Planning a Canadian Expedition
Students will examine the physical and climatic characteristics of a physiographic region in Canada through planning an expedition of the area as though they are early explorers (with a present-day knowledge of the geography, though without settlements!).
- atlases, with maps of specific physiographic regions which include:
- Cordilleran Region
- Interior Plains
- Arctic Region
- Canadian Shield
- St. Lawrence Region
- Appalachian Region
- climate information for these regions
- Split class into groups of 3 or 4.
- Assign a Canadian physiographic region to each group.
- Each group will be responsible for:
- Researching the region's climate and physical environment
- Planning an expedition to this region, keeping in mind what supplies they would bring, their mode of transportation (no modern forms, only by foot/boat/canoe/raft/horse/etc.), and their accomodation (tent/lean-to's/dugouts/caves...)
- Presenting their expedition to the class, including details of their journey (plants, animals, and physical obstacles they encountered)- be specific, including names of rivers/mountains/lakes/etc.
- As an extension to this geography lesson, each group could investigate the First Nations of their region.
Resources Atlas - Natural Resources Canada
Allows you to view a map of Canada, based on whatever features you want to include- ie: rivers, forest regions, geology....
National Atlas Cover Page / Atlas National page couverture
Has thematic maps of Canada.