This is Canadian Geographic Education’s brand new Online Classroom.
Every week, new activities and resources will be shared to make learning from home, or teaching at a distance, easy and fun. Come back regularly to see what’s been added, and stay in touch by joining our ever-growing community of teachers, parents and students.
This week in the classroom
This week, Canadian Geographic Education is proud to support National Water Quality Month and our partners in water conservation and environmental awareness.
In the spotlight: @Ohneganos has a new, student-led YouTube series on water security and climate change called “Ohneganos: Let’s Talk Water.” The series shares stories, artwork and videos with viewers in a conversational format.
Can Geo Education resource: Did you know that watersheds are important habitats for plants and animals and provide drinking water for people and wildlife? You can use @CanGeo’s Protect your Watershed interactive map to learn about your local watershed and how it can be protected for future generations.
In the spotlight: Water is essential for all living things. Explore the National Film Board’s Sea Turtle story and the idea of environmental stewardship. How can reducing our environmental footprint have a positive impact on sea turtles? Find out the answer to this question and more.
In the spotlight: On which beach can you find colorful glass pebbles? Try out this Google Earth quiz that highlights beaches from around the world with unique characteristics, and try and guess the beaches that are being described!
Coming next week: Geotechnology awareness week
Ultimate Animals for Kids digital download
Indigenous knowledge can be described as the teachings and traditions practiced by societies that have existed in Canada since time immemorial.
It is important for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to learn about Indigenous knowledge as it exists in a balance with western science and is just as important for promoting personal and societal growth.
Canadian Geographic’s recent Ultimate Animals publication for kids is an excellent starting point for learning about Indigenous knowledge, and is illustrated by Chloe Bluebird Mustooch, the artist behind the Siha Tooskin Knows book series. The colourful pages teach children (and everyone else!) the names of different species in multiple Indigenous languages and the significance of these animals to Indigenous communities. A digital copy of Ultimate Animals is available below for download—we encourage you to work your way through the pages with your students, friends or family.
Energy IQ “Classroom in a Box” digital download
The Energy IQ “Classroom in a Box”is packed with lesson plans, factbooks, videos, quizzes, maps and more, and is a one-stop digital download that is essential for any educator looking to improve their students’ energy literacy. The Classroom in a Box will expand to include more content over the coming weeks, so check back regularly for the latest additions!Click here to explore the Energy IQ website
Educational programs previously featured on the Online Classroom
- The Anthropocene Education Program
- Find the Anthropocene Google Earth Story here
- The Re:Location Program
- The Energy IQ Program
- Unmasking Influenza
- 10,000 Changes
Lessons and activities featured on the Online Classroom
|Introduction to National Indigenous Peoples Month by Sky Bridges|
|Google Earth Story: Indigenous Cultural Heritage|
|How to plant a heart garden by Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams|
|In the spotlight: Rupertsland Institute K-12 Métis educational materials|
|New video: The Drumming Circle with Wilson Bearhead|
|New activity: Provincial and territorial tiled maps for the Energy IQ Classroom in a Box|
|In the spotlight: The Our Planet series and the Living Planet @ School program from WWF|
|New activity: The House Story and accompanying mix and match worksheet|
|In the spotlight: Rupertsland Institute’s lesson called “B is for Bannock” (slideshow also available)|
|New video: Gifts of his People book reading and accompanying resource list|
|New video: Sacred Eagle Feather book reading and accompanying resource list|
|New video: Strength of His Hair book reading and accompanying resource list|
|New activity: The Arctic and our Oceans lesson plan and infographic|
|New video: Catcher of Dreams book reading and accompanying resource list|
|New activity: Symbols lesson plan and accompanying worksheet|
|New video: The Nature of Life book reading and accompanying resource list|
|New video: The Best Medicine book reading and accompanying resource list|
|New featured resource: Ultimate Animals for kids, Parts One and Two (scroll down for more info)|
|New video: The Offering of Tobacco book reading and accompanying resource list|
|New activity: Google Earth Story on Canada’s Original Place Names|
|New video: Introduction and tutorial on the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada|
|In the spotlight: Ravens, Messengers of Change (by The Legacy of Hope Foundation and KAIROS)|
|New video: The Love of the Dance book reading and accompanying resource list|
|In the spotlight: Finding our Place in Reconciliation (by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society)|
|New video: Introduction and tutorial on the Symbols lesson plan (plus free giveaway of an Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada – scroll down for details!)|
|New activity: Climate change in the North|
|New activity on the Canadian Coast Guard’s services and careers|
|New video: Introduction and tutorial on Can Geo Education’s residential schools educational materials|
|New activity: Google Earth Story on Canada’s residential schools|
See the Commemorate Canada website here.
See the lesson plans that support the four articles highlighted in Part One below:
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Can Geo Education is the largest bilingual educational organization focused on improving geographic literacy. All the materials we provide are written by certified Canadian educators and are connected to provincial and territorial curriculums as well as the Canadian Geography Learning Framework.
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