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Welcome to the Junior Water Walkers Google+ Community! Classes and families are joining together from around the Great Lakes, across Canada and throughout the world to learn about, adopt and protect a body of water in their local community. In the spring of 2019, we will al participate in "Junior Water Walk". To learn more and join this important initiative, visit our webpage https://mrcssharesease.wordpress.com/junior-water-walkers/
Once you have signed up and added your pin to our map, please share here a little bit of information about your class (or family), where in the world you are located, the body of water you are adopting and a picture of it!
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We are a J&S Kindergarten class at Fairview PS in Mississauga, Ontario, "Room 19 Fairview Ks". We traditionally adopt a tree every year, and it becomes the focus of much learning and love over the year. Water, however, always features in our learning, from following the ephemeral puddles and rivers that form after rain and ice melt, to visiting nearby Cooksville Creek and our neighbouring Kariya Park ponds. SK students who were with us last year have already made great connections to our ponds when we read "The Water Walker" a few weeks ago. They recalled seasonal changes when the turtles stopped appearing on the rocks, later when the ponds froze over except for a hole in the middle where the bubblers keep them open, and how the ducks sat on the ice when they weren't swimming. Most remembered days of finding garbage in and around the ponds, something that impacted them greatly. Students to this day make sure we always carry a garbage bag on our way outside (in our wonder wagon or "go bag") so we can keep our environment healthy for our wild friends and neighbours.
We were spurred on even more after seeing our older friends and siblings in Ms. Barr's grade four class as they came back from a walking trip to Cooksville Creek. They'd gathered garbage and discarded shopping carts, which made students curious as we were outside at play. We invited students to come and tell us about their adventures, and many students were further inspired upon hearing that our inquiry buddy class friends were going to join the Junior Water Walkers as well. When we talked as a class about what body of water we could adopt, we realized we didn't know the names of the local ponds! A quick visit to Kariya Park when workers were present gave us a gift: they told us they had no names, only numbers, and then suggested that we should learn more and give them good names.
That is where we find ourselves this week! We took our first family walk of the year all through the park (pics below are from this week) and there we looked at each pond to get ideas to help us name them. We will officially adopt, then become water walkers, once we have decided on names. We are delighted to learn along with other classes and use the #JuniorWaterWalkers tag on our sharing as well.
A last note: Ms. Barr's students, after visiting us to share their pictures and stories, asked me to visit their class to share my own story of when I had joined the Great Lakes Water Walk last year. I showed pictures and talked about how hearing Nokomis Josephine speak made me decide right then to make a change in my life, to work for water. These grade fours were so engaged, it was hard to break away to return to my class. They continue to stop me in the hall with their ideas and dreams for how they will work for water. They are currently working on their story to share, both on bulletin boards in the school for our Fairview community, and here as well.
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We are a grade 6 class from Thunder Bay, Ontario. We are so excited to be Junior Water Walkers. We have read Paddle to the Sea, as well as The Water Walker. Our class LOVES to be outside and we are looking forward to Learn about water, Adopt a body of water, Protect a body of Water, and Walk to the water.
We, along with the other 2 gr.6 classes at our school, will be walking to a section of the Kam River that is near our school.
We look forward to learning with all of you.
From, Wowchuk's Winners!
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Sending love and positive energy to Nokomis Josephine Mandamin- https://twitter.com/TheMADClass1/status/1053046609133527042
Fill a bucket for Nokomis download your bucket here- https://mrcssharesease.wordpress.com/junior-water-walkers/

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Shared this beauty with my class today! They were mesmerized! (Grade 2) They were talking to the movie the whole time! "That's so cool!....Look how fast it's going!....LOOK OUT! ...That boy is so sad his dad won't let him keep the boat...." and on and on. Google Earth was not cooperating, so we couldn't see the journey that way, but we'll try again on Monday. Thanks Peter Cameron for bringing this film to my attention! Next week: We have spent enough time discussing facts about water. Time to start on our inquiry question: How does water change the world? And how do humans change water?
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Got serious about looking at our water unit for science. Today we read “Water’s Children” after we brainstormed all the places we see water. And yes “water park”, “water slip and slide” and “splash pad” are separate places. We decided so after some debate. It didn’t surprise me that “lake” was first on our list. We’re in a lake town. The book helps us talk about how water means different things to different people around the world. I highly recommend using it!
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9/12/18
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We have a creek that borders our school driveway. It leads to a nearby river, which runs into Lake Nipissing. Today we read “The Water Walker”, listened to different water sounds (ocean waves, rain, gentle stream, rushing river) and then went to find our creek. It’s hidden by dense cat tails now, but we can see it clearly in the spring. We had to hike down a bit to find open water. We also noted all the plants that are relying on this creek. It was a great way to kick off our (Grade 2) water & air science unit, as well as our Water Walker learning for the year!
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9/7/18
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