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This activity will help children realize that names are subjective and depend on the circumstances in which they were given.


• Introduce the St. Lawrence River with the help of
   teaching notes 1A, 1B, 1C and 1D.
• Make copies of the activity sheet What's in a Name?
• Give a copy to each child.
• Have the children read the text on the activity sheet.
• Have the children use the glossary if necessary.
• Have the children answer the questions following the text.
• Have the children share their answers.

Paleoindian:
adj. From the period roughly over 10,000 years ago.

Archaic:
adj. From the period between about 10,000 and 3,000 years ago.

Woodland:
adj. From the period between about 3,000 and 500 years ago; characterized by the development of pottery and agriculture.

Algonquian:
A group of North American Aboriginal peoples speaking the same language; includes Cree, Montagnais, Abenaki, Mi'kmaq, Ojibwa, etc.

Jacques Cartier :
A St. Malo mariner (1491-1557) who sailed west with two ships in 1534 seeking a passage to China on behalf of King Francis I of France. He was the first French explorer to set foot on the land that would later become Canada.

St. Lawrence River:
A North American river that issues from Lake Ontario and flows past Montreal and Quebec City to the Atlantic Ocean (1,140 km). It drains southeastern Canada and northeastern United States, flowing through a long estuary into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Dredging and canals have made it accessible to ships of up to 25,000 tonnes eight months of the year.

Mercator :
A North American river that issues from Lake Ontario and flows past Montreal and Quebec City to the Atlantic Ocean (1,140 km). It drains southeastern Canada and northeastern United States, flowing through a long estuary into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Dredging and canals have made it accessible to ships of up to 25,000 tonnes eight months of the year.

Gulf:
n. A stretch of sea consisting of a deep inlet with a narrow mouth.

Samuel de Champlain:
A French explorer (born 1570) who made many voyages to Canada between 1603 and his death in 1635. He was governor of New France from 1604 to 1607 and established the settlement that would develop into Quebec City.

Hydronym:
n. (-nym = name) Any proper name for a body of water.

 

TEACHING NOTES 1A
Rivers and People DOWNLOAD TEACHING NOTES 1A: Rivers and People

TEACHING NOTES 1B
How Do They Determine the Size of Rivers?DOWNLOAD TEACHING NOTES 1B: How  Do They Determine the Size of Rivers?

TEACHING NOTES 1C
The St. Lawrence Is Actually a
River, an Estuary and a Gulf
DOWNLOAD TEACHING NOTES 1C:  The St. Lawrence Is Actually a River, an Estuary and a Gulf

TEACHING NOTES 1D
The St. Lawrence Watershed DOWNLOAD TEACHING NOTES 1D:  The St. Lawrence Watershed
ACTIVITY SHEET 1
What's in a Name?
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