages)

Students will perform chemical tests in this activity to infer the relative health of various water sources.

Water Trials
(36 KB PDF, 4 pages)

This activity is designed for students to look critically at the ways in which they use water and to determine how they might use water differently if they lived in a developing country.

Where Does the Snow Go?
(26 KB PDF, 4 pages)

Students calculate the land area of a watershed and determine how much water will be produced when snowmelt occurs in the spring.

Will It Float?
(127 KB PDF, 3 pages)

Students will learn how an object's buoyancy determines whether it will float or sink.

When I Was A Child
(80 KB PDF, 4 pages)

Students will listen to a poem about a child’s sensory experience of the elements while in a canoe, and then respond to it by answering questions, or performing other activities.


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