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How the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway System Affect Our Economy (MB)

Subject Area: Social Studies

Link(s) to the Manitoba Social Studies Curriculum:
  • Mapping (major cities, landforms, bodies of water of a society)
  • Urbanization
  • Economics activities
  • Food production and distribution
Brief Overview of the Lesson:

The students will make a map of the Seaway System and discuss its importance. They will read a variety of articles about the Great Lakes System and how it affects our economy. Then, they will meet in groups and brainstorm what they learned about the kinds of jobs that result from the cargo and people traffic on the Seaway. Each group will make a mind map depicting how the Seaway system provides employment and wealth to Canada. The groups will finish and present their maps next period.

Estimated Time Required for Implementation:

Two class periods

Materials Needed:

Computers, chart paper and markers

Suggested Implementation Strategy:
Options for Consideration:
  • It will require more time, but the teacher may want to let the students do their own web searches, instead of giving the groups the research websites.
Extended Learning Opportunities:
  • Ask the students to research the environmental concerns created by the economic traffic on the Great Lakes System
  • Ask the students to map the water systems in Manitoba.