Week of February 20th

MONDAY – No School – President’s Day

TUESDAY – Today we begin a series of lessons and projects centered on the study of Africa. The first assignment is to fill in a map of Africa with the physical geography elements listed in the assignment description that can be found in Google Classroom.

This week’s Friday quiz will be on the following countries in East Africa:

Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Malawi.

Africa Quiz Game

WEDNESDAY – Below are the links to use for the project “Water Crisis in Africa.” The project is explained thoroughly in Google Classroom. Presentations should be ready by Tuesday!!

  1. World Warned on Water Refugees
  2. Water Arithmetic Doesn’t Add Up
  3. A Fight to the Last Drop
  4. Food at Risk as Water Drips Away
  5. World Water Shortage Threatens Harvest
  6. Africa’s Potential Water Wars
  7. Rural and Urban Water Issues in Africa
  8. Irrigation Farming – The Only Way to Food Security
  9. Bio-char – could Help Clean Polluted Water

Week of February 13th

MONDAY – WEDNESDAY – Students are working on their climate raps. They will have time in class each day to do this. Any portion of the project not finished in class by Wednesday becomes homework.

Influences on climate final exam is on Thursday.

Africa Quiz #3 – Central Africa – is on Friday.

Week of February 6th

MONDAY – Today we continued our work with weather and climate. The students were issued a challenging assignment today….lots of critical thinking!! However, I told them the ONLY way to fail is to not try your best. Details can be found in Google Classroom.

Below is a link to help them with one of the locations.

Why the rainy season in Ethiopia?

There will be an open note quiz on Friday on the influences on climate.

We also have the second in a series of quizzes this week – West Africa. The practice quiz site divides the region into two – West and Northwest Africa. Below is a list of countries that will be on the quiz this FRIDAY.

  • Senegal
  • Gambia
  • Cote D’Ivoire
  • Togo
  • Liberia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Burkina Faso
  • Ghana
  • Benin
  • Nigeria
  • Niger
  • Mauritania
  • Mali

TUESDAY – We continued our work on the Climate Data Analysis assignment. Students know the only way to fail this assignment is to NOT do it. I’ve asked them to think critically about the influences on climate we’ve studied for the past week. The task is to APPLY their knowledge of influences on climate to four predetermined locations. The assignment is due on Wednesday. Below you will find the data used for this assignment.

Climate data sheet 4

Two quizzes this Friday – West/NW Africa and a short quiz (open note) on factors that influence climate.

WEDNESDAY – First, the climate quiz will be postponed to next week. Africa Quiz is this Friday. We will be working on lyrics to a rap that show HOW the influences on climate work for the next four or five days. If students have ear buds or headphones they can use them in class for this project.

THURSDAY – Find links below that you will need to complete the Climate Factors Rap.

Chrome-Store – First, you must load the app Beautiful Audio Editor on to your Chromebook.

  1. Click on the link above
  2. Click on ADD TO CHROME
  3. Click on Add app

Click here for directions on how to access and use Beautiful Audio Editor. Click on any prompts you get to “allow” the app to access your Chromebook.

Listen to and download your rap beats at Flocabulary.

Get more tips on writing good raps and rhymes on this Flocabulary page.


Week of January 30

MONDAY – No School – teacher in service


TUESDAY – This week begins the first of a series of quizzes. There will be a quiz every Friday throughout the month of February. Countries on the quiz will be posted here.

Africa Quiz Game

Africa Quiz #1 – North Africa

  • Algeria
  • Chad
  • Egypt
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Tunisia
  • Western Sahara

THURSDAY – We have been working hard on our knowledge of weather and climate.

The learning targets are as follows: 1) I can identify and EXPLAIN the factors that influence climate. 2) I can create a climate graph. 3) I can use the climate data to determine WHICH of the influencing factors of climate have an effect on particular locations.

The end products that students need to complete for this unit are as follows: 1) Notes taken during videos and lectures. 2) A climate graph for one of the following locations – Medford, OR.; Paramaribo, Suriname;Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Bayanho, Mongolia (data sheets provided in class. 3) A rap song that explains the factors that effect climate (group project). 4) A final exam covering the content.

Climate unit due dates are as follows:

  • Climate Graph: 1/3/17
  • Notes: 1/09/17
  • Final Exam: 1/09/17
  • Climate Rap: 1/14/17

FRIDAY – We worked on our rap songs today. Below are some helpful links.

lyrics – an example of a song with rhymes and near rhymes.

Sites to help with words that rhyme

Week of January 23rd

MONDAY – The focus this week is still on land-forms in the Western Hemisphere. Students should have turned in their individual sets of questions and answers last Friday. The groups will have class time Monday through Wednesday to complete creating ALL facets of their game. Thursday and Friday will be used for “beta” testing the games – yea!

We will have a DGP warm up each day this week. Please find the map linked below. The question and answer form can be found in Google Classroom.

A Physical Map-South America

When you finish your DGP each day, you can begin practicing the countries of Africa. I suggest the following link so you can choose which region you want to quiz on. The first quiz in February will be North Africa. Find the box that says Game Controls to choose the region to quiz on.

Africa Quiz Game

TUESDAY -WEDNESDAY – Students have class time to work on their Landform Games.

A huge thank you to Verizon for the classroom supplies they gave to us!! It is part of their Culture of Good campaign.

Week of January 17

WEDNESDAY – We are still working on the Land-forms Game Unit. ALL individual questions and “fates” are due on this Friday. These should be turned in in Google Classroom.

The South America quiz was moved to this Friday as well –

Week of January 9th



TUESDAY – Our focus for the next couple of week will be land forms in the Western Hemisphere. Check back here for more information.
South America country names test will be on January 19th. Students should study 10 to 15 minutes a day by simply playing the quiz games linked on the Geography Links page.

WEDNESDAYDirections for the Land Forms of the Western Hemisphere project

Human Environment Interaction

WEEK OF DEC 12 – 16


DGP – This week’s DGP will be the first entirely digital assignment. Students can access the map and questions on the blog, then complete the assignment in Google Classroom (GC)

Mountain Ranges of the World Map

Mountain Ranges of the World page 1

Mountain Ranges of the World page 2

Our activities today were centered around “descriptive weather” words. There is no graded assignment attached to today’s work…nothing to make up.

The South America grid maps that we worked on in class last week are DUE ON FRIDAY. However, there WILL NOT be any class time this week to work on them. The materials will be available in the classroom before school, during lunch and during academic lab.

TUESDAY – We finished up the “Elements of Weather” activity. No need to make it up if you were absent.

We started the “Weather vs. Climate” lesson and activity. The graphic organizer for notes is in GC. The videos we watched and took notes from are linked below.

Weather vs. Climate from the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network

Earth:Climate and Weather – National Geographic

Week of December 5 to 9

MONDAY – Today marks the first day of the 2nd trimester. As we wrapped up the first trimester, several students were up against the wall with low project scores and no chance at all to improve the score. SO….the Columbian Exchange project will be the first grade in the second trimester, thereby giving students a chance to improve their grade if they wish.

Daily Geography Practice –



Grid drawings – in preparation for creating a grid map this week, students applied their drawing skills to simple animations. This is a pass / no pass assignment. Students will be encouraged to keep trying until each understands the concept of drawing using a grid as a guide.

TUESDAY – Today we started our grid maps of South America. Students will have the remainder of this week to work on these maps. Please see the links below for directions and a scoring rubric.




Week of November 21 to 23

MONDAY – TUESDAY: Both days are independent work days to complete activities for the Columbian Exchange unit of study. See the post from the previous week for approximate due dates.

North America test is tomorrow! Study up!