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The Boreal Forest “In the News”
(Theme: The Canadian Atlas Online)

Using various newspaper articles, students will examine the current issues surrounding Canada’s boreal forest and explore the prospects for the forestry industry.



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Lesson plan source: The Canadian Atlas Online


Underground Sleuths Discover Riches Beneath the Plains
(Theme: The Canadian Atlas Online)

Students will use the Canadian Atlas to discover two Central Plains natural resources.



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Lesson plan source: The Canadian Atlas Online


Mixedwood Plains Ecozone: Too Popular?
(Theme: The Canadian Atlas Online)

Students will research and characterize location factors that have led to the high level of urban and industrial development in the Mixedwood Plains. As an extension, they can offer strategies that will reduce or eliminate low-density urban sprawl as populations continue to rise.



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Lesson plan source: The Canadian Atlas Online


Extremes of Weather: Understanding natural phenomena influencing continental temperatures.
(Theme: The Canadian Atlas Online)

From facts concerning natural phenomena, students will discover what influences climate. They will also learn about Canada’s climate zones and the movement of air masses from season to season.



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Lesson plan source: The Canadian Atlas Online


Treasure of the Tar
(Theme: The Canadian Atlas Online)

Students will use the Canadian Atlas to discover a vital Central Plains natural resource. They will use a variety of sources to communicate key facts about the resource in a poster format.



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Lesson plan source: The Canadian Atlas Online


Weather Extremes in Canada: Understanding the Sources and Dangers of Weather
(Theme: The Canadian Atlas Online)

This lesson will focus on the extremes of weather and how they affect Canada. Important meteorological factors such as air masses, warm fronts and the thunderstorms associated with cold fronts will be covered. The lesson will also look at some of the dangers associated with weather extremes in Canada.



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Lesson plan source: The Canadian Atlas Online


Where We Live
(Theme: The Canadian Atlas Online)

This lesson will explore Canada’s population distribution in terms of rural and urban regions. Students will compare and contrast two Canadian cities in terms of quality of life.



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Lesson plan source: The Canadian Atlas Online


Who We Are
(Theme: The Canadian Atlas Online)

In this lesson, students will explore and identify demographic factors that shape Canada’s population. Students will create their own ‘Canadian Character’ by researching demographic information on levels of education, employment, religion, health and life expectancy. They will be required to graph some of their findings. Students will then create a collage as a pictorial representation of their character.



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Lesson plan source: The Canadian Atlas Online


Shamanism and Spiritual Geography among Canada’s Inuit
(Theme: Canadian North)

In this lesson, students will gain an appreciation and a basic understanding of some of the spiritual understandings that have developed among the Inuit over time.



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Protecting the Northwest Passage
(Theme: Canadian North)

Students will use an article from Canadian Geographic magazine to locate and describe the significance of the Northwest Passage.



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