Alberta Tomorrow provides a free educational tool that uses cutting edge GIS technology and satellite imagery to simulate the future effects of human activities on Alberta's wildlife habitat, ecosystem services, and natural resource production. Users are challenged to sustainably manage Alberta's ecosystems. Free lesson plans tied to the Alberta Program of Studies in SS4, Sc4, SS9, Sc7, Bio20, Sc 20, Outdoor and Environmental Education, with many more curriulum links in other grades and subjects. There is also a teacher led Field Trip Lesson Plan to investigate land use and water quality.
Teachers can access lesson plans after registration.
Time Required: 2-3 90 minute classes
Social Studies and Science 4 - Investigating Alberta's Eco-regions
Social Studies 9.3.2 - Government Decision Making, 9.2.6 - Interrelationships between political decisions and economic systems
Biology 20 - Energy and Matter Exchange in the Biosphere, biogeochemical cycles
Science 7 - Unit A - Interactions and Ecosystems
See lesson plans under resources after registering a teacher account.
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Instructions for Students
Go to www.albertatomorrow.ca and register under "students". You will require your teacher's username to do this. Once you are registered, login and follow the directions.
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Tools and Materials
- Field Trip
- Lab Materials
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Web Pages Used
"Great site for students to explore, watch videos, do online field studies and observe changes over time. You can view a land-use assessment that looks at grassland, wet-land, forest/rock ice, settlement and agriculture over three different time periods. 1884-1984, 1984-2010, 2010-2040. You can also view changes in various environmental and socio-economic parameters over time." (Posted By: noilesw)
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