Kaitlyn Purvis designed a third-grade unit that helped students make personal connections to the lives of Canada’s early settlers and indigenous people. Students explored their own heritage and mapped the resulting data, learning how their classmates’ families came to Canada. After researching what life was like for both settlers and indigenous people, students created puppet videos to share what they learned. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Chronicling Ancestral Stories with Puppets
ENVIRONMENT Despite sensational media reports, the falls aren’t going to freeze solid. (National Geographic) Download and print your own coloring page of Niagara Falls. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas What is Niagara Falls? Take a look at today’s MapMaker Interactive map, as well as the “case study” in our … Continue reading Niagara Falls Never Freezes Over
ENVIRONMENT It wasn’t much of a bouquet—just a single lonely dandelion. But it had been plucked from the middle of a barren stretch of polluted oil sands. Researchers knew right away that made it something special. (Canadian Press) What are oil sands? What’s going on with oil sands in Canada? Get the scoop on this Geography in the News. Discussion Ideas The Globe and Mail … Continue reading Dandelions Roar to the Rescue of Polluted Oil Sands
POLITICS In exchange for land, Queen Victoria promised an annuity to each indigenous person around Lake Huron. Now a legal case seeks to bring that treaty up to date. (The Guardian) Where is this $4 land? Use our downloadable map to find Ojibwe cultural territory. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Many indigenous peoples are … Continue reading After 150 years, First Nations Try to Raise the Rent around Lake Huron
SCIENCE Known as a nodosaur, this 110 million-year-old, armored plant-eater is the best-preserved fossil of its kind ever found. (Nat Geo Magazine) Zoom in on dinosaurs and the early Cretaceous in North America. Discussion Ideas The nodosaur was not unearthed at a paleontological dig. How was this fossil discovered? Excavations at Suncor’s Millennium Mine, an oil mining operation in northern Alberta, Canada, unearthed the fossil. … Continue reading Dinosaur Mummy!