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Create Your Own Country!
Students create their own countries. In this geography skills lesson, students establish governments, cultural backgrounds, atlas/geography components, national anthems, and national symbols for a country they create.
Using Reference Sources
In this using reference sources worksheet, students review what can be found in atlases, thesauri, dictionaries, almanac, encyclopedias, and Books in Print. Students then identify the sources they would use to find the 15 listed items.
Mapping America the Beautiful
Third graders familiarize themselves with the use of an atlas. In this mapping lesson students learn about the creation of the national anthem and 'America the Beautiful' Using the worksheet provided, 3rd graders map particular regions across America, using key facts provided about the regions, with an atlas.
Basic Geography of Canada
Students identify different geographical locations in Canada by using an Atlas. For this geography of Canada lesson plan, students locate features such as rivers, lakes, cities, provinces, and more.
How Far Away is Your College?
Eighth graders practice using atlases. In this geography skills instructional activity, 8th graders select a college they would like to attend and use an atlas to respond to questions about the geography of the place.
Students, in groups, prepare Canadian regional posters for the Ministry of Tourism. They follow instructions to conduct research accessing both online and print resources and then use their findings to design a poster.
The Basics of the Higgs Boson
Hot off the press! The Higgs boson may be proven to exist! In an ice cream "bar," two shady cartoon characters discuss the news. Since all particles are excitation of fields, the presence of this fundamental particle suggests that the Higgs field exists, filling the universe. The characters in the film break the concepts down in a cute and understandable way. Delight and perplex your physics learners as they consider the possibilities!
Introduction to Reference Materials
The Incredible Book Eating Boy is an adorable story and a fun match for introducing reference materials elementary grades. If you do not have this book in your library, but do have access to a computer for presentation, a video read aloud is linked in additional materials. Second graders will identify with Henry, the main character in the story, who loved to eat books. Class members will discuss why we read books, answer questions about the story, give opinions about the story, and be introduced to reference books and their purposes. The final action gives young book lovers time to explore reference materials and become more familiar with them in small groups. The lesson plan calls for a SMARTBoard to be used for the graphic organizers, but teachers without this technology can create a poster or paper chart instead.
Second graders understand the purpose of an Atlas and what it is used for. In this Atlas library lesson, 2nd graders become familiar with different Atlases and pair share what they have found.
For this atlas worksheet, students review atlases on CD-ROM as well as a map of Utah. Students respond to 5 short answer questions regarding the map.
An Atlas of Health Care
Learners use educational software to create an alphabetical directory of maps that indicates the precise location of the community's health care facilities.
The Atlas Alphabet
In this atlas alphabet worksheet, students write the answer to the clue about things found in an atlas that start with each letter of the alphabet. Students write 26 answers.
Research and Study Skills: Atlas/Map
In these atlas and map skills worksheets, learners use the map of Ohio to answer the questions. Students answer 15 questions about the map.
Introduction to the Virtual Atlas
Pupils use an atlas online to gather information about the state of Washington. Individually, they practice using the database and researching specific items in the Pacific Northwest. They complete a quiz to end the lesson plan.
In this atlas activity, students review a map of Admiral Peary routes to the North Pole. Students respond to 10 short answer questions regarding the map.
Who We Are
Students research current population statistics and demographic trends in Canada. They construct graphic organizers of their research, identify potential issues arising from population trends and suggest ways in which Canada can prepare for these changes.
Who Are the Peoples in Your Neighborhood?
Middle schoolers research and identify six cultural areas of Canada's First Peoples, organize geographic information on class chart, and draw conclusions about how regions and cultures within them are linked.
Physical Systems, Here and There
Young scholars study physical systems such as polar, rainforest, forests, deserts, and grasslands in Canada. They make a pictorial map and find examples of similar systems in the world.
Settlement Patterns of Atlantic Canada
Students discover settlement patterns within Atlantic Canada by investigating print and online maps. They complete a worksheet before discussing population density in these areas.
Canada Now and in the Future
Eleventh graders research the current and projected population density in Canada and factor in the amount of habitable land. They focus their research by completing a worksheet and consider how to lessen their own personal impact on the land.