Monday, October 1: Students research NAFTA. Then, using their assigned country, they researched ways NAFTA hurts and helps their country.
In Class: NAFTA research
Homework: Finish NAFTA research
Wednesday, October 3: First students took the Canadian Provinces test. Then students wrote a one page essay on how NAFTA helps and hurts their assigned country. Lastly, they started their country profile for a Latin American country.
In Class: Provinces Test, NAFTA Report, Country Profile
Homework: Finish NAFTA Report
Friday, October 5: Students labeled and colored a map of Latin America. They then finished their country profiles and started the 5 Themes Application.
Due: NAFTA Report
In Class: Latin America Map, Country Profile, 5 Themes Application
Tuesday, September 25: Class began with a states and capitals test. If absent, please come before or after school this week to take the test. Students were then introduced to NAFTA (if absent, see the Documents page for the information). Lastly, students were assigned a role in next class' NAFTA negotiation. Please be familiar with your role by next class.
In Class: States and Capitals Test; NAFTA Introduction
Homework: Research your role
Thursday, September 27: Students analyzed The NAFTA Effect article, deciding arguments for and against NAFTA. We then opened it up for NAFTA renegotiation. Lastly, students studied the Canadian provinces for the test next Wednesday.
In Class: NAFTA Discussion Participation; The NAFTA Effect Analysis
Homework: Study provinces
Monday, September 17: Today we researched ways to apply the Five Themes of Geography to the US & Canada (worksheet on Documents page). Then, we finished the maps of Canada and the US. If time, students were assigned cultural aspects of the region to research.
In Class: Five Themes Application
Homework: Study states & captials
Wednesday, September 19: Students were divided into groups to research and create a small presentation on a cultural aspect of the region. These are due next class. If time, students read an overview of NAFTA.
In Class: Cultural Presentation
Homework: Finish presentation
Friday, September 21: Students presented their information on a cultural aspect of the region. Then, we went through the overview of NAFTA.
In Class: Presentation Notes
Homework: Read NAFTA Overview
Tuesday, September 11: Today was our first unit test. If absent, please come to a lab ASAP to make it up. After the test, students labeled the states and capitals of the US on a map.
In Class: Unit 1 Test, USA Map
Homework: Finish map
Thursday, September 13: Students labeled a physical map of North America, also including the Canadian provinces. We then discussed what makes the United States and Canada a region. We compared the maps on T. 106-109. Lastly, we applied the 5 Themes of Geography to the US and Canada.
Due: USA Map
In Class: North America map, 5 Themes in US & Canada notes
Homework: Study states and capitals
Wednesday, September 5: First we reviewed for the unit test next week. Students received a study guide (if absent, see Ms. Nay or the Documents page). Students then worked on their "My Neighborhood Project" (also available on the Documents page).
In Class: Review, My Neighborhood Project
Homework: 4th Grade Lesson Prepared
Friday, September 7: Today students taught small groups of 4th graders the water cycle. In any remaining time, they either worked on the "My Neighborhood Project" or studied for the unit test next class.
Due: Water Cycle Lesson
In Class: Taught Lessons, My Neighborhood Project
Homework: Study for Unit Test; Binder organized and complete
Monday, August 27: First, we added Region & Movement to our five themes notes. If absent, see Ms. Nay or a peer. Next, we reviewed the water cycle and different types of water, such as groundwater & freshwater. Students then got with a group to create a short lesson on the water cycle to teach elementary.
In Class: 5 Themes Notes; Water Cycle Lesson
Homework: Finish planning lesson
Wednesday, August 29: We added Place & Human Environment Interactions to our five themes notes, completing them. If absent, see Ms. Nay or a peer. We then started learning about Geospatial Technology. We watched Episodes 1 & 2 of Geospatial Revolution, completing a video guide (on Documents page). We discussed the episodes.
Due: Water Cycle Lesson Plan
In Class: Geospatial Revolution Video Guide
Friday, August 31: We watched episodes 3 & 4 of Geospatial Revolution, completing a video guide (on Documents page). Students then started working on the "My Geography" project.
In Class: Geospatial Revolution Video Guide 2; My Geography project
Homework: Half of project finished
Tuesday, August 21: Today we discussed how to read a map. Students completed the Biggest Places on Earth assignment (see documents page). We also introduced/reviewed the 5 Themes of Geography, taking some notes. If absent, see Ms. Nay or a peer for the notes. We also discussed latitude and longitude, completing an assignment (see documents page). Students then had time to finish their Vocabulary Collage.
In Class: Biggest Places on Earth, Latitude and Longitude, Vocab Collage
Homework: Vocab Collage due Thursday
Thursday, August 23: Today we discussed climate. Check back for more info on what we learned.
Tuesday, August 14: Welcome to 9th grade Geography! Today we went over the Disclosure statement, as well as classroom expectations and procedures. Students also participated in an icebreaker. They then participated in an icebreaker activity.
In Class: Disclosure Overview
Homework: Disclosure signed (due Friday)
Wednesday, August 15: Class began with a discussion on what you can do with geography. We defined geography, and then played a dictionary game with some additional vocabulary words. Lastly, students began an assignment in which they pick some of the geography words and create a collage image of them. For instructions, see the Documents page. See T. 14-15 for definitions and an image example.
Due: Disclosure (if signed)
In Class: Geography Vocab Collage
Homework: Disclosure signed (if not already)
Friday, August 17: Today we learned about Earth in relation to the Sun. We read T. 55-58. Students took notes on the relationship between the Earth and the Sun. If absent, see the Documents page or a peer for the notes. Also, be sure to read the textbook pages! Students then worked on their Vocab Collage (see T. 14-15 for definitions and an image example, and the Documents page for the instructions).
In Class: Earth and Sun Notes, Vocab Collage
Homework: Finish collage (due Tuesday)
*H: Topic Decision benchmark today