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Geography Awareness Week

Celebrate Geography Awareness Week with us!

November 15-19, 2021

For more than 25 years, Geography Awareness Week has encouraged citizens young and old to learn about the significance of place and how we affect and are affected by it. During the third week of November, students, families, and community members celebrate the importance of geography by discussing geographic topics in the classroom or at home, as well as by getting outside to explore what the world has to offer and by participating in geography-themed events.

This year, Can Geo Education has decided to focus Geography Awareness Week on water, ocean health, and sustainability. Water is vital to all living things on this planet and the world ocean has a huge impact on our daily lives. The ocean affects our weather and climate, provides us with food and oxygen, and is the landscape through which we move and trade goods around the world. The ocean is also home to millions of marine species, with estimated millions yet to be discovered and classified. However, the magnificent biodiversity of the ocean is at risk and protecting these unique underwater ecosystems needs to be a priority. It is for this reason that we are dedicating this week to raising awareness about the ocean and issues affecting it. During Geography Awareness Week, Can Geo Education will share water and ocean-themed resources, provide exciting free workshops for teachers and students, and offer fun trivia on social media for prizes. See below how you can participate this week and access our resources.

Free Teacher Workshop

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. (EST)

Join us and underwater explorer Jill Heinerth on Wednesday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m. (EST) as we explore the world ocean and discuss its importance and how we can protect it. We will also be launching a new ocean resource, which will be available to teachers later this fall.

Photo: Jill Heinerth/Into The Planet

Ways to celebrate Geography Awareness Week with your students

  • Students can piece together our Wild Migrations Tiled Map and discuss how water plays an important role in the migration of animals.
  • Teachers can use the Anthropocene Education Program to explore human impacts on the environment. Looking specifically at water:
    • The Bioaccumulation lesson plan explroes at how microplastics hurt species on land and water and how microplastics end up in our waterways.
    • Teachers can use Ed Burtynsky’s Water Gallery to stimulate a thought-provoking conversation about how something so important to our survival can be taken for granted and the dangers of it disappearing.
    • The Anthropocene Education Program videos has specific videos that look at the human impact on water:
      • Bioaccumulation – Coles Bay and the University of Victoria
      • Catherine Tammaro and the Crawford Lake Site
      • Coral Reefs
      • The Great Seawall of China
      • 360 VR video: Denman Island
  • Reef Rescue
    After watching the Reef Rescue documentary on CBC Gem, ask students to reflect on the following question and share their answers with the class:

    • Should working to save coral reefs (and also responding to other issues in the ocean) be a global, collaborative effort?
  • The water you eat
    Using the infographic and guiding questions, explore how water plays a role in our lives both directly and indirectly. Learn about what we can do as climate change and population growth place stress on this precious resource.
  • Google Earth Voyager story about Jill Heinerth
    Explore this interactive story while learning about issues related to climate change and pollution.
  • Canadian Coast Guard
    Using the Coast Guard infographic and lesson plan, teachers can start a discussion about how Canada’s landscape and weather patterns affect our coastlines. How do Canadian Coast Guard ships navigate changes on the water and how does technology play a role in the work of the Canadian Coast Guard?

Can Geo Education water resources

Launch into Geography Awareness Week with more of our amazing resources connected to water, oceans, and sustainability:

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