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Issue Vol. 63, No. 2
Publication Date: July, 2012
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Students will learn how to describe and analyze the population distribution of Canada. Addition an understanding of the factors that influence settlement patterns in Canada. This lesson promo strategies that have been differentiated to support the learning styles of individual students.
This lesson has been developed for the CGC1D class but with minor modifications could be applicable to the applied course. This lesson addresses the concept of sustainability as well as the role technology can play in both the creation of sustainable and unsustainable resource management. Stu-dents are to understand that the development of a sustain-able fishery is not only an environmental issue but it also has importance economically. It is important to the lesson development that students understand that the natural systems of Canada are a part of a larger global system.
The students are to be familiar with the various Canadian fisheries (East Coast, Pacific Coast, and Inland) prior to this lesson as its focus will be predominately on fishing techniques and how to appropriately manage a renewable resource. The lesson will be completed over a minimum of two days; the first will be a Socratic approach to the challenges related to maintaining a viable commercial fishery. In the second part the students will be challenged independently by develop-ing an effective strategy for managing the fishery while not undermining the economic needs of the area.
The task attempts to have the students develop an un-derstanding of the complexity of ‘being green’. The lesson and activity expects to promote critical thinking and a full understanding of the effect, both good and bad, of technol-ogy on resources. In addition the evaluation task is to be performed in the form of a letter, report, or a presentation in order to accommodate the multiple learning styles that are commonly found in the ninth grade classroom.
This lesson falls under the Grade 8 Economic Systems strand. Students will be introduced to the 5 Economic Questions and how all economic systems must answer these 5 questions. and will participate in a hands-on group activity where they will apply these 5 questions. The lesson consists of an inter-active small group activity where students will contemplate the ownership of a small business, while considering the 5 economic questions.
• what goods are produced?
• how they are produced?
• for whom they are produced
• by whom they are produced?
• and how they are distributed?