It is indisputable that Canada is an energy-rich nation. With global energy demand on the rise, it is critical that young Canadians understand where our energy comes from and how it is used.
Canadian Geographic Education (CG Education) has partnered with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers to produce a poster map showing Canada’s non-renewable energy reserves and ten associated classroom inquiries. Pdf versions of the classroom inquires and the poster map are included in this learning centre topic...
Canadian Geographic Education (CG Education) has partnered with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers to produce a poster map showing Canada’s non-renewable energy reserves and ten associated classroom inquiries. Pdf versions of the classroom inquires and the poster map are included in this learning centre topic.
These inquiries are meant to engage your students in geographic thinking, asking them to approach big energy ideas in self-directed ways and work together to find the solution for a variety of scenarios. Energy issues rarely have simple black and white answers, and we hope that students will be able to analyse the complex problems facing our nation now and in the future.
In this activity, students will learn how to read and interpret a variety of maps and then create their own with an energy theme. As part of this work, students will gather and evaluate a variety of geographic information to determine the features that they will include on their maps and to ensure accuracy.
Where do fossil fuels come from?
Across Canada, an abundance of natural resources lie buried beneath the surface. The objective of this investigation is for students to develop an understanding of Canada’s geologic history and the various processes that resulted in the abundance of fossil fuels identified on Canada’s Energy Resources and Reserves poster map.
Fossil fuels and ecology
Natural resources are widely distributed across Canada and exist across a variety of ecosystems. In this investigation, students will concentrate on the ecology near deposits of energy resources and develop an understanding of the complex interactions that exist within healthy ecosystems. Students will also explore and draw conclusions about the potential impacts of resource development on these ecosystems.
Renewable energy shift
In this investigation, students will explore and develop an understanding of both renewable and non-renewable energy resources in Canada. As students learn about the distribution of non-renewable energy resources, they will begin to theorize which renewable energy sources most likely would be used to offset or replace fossil fuels in their region.
The economics of energy
Canada’s history has been largely defined by the exploration and development of natural resources. A significant amount of Canada’s current gross domestic product is based on the production and export of energy resources. In this activity, students will develop an understanding of the role of energy production in Canada’s economy.
Climate change and fossil fuels
Canada’s vast fossil fuel reserves present an interesting case study to understand their impacts on climate change. The steady increase of CO2 in the atmosphere as a result of emissions from carbon-based fuels is progressively impacting the global climate. The goal of this inquiry is for students to learn about climate change and to draw conclusions about the potential climate impacts resulting from the development of Canada’s fossil fuel resources.
The role of stakeholders
In this investigation, students will take on the role of various stakeholders as they research, debate and ultimately decide on a proposed energy project in their region. Students will learn about the role of stakeholders, from those pursuing business interests to environmentalists, concerned citizens and the government.
Whales, dolphins, bats and fossil fuels?
In this lesson, students will discover some of the relationships between the seismic technologies used to locate natural resources and three different species.
Calories and watts: understanding units of energy and power
In this investigation, students will increase their energy literacy by learning about specific units of energy, such as calories, and units of power, such as watts and kilowatt-hours. The hands-on tasks and physical activities that make up these lessons are intended to make learning about these important scientific concepts both fun and engaging.
In this inquiry, students will be presented with a fictional natural resource called Enerventium that has been discovered in Canada. Through this investigation, students will be required to use a variety of geographic skills to decide where this resource is located, design maps that display these locations and draw inferences about the geological and physical similarities between these regions. They will also explore some of the social and environmental issues that are present when a resource is devel- oped in a new region.
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