WE2 Unit 16

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  1. Book: Supporting Successful Transition from Primary to Secondary School by Tina Rae (2014)
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  4. DVD video: Canadian Popular Music in the '60's, '70's & '80's by EMI Music Canada (2012)
  5. DVD video: Canada: A People's History produced by Mark Starowicz (2001).
  6. Book: Fire in the Bones: Bill Mason and the Canadian Canoeing Tradition by James Raffan (1999)

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Unit 16: Algonquin Provincial Park Assignment

Location: Research in the Library and at Home

Algonquin Provincial Park Assignment

Due Date: Thursday June 20 at 3 p.m.

Marks: 70 marks Thinking

Instructions: This assignment is for students who did NOT attend our canoe trip. All the the answers for this assignment can be found on the web by clicking on the web links within the question. Some answers can be found by asking students and teachers who attended our canoe trip.

  1. Refer to the canoe trip gear packing list for a canoe trip. List three (3) items that will protect a canoe tripper from the sun and insects. T= __/3 marks
  2. Refer to this map and list the major roads taken to get to Algonquin Park. T= __/4 marks
  3. According to this map, what is the total driving distance (km) and time (hours mins) it takes to travel by by bus to the canoe tripping outfitter in Algonquin Park? T= __/4 marks
  4. Name the major lake where we camped in Algonquin Park. T= __/1 mark
  5. In what year was Algonquin Provincial Park established? T= __/1 mark
  6. How many lakes are found in Algonquin Provincial Park? T= __/1 mark
  7. Name the group of Canadian artists who painted in Algonquin Provincial Park. T= __/1 mark
  8. The geology of Algonquin Provincial Park is made up of many types of rocks. Explain how metamorphic rock and igneous rock are formed. T= __/4 marks
  9. What does the First Nation term "Algonquin" mean? T= __/1 mark
  10. Name and provide three (3) points about the First Nation group that lived in the area before European encroachment. T= __/4
  11. According to the Pikwàkanagàn First Nation who lived near Algonquin Park, what happened during the “60’s Scoop”? T= __/3
  12. Particpants on our canoe trip saw and heard wildlife. Name eaach wildlife and provide two (2) interesting facts about each of these: wildlife #1, wildlife #2, wildlife #3 and listen to the sounds made by wildlife #4. T=__/12 marks
  13. What are invasive species and how are they harmful to the Algonquin Park environment? Explain. T= __/3
  14. Look at the portaging photos below. During our canoe trip, we had to carry our canoes and gear across a portage. Why did we stack our gear to the side of the trail and take two trips across the portage? Explain. T=__/2 marks
  15. Describe one advantage for portaging a canoe with two people and one advantage for portaging a canoe with one person? T= __/2 marks
  16. Look at the Picnic Lunch photos. Why is this an attractive location for canoeists? T=__/1
  17. List three foods that are good for packing on a canoe trip lunch. T=__/3
  18. Look at the Campsite photos. How did we use the canoe? Why was this a smart idea? Explain. T=__/2 marks
  19. Explain how we cooked our calazone for dinner. T=__/2 marks
  20. Explain the use and symbols for the paddles on the ground. Why was this a good idea? Explain. T=__/4 marks
  21. What was this box called and used for? Why was this a good idea? Explain. T=__/2 marks
  22. Look at the canoe sailing photos. Explain the four (4) steps involved in canoe sailing. T=__/4
  23. Why were we able to canoe sail back to our campground on Thursday afternoon? Explain. T=__/2
  24. Explain what we did in this photo when we arrived home. Why is this step important? T= __/2
  25. How could this map be useful if you wanted to go camping with some friends or family this summer? What does the map show? T= __/2





Picnic Lunch






Thunder Box





Canoe Sailing





Clean Up