Learning resources bulletin - May 2011

Dear teachers,

Just for you, this bulletin highlights the latest free information and teaching materials available on Statistics Canada's Learning resources website.

In this issue:

Camcorder.Just for you: video tutorials

Video tutorials are now available on the Teachers’ page.

We want to introduce each of you to the treasure-trove of curriculum–relevant material available from Statistics Canada. Our newest video, Just for teachers: StatCan's Learning resources, is a 7 minute tour that will guide you through our key resources, lessons and data, all displayed by school subject. You’ll be surprised by what you’ll find and can use right away in your classroom!

The other two series of videos show you the steps of the Census at School online survey project and how to import data into spreadsheet and data analysis software.

Census logo.2011 Census teaching materials

This month, 2011 Census letters are being sent to 15 million Canadian households. Please tell your students about the importance of collecting accurate data on all residents of Canada.

About the Census of Canada, an online mini course, gives basic information on the current and past censuses. The overview works well as a quick introduction to a presentation or activity on the census.

The 2011 Census Teacher’s Kit offers learning activities that are suitable for elementary to secondary grades. Cross-curricular activities help students learn the purpose of Canada's census and how the collected information can be used. For example, in the lesson "Important decisions don’t just happen!", intermediate students experience data-based decision-making as they consider which community services to provide in different neighbourhoods.

Teachers of adults in English as a second language or literacy classes will appreciate the 2011 Census Adult Education Kit’s illustrated workbook explaining census questions.

If your students haven’t already participated in the Census at School online survey project this year, it’s a great hands-on way to learn about census-taking. Video tutorials guide you through each step, from registration, to class preparation to data analysis. The Census at School project is open until June 24th.

Mother’s Day... by the numbers

Did you know? 72.9% of mothers with children under 16 living at home were employed in 2009— nearly twice the employment rate of 39.1% recorded in 1976.

Read more selected facts about mothers in Canada in Mother’s Day... by the numbers under Family Studies and Home Economics: Key resources, under "Articles" on "Families, households and housing".

Stay connected: StatCan is going mobile!

The new "Stay connected" icons on the Teachers' page bring you the latest StatCan information. Click on Mobile for a clean and simple version of The Daily, Latest indicators, Summary tables and Community profiles; add Widgets of The Daily and Latest indicators to your desktop; or connect to receive Twitter and RSS feeds.

Geography/Environment: Ecoregions and other updates

Check out a new series of short articles - Ecoregion profiles - that cover the physiography, land cover, land use, population and labour force by industry of different ecoregions. Find them in the Geography: Key resources page under "Articles".

These profiles are also available in the Environment section, which has been updated so you can easily locate articles listed alphabetically by theme. For example, in Environment: Key resources

  1. under Climate and greenhouse gas emissions, see recent articles on temperature trends and glacier mass trends.
  2. under Household environmental practices, see the recent report Households and the environment, 2009 on water conservation, diminishing consumption of bottled water, energy use, indoor air quality and other areas.

Fast facts on life expectancy

Life expectancy at birth in Canada has improved dramatically in Canada over the last century and ranks in the top 10 among countries of the OECD. See updated Fast facts – Population.

Regions in Canada with the lowest life expectancies also possess some of the highest rates of smoking, obesity, and heavy drinking. See updated Fast facts – Health.

From our Health and Physical Education: Lessons page, see the related lesson "Life expectancy at birth".

Stethoscope and a heart.Health: new resources

Each issue of the new publication, Health at a Glance, offers a short, non-technical article, with the first one being on "Disparities in life expectancy". Find it under "Articles" in Health and Physical Education: Key resources.

Just type the name of any community into the new Health Profile and find a wealth of data tables, including on health conditions (like obesity, diabetes, mood disorders) or health behaviours (like smoking or heavy drinking). Find the Health Profile under the Data tab in the Health and Physical Education section.

Public School Indicators

To find statistics for public schools on things like enrolments, graduation rates and educator-student ratios, consult Summary Public School Indicators for Canada, the Provinces and Territories, 2001/2002 to 2007/2008 in the Career Education: Key resources section.