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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

O Canada! ~ Lesson Plans and Resources

Canada spans more than half of the Northern Hemisphere and is the second largest country in the world. It also has the world’s longest coastline ~ there are oceans on three sides. Canada’s lakes and rivers make up about 20% of the world’s fresh water.

The population of Canada is less than half a percent of the world’s population. The majority of Canada’s people live in the southern part of Canada and the largest cities are Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Canada’s two official languages are French and English.

You can view the other countries that we’ve studied from North America on my North America geography page.

Week 1 Layout

Monday

  • Introduce new song about Canada from Geography Songs
  • Use atlas and globe to locate Canada
  • Read one of our books from our bookshelf about Canada

Tuesday

  • Review geography song
  • Learn {and review} some terms: province, hemisphere, territory, bay {Hudson bay}
  • Independent reading from bookshelf
  • Filled out the map of Canada using our notebooking page

 Mapping Canada

 Click on thumbnail to download pdf file

Wednesday

  • Review geography song
  • Took a virtual tour through Canada
  • Talked about three different explorers: Leif Erickson, Jacques Cartier, and John Cabot
  • Independent reading 
Thursday

Week 2 Layout

Monday

 Flag of Canada

Click on thumbnail to download pdf file

Tuesday

Wednesday Thursday
  • Review geography song
  • Summarized one of our reading books and copy summary/dication
  • Added our notebooking pages to our binder and stamped our passports!

Books to Use

Resources and Websites

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9 Comments:

  • I can sing the geography song right along with you. We used this when our 26 year old, ahem, was in second grade. We can still sing it today. Songs really do cement information the old long term memory bank! :)

    By Blogger Money Saving Maine-iac, At October 26, 2010 at 6:52 AM  

  • hello, Canada is cold. That's my theory on why there's not many people.

    And for some reason I always in my mind sing "O Canada" to the same tune as "O Tannenbaum," I have no clue if it's the correct tune, but that's what it is in my mind.

    By Blogger Ticia, At October 26, 2010 at 8:34 AM  

  • Hey Jolanthe.
    Just wondering if you'd like something special for the kiddos from the frozen north?
    You may or may not know that, I am an Inuit (kidding) I'm not. But I am Canadian.
    Let me know by email quickly, {as it does take (I think) 8-10 business days} before your done your unit.

    M
    from liveswearegiven

    By Blogger MON, At October 26, 2010 at 6:07 PM  

  • One more thing.
    Tell your kids it's not cold here like most Americans think. Check out on the web, British Columbia's Rain Forest. It doesn't snow there, well it rarely does. Our country is very diverse in it's people and places. My Canada is beautiful!

    By Blogger MON, At October 26, 2010 at 6:18 PM  

  • Just wanted to make sure you knew that on your PDF sheet where you label a map of Canada, Ottawa was spelled incorrectly.

    By Anonymous Alia, At October 26, 2010 at 9:05 PM  

  • To the lady who wanted to know the tune to O Canada: you can find many versions of it on You-tube. It does not sound like O Tannenbaum.

    We've used Geography Songs for years, but that Canada song drives me crazy, because it doesn't make any geographical sense for Canadian kids. We need another song that goes west to east, like the U.S. songs.

    Jolanthe, your kids might enjoy the You-tube song Canada in My Pocket--it teaches the meaning of Canadian coins. Sort of. Misrepresents the Bluenose on the dime (it wasn't a trading ship), but it's fun anyway. Also look up the website tvokids.org if you want to know what Ontario kids are into watching after school. (Warning: this is not a Christian station, it's more like PBS, so right now it's all Halloween.)

    And right now in Ontario we're still having pretty nice fall weather--bit windy though.

    By Anonymous Mama Squirrel, At October 29, 2010 at 7:41 AM  

  • Wow! Between your post and the comments, I don't need anything else to teach about Canada. Thanks so much!
    Godspeed,
    Nancy

    By Blogger Nancy, At November 1, 2010 at 6:22 PM  

  • Wow! Between your post and the comments, I don't need anything else to teach about Canada. Thanks so much!
    Godspeed,
    Nancy

    By Anonymous Nancy, At December 15, 2010 at 12:54 PM  

  • Hey Jolanthe.
    Just wondering if you'd like something special for the kiddos from the frozen north?
    You may or may not know that, I am an Inuit (kidding) I'm not. But I am Canadian.
    Let me know by email quickly, {as it does take (I think) 8-10 business days} before your done your unit.

    M
    from liveswearegiven

    By Anonymous MON, At December 15, 2010 at 12:54 PM  

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