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Return to the wild

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Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Ottawa, Ontario

Return to the wild
Some of Canada’s best-known species – birds, insects, sea and land mammals – are the subject of 12 lesson plans created for the Return to the Wild virtual exhibit. There are two species selected from each of the six ecozones, such as the polar bear and the barren ground caribou from the Arctic, and the mountain pine beetle and the grizzly bear from the boreal forest. The emphasis is on learning about the species - its characteristics, its habitat, and its conservation.
Climate change and the barren ground caribou
Students will recognize the impact climate change may have on barren ground caribou
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Watch the grey wolves. See the climate changes
The grey wolf may be the next “Canary in the Coal Mine” for climate change.
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Understanding salmon
Students will have the opportunity to learn about the physiology and characteristics of the Pacific salmon. They will investigate the location and range of the Pacific salmon in Canada.
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The monarch butterfly and climate change: a great traveller in peril
Students submit a grant application showing their understanding of the link between climate change and the dangers it can pose to the energy levels of monarch butterflies during their long migration.
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The harp seal: understanding cultural perspectives
Students will explore how the harp seal has been a key component of Canada’s ocean environment and how it is a part of the food chain as both a predator and a resource.
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The common loon: Canada’s lucky loonie?
They are featured on our one dollar coins and are symbols of our prized natural wilderness. Yet they face danger in their habitats. This lesson explores these issues relating to the common loon.
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The Pine Beetle: Attack and Counter-attack?
This lesson plan offers students the opportunity to investigate the differences between two different perspectives on the pine beetle’s infestation of Alberta’s forests.
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The Bald Eagle Needs a Place to Live Too!
The examination of the distribution and habitat of the bald eagle and why it is on the threatened species list for North America.
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Saving Sea Otters
In this lesson, students will become advocates for sea otters in Canada. Students will focus on three areas: Where do sea otters live? What are they like (characteristics)? How can we protect them?
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A Grizzly End: A casualty of urbanization and clashing worldviews?
This lesson plan invites students to investigate the differences between two different cultures and their worldviews; focusing on the changes in people, economy, size, population and development.
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Cod in the Balance: Conservation of the Atlantic cod species and its ecosystem
Knowledge of the Atlantic cod - its habitat, food sources, life cycle, and growth rate - help in understanding the impacts that fishing and changing environment have on the species.
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It’s Not as Easy as Black or White
In this lesson students will explore the effects of the polar bear tourism industry and the resultant change in habitat by engaging in a multi-sided debate.
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Learning Objectives

The lesson plans are aligned with provincial and territorial curricula and are written for either intermediate (5-8) or senior (9-12) grades. Developed by teacher-members of the Canadian Council for Geographic Education (CCGE), the lesson plans conform to provincial and territorial curricula as well as to the Canadian National Standards for Geography.

The plans are written by teachers for teachers. Every lesson plan writer is a classroom teacher and member of the CCGE.

The lesson plans are free, ready-to-use and offer step-by-step guidance, lesson extensions, assessment rubrics, and, in some case, student activity worksheets.