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Welcome to The Canadian Atlas Online (CAOL) Learning Centre. With the terrific learning resources available here, you can make geography and history come alive in your classroom like never before! Our lesson plans and classroom activities are available to download in several formats to help both teachers and students engage more fully with this site’s content. Teacher-members of the Canadian Council for Geographic Education have prepared these free resources that meet curriculum learning objectives based on the topics featured throughout the CAOL.

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Canada...a visual journey

Students will work in groups to learn about Canada’s six natural regions (ecozones). They will create a visual representation of each region on a large wall map of Canada and present the information gathered to classmates.

Canada’s Natural Regions and Their Varied Characteristics

Students will study Canada’s six natural regions, with all their underlying human and economic activities. They will discover the economic and human riches of the natural regions and, by so doing, discover those of Canada as a whole. A quiz could be given as an extension to the lesson or as an evaluation tool.

Regions of Canada

Canada has six main natural regions that can be identified by their landforms, climate, vegetation, animal life and industry.

Origin of Canada’s Physiographic Regions

This lesson examines the nature of Canada’s physiographic regions and their geological origin. This is an introductory lesson that could be further developed into a more in-depth understanding of rock structures and mineral resources or link to a closer understanding of Canada’s early settlement pattern.

The Impact of Climate Change on the Arctic: Positive or Negative?

After watching the television program L’Arctique, on the French-language CBC program 5/5 in February 2007, (available on the Société Radio-Canada Internet site), students will be asked to defend their opinion about the effects of climate change on the Canadian Arctic. They will have to draw the Northwest Passage on a map, locate the various Canadian cities and other locations mentioned in the program on a blank map, and obtain background information about the impact of climate warming on the Arctic by consulting the Canadian Atlas online. This research will provide them with the information they need to develop their opinions and explain to the class their hypotheses on the effects of climate warming on the people, land and trade in this part of Canada. This will be followed by a debate about whether warming will have a positive or negative impact on the region.

The Arctic and Taiga Ecozone of Canada

Students explore the various sub regions of the Arctic and Taiga ecozone, identifying specific physical and human characteristics of each.

The Harvesting Cycle: The Cycle of the Seasons in the Far North

Students interpret a Harvesting Cycle wheel and then construct one for their own community, by discussing the changing local conditions in weather and wildlife availability.

The Natural Regions of Quebec: From North to South...Quebec’s Forest Regions

Using an atlas, students will explore the various forest regions of Quebec and identify the types of vegetation in each of Quebec’s ecozones.