New educational resources highlight Canada's role in the First World War (canadiangeographic.ca)
Young air cadets honour WWI predecessors with replica Sopwith pups (canadiangeographic.ca)
Never-before-published photos of First World War pilots. (canadiangeographic.ca)
Read the CBC story about how the Botwood Heritage Centre in Newfoundland came to have a display of artifacts from the life of Air Ace Carl Falkenberg. (cbc.ca)
As the second documentary of the A Nation Soars trilogy nears completion, more Canadian Geographic Education materials are now available for teachers. There is a new 8 metre x 11 metre giant floor map of Vimy Ridge, available just in time for next year’s centenary of the battle, and a downloadable tiled barrage map to teach students about the “creeping barrage” technique the Canadian Corps used to take Vimy Ridge. For more information visit: canadiangeographic.ca/educational_products
Eighty lucky students made their local news while learning about Vimy Ridge using the Drawn to Victory giant floor map. The students from Huron Park Secondary School in Woodstock, Ont., are preparing for their trip to the Vimy Ridge Memorial in April 2017 where they will join the ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the battle. To reserve a map or for more information about Canadian Geographic Education’s educational materials visit: canadiangeographic.ca/educational_products
A few special guests were treated to the first look at the Drawn to Victory trailer, narrated by Canadian actor and Fellow of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Dan Aykroyd. They also had a chance to see (and walk on!) the 11 metre by 8 metre Drawn to Victory giant floor map. Click here to read about the event and view the trailer (canadiangeographic.ca)
Attention teachers: our newest Giant Floor Map, Drawn to Victory, is now available. Book this 11 by 8 metre giant floor map for your school. Each map comes with an activity trunk filled with 10 learning activities and all the necessary materials to bring the Western Front to your school in a unique and fascinating way.
Ever wondered what it would be like to see a First World War biplane in real life? The Canadian Museum of Flight has partnered with The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Sound Venture to make two replica Sopwith Pop biplanes. Read about it here (skiesmag.com)
As part of the Drawn to Victory project, Canadian writer Brian Banks explored how Canada was mapped after the First World War in the October 2015 issue of Canadian Geographic. Banks’s fascinating combination of FWW pilots itching to get back in the air and the need for accurate maps of Canada’s vast territory is only part of the project. The Canadian Geographic Education team created a curriculum linked learning activity to accompany the story that explains concepts such as cartography and topography.