Monday, 13 May 2019

Just one-third of the world's longest rivers remain free-flowing 


Geographic Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationship, Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: How might  human interrelationship with the rivers impact sustainability?

Activity: Gather information on the the world largest rivers and human population to create a spatial journal. Examine how humans are using the water. How might spatial significance impact how the water is used? Collect information on the stakeholders using the issues analysis. How might the stakeholders perspective influence sustainability of the river? From the geographic perspective develop a plan that may lead to better interaction along the river so that human activity is actually sustainable. Create a story map to communicate a possible solution.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Do we treat our soil like dirt? The effects of soil erosion  By Dennis Dimick, National Geographic, adapted by Newsela staff

Concepts of Geographic Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance

Inquiry: How might soil erosion impact different communities?  

Activity: Gather data on contributing factors that may cause soil erosion. Create a spatial journal to record where the different types of factors might be found. Evaluate some methods that may reduce soil erosion and where they may work best, add this information to the spatial journal. Develop an action plan that might be useful in a community and communicate results via story map.

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Sustainable fishing 

By National Geographic, adapted by Newsela staff
Concepts of Geographic Thinking: Interrelationships, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: How might fish stocks be protected so future generations have access to this resource?

Activity: Gather data on overfishing. Conduct an issue analysis to understand of geographic perspective of the stakeholders. Review sustainable fishing practices and create a spatial journal to show where they are. Develop a plan that might work better for the Canadian fishing industry and communicate via story map.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Life at the Arctic floe edge

Canadian Geographic By March 27, 2019


Inquiry: How might climate change impact the Arctic floe edge and the ecosystems in this region?

Activity: Gather data on Arctic floe edge, polar ice packs and related elements. Create a spatial journal of the different situations in the Arctic floe edge. Conduct an issue analysis to get an understanding of the different perspectives in the region. Develop an action plan from the data and communicate via story map.

What it’s like to raise children in the world’s most polluted capital 

Annabelle Timsit, Reporter, Early Childhood Development, Quartz

Geographic Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: How might this situation be made better for the people of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, the world’s coldest capital city and one of its most polluted.


Activity: Determine the factors that have contributed to this situation. Create a spatial journal to show where the other most polluted places are found and observe for patterns that may emerge. Are there any trends that can be found? Conduct and issue analysis to develop an action plan that can address this situation so the residents may live with clean air. Communicate action plan via story map.

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Drilling down into petroleum's impact on life on Earth

Concepts of Geographic Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance, Interrelationships

Inquiry: How might a movement away from oil impact regions of the world?

Activity: Create a spatial journal of oil producing countries/regions of the world. Conduct an issue analysis to determine the stakeholders perspective of oil and how oil may impact the environment and the economy. Evaluate the issue from a Geographic Perspective to determine a course of action and communicate this via story map.

Thursday, 21 March 2019

WTTC: Travel and Tourism is Zambia’s 2018 fastest-growing national economic sector, Global Travel Industry News


Concepts: How might this increase in Tourism to Zambia impact their population?

Activity: Gather and organize (code) data on Zambia's tourism industry.  Conduct an issue analysis to determine the perspectives of stakeholders.  Create a spatial journal of the information where some impacts may be found. Create a story map to help communicate the result and suggest some changes that might be made so more of the population can benefit from this industry.

Thursday, 28 February 2019

The Biggest Eruption of 2018 Was Not Where You Think NASA

Concepts of Geographic Thinking: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry: Why might the release of Sulphur Dioxide  into the atmosphere from a volcanic eruption be of concern?

Activity: Collect data on the impacts of sulphur dioxide in the atmosphere. Determine the connection between sulphur dioxide release and spatial significance by creating a spatial journal of volcano type and amount of sulphur dioxide release and observe for any patterns and trends. From a geographic perspective, how might these events, the release of sulphur dioxide into the environment, be of concern to stakeholders? Conduct an issue analysis to gain perspective and develop an action plan to deal with these types of events and communicate the results as a story map.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019


A bold new plan to tackle climate change ignores economic orthodoxy.
The Economist  
Business and financFeb 5th 2019


Concepts of Geographic Thinking:  Geographic Perspective,
Interrelationship, Spatial Significance

Inquiry: How might `going green`impact  the US economy and economies of the world? Why are Canadians not wanting to "Go Green"? How might this view be changed?

Activity: Gather information on the environmental and economic impacts of "going green". Conduct an issue analysis to determine the values and beliefs of different stakeholders in going green discussion. Create a spatial journal that reflects the research of the different places that are going green. Develop a plan to help pursued other stakeholders that going green might be beneficial to them and their people and communicate via story map.

Monday, 4 February 2019

Climate change will change the colour of Earth’s oceans by the end of the 21st century

Climate Action: Rachel Cooper

Concepts of Geographic Thinking: Interrelationship, Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective

Inquiry: How might the colour change of the oceans impact human populations? How might communities prepare for this future?

Activity: Gather data on ocean temperatures impacts and locations. Conduct an issue analysis to identify stakeholders and to understand their position. Create a spatial journal of stakeholders and local water temperatures. Develop a possible reaction to this situation and communicate it via story map.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Satellites saw rapid Greenland ice loss

BBC news

Concepts of Geographic Thinking: Patterns and Trends, Spatial Significance, Interrelationships

Inquiry: How might this ice loss impact communities in the north and south? What action to fight climate change might be the best to help reduce this ice loss?

Activity: Gather data on ice loss in Greenland and the results of the ice loss. Create a spatial journal of communities in the region. Conduct an issue analysis to develop an action plan to support communities if current trends continue. Communicate results in a Story Map.


Thursday, 17 January 2019

These are the biggest risks facing our world in 2019

World Economic Forum

Inquiry: What might be the solutions to these risks?

Activity: Collect data of Global Risks and create a spatial journal to show where climate issue are most prevalent. Conduct an issue analysis to gain insight into the views of the stakeholders. Determine which issue should take priority and then develop an action plan that can be communicated via story map.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Earth’s magnetic field is acting up and geologists don’t know why Alexandra Witze

Concepts of Geographic Thinking: Spatial Significance

Inquiry: Why might magnetic north be moving? How might the movement of magnetic north 
impact communities?

Activity: Gather data on magnetic north movement and map in a spatial journal to determine 
any patterns. Conduct an issue analysis to help determine how different stakeholders might be 
impacted from this shift. Create a story map to communicate what might happen as the magnetic 
field shifts.

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