Working with the K’ómoks Nation towards Q’waq’wala7owkw on their unceded territory.

Working with the K’ómoks Nation towards Q’waq’wala7owkw on their unceded territory.

Think Like A Watershed

Suggested Grades: 2, 6/7

Driving Questions

Grade 2

  • What is a watershed?
  • Is a watershed living?
  • Why is a watershed important to me?
  • Who looks after our watersheds?
  • What watershed do you live in?

Grade 6/7

  • What is a watershed?
  • What watershed do you live in?
  • Is a watershed living?
  • How do/have people benefited from watersheds?
  • How do people change watersheds (bad/good)?
  • How is climate change changing watersheds?


Learning Intentions

  • I can describe a watershed.
  • I know which watershed my school is in.
  • I can say why healthy watersheds are important.

Curricular Competencies

Science/Social Studies/Language Arts:

  • Processing and analyzing data and information
  • Comprehending and connecting
  • Communicating
  • Working cooperatively to confirm what they have learned


  • Review front panel of brochure – What is a watershed? and Watershed Image.
  • Look at the map in the brochure, find your school on the map.
  • Review the definitions that accompany the brochure.
  • Identify the headwaters of the watershed and the outlet.
  • Locate your watershed on the wall map. Talk about the watersheds around your watershed.
  • (optional) Locate the Puntledge Watershed on the wall map. This is also called Comox Lake watershed. Explain that this is where our drinking water comes from.
  • Watch  
  • Students to answer Watershed Brochure questions in a group.
  • Give each student a watershed brochure to take home ask them to use the brochure and/or the link to locate their house (parents to assist).
  • Next day see if students live in the same watershed as their school or in a different watershed.

Click here to download a printable version of this lesson

Community Connection

Contact the stewardship group associated with your watershed for a watershed walk or in class talk. Their contact information is on the brochure.

Tsolum River Restoration Society will also come in and give a talk and demonstration with their Tsolum River Watershed model.

Layne and Brenda of 40 KNOTS with Caitlin Pierzchalski ~ L.Stewart