How to Memorize the Canadian Territories and Provinces

Two Methods:Sample MnemonicsMemorizing the Canadian Territories and Provinces

Studying for a test about Canadian territories and provinces? (Geography) There are ten Provinces and three territories. Provinces have more autonomy than territories. This article will help you remember their names and locations.

Memorizing the Canadian Territories and Provinces

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    Familiarize yourself with the Canadian Provinces and Territories. You can do this with most variations of a Canadian map. Make sure you can spell their names correctly
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    Memorize the 'bottom row' of provinces. Their names are British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Newfoundland. You may find the acronym BASMOQN ('bas-mok-win') useful. Try creating a mnemonic such as 'Bill and Sally Made One Quart of Nothing', 'Bart A. Simpson Marred Our Quiet Night', or 'Buy Albert's Scary Men on Quilts Now.' Be as creative as you can!
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    Memorize the 'top three' territories. They are Yukon Territory, Northwest Territory, and Nunavut. The acronyms are YNN ("yin"), "Why an N?" (sounds like "Y-N-N"), and You're Not Naked.
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    Memorize the last three provinces in the south eastern corner. They are Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Just visualize them as a triangle; Prince Edward Island on top, Nova Scotia in the right corner and New Brunswick in the left corner. Some acronyms are PEI-NB-NS ("pay-noo-bens") and Please Excuse It, Nobody Brought NeverSoft. (PEI,NBNS).
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    Reinforce your knowledge. Use online resources to test and reinforce your knowledge such as the geography quizzes at http://www.lizardpoint.com/

Tips

  • Try printing out a couple blank maps of Canada with only the borders. Then test yourself and attempt to label the map.
  • Try Looking at a map, then looking away and saying the provinces and territories
  • Study, study, study!
  • Do some research on each province and territory or even travel to it if you can. You will find the provinces and territories easier to remember if you know a little about each one or have experienced its unique culture.

Warnings

  • Don't cheat or procrastinate. You will be better off if you prepare gradually over a length of time.
  • Make sure you also know how to spell the territories and provinces, as some teachers may dislike misspellings.

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Categories: Geography | Memorization Skills