The beginning of the school year also means the beginning of Can Geo Education’s contests. This year, get your class excited about geography by signing up for one (or all) of our free contests!
Canadian Geographic Challenge
The Canadian Geographic Challenge is Canada’s national geography bee. It’s a great way to highlight how fun and diverse geography is. Sign up any grade 4-10 class this fall.
Classroom Energy Diet Challenge
Teach your students about energy using this fun and engaging program. Available to all K-12 classrooms.
Canada’s Coolest School Trip
This year, one lucky grade 8/secondaire 2 class will embark on an all-expenses-paid trip to number of Parks Canada places.
Visit contest.myparkspass.ca to find out where the lucky winners will be heading and register in September.
Play CellCraft to teach your students about cells!
Using Landsat imagery and cloud computing, researchers mapped forest cover worldwide as well as forest loss and gain. Over 12 years, 888,000 square miles of forest were lost, and 309,000 square miles regrew.
Global view of problems … and fixes
Applications for the new global forest map range from calculating how much carbon is stored in the world’s forests to identifying what countries are logging trees most ravenously. “Whether you are a tree hugger or a logger, this map could be useful to you,” Hansen noted.
The map does bring a new level of transparency to forestry accounting, he added. It opens up for the world to see the impact of Brazil’s conservation policy, for instance, where the rate of forest loss was halved to 8,000 square miles a year over the course of the decade.
The map also shows that Brazil’s deforestation reduction is more than offset by increased forest loss in places such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Paraguay and Bolivia. Overall, the forest loss in the tropics is increasing by 811 square miles a year, according to Hansen and colleagues, who discuss the map in a paper published today in the journal Science.
Answer these questions on this Word document: World Population Pyramids
Click on several countries of the world and notice the different shapes of population pyramids. For example, check out Azerbaijan. Quickly scan the recent history of the country to see a possible explanation for it’s shape.
Currently, Zimbabwe has the largest youth bulge in the world. As of 2012, the largest youth bulge is found in Zimbabwe, which has a population structure with 56.57% between the ages of 15 and 29. Briefly skim the article: Human rights in Zimbabwe. Summarize in one or two sentences that might explain Zimbabwe’s youth bulge.
On the World Violence map, answer the following questions:
- True or False: the USA is more violent than Haiti?
- True or false: Egypt is more violent than Canada?
- Where does Canada rank, in terms of suicide?
- In gener1al, suicide is more prevalent in the _______________ hemisphere.
- Longest living country in the world is?
- Canada’s longevity ranking is?
- What is Haiti’s average life expectancy?
- Which country has an average life expectancy of 66.2?
Causes of Death:
- What are the top three causes of death for Canadians?
- Where is suicide on the list?
- What is the #2 cause of death in Guatemala?
- What do you notice about Haiti‘s life expectancy?
- What is the number one killer of Haitians?
- What is surprising about #4 and #6 on the list?
The following document was written by Karisa Sharpe / Huttonville Public School / PDSB
Grade 8 History Inquiry Project – Karisa Sharpe.pdf
The following document was written by Karisa Sharpe / PDSB
Geography Unit Overview
Geography Unit Overview – K Sharpe.pdf
- Spatial Significance
- Patterns and Trends
- Geographic Perspective
- STEP 1 – Formulate Questions
- STEP 2 – Gather and Organize
- STEP 3 – Interpret and Analyze
- STEP 4 – Evaluate and Draw Conclusions
- STEP 5 – Communicate