Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Worlds Languages Around the World
An interesting site to see the distribution of languages around the world.

Concepts of Thinking: Patterns and Trends

Nepal earthquake: Devastation in maps and images 28 April 2015 BBC

Concepts of Thinking: 

Spatial Significance (why is the earthquake location so important?) 
Interrelationships (why was it that so many buildings were not livable after the quake?), 
Geographic Perspective (how might people be able to best help the situation in Nepal?), 
Patterns and Trends (Why would so many people live in an area that has the potential or such damage? What, if any, evidence is there that this may happen again?)

What could be done to ensure that this type of destruction could be reduced in the future?
The link below has a lot of useful and interesting views of the Earthquake that recently took place in Nepal.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Clockmaker John Harrison vindicated 250 years after ‘absurd’ claims

The pendulum clock of Longitude hero John Harrison is tested and declared a masterpiece

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance 

NEW Weird Wood Cards
Download these fun cards to learn all about the weird wood products that we find in our daily lives. From baseball bats to cough medicine, wood is a part of our daily life. This activity will have students learning about how these weird wood products are made and what trees they come from!

Weird Wood Cards and Activity Sheet can be found in the Activities section! Cards also available in French. Support for these has been provided by Ontario Wood.
Connecting to Our Forests
We have a daily connection to our forests. Through the products we receive to the benefits we get from the trees that surround us.

Check out this video that talks about how we are connected and the importance of getting youth into the outdoors to learn about the wealth of career possibilities.

Trees of Knowledge Competition
The Trees of Knowledge Competition is back - and your school could win a $20,000 outdoor classroom! Apply today and make learning fun! Visit for more information and the application. Deadline is January 19, 2015.

Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees is less thank 4 weeks away - do you have your ticket to the most exciting library festival for children and teens?

The Festival will include:
  • Attend Award Ceremonies for the Forest of Reading
  • Get involved in workshops
  • Take part in exciting activities and games
  • Win free prizes and books!
Focus on Forests will be at the event teaching youth about connecting with our forests! We hope to see you there.
To buy your tickets visit 

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This two web page were posted earlier but I thought it would be worth posting again.
Gapminder and Worldmapper are websites that are inter active graphs, maps, and charts. Supporting lessons for Gapminder are also available.

Concepts of Thinking: Patterns and Trends, Geographic Perspective

Thursday, 9 April 2015

How not to look like a tourist
Looking like a tourist means making yourself a target for thieves, but you can make yourself less conspicuous by following these tips

Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Interrelationships

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

70% of Western Canadian glaciers to disappear by 2100: Study
Glaciers are not just receding in Canada but worldwide as the Earth warms up, scientists say.
Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends


A guide holds a pole showing tourists how much the Athabasca Glacier melted since the previous year at the Columbia Icefield in Jasper National Park, Alberta. Last year, a Parks Canada manager said the glacier is losing more than five metres of ice every year and is in danger of disappearing within a generation.
A series of pictures showing some effects of population increase and the stress on the environment that comes with it.
Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Interrelationships, Geographic Perspective

A fun video that gets across the mapping essentials.  
Suggested use as a minds on.

Geographic Perspective: Spatial Significance

They Flew a Drone Over a Pig Farm to Discover It’s Not Really a Farm. It’s Much More Disturbing.
A drone visits some pig “farms” run by the world’s biggest pork producer…

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective

Just one-third of the world's longest rivers remain free-flowing  Geographic Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationship , Spatial ...