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Energy Use lesson plans

This fall, Canadian Geographic Education is teaching students a new lesson. As part of a three-year partnership with Shell Canada, CG Education has created Energy Use lesson plans to educate high school students about the increasingly pertinent issues surrounding energy consumption and conservation.

“I hope these lessons will help increase students’ energy consciousness so that they will be well equipped as decision-makers and consumers in the future,” says Jennifer Aung Thin, a classroom activities developer for some CG Education projects.

The lessons, which utilize resources such as Canadian Geographic’s annual environment issue, focus on a broad range of power- and resourcerelated issues. Students are given the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, including designing an energy-efficient home, analyzing the effects that cycling has on our collective carbon footprint and simulating a task force to consider the costs and benefits of oil and gas production and consumption.

Students can also get involved by participating in the second annual Classroom Energy Diet Challenge, in which different classes compete for points by completing various energy-conscious tasks. Registration for the Challenge is now open.

To access the Energy Use lesson plans, visit

— Jesse Tahirali

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Canadian Geographic magazine is an excellent resource for teachers and students. It provides posters in both official languages, such as the St. Lawrence Seaway map, as well as short geography related news items suitable for current events. In addition, the June issue each year is devoted to environmental issues such as wind energy.”

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