Category Archives: 7 Geography

2013 Language Review

Welcome back, 7G!

It’s a new year, but we shouldn’t forget about 2013.  Today, you will be retracing our steps through the beginning of the school year to make sure you don’t forget all the “good stuff” you’ve already learned, and so you can remember what you did, and ensure your marks on your report card are not a surprise!

Download the following document and see what you can remember about this year!

7G Language 2013 Review.docx

When you are completed, upload it to Google Drive under 7G/Language/2013 Review.

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Oil Sands Summative

  1. Based on the information shown in class, please write a paragraph summarizing the environmental perspective on the Canadian Oil Sands.
    1. Intro paragraph
    2. main points
    3. concise
    4. concluding sentence (comment)
  2. Based on the information shown in class, please write a paragraph summarizing the economic perspective on the Canadian Oil Sands.
    1. Intro paragraph
    2. main points
    3. concise
    4. concluding sentence (comment)
  3. Do you think protests can stop the oil sands?
    1. Why or why not?
  4. What do you think the future of the oil sands will be? Explain.
  5. What recommendations would you make to the Canadian Government regarding the oil sands? Introduce new laws?

Type up your answers in Microsoft Word and submit to


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BBC Physical Geography Links

Physical processes

Physical geography is about understanding how sequences of events and activities in the physical world lead to changes in places, landscapes and societies. Learn more about physical processes in this section.

Glaciation: ReviseActivityTest
Plate tectonics: ReviseActivityTest
Rivers and flooding: ReviseActivityTest
Coasts: ReviseActivityTest
Weather and climate: ReviseActivityTest

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BBC: Sustainable Futures

When countries need to meet the needs of today, it is crucial that they also plan for tomorrow. Rapid growth in technology or building can have long-lasting effects on the environment.

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BBC: Climatic Zones

  1. Recording weather data: ReviseTest
  2. Air masses: ReviseTest
  3. Synoptic charts and weather: ReviseTest
  4. Climatic Zones: ReviseTest

Climate is a description of the average precipitation (rainfall) and temperature experienced by an area over a year.

A Climatic Zone (or region) is an area in which all the places have a similar climate. It is possible to categorise the world into several different climatic zones.

In Standard Grade Geography you will learn about 4 of these zones: Hot DesertsEquatorial RainforestsTundra regions (sometimes called cold deserts) and Mediterranean regions.

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Tar Sands Terms and Background Info

Oil sands

Oil sands are a natural mixture of sand, water, clay and bitumen. It is believed that the oil sands were formed many millions of years ago when Alberta was covered by a warm tropical sea. The oil was formed in southern Alberta when tiny marine creatures died and fell to the bottom of the sea. Through pressure, heat and time, their tiny bodies were squished into an ooze which today, we call petroleum (rock oil). In northern Alberta, many rivers flowed away from the sea and deposited sand and sediment. When the Rocky Mountains formed, it put pressure on the land, and the oil, being a liquid, was squeezed northward and seeped into the sand, forming the Athabasca oil sands.


Bitumen is oil that is too heavy or thick to flow or be pumped without being diluted or heated. Some bitumen is found within 200 feet from the surface but the majority is deeper underground. At 10o C bitumen is as hard as a hockey puck.

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Giant Floor Map Exercises & Files

Energy production & transmission

Energy is produced in many different places and in many different ways all across Canada. Dive into the complex transmission lines that crisscross across our country and explore Canada’s power generation stations, oil refineries, wind farms and more. Students will enjoy learning about the often-unseen system that plays such a big part in their daily lives through engaging, teacher-created activities.

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Alberta Oil Sands

Use this following graphic organizer to take notes on the following presentations:

1. Garth Lenz’ touring exhibition, “The True Cost of Oil”, has played a major part in the fight against Alberta Tar Sands Mining.


2. Now watch the video from

  1. Watch the trailer for the documentary called Fort McMoney, which explores the town at the centre of Canada’s economic growth thanks to its location at the heart of the oil sands, the world’s largest energy project. at:
  2. Watch Petropolis: The Athabasca tar sands in Alberta are an oil reserve the size of England. Extracting crude oil that lies beneath the unspoiled wilderness requires a massive industrialized effort, effecting catastrophic damages on land, air, water, and climate. Peter Mettler shows us this extraordinary view from above, filming primarily from a helicopter to capture this breathtaking, unparalleled view of the worlds largest industrial, capital and energy project. In a hypnotic flight of image and sound, Mettler explores the clash between industry and earth, and beholds the barren wasteland that is left behind. ©2009, Mongrel Media.

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Disappearing Forests: Google Map changes since 2000`

Using Landsat imagery and cloud computing, researchers mapped forest cover worldwide as well as forest loss and gain. Over 12 years, 888,000 square miles of forest were lost, and 309,000 square miles regrew.

Global view of problems … and fixes
Applications for the new global forest map range from calculating how much carbon is stored in the world’s forests to identifying what countries are logging trees most ravenously. “Whether you are a tree hugger or a logger, this map could be useful to you,” Hansen noted.

The map does bring a new level of transparency to forestry accounting, he added. It opens up for the world to see the impact of Brazil’s conservation policy, for instance, where the rate of forest loss was halved to 8,000 square miles a year over the course of the decade.

The map also shows that Brazil’s deforestation reduction is more than offset by increased forest loss in places such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Paraguay and Bolivia. Overall, the forest loss in the tropics is increasing by 811 square miles a year, according to Hansen and colleagues, who discuss the map in a paper published today in the journal Science.

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Grade 7 Geography: Extreme Weather Videos

Learn360 Disaster Information







Mudslides, Landslides

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