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Public art draws attention to water pollution problems (Creating Art on a Community Walk)

SUBJECTS Language Arts, Media, Social Studies, Visual Arts
GRADE LEVEL Primary (K-3) / Junior (4-6) / Intermediate (7-8) / Senior (9-12)
PLEDGE 1 - Protection of Water

Resources Needed:

  1. Link to: CBC Article: Public art draws attention to water pollution problems
  2. Storm drain templates (see attached)
  3. Sidewalk chalk


  1. Following the introductory lesson, Public art draws attention to water pollution problems (Introduction), tell students they are going to raise awareness about the importance of storm drains by creating chalk messages/art around storm drains in their community.


  1. Have students brainstorm appropriate messages and simple drawings that could be quickly written in chalk around storm drains that would educate people in their community about the importance of storm drains. 
  2. Create a list of appropriate and approved text to bring on the community walk for student reference. You may also want to have the students do a preliminary design using the attached templates.
  3. Take your class on a walk around the school and neighbourhood, noticing where the storm drains are and writing messages and drawings to alert their community about taking care of the storm drains. (Many storm drains are found in the middle of streets; therefore, messaging on sidewalks with arrows pointing to the storm drains are recommended to maintain safety).

Follow Up Activities:

  1. Take photos of the students’ work and display on a bulletin board to share with the rest of the school.
  2. Encourage students to create messages and art around the storm drains by their home to raise awareness in their neighbourhood.