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Lesson Plan: For Teachers: Exploring the Atlantic Seal Hunt

Social Studies, Geography
2 lessons
To explore the seal hunt in Atlantic Canada
In this introductory activity, students prepare a multi-media presentation about the seal hunt in Canada.

Lesson Plan

Before Exploring

Write the phrase "seal hunt" on the board or chart paper. Ask students to brainstorm what they know about this topic and list their responses. Ask: Might your responses be different if you lived in a different part of the country? Why?

Outline the Opportunity

Direct students to the topic Pelts, Pups and Protest: The Atlantic Seal Hunt on the CBC Digital Archives website. Divide the class into groups and assign each group one set of the following clips:


"A dying industry" and "Video prompts calls for more enforcement"

"New rules to protect seals" and European Parliament endorses import ban on sealskins"

"Defending the hunt" and "'Barbaric and cruel'"

"The media campaign escalates" and "The seal hunt makes a comeback"

"U.K. boycott threatens Canadian industry" and "Ottawa ends large-scale seal hunt"

"Ottawa ends large-scale seal hunt", "Who had cod for dinner?", "The seal hunt makes a comeback"

and "Video prompts calls for more enforcement"


Students should include the Did You Know? sections in their review. Students will note important facts and information, and can use the download sheet Exploring the Atlantic Seal Hunt to record their findings.

Each group will prepare a presentation to share their findings. Students can use chart paper, the board, posters, flow charts, presentation software, role-plays, and so on to convey what they learned.

Revisit and Reflect

Have groups share their presentations with the class. Students should be prepared to ask and answer questions. Ask: Have you developed strong feelings about the hunt? Explain. Do you have any questions about the seal hunt? List their questions on the board or chart paper as a reference for other activities about this topic.



Students can create and display a fact sheet about the seal hunt.

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