Millie: Ride the River
Millie travels north from Toronto in the summer of 1914 to spend her holidays with her uncle and aunt in the Kawartha Lakes region. She finds herself in a completely different world outside of the city and begins to learn about and appreciate nature in new ways.
Millie's father describes to her how, in the early part of the twentieth century, rivers and lakes served as a highway system in the Kawarthas, transporting people and freight. Now Canada's rivers are used for industry and recreation.
Have your students do some online research about a river in their region of Canada. Ask them to create a poster showing a map of the river, some geographic and historic facts about it, and some information about the people who use the river today. You might also want to include a discussion about environmental concerns.