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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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Equality in Education

Many children and youth in developing countries face overwhelming challenges to meet their basic needs and receive an education. In some countries, it is even more difficult for girls to receive educational opportunities. In this lesson, students will complete a web quest to learn about how Canada is helping to provide educational opportunities for children in developing countries. Next, they will read and respond to a child’s story from Afghanistan and propose ways that Canadians could help even more.


Analysing Development using the Human Development Index (HDI)

Students will be introduced to a key development indicator, the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI). Using the HDI, students will compare Canada to developing countries and conduct a brief analysis using other development indicators for five nations, one from each of Canada’s focus regions. Students will understand how the HDI has shaped Canada’s aid priorities in the 21st Century.


Celebrating Canadians Who Make a Difference

In this lesson, students will plan a school-wide celebration of Canadians who have made or are making contributions to the global community in international aid or development.


Canada’s Role in International Development around the World

In this lesson, students will conduct research about three different projects that Canada has been involved with around the world.


Natural Disasters in the Developed and Developing World

Students will examine how countries in the developed and developing world respond to natural disasters. Students will study the impact that factors such as existing infrastructure, stable governing system, and international assistance have on a country’s ability to respond in times of natural crisis. They will use the earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and Japan and flooding and hurricanes in Canada as examples. Students will analyse how Canada can be of use to respond to natural disasters in countries that have fewer resources available to them.


CIDA and the Nova Scotia Gambia Association: Working together for Peer Health Education

The goal of the lesson plan is to raise awareness and understanding of the Canadian government’s support for the Nova Scotia Gambia Association (NSGA), located in Halifax. The Nova Scotia Gambia Association uses its well-recognized peer health education model to increase knowledge and awareness amongst youth and communities on topics such as: sexual reproductive health, healthy relationships, leadership skills, the environment and the role that gender plays in health. NSGA works in 75 schools and in each school, 20 students are trained as Peer Health Educators. A total of 1,500 peer educators will be trained across Gambia. Canada has been a long time supporter of many of the NSGA projects. In recent years, Canada has funded similar summer school projects throughout Gambia.


Increasing Environmental Awareness in Indonesia

Canada supports the Integrated Pest Management program in Indonesia. The Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA) has trained local farmers to use various pest control methods to reduce the use of pesticides. This has improved the health of residents and increased the gross domestic product (GDP) of the area. Through a study of a key research paper, students will examine several factors which have led to the success of this program. They will also learn the importance of proper pesticide use.


Canada’s focus on Children and Youth

This lesson will centre around the focus that Canada has placed on securing the future of children and youth in developing countries. Through a research activity and participation in a development fair, students will learn about a wide variety of organizations and programs that actively work to improve the quality of life for children and youth around the world.


CIDA: Where should Canadians help out?

Students will study the geographic areas and sectors where Canadians have contributed foreign aid over the past few years. They will analyze statistics to decide where they think Canada’s foreign aid should be directed in the future.


A Tale of Children in Two Countries: Bolivia and Canada

The lesson begins with a comparison between the standard of living experienced by children in Bolivia with that experienced by children in Canada and then moves on to explore the importance of international assistance. Following a double bar graph assignment in which students illustrate two notable contrasts in the children’s standards of life, a discussion of quotations on the subject of humanitarianism and an introduction to the 0.7% commitment to Official Development Assistance, students create a visual art project (accompanied by persuasive words) intended to inspire humanitarianism.


Ensuring that sustainable development goes hand-in-hand with economic growth!

For too long, economic growth was at the expense of protecting the environment. However, in recent years, Canada has made sustainable economic growth one of its priorities. As Canadian citizens, students contribute to international assistance intended for developing countries. It is therefore important to raise their awareness so they can reflect on preferred courses of action to manage the environment in developing countries.


CIDA Grant Proposal Simulation

Students will gather geographic data and represent a delegation from each of the 20 focus countries that Canada has selected to support with assistance for international development. They will create and present an application for further funding for a worthy development project of their choice for their country. The successful application will be the one that best meets the needs of their people and context, while considering the most efficient and effective cooperating partner agencies already working for sustainable development in the country.


Development Assistance

This lesson provides students with the opportunity to research and learn in groups while discussing, debating and designing their own lesson plans. Students become active learners, completing a series of specific tasks as part of a research team, then demonstrate their individual subject mastery by teaching fellow students what they have learned about one of the nations that receives international development assistance from Canada.