Northwest Territories Teacher Resources
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Discovering the Northwest Territories Through the Five Themes of Geography
Students use the Atlas of Canada to find basic geographical information about the Northwest Territories.
Middle schoolers examine the area where the Northwest Territory was located. They discover the steps territories need to follow to become states. They create a map of the Northwest Territory and label the states that came out of that region.
Millionaire Review Game: Pre-Civil War
Explore the era when James Madison was in charge, Federalists and Anti-Federalists battled it out, and slavery was still legal. Then, play this fun review version of the popular game, Who Wants to be a Millionaire. There are 15 questions included.
War of 1812 in the Old Northwest Territory
Learners write 1-4 sentence answers to the Time Travel worksheet (available online). They design period costumes, orally present their perspectives to the rest of the class, and explain why this war played an important role in the expansion of the United States.
At Risk!: International Development Board Game
Eighth graders participate in a role-playing game to discover the difficulties facing developing nations. Through the game, an adaptation of "Risk," they explore themes dealing with global poverty, humanitarian assistance, international development, and the Millennium Development Goals.
Explore the lives of American Indians and early settlers in the state of Ohio. Young native Ohioans (or members of another state) research primary and secondary multimedia sources that detail the history between American Indians and Ohio settlers. Then they produce a talk show where they role-play the history between the two groups. As a cumulative activity, they make a timeline of significant events from that time period.
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.
The Territories: Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut
Fifth graders research territories of Canada. In this territories lesson, 5th graders explore maps, handouts, and websites to gather information on the Yukon, Northwest, and Nunavut territories. Students write a report detailing all the facts they have learned.
The Creation of Wisconsin Territory
Students see that the evolution of Wisconsin Territory follows the history of westward migration through the eastern half of the continent. They describe life in the Wisconsin Territory and construct maps showing boundaries and major trails.
On the Road to Statehood
Students use maps to compare the area of the modern state of Wisconsin to its boundaries when it was part of the Norwest Territories. They match dates to important events in Wisconsin history.
Canada's Territorial Instincts
Students examine a map of Canada, differentiating among the provinces and territories. They explore the new Nunavut territory and its leader by reading and discussing "In New Land of Eskimos, a New Chief Offers Hope."
Water: A Precioius Resource
Pupils examine how water is used in Canada. Using an atlas, they work with a partner to complete an exercise on the water supply in the country. They map Canada's ocean drainage basins and create a graphic organizer to show the relationships between the water supply and geography.
The Indian Removal Act: Was it Constitutional?
Pairs conduct an Internet search for a series of primary and secondary sources pertaining to the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation from Georgia. Armed with information gathered, teams then debate whether the Indian Removal Act was justified and if it was constitutional.
Fractions Through Quilt Design
Second graders are introduced to fractions through quilting. In this fractions lesson, 2nd graders design a quilt with the help of the teacher and discuss how fractions must be used when designing a quilt.
Second graders measure for perimeter and area. In this perimeter and area lesson, 2nd graders dance to music and discover the difference between perimeter and area. Working in small groups, students estimate and measure using nonstandard items.
Northwest Coast Weaving
Fifth graders view step by step videos and learn to weave in the style of the Northwest Coast First Nations people. In this culture and natural resources lesson, 5th graders research the Northwest Coast First Nations people and design weaving projects in the style of the Northwest Coast First Nations people.
Community Through Northwest Coast Art & Traditions
Students view video and watch an artist create a potlatch (gift necklace). In this community and resources lesson, students understand the culture of Northwest Coast Art & Traditions . Students create their own necklaces and bent box to put it in.
A Century of Expansion: America's Destiny (1763-1867)
How did we grow into such a large nation? Follow the events, wars, and treaties that led to the acquisition of major states as we expanded into the West. The slides provide maps, dates, and simplistic information to help learners conceptualize a full lecture.
Students create a basket. In this basket making lesson, students explore the Ojibway culture and discover the history of basket making. Students design and construct a basket.
Birch Bark Biting
Fifth graders create birch bark biting art pieces. In this aboriginal art lesson, 5th graders produce art using birch bark. Students present their art pieces and explain their designs.