Learning resources bulletin - November 2011

Dear teachers,

This bulletin highlights the latest free information and teaching materials available on Statistics Canada’s Learning resources website.

In this issue:

Camcorder.Three new video tutorials on finding and downloading data

There are now seven video tutorials available completing this multi part series So you have to do a data project! A step-by-step student guide to finding data. Videos 5 and 6 make it easy to retrieve free data from CANSIM and from Census in E-STAT. Video 7 explains how to download data into different software. Designed for individual or classroom use, don’t miss these helpful video tutorials that get data projects off to a good start!

Stethoscope and a heart.Leading causes of death: Fast facts

Cancer and heart disease are the two leading causes of death in Canada. For young adults aged 15 to 24, the top three causes of death in 2008 in order were accidents, suicide and homicide. See Fast facts – Health on the Students page.

Ray Ryan Statistics Canada Curriculum Studies Award

Ray Ryan. Photo: P. Therriault
Ray Ryan.
Photo: P. Therriault

The Ray Ryan Statistics Canada prize for curriculum studies ($500) is awarded in conjunction with the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies (CACS) to the post-secondary student in education who completes the best curriculum project involving substantive application of the Statistics Canada website or Statistics Canada products.

This award was established to recognize and promote excellence in curriculum development and research and to encourage development, use, and feedback on enhancement of Statistics Canada information.

Don’t miss out! Submissions must be received by March 31, 2012.

Mr. Ray Ryan is a highly regarded former Assistant Chief Statistician of Canada, now retired. A broad minded manager with exemplary foresight, Mr. Ryan was instrumental in the development and implementation of the successful Education Outreach Program at Statistics Canada. This program in addition to its substantial national impacts is considered a model for improving statistical literacy by many international stakeholders.

Featured lesson: Immigration and emigration (Intermediate)

As the world population clock turned 7 billion, Canada’s contribution to that population was estimated at just over 34.5 million.

Help your students to understand that Canada is indeed a country of immigrants with many different cultures and ethnic origins represented in our current Canadian population. Examine immigration as a factor of population growth and the 'push' and 'pull' factors that determine why people leave one region or country and are attracted to another.

In this excellent social studies and history lesson for the intermediate level, students use statistics from various editions of the Historical Canada Year Book to gain an understanding of where immigrants settled in Canada and from which countries they emigrated. They will see how immigration affected the overall population of Canada during the period from 1867 to 1967, the period when the most immigrants arrived.

Also, take your students back in time with the brief video vignette One hundred years of immigration to Canada.

Canada’s population clock

Another general lesson on population Calculating population growth for a region helps students understand the components of population growth and leads to an appreciation of how the components of population growth can be used for civic planning.

Need print material for your teacher conference or PD Day?

Yours for the asking, 3 brochures for teachers to make classroom instruction easier.

  1. Learning resources – This brochure helps you find resources and highlights lessons and data for many school subjects: geography, family studies, history, mathematics and more!
  2. Canada at a Glance 2011 booklets – a free print booklet with 24 pages of Canadian statistics for Canadian students. Find tables and graphs on population, health, crime, international trade, environment, industry and more. Can also be ordered as classroom sets.
  3. Census at School brochure – includes step by step instructions and information on how to register and get your class involved in this international statistical literacy project. Also included is a fold out poster for your classroom featuring the You are the Researcher lesson.

For a free copy of the any of the brochures (or a bulk order for conferences), send your school’s full mailing address and the number of copies desired to: Angela.Mccanny@statcan.gc.ca.