geography


  • Hands-On Canadian History: When the Provinces and Territories Joined Canada The provinces and territories of Canada have been ever changing since the country first became official in 1867. At first, it was just a few provinces, but over time, has grown to become the 2nd largest country in the world. Between 1867 and today, Canada has divided its land into 13 distinct provinces and territories, with the last one not being defined until 1999! Here’s a fun way to learn when each province or territory became part of this country.   The Provinces and Territories of Canada Flag Matching Game Materials Needed Large map of Canada (I used the Unique Media Map of Canada) Print out ... Read more
  • Canadian Geography Game {Printable} Want a fun way to learn and review what you know about the Canadian provinces? Here’s a matching game! Included for each province and territory is a set of four cards that show a map, the flower, the flag, and the capital city. Print and cut out each card – probably on cardstock for added durability, and then match them up. Use the cards that make the most sense for your learning activities. For example, if the flower or the flag don’t really matter to you – don’t use them. You can start off simple, only using the main province name card and ... Read more
  • Canadian Council for Geographic Education Canadian_Council_for_Geographic_Education This council was created to support geographic education in the classroom and ” increase the public awareness of the importance of geographical literacy.” How do they do that? Well, their website is a wealth of information. Detailed Lesson Plans One of the many great features of the website is the large and varied collection of lesson plans. The majority of the plans are designed for Grade 4 and up, are extremely detailed and offered in a variety of methods – from PDF and word document to some in HTML – depending on your needs and preferences. The lessons are carefully laid out – ... Read more
  • The Canadian Adventure eBook The Canadian Adventure ebook - take a virtual trip across CanadaThe Canadian Adventure book is a province by province virtual trip. Take you and your kids on a tour of Canada – from Newfoundland to BC and through the three territories. For each province/territory, you will get to explore the sights as if you were a real tourist. Visit popular attractions, wander through city streets, take a look at the landscape, meet the people, try the food, and more. Teach your kids about map skills and other neat facts about each province. How?  I’ve spent hours pouring through tourist sites, Youtube, Google Maps, websites, and more to find everything I could to provide as close ... Read more
  • The Canadian Adventure: Nunavut The Canadian Adventure: NunavutNunavut is the most recent addition to Canada, only becoming it’s own territory in 1999. The population here is over 80% Inuit, and the Arctic environment makes for some amazing, beautiful landscapes. If you were planning to order tourism materials, get them from Nunavut’s Tourism Website. 1. Print out a blank map of the province. We will be using it to mark of the places we visit. 2. Read pages 61 – 65 in Hey, Canada! to finish up the trip with Alice, Gran, and Cal. Would you rather ride around on a snowmobile or a dog sled? What is an Inukshuk? How do you feel about being ... Read more
  • The Canadian Adventure: Northwest Territories The Canadian Adventure: Northwest TerritoriesPart of the original North-West Territories from the days of the fur trade, this territory is a lot of Arctic Tundra and wide open space. If you were planning to order tourism materials, get them from Northwest Territories’ Tourism Website. 1. Print out a blank map of the province. We will be using it to mark of the places we visit. 2. Read pages 56 – 60 in Hey, Canada! to see what Alice and the gang experienced when they visited this province. Would it be hard to sleep if the sun never set? What about in the winter when the sun doesn’t come up very long? Why ... Read more
  • The Canadian Adventure: Yukon The Canadian Adventure: YukonCalled The Land of the Midnight Sun, the Yukon’s history is filled with the mystery of the gold rush era and the beauty of our northern lands. If you were planning to order tourism materials, get them from Yukon’s Tourism Website. 1. Print out a blank map of the province. We will be using it to mark of the places we visit. 2. Read pages 52 – 55 in Hey, Canada! to see the adventures they have in this territory. Would you be willing to leave everything behind to go hunt for gold? Would you rather check for gold with a pan? Or one of those huge ... Read more
  • The Canadian Adventure: British Columbia The Canadian Adventure: British ColumbiaWe’ve reached the West Coast! British Columbia is a combination of mountains and coastline, a climate that usually makes the rest of Canada a little jealous in winter, and lots of outstanding agriculture. If you were planning to order tourism materials, get them from British Columbia’s Tourism Website. 1. Print out a blank map of the province. We will be using it to mark of the places we visit. 2. Read pages 46 – 51 in Hey, Canada! and see where in British Columbia Alice, Gran, Cal, and Hamster visit. Do you think that Ogopogo is real? Could you imagine meeting up with a woolly mammoth in ... Read more
  • The Canadian Adventure: Alberta The Canadian Adventure: AlbertaMoving from the east side of Alberta to the west side is a complete change. The east is prairie. The west is the Rocky Mountains. If you were planning to order tourism materials, get them from Alberta’s Tourism Website. 1. Print out a blank map of the province. We will be using it to mark of the places we visit. 2. Read pages 41 – 45 in Hey, Canada! I wonder if they’ve found Hamster yet….. (There was an error on this page – the wrong provincial flower. It should be a wild rose.) Do you have a favourite dinosaur? Which one? Why do you think there ... Read more
  • The Canadian Adventure: Saskatchewan The Canadian Adventure: SaskatchewanSaskatchewan is the perfect picture of the prairies with its flat land and waving fields of grain or canola. But it has surprising other features too! If you were planning to order tourism materials, get them from Saskatchewan’s Tourism Website. 1. Print out a blank map of the province. We will be using it to mark of the places we visit. 2. Read pages 38 – 40 in Hey, Canada! to see what adventures our friends are up to. Try to spell Saskatchewan without looking – can you? Why do you think that Saskatchewan is also known as the Land of the Living Skies? Could you imagine living and ... Read more
  • The Canadian Adventure: Manitoba The Canadian Adventure: Manitoba In the middle of the country, Manitoba calls itself the heart of Canada. Known for its brutal winters, this province has a lot of history – such as the Hudson’s Bay Company and the Metis peoples, as well as neat wildlife like polar bears. If you were planning to order tourism materials, get them from Manitoba’s Tourism Website. 1. Print out a blank map of the province. We will be using it to mark of the places we visit. 2. Read pages 33 -37 in Hey, Canada! to see what Alice and the gang experienced when they visited this province. Why is the statue on top of ... Read more
  • The Canadian Adventure: Ontario The Canadian Adventure: OntarioThe province with the most people, Ontario has a combination of large, busy cities with small little towns, and beautiful getaway locations. If you were planning to order tourism materials, get them from Ontario’s Tourism Website. 1. Print out a blank map of the province. We will be using it to mark of the places we visit. 2. Read pages 26-32 in Hey, Canada! There are a lot of pages in this entry. Ontario must have a lot to see. Why do you think they did so much stuff in Ontario? Why are there two capital cities in Ontario? Do you think that’s confusing? Would you be brave ... Read more
  • The Canadian Adventure: Quebec The Canadian Adventure: QuebecQuebec’s history and culture is steeped in French heritage. This province is predominantly Francophone – which means that just about everyone speaks French first. Although there is a lot of land in this province, most of the people live near and around the St. Lawrence River. If you were planning to order tourism materials, get them from Quebec’s Tourism Website. You need to send them an email with your request. 1. Print out a blank map of the province. We will be using it to mark of the places we visit. 2. Read pages 21 – 25 in Hey, Canada! to find out what Gran, Cal, Hamster, ... Read more
  • The Canadian Adventure: New Brunswick The Canadian Adventure: New-BrunswickNew Brunswick is sometimes referred to as the “gateway to the Atlantic” and is an officially bilingual province. It has some amazingly stunning landscapes, lots of covered bridges, and that lovely laid-back maritime charm. If you were planning to order tourism materials, get them from New Brunswick’s Tourism Website. 1. Print out a blank map of the province. We will be using it to mark of the places we visit. 2. Read pages 18-20 in Hey, Canada! to see what Alice and the gang experienced when they visited this province. Why do you think that New Brunswick has so many covered bridges? (60+ of them?!) Dulse is seaweed ... Read more
  • The Canadian Adventure: PEI The Canadian Adventure: PEIPrince Edward Island might be tiny, but it’s got amazing things to see and it’s home of one of the most iconic Canadian characters in the world. If you were planning to order tourism materials, get them from PEI’s Tourism Website. 1. Print out a blank map of the province. We will be using it to mark of the places we visit. Notice how there are two parts of the province with an island at the top? This island section is called Cape Breton. 2. Read pages 16-17 in Hey, Canada! to see what the gang was doing in Prince Edward Island. Why is the sand red? Have you ... Read more
  • The Canadian Adventure: Nova Scotia The Canadian Adventure: Nova ScotiaNova Scotia lies at the eastern edge of the Canadian mainland. Its name means “New Scotland” –  because the rolling green hills surrounded by crashing sea waves are similar to the Highlands in Scotland. If you were planning to order tourism materials, get them from Nova Scotia’s Tourism Website. 1. Print out a blank map of the province. We will be using it to mark of the places we visit. Notice how there are two parts of the province with an island at the top? This island section is called Cape Breton. 2. Read pages 11-15 in Hey, Canada! to read Alice’s blog posts about their adventures ... Read more
  • The Canadian Adventure: Newfoundland & Labrador The Canadian Adventure: Newfoundland & LabradorThe first province on our journey across Canada is all the way to the east – in Newfoundland & Labrador. The history of these regions is old and the scenery beautiful. If you were planning to order tourism materials, get them from Newfoundland & Labrador’s Tourism Website. 1. Print out a blank map of the province. We will be using it to mark of the places we visit. To start, write the name of the ocean that Newfoundland is in. 2. Read pages 8-10 in Hey, Canada! to see where Cal, Alice, Gran, and Hampster visit around the area. What did you think of their new ... Read more
  • The Canadian Adventure: An Introduction The Canadian Adventure: Newfoundland & Labrador Over the next 2 weeks, I invite you to join me on a trip around the great country of Canada. Together we will explore all the diversity, beauty, and uniqueness that makes our country wonderful. We will start in Newfoundland & Labrador, and make our way west to British Columbia before heading north to the territories. We will visit tourist attractions, look for the little trails behind the scenes, try new foods and experience new things. We might even get messy – who knows? What do you need? For a main guide to our adventure, I’m using the book Hey, Canada! by Vivien Bowers. ... Read more
  • How to Create Geography Lessons with Little Passports How to expand the Little Passports package into a whole geography program. A monthly geography focused kit that comes in the mail for your kids, Little Passports gives children the opportunity to learn and explore without having to even leave home! You can choose to travel through the USA or visit the World. There is even a special kit for preschoolers so they can participate too. Each month, a package will arrive from Sam & Stella as they travel around on their journey. The package will contain a letter and photo, codes to access an online section of their website for games and activities, some worksheets and even a souvenir. It’s a ... Read more
  • A Virtual Field Trip Across Canada Canada is a country filled with amazing diversity and beauty. From mountains to prairies, urban explosion to rural farm lands, castles and cathedrals to lighthouses and green gables. This month, the Canadian Homeschool Blogging Team is giving you a virtual tour of recommended places to visit around where they each live. Come join us on a journey through our provinces. Rebecca – Virtual Field Trip in the Thompson Okanagan Want to go on a virtual field trip through BC with your kids? Come and explore beautiful British Columbia along with my family. We will take you on a virtual field trip ... Read more
  • Parks Canada Parks Canada Discovery PassParks Canada is a government department in charge of the preservation and maintainence of places of national and historical importance. This includes many of our national parks and special locations from coast to coast. Growing up, my family would pile into our station wagon every summer, with our trailer hitched to the back, heading off on an adventure. Our travels took us all the way west at least twice and almost all the way east several times. (One day, I would love to get to Newfoundland!) I am blessed to have had the unique opportunity of seeing the diversity of our ... Read more
  • Little Passports Early Explorers My boys really love learning, and love geography and learning about different places in the world. My oldest son received a Little Passports starter kit previously and he really loved it. Now that my 4 year old is in school and really loves sitting and doing worksheets, or “pencil work”, I am always on the look out for fun activities that will engage him. So I was very happy to hear about the Little Passports Early Explorers kits. These are monthly subscription boxes aimed at kids aged 3-5. You can either get the starter kit, or a monthly kit. In the starter ... Read more