Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Week of Dec. 3-7

This week we are taking a Summative Test over North America and beginning our South America Unit.


  • Monday - review for Summative Test
  • Tuesday - Summative Test
  • Wednesday - set up ISN & introduce South America
  • Thursday - South America web quest
  • Friday - Ancient civilizations of South America

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Central America Videos







Week of Nov. 26-30

This week we are learning about Central America:

  • Monday: Students can locate all 7 Central American countries. Students can describe various aspects of Central American culture and history
  • Tuesday: Students can describe:
    • The major exports
    • The history of government
    • How the current culture developed in Central America
  • Wednesday & Thursday: Students can explain how the 5 Themes of Geography are seen in the Panama Canal
  • Friday: iAssignment - students should study ISN pg. 111, 114, 115


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Week of Nov. 12-16

This week we are studying the Caribbean:



  • Monday & Tuesday: Students can... 
    • describe where the Caribbean is, what it is like, and who settled there
    • locate Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Jamaica on a map
  • Wednesday & Thursday: Students can... 
    • describe what it's like to live in Cuba, Communism, the leader of Cuba.
  • Friday: iAssignment & Cuba article
Additional resource: World Atlas on Caribbean

Monday, November 5, 2012

Mayan Power Point Notes & Videos

Below are Monday & Tuesday's power point that follows the notes.






Week of Nov. 5-9

This week we are studying the Mayan civilization:



  • Monday & Tuesday: Mayan power point
  • Wednesday: Mayan Math & Calendar
  • Thursday: Quiz
  • Friday: HALF DAY - video on the Caribbean

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Week of Oct. 29 - Nov. 2

This week we are introducing our unit on Latin American which will run until Christmas Break.


  • Monday: Introduction to Latin America
  • Tuesday: Latin America Atlas Questions & Aztec Intro
  • Wednesday & Thursday: Aztec Culture
  • Friday: Quiz

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Week of Oct. 22-25

This week we are studying the geography, culture and history of the USA and Canada


  • Monday - video on Canadian culture & history
  • Tuesday - 5 Themes of Geography on Canada
  • Wednesday - 5 Themes of Geography on USA & Compare/Contrast USA & Canada
  • Thursday - iAssignment (quiz)
  • Friday - no school 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Cities, States, Countries & Continents

Below are the videos we watched in class today:








Week of Oct. 25-29

Last week students took a pre-test over continents, oceans and major world locations. This week we will be using that information to determine what activity they will be doing. 


  • Monday: We will discuss divisions of how people live
  • Tuesday: We will know and apply the difference between cities and countries
  • Wednesday & Thursday: We will review continent and ocean locations through online review games and a project
  • Friday: We will demonstrate our knowledge of continents, oceans & world locations (iAssignment)

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Week of Oct. 8-12

This week we will be reviewing landforms for Wednesday's summative:


  • Monday: we will create an online landforms review game
  • Tuesday: we will play charades to review landforms
  • Wednesday: we will check our understanding of landforms through our summative (test)
  • Thursday: we will reflect on the 1st quarter & make predictions for the 2nd quarter
  • Friday: we will enrich our learning of landforms by watching a video on Mt. Everest, Victoria Falls & Ayers Rock.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Friday, September 28, 2012

Week of Oct. 1-5

This week we will be continuing our study of landforms.

  • MondayWe will describe different landforms (steppe, butte, mesa, oasis, cataract, marsh, swamp, flood plain, cliff, bay, harbor, & gulf)
  • TuesdayWe will analyze landforms found on different continents
  • WednesdayWe will analyze how landforms work together & their differences
  • Thursday: We will use our knowledge of landforms to create a story
  • Friday: We will check our knowledge of landforms (iAssignment)

Landforms Acrostic

Students created an acrostic using the word "Landforms"


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Landform K.I.M. Notes

Today, we are using the website below to complete our K.I.M. notes on Landforms. 

World Geography Landforms - http://mrnussbaum.com/wlandforms/


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Landform Review Resources

Below are several online resources to help learn the landforms we discussed in class. 
These resources were made by other educators and students, so there might be things on them that we didn't discuss in class. They should still be helpful though. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Week of Sept. 24-28

This week will be studying landforms.


The daily learning objectives are below:
  • Monday: No School!
  • Tuesday: We will brainstorm & categorize landforms 
  • Wednesday: We will be able to explain what sea level & elevation mean 
  • Thursday: We will describe different landforms 
  • Friday: We will assess our learning of landforms (iAssignment - Quiz)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Week of Sept. 17-21


This week we are studying ancient historic sites, and reviewing for Friday's summative test. 

Monday: Historic Sites Day 1 (pg. 29-30 in ISN)
Tuesday: Historic Sites Day 2 (pg. 31-32 in ISN)
Wednesday: Historic Sites Map (pg. 33) and Summative Crossword Review (pg. 36)
Thursday: Historic Sites Quick Check and Summative Review Sheet (pg. 34)
Friday: Summative Test

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Week of Sept. 10-14




This week we'll be studying latitude and longitude.

Monday: Smart Board Activity - Latitude and Longitude 
Tuesday: Latitude and Longitude Scavenger Hunt - SE Asia
Wednesday: Absolute and Relative Location
Thursday: Lat. & Long./Absolute & Relative Location Review
Friday: iAssignment - Quiz (24 questions) 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Stratalogica - Olympic Cities

Today, we viewed a Stratalogica presentation that showed all of the Summer Olympic Host Cities. 

Below are some of the video clips that were shown as part of the presentation (we only watched portions of them in class):




Saturday, September 1, 2012

Week of Sept. 3-7

image from Stratalogica.com


This week we will be working on...
  • Monday: No School  
  • Tuesday: Stratalogica (like Google Earth) presentation & Parts of a Map
  • Wednesday: Stratalogica presentation & Natural vs. Artificial Boundaries
  • Thursday: Computer Lab - Interpreting a Map
  • Friday: iAssignment - Create a Map

Monday, August 27, 2012

Week of Aug. 27-31

This week students are working on the following:

  • Monday: Why Maps? (pg. 11 in ISN)
  • Tuesday: Atlas Discovery (pg. 12 in ISN)
  • Wednesday: World Map Project using atlas - Africa & Antarctica
  • Thursday: World Map Project using atlas - Europe & Asia
  • Friday: iAssignment - World Map

5 Themes Window Pane


On Friday, students created a window pane of the 5 Themes of Geography.

Friday, August 24, 2012

5 Themes of Geography


We learned the 5 Themes of Geography this week by the mnemonic "My Hand Really Likes Pizza". Students should know all 5 Themes and what they mean. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Week of Aug. 20-24

(example of Interactive Student Notebook)

This week will be working on the following:

  • Monday: ISN Set up (article on Interactive Student Notebooks)
  • Tuesday: Class Procedures Project
  • Wednesday: Geography Pre-Test
  • Thursday: Intro to Geography/ 5 Themes of Geography
  • Friday: Procedures Quiz/ 5 Themes of Geography

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Beginning of Year Contest



Welcome to my class website! I'm so glad you made it here. Be sure to bookmark this site as I will add class notes, reviews and presentations from class. 

To enter the contest, leave a comment with your name and what country you would visit if you could go anywhere in the world.

Contest closes at midnight on August 20th. Contest is closed. Winners will be drawn from random on Monday, August 20th Tuesday, August 21st and can draw a prize from my prize bucket in class that day.  

Winners were Jasmine & Alyssa. Congrats!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

1st Week of School

We had a great first day of school today!! It went by so fast & I had so much fun teaching today. This week we are working on getting to know each other and the class rules. 

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Back to School

Well, it's almost time to go back to school. It's crazy how fast the summer goes. We've been in Missouri 6 weeks now and I'm super excited to start at a new school this Fall. I've almost got my room set up & ready for students! August 16th, here I come!