Education Portal


Welcome to the Education Portal!


All the resources here are available for PDF download. Lessons are arranged by suggested grade. 

new! 2021

new! 2021

Water Education Tool Kits (Grades 1-6)


Lesson 1 - Watershed Wash-Up Download


Tappy's Great Adventure - Game Board 11x17 Download

Tappy's Great Adventure - Dice Template 11x17 Download

Tappy's Great Adventure - Place Markers 8.5x11 Download


Lesson 2 - Water Wise Girls & Guys Download


Cut and Order - Grade 1 Download

Cut and Order - Grade 2 Download

Water Usage Worksheet Download

Understanding How We Use the Water Worksheet Download

Predicting Your Water Usage Download


Lesson 3 - How Much Water is Enough? Download


Common Water Story Download

Common Water Story Finger Puppets Download

Water Water Everywhere Worksheet Download


Lesson 4 - Conserve and Protect! Download


Water Bingo


It's Just One Little Thing 1/2 Download

It's Just One Little Thing 2/2 Download

Sand Lake Image.PDF Download



Water Education ToolKit for Grades 4-6


Lesson 5 - Splish Splash Download


Lesson 6 - Your Great Lake Download


Lesson 7 - Brush Up, Show Down Download


Lesson 8 - Every Drop is Green Download


The Student Worksheets for lessons 5-8 can be downloaded in a single PDF document by clicking here.

Healthy Water, Healthy Community





Access to safe, clean water is of the utmost importance for healthy communities. When many of us are thirsty, we simply go the tap or water fountain and pour a drink. Unfortunately, one out of every three people in the world do not have safe clean drinking water. In fact, not even all communities in Cape Breton have access to safe clean drinking water. What responsibilities come with the privilege of safe water access? In this lesson, students will have the opportunity to discuss what it means to have safe water and to build an understanding of their place in the urban water cycle.

In the CBRM tap water is treated with various methods and the water supply system is maintained by a team of chemists, engineers, biologists, and specialized people trained to use the unique instruments that water passes through in treatment. Water treatment begins with filtering out large particles that come with source water such as twigs and leaves.  Treatment is complete once the water has been thoroughly clarified. This lesson plan will explore the microbes that are naturally found in fresh water in Cape Breton and the role that microbes play within their own ecosystem and in public health.

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In order to have a healthy community, one of the main things we need is access to clean, safe tap water. In the CBRM we are lucky enough to be able to turn on our taps and run clean, safe water ready for us to use. However, in some parts of the world not everyone has this precious resource readily available to them.
In this lesson, students will learn what a watershed is, how forests naturally filter the water, and build an understanding of how nature manages water on a watershed level.
Watershed protection and monitoring maintenance is a large part of making sure we have clean, safe tap water. This monitoring begins even before the water reaches our source water lakes. Throughout this lesson, students will develop the skills needed to identify tree species in their watershed. They will develop an understanding of the large role trees and plants play in filtering the water. They will also learn about forest succession and will be able to determine a healthy forest to protect and maintain a watershed.

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The water cycle, also known as the hydrological cycle, describes the flow of water on land, below the surface of the earth, and in the air. Globally, water sustains countless ecological processes and organisms, including human societies. Access to clean, safe water is an integral part of maintaining healthy communities; however, not all people have access to potable water. The global fresh water supply is limited, and factors such as climate change, contamination, and unsustainable consumption pose threats to this limited resource.
In this lesson, students will learn about the many issues related to water in society, including barriers to access, bottled water and the green washing of plastic water bottles. Students will also critically examine how bottled water is represented in popular culture compared to the impact bottled water has on the environment and some communities where the water is extracted from. Finally, students will explore a water-related issue of their choosing through poster art in order to educate others.

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The Solution to Water Pollution Educator Resource Kit consists of six interdisciplinary lessons for grades 6-8 about Cape Breton Regional Municipality wastewater themes.


Click the links below to access our lesson plans (in PDF format).


Contents: Grades 6-8

Watching Wastewater - Lesson 1 Download

Calculating Wastewater - Lesson 2 Download

It's a No-Drainer! - Lesson 3 Download

The Solution to Water Pollution

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Contents: Grades 10-12

Lesson 1: Watching Wastewater Download
Lesson 2: Unseen Consequences Download
Lesson 3: Rant All About It Download


Community science

Be A Leak Detective (pdf download):




Puddle Hunting (pdf download): 



Rainfall Data Collection Sheet (pdf download): 


From Source to Tap

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Contents: Grades 10-12

Lesson 1: Public Source Water Announcement Download

Lesson 2: Solving a Water Treatment Scenario Download

Lesson 3: Making it Work… from the Source to the Tap Download