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The Amazing Race
Students investigate, debate, and generate different hypotheses about how North America's First Peoples originally travelled there.
Canada's Natural Regions and Their Varied Characteristics
Students examine Canada's six natural regions, with all their underlying human and economic activities, identify specific characteristics of each region, discover economic and human riches of natural regions and, create presentations to share with classmates.
Off to See the World!
Second graders use games that use the atlas and the globe. Students take a ride (journey). Students place their chairs as if they are riding in a car. The Teacher is the driver. As the students travel along they point out different sites that they see along the way. Students discuss the importance of knowing how to use maps to help them find where they want to go.
Counties of Michigan
Fourth graders complete an atlas worksheet to become familiar with the types of information found in an atlas.
Location of Cities 201
Students work in pairs to locate the ancient cities on a world atlas using the longitude and latitude measurements. They examine the physical and human futures that explain their locations.
Pupils interpret a map or Atlas. They determine latitude, longitude, and absolute location and create and evaluate a travel itinerary. They identify the benefits and drawbacks of an itinerary and conduct online research as a means to travel.
Technology and Geography
Ninth graders, working in pairs, use a multimedia world atlas, Encarta Multimedia Encyclopedia and the Internet (as well as any text materials found in the library) to research information about a specific region of the world.
Africa's Geographic Features
Fourth graders work in pairs and use atlases to locate specific geographic features in Africa. They use the Internet to view these geographic features.
Mapping Your Neighborhood
Students use atlases, maps, and Web resources to generate and examine maps of their own neighborhoods.
Pupils identify that Idaho is a home to 168 species of butterflies and they are an important part of many habitats. They also identify how to use the Digital Atlas of Idaho and write a report regarding information of their assigned species. Fianlly, students present their reports to the entire class.
After a class discussion where kids share how they find answers to their questions, learners explore the world of reference materials such as, an atlas, an almanac, and an encyclopedia. The Internet is also discussed as a way to access many reference materials quickly. Pupils work as partners and use multiple resources to complete a scavenger hunt in which they must answer 15 questions. Learners keep track of the reference source they used to answer each of the questions, and they discuss the ones they thought were the easiest to use. A terrific worksheet is embedded in the plan, which will make this lesson easy to implement.
Pupils research the history and aims of sustainable cod fishing in Canada. They read articles, conduct online research, complete worksheets and present their findings to the class. They also complete self and peer evaluations using a rubric.
Organization of a Territory, Map Elements
Third graders compare printed and online maps and use proper geographic terminology to answer questions.
Canada's Geographic Position
Ninth graders investigate the characteristics of the geographic position of Quebec and Canada in the World. They study Canada's land and water boundaries, surface area and time zones.
Pollution and Contaminants in the Northern Environment
Students investigate how some pollution is produced within the Nunavut territory. They study how most pollutants and contaminants come to Nunavut from other locations using a web based map.
Canada...A Visual Journey
Students work together to analyze the six natural regions of Canada. Using this information, they create a visual representation of each region on a large wall map and present it to the class. They must identify five key points of each region.
Fisheries: Wild Versus Farmed
Middle and high schoolers are introduced to the aquaculture of British Columbia. As a class, they identify the issue of wild salmon and aquaculture. Using the Internet, they research information on a topic related to aquaculture and evaluate the website's credibility. They decide on a position by considering arguments raised by various perspectives and translate their ideas into a paper.
The Extreme Place Race: A Lesson in Survival
Middle schoolers participate in a competition to research the survivability of a location by using online and print resources. They complete a worksheet while working cooperatively on this task.
What is the Best Way To Connect Canada?
Students predict whether road, rail, waterway, air, or telecommunications is best way to connect Canada, and justify their choices taking into consideration environmental and economic concerns. Students then compare mass of materials being moved by different modes and examine how technology has reduced time needed to move letter across country.
Students examine the different factors that influence forested regions of Canada. They complete worksheets to study how this physical environment influences human activity and vise versa.