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Human Activities as Practiced in the Past and in the Present Day

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Human Activities as Practised in the Past and in the Present Day
Photographs and artifacts are used to illustrate the differences and similarities between human activities in the Lake Saint-Pierre region as practised in the past and in the present day.
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Environmental Impact of Human Activities
Identifies the environmental impact of certain human activities practised in the Lake Saint-Pierre region.
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Timeline
Past-Present-Future

1. In teams, explore the virtual exhibit The Human Side of Lake Saint-Pierre to discover the activities practised in the Lake Saint-Pierre region throughout history.
2. Select one activity you have learned about.
3. Compare this activity as it was practised in the past and the present; note what has changed, and what has stayed the same.
4. Share your team's observations with the class by entering them in the timeline.
5. As a class, try to imagine how these activities are likely to change in the future.
A Region with a Rich History
With its strategic location and abundant natural resources, this vast region has played a major role in Canadian history for over 500 years. This region was frequented by the St. Lawrence Iroquoians (16th century) and the Abenaki (18th century). It was visited by the explorers Cartier (1535) and Champlain (1603-1609-1610). Laviolette founded the city of Trois-Rivières in 1634; Fort Richelieu was built in 1642, and the Seigneury of Pierre de Saurel was established in 1672. Loyalists and Germans settled in Sorel during the American War of Independence (1775-1781). Lake Saint-Pierre became an important centre of industry in the 20th century, and remains so today. The region has always been very attractive for human settlement because of the ease of transport provided by its ready access to major waterways; its rich soil, ideal for agriculture; and its abundant fish and wildlife.

Learning Objectives

Educational objectives

Based on the topics explored in the various sections of the virtual exhibit The Human Side of Lake Saint-Pierre, identify past and current practices and discuss the differences as a team.

Curricular connections

Connections will be established between the virtual exhibit and the contents of educational programs: awareness of interdependence between the environment and human activity; citizenship and community life; knowledge related to the organization of a society in its territory.

Learning outcomes

In the classroom, draw up a portrait of the differences and similarities between human activities in the region as practised in the past and in the present day.

Compare the different activities to assess how they have changed over time.

Measures taken to create a lesson plan based on the collection of learning objects

The class will complete a timeline (past, present, future) after hearing and discussing each team’s presentation. Each team will examine one type