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Issue Vol. 64, No. 3

Publication Date: November, 2013

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Curriculum Design Series - 5 CGF3M: Natural Disasters Unit  

Page: 4-12

Author(s): Ham, Tareyn; Zimak, Lisa; Gilbertson, Micaela; Karmen, Monica; Casteels, Thomas; Tilbury, Matthew

Big Question: What effects do natural disasters have on the natural and human environment?

Small Storms
What natural processes are involved in the creation of small storms?

Mega Storms
What are the causes and effects of tornados and hurricanes?

Tsunami
What is a tsunami and how does it effect the natural and human environment?

Earthquakes
How is an earthquake formed and what effects does it have on the physical and human environment?

Volcanoes
What processes form volcanoes and what effects do they have on the natural and human environment?

Landscape Creation using SketchUp  

Page: 13-18

Author(s): Wilkie, Randy

Background
A series of recent articles by Jacki Tossol in Interaction, the journal of the Geography Teachers’ Association of Victoria (Australia) describe SketchUp as a tool for creating 3D landscapes. The ideas could fit easily into the repertoire of Ontario Geography teachers.
Google SketchUp* is a fast, fun and intuitive computer programme that students can use to visualize 3D landscapes and/or build 3D landscape models to geographically analyze spatial patterns and associations. The programme would be ideal for all Geography classes at any grade and level.

CGC1D: Canada’s Immigration Point System  

Page: 19-21

Author(s): Kuderian, Nick

Lesson Overview
Students will take on the role of an Immigration Officer.
They will use their knowledge of the immigration point system to determine whether they would let three potential immigrants to Canada based on their “Immigrant Profile”. Students will then reflect upon the challenges and issues they came across when using the point system in a class discussion, and come up with a modified version they feel assesses potential immigrants in a fair and adequate manner.
This lesson is situated amongst a group of lessons about Canadian immigration. Students will have already learned about Canadian multiculturalism, push/pull factors, and waves of Canadian immigration over time. In this lesson, students will learn about the types of immigrants coming to Canada today (i.e. Family, Independent, and Refugees) and the point system. This chapter on immigration will conclude with a GIS assignment, where students will map immigration settlement patterns using ArcView 3.2.

CGC1D: An Introduction to the Study of Population  

Page: 22-29

Author(s): Scarangella, Teresa

Lesson Overview
Initially the students will be asked to compare the size of
their families to two to three generations ago, compare it to
their peers and then analyze a map of the world according
to its population.
After making the connection between their personal
families and Canada as a whole – we will then formulate
answers to the importance of studying population and
recognize population trends.
Students will then be familiar with population terms and
how population can be calculated, the characteristics of
Canada’s population and how it is changing.
The students will create population pyramids and analyze
the future of Canada’s population and some possible
accommodations that Canada may undergo to deal with
these changes.

Mark's Web Picks  

Page: 30

Author(s): Lowry, Mark

Editor’s Note: Mark is a website afficionado who is constantly finding new and interesting websites of use to geographers. Up until now, these websites have only been shared with O.A.G.E.E. Councillors. With this issue, we will begin to share these resources with readers of The Monograph. Over the next few issues, we hope you find sites that you can use to enrich your present lessons or add new, and up-to-date, topics or applications to your Geography courses.