Social studies - Gr. 5.1 Physical Geography of Canada
Students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of how the physical geography and natural
resources of Canada affect the quality of life of all Canadians. (from Alberta Education)
Trees were one of the first natural resources used by man. In North American, most native and early European settlements were set up near forests from where wood was harvested for firewood, building homes and boats, and for fortifying villages. Western Canada had, and continues to have, huge coniferous forests. McKenzie in British Columbia, Canada, is a community based on timber mills, timber supply and tourism.
Canada is a huge country. Different environments on land and water provide many things found in nature that humans can use - from the paper in our books, to the food we eat, to the energy in our homes and everything in between. Find out what is produced from Canada's : forests -- oceans, rivers and lakes -- land and soil -- rocks and minerals -- energy resources. And learn why we need to take care of our natural resources for today and the future.