Natural Resources of Canada - Inquiry Based Unit

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This resource contains all you need to teach about renewable and non-renewable resource types of Canada. Nearly 150 pages of detailed lesson plans, informational articles, interactive notebook templates, recording sheets and more! Sample inquiry questions are provided to help guide the learning.

What's Included?

♥ Guiding Inquiry Questions

- 7 samples are included

♥ Lesson 1: Introduction to Natural Resources

- whole-class sorting task

- individual sorting task

♥ Lesson 2: Exploring the 5 Resource Types

- 5 grade-appropriate one page informational articles (Mining and Materials, Fishing, Energy, Forestry, Agriculture)

- interactive notebook recording task

♥ Lesson 3: Digging Deeper

- 22 grade-appropriate one page informational articles on specific natural resources (livestock, aquaculture, tidal energy, for example)

- pros and cons t-chart

- resource comparison Venn diagram

- resource advertisement task with sample and assessment

♥ Lesson 4: Natural Resources and Daily Life

- collaborative response task

♥ Lesson 5: Natural Resources and Communities

- community essentials ranking task

♥ Lesson 6: Local Natural Resources

- natural resources scavenger hunt

- graphing task

♥ Lesson 7: Physiographic Regions of Canada

- grade-appropriate two page informational article

- physiographic regions of Canada map

♥ Lesson 8: Natural Resources Across Canada

- province/territory research task with assessment

- natural resources of Canada map

- natural resources across the physiographic regions map

- comparing regions Venn diagram

♥ Lesson 9: Environmental Concerns

- video link and reflection task with assessment

♥ Vocabulary Cards

♥ Assessment

- study sheet, test, answer key

This unit perfectly aligns with the *new* Grade 4 Curriculum in British Columbia (BC), but will work great across Canada:

British Columbia: Grade 4 Social Studies

Big Ideas:

- The pursuit of valuable natural resources has played a key role in changing the land, people, and communities of Canada.


-Physiographic features and natural resources of Canada

Curricular Competencies:

-Use Social Studies inquiry processes and skills to ask questions; gather, interpret and analyze ideas, and communicate findings and decisions

-Sequence objects, images, or events, and determine continuities and changes between different time periods or places

Note: Yukon Territory follows British Columbia’s curriculum as written above.

Alberta: Grade 5 Social Studies

-General Outcome 5.1 – Students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of how the physical geography and natural resources of Canada affect the quality of life of all Canadians

-5.1.1 – Value Canada’s physical geography and natural environment

-appreciate the variety and abundance of natural resources in Canada

-appreciate how the land sustains communities and the diverse ways that people have of living with the land

-appreciate the influence of the natural environment on the growth and development of Canada

-demonstrate care and concern for the environment through their choices and actions

-appreciate the geographic vastness of Canada

-5.1.2 – Examine, critically, the physical geography of Canada by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions and issues:

-What are the major geographical regions, landforms, and bodies of water in Canada?

-How do landforms, bodies of water and natural resources affect the quality of life in Canada?

-What are the differences and similarities among the geographical regions of Canada?

-How is the geographical region they live in different from other regions of Canada?

-5.1.3 – Analyze how people in Canada interact with the environment by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions and issues:

-In what ways do natural resources and the physical geography of a region determine the establishment of communities?

-How are natural resources used, exchanged and conserved in Canada?

Saskatchewan: Grade 4 Social Studies

-RW 4.3 Assess the impact of Saskatchewan resources and technological innovations on the provincial, national, and global communities

-a. Represent on a map the major resources in Saskatchewan (e.g., minerals, potash, oil, uranium, natural gas, lumber, water, crop and livestock production).

-c. Identify the natural resources and industries found in the local community, and analyze their impact upon the community.

-d. Illustrate the goods made from the major natural resources, the consumers of those goods, and the export destinations.

-f. Examine the environmental impact of the development of natural resources on the local community, the province, and the world.

Ontario: Grade 3 Social Studies

-B2.1 Formulate questions to guide investigations into some of the short- and/or long-term effects on the environment of different types of land and/or resource use in two or more municipal regions of Ontario (e.g., the impact of mining, forestry, agriculture, suburban land development) and measures taken to reduce the negative impact of that use

-B2.3 Analyse and construct print and digital maps, including thematic maps, as part of their investigations into the environmental impact of land and or/resource use in different municipal regions

-B2.6 Communicate the results of their inquiries, using appropriate vocabulary

New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia: Grade 4 Social Studies

-4.4.1 Describe the physical landscape of Canada

-Use various maps to access different types of information, including population, political regions, natural resources, vegetation, and topography of a place

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