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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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Developing a Watershed Area with the End in Mind

In this lesson students will consider the relationship between environmental charters, stewardship and watersheds. They will investigate and design a proposal to develop a watershed area. The development proposal must adhere to the principles contained in a class-constructed environmental charter.


Keeping the Glass ½ Full Understanding British Columbia’s Watersheds and Promoting Action to Protect Them

This lesson is designed to provide an introduction to watersheds in British Columbia and to help students understand the importance of protecting them. Students will make connections between watershed protection and the provision of clean and safe drinking water. Additionally, students will develop a personal action plan to protect watersheds.


Making a Watershed Model

In this activity, students will produce a model to determine how watersheds are connected and how water flows through them.


Sustainable Economic Development

In this lesson students will come to a more complete understanding of watersheds, water conservation and sustainable economic development by studying one of New Brunswick’s many beautiful river systems. Students will research the types of economic development that take place within a specific watershed area in New Brunswick. They will prepare a research report that will propose sustainable economic activities that protect the watershed.


“Putting the Hum in the Humber”: The Humber River Watershed

Students will examine how watersheds help maintain our natural environment. They will examine the impact of development within the Humber River watershed. This includes the growth of the pulp and paper industry, settlement and tourism development. Students will study concerns about the use of resources.


Water Conservation and the Watersheds of Nova Scotia

The aim of this lesson is to make students more aware of Nova Scotia’s watershed areas, water conservation and the need to secure our surface water supply for future generations. The activities and the project will allow students to understand what a watershed area is and to investigate one of the many watershed areas that exist in Nova Scotia. They will develop a number of geographic and research skills.


Water Music: A Creative Exploration Dedicated to the Importance of Rivers and Lakes in Our Regional Watersheds

This lesson will explore the vital use of language (oral, written, musical, rhythmic) to convey the important role water plays in our lives. Students will be given the opportunity to explore a range of musical/lyrical/multimedia expressions to describe their understanding of the role that water/waterways/bodies of water/watersheds play in our everyday lives.


Urban vs. Rural: Examining How Watersheds Affect People Living in Urban and Rural Areas

This lesson will help students understand the different ways that people rely on watersheds and sources of water depending on where they live.


Exploring and Evaluating our Impact on Local Watersheds

Students will explore and map the locations of Canadian Watersheds. Students will examine the importance of our local watershed and evaluate their own personal impact on local watersheds.


Conservation Stewardship in Action: Protecting the PEI Winter River/Tracadie Bay Watershed “The pen is just as mighty as the paddle.”

This lesson focuses on a watershed vital to Charlottetown: the Winter River/Tracadie Bay Watershed, the source of the city’s water. Students will review inspiring quotations about water and participate in a discussion about who should protect watersheds. They will learn about how the watersheds of Prince Edward Island are protected and assume the roles of various sectors that form the Watershed Alliance. Finally, they will write a communication that expresses one major concern they have about the watershed.


Watersheds and what they involve

Students should realize that it is important to know where our water comes from so that we can protect it and that is why they will learn what a watershed is and what it involves. Divided into six groups, the students must teach a concept to the rest of the class. The teacher assigns a concept to each team. The team should do some research to properly explain the new concept.


Saskatchewan’s Watersheds: Taking Action to Promote, Protect and Conserve our Future

Students use a variety of maps to identify and describe watersheds in the province as well as summarize the ways humans have impacted the watersheds in the past and present. Students will present their findings to their peers along with proposals for action that they can use as individuals to promote, protect and conserve watersheds in the province.


The Peel Watershed Assessing the Complexities of a Land Use Issue

In this lesson, students will use the Canadian Atlas Online to locate and gather information about the Peel Watershed. They will explore the Recommended Peel Watershed Land Use Plan to identify land use issues and different viewpoints on development in the Peel Watershed. Finally, students will develop an advertisement that expresses their personal position on the issue.