Friday, July 24, 2015

Poetry, Writing, and Geography: Canada

Geography Skills

Where does geographical info come from?
Observation, reports, science.
Maps, photos, satellites, stories.

Activity 

Draw a map of Norfolk as best you can from what you know. What are the major North/South streets, what are the major East/West streets, how do the numbered streets go? Where is the Zoo? Downtown? Hospital? Botanical Gardens? Where did you get the information you used to make your map? (Experience, maps, logic, other knowledge.)

Map Work

Using the globe, identify all the continents and oceans, the equator, the hemispheres, the prime meridian. Do activities 3-4 in World Geography Daily Skill Builders.

photo credit: Gord McKenna
Canada warm-up 

Canada or Nope?

Six Things to Know About Canada

1. Territories and Provinces of Canada
Yukon
Whitehorse
Northwest Territories
Yellowknife
Nunavut
Iqaluit
British Columbia
Vancouver
Alberta
Edmonton
Saskatchewan
Regina
Manitoba
Winnepeg
Ontario
Toronto
Quebec
Quebec City
Newfoundland and Labrador
        St. John's
New Brunswick
        Fredricton
Nova Scotia
Halifax
Prince Edward Isle
        Charlottetown

2. Capital city: Ottawa

3. Water
Great Bear Lake
Great Slave Lake
Hudson Bay
Lake Winnepeg
Thunder Bay
St. Lawrence River

4. Baffin Island

5. Rocky Mountains

6. Arctic Circle / US Border (Population differences)

Poetry

Canada” by Billy Collins

Music

Inuit throat singing. Watch this National Geographic video.
Give throat singing a try with a partner. Battle your friends.

Map Review

Fill out this blank map of Canada with as many geographical features and cities as you can.

Writing

Time: 20 minutes
Length: One page

Make a map with words. Choose an intersection in your town, one you are very familiar with, and describe it in detail to someone who has never been there. It's up to you how much geographical information you give (climate, elevation, cardinal directions, roads, landmarks) and how much information you give about the experience of being there (feelings, memories, sensations, smells, noises). Make the best map you can in a way you feel most effectively represents the place.

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