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This book companion accompanies the beautiful story written by Carole Lindstrom and illustrated by Michaela Goade. We are Water Protectors tells the story of a young Indigenous girl who shares her ancestors' connection to water and its importance to the world. The story is inspired by many Indigenous-led movements across North America whose goal is to protect the earth's water from harm and corruption.


About This Product:

In this PDF printable, you will find:


  • Teacher tips for using this resource
  • Before reading activity
  • 7 comprehension questions that can also double as discussion prompts
  • A cross-curricular project (reading, writing, media literacy AND social studies) where students will research an environmental issue and create a newspaper article based on what they learn about the environmental issue they have chosen
  • 2 rubrics (Grade 5 and 6 rubrics aligned with Ontario curriculum expectations included)


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We are Water Protectors - Earth Day - Pipeline Awareness - Indigenous Author

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