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Issue Vol. 64, No. 1

Publication Date: April, 2013

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President's Message  

Page: 2

Author(s): Hughes, Shawn

My introduction to the Ontario Association for Geographic and Environmental Education (O.A.G.E.E.) was intimidating as I was surrounded by teachers that have forgotten more about teaching Geography than I will ever know. The experience continues to be educational and enlightening. It wasn’t long before I was presented with a very fair question by the President at that time (Paul Van Zant) “you’ve gotten a lot out of this organization, but what are you giving back?” I strongly believe in the importance of this largely overlooked subject in Ontario. So Paul… here is my meager attempt.

As the new O.A.G.E.E. President, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing O.A.G.E.E. Committee members that I have had the pleasure of working with for nearly 10 years. These dedicated Geographers have provided ceaseless dedication and still continue to be strong advocates for the subject.

This also provides a great opportunity to thank my mentor teachers, Todd Pottle and Kim Kasperski, for teaching me how to motivate and engage Geography students in the classroom and on field studies. That was my “Hi Mom!” moment. Thank you for indulging me.

Volunteers at O.A.G.E.E., YOUR subject association, have been preparing for the new Canadian and World Studies curriculum
document scheduled for release in late Spring 2013. To coincide with the release of the curriculum, O.A.G.E.E. volunteers are beginning work on a series of new resources that will assist you and your students in the curriculum’s 2013 implementation.

O.A.G.E.E. is very pleased to assist you by hosting easily implemented classroom resources. These valuable teaching tools are the result of many teachers’ hard work donated in good faith. It is our intention to continue to populate our website with updated resources upon the release of the new Canadian and World Studies curriculum document in 2013. To access these resources, login to and click on the Resources tab. In addition, we are constantly posting useful links to the OAGEE Facebook page.

O.A.G.E.E. has undergone a few changes to its membership structure over the last year. Department Memberships have been reinstated, which can be registered online. Your annual subscription expires almost a year after registration (i.e. register on April 10, 2013, expiry will be March 31, 2014). 

If you have ever attended an O.A.G.E.E. conference, you have experienced that feeling of being re-energized and revitalized when you step into the classroom on Monday morning. The amount of hands-on, classroom-ready material that you will receive will prove to be incredibly beneficial. I certainly look forward to meeting you at the 2013 Spring Conference in Kenora “Lake of the Woods” (May 24th & 25th) and the Fall Conference @ the Centre for International Governance Innovation campus in Waterloo, Ontario (Nov. 1st & 2nd). If you are not able to attend the conference, presenters from the conferences are able to share their resources with O.A.G.E.E. members at (click on the Conferences tab).

I hope that you take the opportunity to “Snap the Shield” in Kenora and renew your geographic spirit! We need your help in Ontario so that Geography can thrive. Support your subject and support your subject association. Take an active role in your profession by becoming an O.A.G.E.E. member today at

CGW4U: Canada's Role in Meeting Basic Human Needs  

Page: 5-12

Author(s): Odell, Meagan; Fleischacker, Melissa; Kyle, Signe; Dorge, Tara; Ferandes, Lester; Parker, Ian

Big Question Overview

  • Big Question How can Canada assist the developing global community in its quest to meet human needs?
  • Cast Teacher Resources (Titles)
  • 1 Meagan Odell Live to Work or Work to Live?: How can the teen magazines you read have an effect on the livelihoods of women in Uganda and their ability to lift their families out of poverty?
  • 2 Melissa Fleischacker From Rags to Riches?: Where does child labour exist and what are the factors that contribute to this reality? Can the actions of Canadians reduce this reality?
  • 3 Signe Kyle Food for Thought: What are some connections that you, as a fortunate Canadian citizen, can make with a devastating topic like world hunger?
  • 4 Tara Lynn Dorge Canada’s International Water Development Programs: How to choose an appropriate water development project, from Canada, for a specific town/village in a developing country?
  • 5 Lester Fernandes Canada’s Approach to Global Health Issues: What can Canada do to help developing countries cope with various deadly diseases?
  • 6 Ian Parker International Role of Canadian Military: How does Canada use the military to assist in meeting
  • the global community’s basic human needs?

CGC1P & 1D: Question Of The Day - An Exploration and Integration of the Curriculum to World Events  

Page: 13-15

Author(s): Parsons, Irene


This activity is designed to integrate the Geography curriculum with current events in the world, and to stimulate interest in geographic topics in a low-pressure introductory class environment. The activity takes approximately five minutes at the beginning of each class. During the first part of the course, the activity is teacher-directed. In the second half of the course, the activity is assumed by the students. Student feedback indicates they enjoy this activity for the following reasons: it helps them to mentally ‘step into’ their geography period; it presents information that they often find interesting; it helps them to understand stories and news that they may have heard in passing; they find out what is going on in Canada and the world; it allows them to compete as they try to guess the answer to the question or as they come up with an interesting question. 

The activity allows me to gauge students’ interests and level of general knowledge, to increase the students’ level of general knowledge, to introduce topics relevant to the course as they occur, and to refer to the facts/stories/events when we eventually cover that unit.

G8 Economic Systems: Canada's Trade: Analysing Patterns & Trends  

Page: 16-24

Author(s): Vieira, Allman

Lesson Overview

Under the Economic Systems strand of the grade eight geography curriculum, students are expected to compare the of top trading nations and explain the reason(s) for their success. The following activity is an assessment activitythat develops the student’s ability to analyze and interpret data and identify patterns and trends. This assessmentincorporates a variety of sources and technology to enable students to better develop and refine these skills.

CGC1D: Canada's Role in International Organizations  

Page: 24-28

Author(s): Preston, Lena

Lesson Overview

Students will conduct a class discussion on the question: What is an International Organization and why Canada should/would participate in them?

Students will research two international organizations and compare how each makes a significant contribution to the world.

They will research when and why the organization was created and how Canada became involved. Then research the purpose or goal of the organization and predict future projects and outcomes of this organization. The purpose of this activity is to understand how Canada is connected globally through a variety of International Organizations.

Featured Website: On the Ground Reporter (Darfur) - Computer Simulation Worksheet  

Page: 28-31

Author(s): Farley, Mike


When no one else is available to get on-the-ground reports from Darfur (Sudan), you’re the person they call. Explore various villages to begin to understand the people, explore the history and culture, and gain a firsthand look at some of the root causes of the hostilities in Darfur. The information you uncover could turn into a rich and compelling news story. (Adapted from the ‘Games for Change’ website)