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Ocean Currents What Are Their Effects?
(Theme: Oceans)

Students will observe a demonstration on how the temperature of water creates water movement. On a map, students will locate and draw the major gyres and ocean currents that have an effect on Canada’s climate. They will compare how ocean currents affect the climate of two different coastal locations.


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Lesson plan source: Canadian Geographic Education


Tide Pools on Cavendish Beach A Lesson in Survival
(Theme: Oceans)

The purpose of the lesson is, through a “Web Quest”, to introduce the ocean environment of tide pools to students in elementary school. The activities can be done individually or in groups of varying sizes, depending on the nature of the class and availability of technology facilities.


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Lesson plan source: Canadian Geographic Education


Hurricane Awareness in Canada
(Theme: Oceans)

Students learn the categories of tropical cyclones, investigate how hurricanes develop and observe their location patterns. They will then use this knowledge to assess the risk of damage by a tropical cyclone in various locations in Canada. As an extension, they will write a seasonal hurricane advisory for a select Canadian location.


Download: Hurricane Awareness in Canada (word document)
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Lesson plan source: Canadian Geographic Education


The Arrival of Invasive Species to the Great Lakes
(Theme: Oceans)

The lesson introduces the concept of invasive species in the Great lakes and the efforts to prevent or control them.


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Lesson plan source: Canadian Geographic Education


The Importance of Canadian Ports
(Theme: Oceans)

Canada’s economy depends on trade. Many of our trading partners are located across oceans. As a result, ports for ocean transportation are essential for the Canadian economy.


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Lesson plan source: Canadian Geographic Education


Large-scale Human Developments and Effects on the Ocean
(Theme: Oceans)

The lesson investigates the impact of man-made structures such as theme parks, aquatic parks, urban areas and their resulting affects on ocean environments.


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Lesson plan source: Canadian Geographic Education


Human Influence on the Oceans
(Theme: Oceans)

The lesson investigates the influence that human beings have on the oceans by having the students research issue-based topics particular to the oceans.


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Lesson plan source: Canadian Geographic Education


Uses of Water: Past and Present
(Theme: Oceans)

The lesson investigates the uses of water by the Inuit over time and the changes experienced due to the settlement of communities and the retention/alteration of traditional values.


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Lesson plan source: Canadian Geographic Education


The Facts about Fish Farms
(Theme: Oceans)

Students will examine a controversial issue that affects many Canadians. They will analyze the advantages and disadvantages of aquaculture based on an article in Canadian Geographic magazine. Using the facts gathered from the article, students will design an advertisement, which will promote or denounce fish farms.


Download: The Facts about Fish Farms (word document)
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Lesson plan source: Canadian Geographic Education


Play-dough Maps
(Theme: Oceans)

Students will work in groups to create a World map out of play-dough. The map will be complete with a title, legend, compass rose and labels for showing continents, rivers, lakes, oceans as well as lines of longitude and latitude. In addition, each group’s individual map will show details specific to their assigned area of focus.


Download: Play-dough Maps (word document)
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Lesson plan source: Canadian Geographic Education



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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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