This four-page mapping activity is one I use for all my junior Social Studies classes. With this mini-project, students become more familiar with the geographic boundaries of Canada, its provinces and territories, and significant bodies of water within and around our country. Students also learn the capital cities and where they are located. Finally, in completing this project, students develop their presentation skills, and ability to follow specific directions (labeling, titling, legend-making, including a compass rose, colouring).
The blank map, which is included, has provincial/territorial boundaries and the Great Lakes, but nothing else. In this way, students must fill in the blank, but I also use it for other units (namely, Canadian Natural Resources). Students become familiar with the map and can overlay each version (capital cities, natural resources, geological regions, etc.) on top of the others to see how all aspects of mapping (and Canada) fit together.
After completion of this assignment, students prepare for a quiz (also included). I give the same blank map and ask students to similarly label many of the same items the studied on the map. In order to pass the unit, the students must get 80% or higher. Otherwise, they must take the same quiz again until they met the 80% threshold.
In this way, students come to know the geographical breadth of Canada, and serves them well both for future classes, as well as becoming knowledgeable citizens of Canada.