Explore how living things are connected. Students learn how all living things depend on water, and how we can help protect them by conserving water and electricity.
Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment.
Create a picture to take home and remind us to save electricity.
Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment. Sample question: How do local plants and animals depend on their environment?
Questioning and predicting
Make and record observations
Processing and analyzing data and information
Social and community health
Create artistic works collaboratively and as an individual, using ideas inspired by imagination, inquiry, experimentation, and purposeful play
BC Hydro uses the power of falling water to create clean, reliable electricity. BC Hydro generates 97% clean energy.
Electricity conservation in B.C. is an important message since wasting energy also wastes water.
The following are some energy saving tips:
See BC Hydro energy saving tips for additional tips and cost savings.
In B.C., we use about 300 litres of water per person per day (Statistics Canada, 2013). We use water every day to drink, flush our toilets, brush our teeth, run our baths, grow and cook our food, wash our dishes and clothes, and make our electricity. Our province has a lot of surface water in lakes and rivers, but despite this, only one per cent of water on Earth is readily accessible to consume. When students understand how they use water, they can explore ways to reduce their water use.
At our reservoirs, changes in water levels can affect the spawning cycles of certain species of fish. Lower water levels in reservoirs impacts wildlife in the reservoirs and downstream, particularly during summer months. Across B.C., access to water relies on snowmelt. As the climate changes, warmer, wetter winters and longer, dryer summers mean less access to fresh water.
Water conservation is especially important during summer months, but it has benefits year-round. Using less water also decreases the amount of water that requires treatment, thus saving energy, and it reduces sewage and infrastructure costs. Overflowing of sewage systems during heavy rainfalls can lead to flooding and mudslides.