Week of May 8th

TUESDAY – Warm-up: Southeast Asia

Finish up Venn diagrams in order to start a Comparative Essay tomorrow. If the Venn is not completed today IT IS HOMEWORK.

MONDAY – We begin a new quiz series this week. The first region students should practice for daily warm-up is Southeast Asia.

This week’s learning target is “…compare and contrast the world’s five major religions.”

Step One: Prepare two Venn diagrams. The first one is a two way Venn featuring the religions of Hinduism and Buddhism; the second is a three way Venn featuring Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

If you missed class, watch this compare and contrast video to better understand the concept of compare and contrast. The Venn diagrams will serve as a pre-write exercise for your compare and contrast essay.



Week of April 24th

MONDAY – THURSDAY: Mr. D is out of the classroom these four days, so there will not be daily updates to the class blog.

Europe Quiz series: this week’s Friday quiz will be on Southeastern Europe. Students will have 7-10 minutes a day at the beginning of class to practice for the quiz. Click here for Europe Quiz Series.

Governments of the World flip book: this is your #1 priority this week. The final product is due on Thursday. Directions are posted in GC.

Governments and Economies final exam is on Friday!! Once you finish with your flip book you can make “cheat notes” for the test. Directions are posted on GC. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS CLOSELY OR YOU MAY NOT GET TO KEEP YOUR NOTES DURING THE TEST!!!!!

Have a great week!! See you on Friday. BE GOOD TO THE SUB ūüôā


Week of April 17

WEDNESDAY –¬†Warm-up: study the countries of Eastern Europe.¬†QUIZ ON THURSDAY!!

Activity 1: Read the article¬†‚ÄúSuper Bowl 2014: What drives the price of Super Bowl tickets?,‚Ä̬†and then fill in the graphic organizer posted in GC.

Activity 2: Earn bonus points by describing how supply and demand affects the price of tickets to San Francisco Giants’ baseball games


TUESDAY –¬†Warm-up: study the countries of Eastern Europe.¬†QUIZ ON THURSDAY!!

Review: Types of Government and Sectors of the Economy

Activity 1: Debrief yesterday’s classroom activity – What’s a Supply For?

Activity 2: The Hudsucker Proxy – this short video clip illustrates part of the law of supply and demand. Your task is to explain which part. Question posted in GC.

Activity 3: Follow up video clip to Hudsucker Proxy – EconPop – The Economics of The Hudsucker Proxy explains supply and demand and how it relates to labor as well. Follow up question posted in GC.



MONDAY –¬†Warm-up: study the countries of Eastern Europe.¬†QUIZ ON THURSDAY!!

We began today with a review of types of governments – communism, fascism, and socialism. This was followed by a discussion that these are really economic systems that have become synonymous as types of governments. This served as a segue into this week’s focus of study….

LEARNING TARGET: I can explain a basic principal Capitalism, or a free market economy Рthe law of (to be announced later).

Activity 1: Quick write – After viewing the sales posted for winter apparel on the Columbia Sportswear site, answer the following question in GC. Why do the retailers choose to give drastic markdowns to the consumer on selected clothing only?

Activity 2: What’s a Supply For? This activity is linked on GC. If it is not finished during class it is homework.











Week of April 10

TUESDAY – Today we used the data collected regarding jobs in our community and placed them into sectors of the economy (see yesterday). We then pulled six jobs off the board to be re-positioned in a different sector. The students worked in groups to fill in a graphic organizer. The most important element of the assignment is that they show their reasoning and/or rationale for placing it as they did (there are many jobs that cross over sectors).



MONDAY – last week the focus was on governments of the world. This week we will focus on types of economies. The handouts and assignments are posted in GC. Homework tonight will be to interview adults about the jobs they have.

THIS WEDNESDAY, there will be a quiz on Southern and Central Europe. Click on this link to practice. Europe Quiz Series.



Week of April 3rd

THURSDAY –¬†We finished our notes on types of government in the world.

Students also have an opportunity for extra credit. There is three questions posed on GC. Use the following link to answer them – Political Systems in the 20th Century


WEDNESDAY – We watched the rest of the video that we began yesterday. Get the notes from a classmate or Mr. D if you missed it.

All students have an opportunity to exempt themselves from all the Europe weekly quizzes and final exam if he/she can score 100% on a Europe test Friday morning – IN ONE TRY.

TUESDAY – Today we began our study of World Governments. This unit is a brief overview of the types of governments around the world with a brief explanation of the key traits, advantages and disadvantages of each. The notes sheet is posted on the GC stream.

Don’t forget the quiz this Friday on the names and locations of the Nordic countries and Western Europe.

MONDAY – Welcome Back! Our next series of quizzes and a final exam will cover the names and locations of countries in Europe.

Warm up – Europe Quiz Series¬†. This Friday’s quiz will be over the Nordic countries and Western Europe.

Today we took an interim assessment for the essential geography vocabulary. We will take this test one more time this year.

Week of March 6th

MONDAY – We conducted a simulation in class today. A small percentage of students were selected as the “Europeans” who would exploit the land and the people of Africa. Another group of students were passive natives thriving in the cattle culture tribes of the Nuer and Dinka. Lastly, a large group of Congolese were “forced” into slave labor (they sorted Jolly Ranchers). All of this to help students understand the European Imperialism that occurred in the late 1800’s in Africa. Nothing to make up.

We do have the Africa Final Exam this week. Students should be studying if they do not know the names and locations of ALL the contiguous countries of Africa (and Madagascar)


Step 1: Go to the Chrome Web Store and download the Chrome Extension – Keep

Step 2: Open your Socratic Seminar Preparation page in Google Classroom

Step 3: Find evidence to support your statements during Socratic Seminar on Thursday

Step 4: IF YOU WERE ABSENT….. You should watch the review video posted in¬†Imperialism Review

You are looking for the motivations, justifications and technology advances behind the¬†Europeans’ Imperialist policies in Africa. The graphic organizer for taking notes has been streamed in Google Classroom.

Then you should listen to the podcast from Episode 3: the Scramble for Africa (linked below).

Links for finding evidence:

Episode 3: The Scramble for Africa
Read Articles #4 and #6 in European Imperialism in Africa: DBQ
Life During Imperialism
Brief Description of the Berlin Conference
‚ÄúGuns, Germs and Steel‚ÄĚ: Jared Diamond on Geography as Power¬†(skip forward to the second page and the paragraphs¬†focused on Africa)
Long Run Effects of Scramble for Africa

WEDNESDAY – We have a change in schedule this week. The Africa Final Exam will be on Thursday and the Socratic Seminar will be on Friday.

Week of February 20th

MONDAY – No School – President’s Day

TUESDAY РToday 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‚ÄôIvoire
  • 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 РWest/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 РFirst, 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 Рan example of a song with rhymes and near rhymes.

Sites to help with words that rhyme