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Canada: Nova Scotia
Fifth graders research Nova Scotia to gather information to relate geography and its effect on the people who live there. In this Nova Scotia lesson, access their prior knowledge to complete a map of Nova Scotia. Students work in groups and create pictures, role play, write a song or others as a clue for a location in the Nova Scotia notes.
Coming to Nova Scotia
Students discover the definition of a Pioneer, when the largest groups of people of African descent came to Nova Scotia, and what materials and resources were brought with them to establish a new life.
The Amazing Maud Lewis
Students investigate cultural art from Canada by reading about Maud Lewis. In this Canadian history lesson, students identify the work of Lewis by visiting her magazine website. Students identify other heroes in Nova Scotia before creating their own art pieces in the style of Maud Lewis.
How Does Climate Change Affect Animal Populations?
Students investigate the effect of climate change on animal population in Nova Scotia. In this environmental science lesson, students complete a Nova Scotia map activity and research the causes of global warming in small groups. Students use the Internet to research the negative effects global warming has on animals and write a final presentation of their findings.
Investigating the Swissair Flight 111 Tragedy
Middle schoolers read two articles about the same event: "Plane from J.F.K Crashes off Canada" from the New York Times and "No Survivors from Crash of Swissair Jetliner Off Nova Scotia" from the Associated Press. They then compare the information in each. Once they find conflicting information, they discuss why the information may differ, and they showcase their findings on a poster. Finally, they write a journal entry about how certain assumptions can color one's view.
Occupations of Black Pioneers
Middle schoolers analyze Black Pioneers in Nova Scotia. They explore the many different occupations and tradtions that were continued in Nova Scotia. They examine their resourcefulness despite the poor opportunities at the time of their arrival. They view a variety of slides on the occupations of Black Pioneers.
Crash of Flight 111
Students identify the locations on a map of the airplane crashes discussed in this instructional activity. After watching a video, they discuss the importance of an investigation after a plane crash. They use the same information as the investigators and discover how they determined the cause of the crash. To end the instructional activity, they compare their findings with other groups.
Competition On Sable Island
Students discuss the concept of competition in nature and explore competition between the gray seals and harbor seals of Sable Island. They illustrate maps of the island to show the seals' feeding behaviors and the shark's predatory activities.
Truth or Money: How Advertisers Censor Health Information in Media
Two compelling texts about tobacco companies' influence over editorial content in print media introduce readers to the concept of advertising censorship. After study and discussion, class members compose a mock "final column" by a magazine journalist whose editors won't allow him to write any more articles about the health hazards of smoking at the request of tobacco advertisers.
What's In Our Backyard?
Eighth graders investigate the importance of an ecosystem by studying their own backyards. In this environmental lesson, 8th graders examine a schoolyard or backyard by marking quadrants and recording any animal or plant findings on data sheets. Students analyze the different quadrants and discuss the advantages or disadvantages of studying a space in such a way.
In this reading comprehension Canadian history learning exercise, students read a multi paragraph passage about the holiday in Canada. Students answer 12 questions.
The Preservation of a Heritage: Study of the Acadians
Learners in a French class examine the life of the Acadians. In groups, they research the experiences of the Acadians coming to Louisiana and identifying the characteristics of the Cajuns. They compare and contrast the Acadians culture to those of other groups. To end the lesson, they present their information to the class.
Louisiana's Acadian Heritage
Fourth graders study Louisiana's Acadian history by examining the how Acadians came to the area. They examine the cultural and historical contributions of the different ethnic groups. They complete map work, read literature, watch a video, and study the Creole culture. Finally, they take a multiple choice assessment.
An American Colonial Dilemma
Middle schoolers investigate the beginnings of America by participating in a role-play activity. In this democracy lesson, students discuss several questions about the British army and the American Revolution while incorporating the questions into a role-play dialogue between classmates. Middle schoolers utilize computers to complete a British Freedom worksheet.
Students explore the different ways language is used in conceptual art. In this conceptual art lesson, students analyze artworks that emphasize ideas over form and the methods used in conceptual art. Students work in pairs to read and draw using the given instructions of Sol LeWitt. Students also make a paper sculpture.
Mapping the Halifax Explosion
Students research the Halifax Explosion using historical maps.
Students access a website that show portraits of the Tall Ships of Atlantic Canada. They talk about what it might feel like to be on one of the sailing ships in stormy seas. They write diary entries while role playing that they are on one of the ships as it travels between Scotland and Nova Scotia in order to better understand what immigrants may have experienced.
Supermarkets, Sustenance and Sustainability
Students investigate jungles and the people who depend upon them. In this sustainability instructional activity, students research wild life conservation and discover the importance of a jungle to Amazonian people. Students create a group presentation to share ways we can help keep the environment thriving for people who need it.
Adolescents compare and assess the efficacy of tobacco product health warning labels from around the world. In groups, they invent warnings and create labels that would be effective for teens and children. Discussion covers advertising ethics, the role of government in safeguarding health, and of course, the negative effects of smoking. Visual texts include irreverent ads by cigarette producers and an editorial cartoon about how health warnings might promote teen smoking.
Hunting, Farming and Market Gardening
Students examine the hunting and farming practices of the Black Pioneer. They identify crops raised by black pioneers, and explore the contribution of children to the success of the family farm. Students explore the importance of market gardens to farmers supplying food to larger communities. They create a mural or series of illustrations of topics studied.