This course examines interrelationships within and between Canada’s natural and human systems and how these systems interconnect with those in other parts of the world. Students will explore environmental, economic, and social geographic issues relating to topics such as transportation options, energy choices, and urban development. Students will apply the concepts of geographic thinking and the geographic inquiry process, including spatial technologies, to investigate various geographic issues and to develop possible approaches for making Canada a more sustainable place in which to live.
The course has five strands. Instruction and learning related to the expectations in strand A are to be interwoven with instruction and learning related to expectations from the other four strands. Strand A must not be seen as independent of the other strands. Student achievement of the expectations in strand A is to be assessed and evaluated throughout the course.
The course runs for a total of 110 hours. The lessons outlined below are all structured for 60 minutes of instruction time, unless otherwise stated.
The 110 hours also includes additional time that may be allocated for assignments, tests and the independent study unit, at the teacher’s discretion.
The first and second lesson are free! Then individual lessons are priced at $5 or the whole course at $85. If you buy individual lessons then decide to buy the whole course, make your purchase, contact us, and we will refund the individuals.
- Introduction Materials
- First Day Handout [see whole course resources below]
- Independent Study Unit [see whole course resources below]
- Unit 1 – Geographical Skills | Introduction to Geographical Inquiry:
- A1. Geographic Inquiry: use the geographic inquiry process and the concepts of geographic thinking when investigating issues relating to Canadian geography;
- A2. Developing Transferable Skills: apply in everyday contexts skills, including spatial technology skills, developed through the investigation of Canadian geography, and identify some careers in which a background in geography might be an asset.
- Unit 2 – Interactions in the Physical Environment:
- B1. The Physical Environment and Human Activities: analyse various interactions between physical processes, phenomena, and events and human activities in Canada (FOCUS ON: Interrelationships; Geographic Perspective)
- B2. Interrelationships between Physical Systems, Processes, and Events: analyse characteristics of various physical processes, phenomena, and events affecting Canada and their interrelationship with global physical systems (FOCUS ON: Patterns and Trends; Interrelationships)
- B3. The Characteristics of Canada’s Natural Environment: describe various characteristics of the natural environment and the spatial distribution of physical features in Canada, and explain the role of physical processes, phenomena, and events in shaping them (FOCUS ON: Spatial Significance; Patterns and Trends)
- Unit 3 – Managing Canada’s Resources and Industries
- C1. The Sustainability of Resources: analyse impacts of resource policy, resource management, and consumer choices on resource sustainability in Canada (FOCUS ON: Interrelationships; Geographic Perspective)
- C2. The Development of Resources: analyse issues related to the distribution, availability, and development of natural resources in Canada from a geographic perspective (FOCUS ON: Interrelationships; Geographic Perspective)
- C3. Industries and Economic Development: assess the relative importance of different industrial sectors to the Canadian economy and Canada’s place in the global economy, and analyse factors that influence the location of industries in these sectors (FOCUS ON: Spatial Significance; Patterns and Trends)
- Lesson 2 – Canada’s Fresh Water Resources
- Lesson 3 – Fresh Water Pollution
- Lesson 4 – Water Quality Investigation
- Lesson 5 – Canada’s Fishing Industry
- Lesson 6 – Canada’s Forestry Industry
- Lesson 7 – Canada’s Oil Industry
- Lesson 8 – The History of Plastic
- Lesson 9 – Plastics and Waste
- Unit 4 – Changing Populations:
- D1. Population Issues: analyse selected national and global population issues and their implications for Canada (FOCUS ON: Interrelationships; Patterns and Trends)
- D2. Immigration and Cultural Diversity: describe the diversity of Canada’s population, and assess some social, economic, political, and environmental implications of immigration and diversity for Canada (FOCUS ON: Spatial Significance; Geographic Perspective)
- D3. Demographic Patterns and Trends: analyse patterns of population settlement and various demographic characteristics of the Canadian population (FOCUS ON: Spatial Significance; Patterns and Trends)
- Lesson 4 – Global Population Distribution
- Lesson 5 – Global Population Density
- Lesson 6 – Population Pyramids
- Lesson 7 – Canadian Population Trends
- Unit 5 – Liveable Communities:
- E1. The Sustainability of Human Systems: analyse issues relating to the sustainability of human systems in Canada (FOCUS ON: Interrelationships; Geographic Perspective)
- E2. Impacts of Urban Growth: analyse impacts of urban growth in Canada (FOCUS ON: Spatial Significance; Geographic Perspective)
- E3. Characteristics of Land Use in Canada: analyse characteristics of land use in various Canadian communities, and explain how some factors influence land-use patterns (FOCUS ON: Spatial Significance; Patterns and Trends)
- Lesson 2 – Community Connections
- Lesson 3 – Buckle up!
- Lesson 4 – Do you Really Need it?
- Lesson 5 – From You to us…
- Lesson 6 – Get Growing!
- Lesson 7 – Green Innovations
- Lesson 8 – How big are your Carbon Feet?
- Lesson 9 – Phantom Energy
- Lesson 10 – Media Mania
- Lesson 11 – Post-it!
- Lesson 12 – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
- Lesson 13 – School Energy Project
- Lesson 14 – Story Time
- Lesson 15 – The Windy City
- Lesson 16 – The Windy City | Decison Making Exercise
- Lesson 17 – Track your Trash
- Lesson 18 – Video Challenge
- Lesson 19 – Water Works
- Lesson 20 – Food Miles
- Lesson 21 – Urban Growth
- Lesson 22 – Liveable Cities
Available within the relevant lessons:
- Assignment 1.1 My Local Area Map
- Assignment 2.1 Plate Tectonic Map
- Assignment 2.2 Ottawa Tornado Newspaper Article
- Assignment 2.3 Master of Disaster
- Assignment 2.4 Inquiry Project
- Assignment 3.1 Rethinking Natural Resources
- Assignment 3.2 Managing Economic Activities
- Assignment 3.3 The Mining Scenario
- Assignment 4.1 Population Pyramids
- Assignment 4.2 Canada’s Population Issues
- Assignment 4.3 Population Debate
- Assignment 4.4 Immigration Inquiry Project
- Assignment 5.1 School Energy Project
- Assignment 5.2 Energy Issues Story
- Assignment 5.3 The Windy City | Decision Making Exercise
- Assignment 5.4 Create you own Local Meal
- Assignment 5.5 Liveable Cities
- Unit Review Sheets
- Unit 2 Test
- Unit 3 Test
- Unit 4 Test
- Exam Outline
- A final exam is available upon request; contact us.