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A Kids’ Guide to Canada
Scavenger Hunt 2022
Explore Canada on the Kids’ Guide to Canada map!
OBJECTIVES (Grades 4-8)
- Students will develop a greater knowledge of the human and physical geography of Canada
- Students will develop a greater awareness of the similarities and differences of communities and cultures across Canada.
- Students will develop map reading skills required to read online maps appropriate to their skill level (3 levels of questions are provided: Basic, Challenging, Advanced)
- Students will use problem-solving, creative thinking, collaboration, and communication skills to find answers with another student or a small group of students.
- Students will become aware of the possibilities of connecting with other K-8 classes across the country for the purpose of shared learning.
- Literacy: Reading skills, map vocabulary, place names; Oral communication
- Social Studies: Communities and cultures of Canada, map reading skills, political and physical regions of Canada (includes provinces and territories, capital cities)
- Mathematics (advanced questions): measuring area, distance, and location with digital tools
- Personal Skills: Problem-solving, creative thinking, collaboration, communication skills
This Scavenger Hunt challenges students to explore the Kids’ Guide interactive map to learn about Canada and its communities from coast to coast to coast.
Whether in person or in a virtual classroom, in English or in French, this is a perfect activity to help students develop creative thinking and problem-solving skills.
Having students work in partners or small groups can help all students achieve success in this activity, regardless of their individual skill level.
We have created a list of questions at 3 levels of difficulty: Basic, Challenging, and Advanced, depending on your students’ skill level. All of the questions require basic reading skills, although every page on our website has a read-aloud function at the top. The Advanced questions require your students to explore and use the digital measurement tools located at the top left on the map.
- Basic 15 questions from 1-15
- Challenging 15 questions from 16-30
- Advanced 10 questions from 31-40
Everything for the activity has been prepared for you ONLINE – the teacher’s guide which includes answers to the questions (see below), the mini lessons on reading the map and the links to their videos, and a web page for each level of questions for your students (for links, see Resources below).
The entire activity can also be DOWNLOADED to print or save for future use (see below.)
ANSWERS CAN ONLY BE FOUND on the KIDS’ GUIDE TO CANADA MAP.
All students require internet access to the Kids’ Guide interactive map for this activity.
We’ve prepared materials for 3 levels of difficulty, in both English and French, and for virtual or in-person learning. Simply choose what you need for your situation.
A. SELECT and PREPARE QUESTIONS
Please review the questions and choose the number of questions at the level of difficulty that is appropriate to the length of time you have available, and the skill level of your students. Feel free to add or subtract questions as you see fit.
FYI: note that the format of the URL is always the same:
* If you wish to provide these questions to your students on paper, or provide them in word document format, download the questions (below) and print them off.
* If you wish to have your students read the questions online, copy the appropriate link/s and have them handy to provide to your students.
* Decide where you wish the students to record their answers (no answer sheet is provided).
B. MINI MAP READING LESSON(s)
* Before distributing the Scavenger Hunt questions to your students, consider using our short map-reading lesson(s) to understand how to find the answers on this map made by ESRI Canada. Their maps are very similar to a Google map, but knowing where things are on the map will help your students read the map more easily, allow them to work more efficiently, and make their learning much more enjoyable. It also models the practice of reading the instructions to save a whole lot of time and trouble! (-:
We have created 2 mini map-reading lessons called “Reading the Map” and “Cool Tools”.
These brief lessons are entirely optional if your students are already familiar and confident reading online maps.
The first lesson is available as a teacher-directed lesson on the Kids’ Guide website. You could go through this with your students, or ask them to go through it independently. (If they don’t, it will make the task of finding the answers more difficult.)
This basic lesson is also available as a short video. All links are provided below.
The 2nd lesson “Cool Tools” is only available as a short video, and is intended for students using the cool measurement tools to complete the advanced level questions.
* Review the map lessons and decide if or how you wish to include them in the activity.
* Record the appropriate links for later use.
We strongly recommend you have students work with a partner or a small group to complete this Scavenger Hunt. This adds an element of fun to the activity, and allows for rich discussion while students search and record their answers. If students are learning remotely, this also provides them with a meaningful opportunity to work and learn with their class-mates on line.
* Organize the students into partners or small groups.
* Distribute the questions or provide the link to the question pages online.
* Have the students record their answers wherever you choose.
* Correct the Scavenger Hunt when and how you choose.
ANSWERS (click to download; see Resources for a full activity download)
- Any Ottawa school: Agincourt Road, Hilson Ave., Sir Winston Churchill, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Gabriel’s
- Pacific Ocean
- Aylmer ON (St. Thomas is acceptable)
- Mi’kmaw (First Nation Territory)
- Any Edmonton school: Argyll Centre, Fultonvale, Greystone Centennial, Westbrook
- A red circle
- “Bridges” (Assistive Technology Camp)
- Petty Harbor-Maddox Cove, Newfoundland
- Connaught Community School
- Dorothy Peacock Elementary School (Langley BC)
- Gaspé, Quebec
- Tarsakallak School (Aupaluk QC)
- Burntwood School (Thompson MB)
- Acadia Valley, Alberta
- 16 Ulluraiq School (Kangiqsualujjuaq, Québec)
- 17. Bury, Quebec
- 18. Upper Canada College (Toronto ON)
- 19. Squamish Lil’wat (Whistler, BC)
- 20. Florenceville Middle School (Florenceville NB)
- 21. South Saskatchewan River (Redcliff, AB)
- 22. Montague Township (Smiths Falls, ON)
- 23. Matthew Elementary School (Bonavista, NFLD)
- 24. Cat Lake First Nation ON
- 25. Warren Peers School (Acadia Valley, AB)
- 26. Kanata ON (St. Gabriel School)
- 27. St. Anne’s Academy (Placentia, NL)
- 28. Agnes Macphail Public School (Scarborough ON)
- 29. Landmark MB (Landmark Elementary PS)
- 30. École John Stubbs Memorial School (Victoria BC)
- 31. Treaty 6 Territory (North Battleford, SK)
- 32. Distance approx. 1940-1960 km
- 33. Location approx. 63.30° W and 44.90° N (must include directions)
- 34. Area approx. 3530–3570 km2
- 35. Mamquam Elementary School (Squamish, BC)
- 36. Distance Approx. 5100-5200 km
- 37. Four
- 38. Area approx. 43 000 – 45 000 km2
- 39. Location approx. 113.98° W and 50.91° N (must include directions)
- 40. Kerns Public School, Kerns ON)
1. LINK to KIDS’ GUIDE to CANADA MAP (NB: no other map of Canada will work)
URL if needed: bit.ly/akgtc-map
2. MINI MAP READING LESSONS
- Reading the Map (with images and text)
- Video 1 “Reading the Kids’ Guide Map (Basic Tools)”
- Video 2 “Cool Tools!” (for advanced questions 31-40)
3. SCAVENGER HUNT QUESTIONS FOR STUDENTS
- Scavenger Hunt Questions 1-15 (basic level of difficulty)
- Scavenger Hunt Questions 16-30 (more challenging level of difficulty)
- Scavenger Hunt Questions 31-40 (advanced level of difficulty)