Worksheets
on
World Canals


World Canals

1.Which Roman Emperor is mentioned ? With which canal is he associated ?

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2. Name two ways in which canals are better than rivers.

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3. By how many kilometres did the Kiel Canal shorten the journey between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea ?

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4. Why is the Grand Canal in China still used today to transport goods and passengers ?

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5. Which two peoples of the ancient world are referred to in our webpage on world canals ?

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6. List the 4 dates mentioned (don't forget to include BC or AD).

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7. Can you match the countries with these 3 cities which have large systems of canals ?

Venice
Netherlands
Amsterdam
England
Birmingham
Italy

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Venice

1. Where is Venice ?

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2. Why are there no streets in Venice ?

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3. What is a gondola and how is it moved ?

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4. Are speed boats a good idea in Venice ? Give 2 reasons for your answer.

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5. Name the famous cathedral in Venice and say on what square it is situated ?

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6. Rewrite this sentence in the right order.

boats gondolas are traditional called The Venice used that in are.

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7. What other name is given for posts in the text and what are they used for ?

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8. How many tourists visit Venice every year ?

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9. What are two most popular items that these tourists like to buy and on which two islands are they made ?

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10. Name one good effect of mainland industry and one which damages the ancient city of Venice ?

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11. What date is mentioned in the text and how long is it since that date ?

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12. Unscramble these words :

naiVetesn, onBrua, moutsir, lotopnuli, fofaeod

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Amsterdam

1. If you lived in Amsterdam, what country would you be in ?

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2. On which river is it built ?

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3. Name 2 groups of people who use the canals there.

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4. In what way is Amsterdam different from Venice and in which city would you prefer to live and why ?

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5. What do tourists use to get around the canals ?

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6. Why are bicycles so popular there ?

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7. For what is Amsterdam famous and mention 2 tourist attractions from the text ?

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Panama Canal

1. What length is the sea journey between New York and San Francisco ?

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2. What is the length of the same journey using the Panama Canal and by how much is it shorter ?

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3. When was it finished and how long did it take to construct ?

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4. What diseases caused trouble during its construction ?

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5. What length is it and which 2 oceans does it connect ?

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6. Which country paid for its construction and how much did it cost ?

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Welland Canal

1. In what country is the Welland Canal ?

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2. Why are there locks on this canal ?

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3. Which 2 lakes were connected in 1829 ?

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4. In which years was the Welland Canal extended, and when was the modern canal finally opened to traffic ?

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5. Name the 2 ports which were joined by the 1833 extension.

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6. Join the correct words from the 2 lists.

Upper Canada
Lake
Niagara
Port
Erie
Seaway
Colborne
Ontario
St. Lawrence
Canal
Welland
River

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Kiel Canal

1. How deep and wide is the Kiel Canal ?

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2. In which state (province) of Germany is the canal ?

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3. Name the 2 seas connected by the Kiel Canal.

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4. At first, how long did it take to construct the canal ?

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5. List 3 reasons why ships make use of the Kiel Canal.

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6. Fill in the blanks using words from our web page :

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Caledonian Canal

1. Who is Nessie and do you believe she exists?

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2. What is the height of this canal at its highest point ?

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3. How long did it take to construct and why do you think it took so long ?

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4. Name the 4 lochs (lakes) mentioned on our web page ?

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5. Which 2 types of boats use the Caledonian Canal today ?

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6. What profession (job) do you think Thomas Telford had ?

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7. Can you name 3 other types of worker connected with canals ?

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These resource pages have been prepared by the teachers and pupils of St. Ronan's National School for use with the Grand Canal project. You are very welcome to print and use them with your class.


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