Please complete the survey at this link (click here) to help us with a special project this morning.
If you haven't finished your Math Discovery Assessment yet (after we re-visited these in Math Lab/Vocab yesterday), this needs to be completed today before anything else.
This link (click here) will take you to that sign in page with the code automatically inserted. Good luck!
Today we did Math Lab/Vocab during Social Studies time, and are doing Social Studies during Math Lab/Vocab time.
We have a Hands On Equations, Lesson 18 sheet that is due tomorrow. These are available in the extra Math Lab/Vocab handouts basket. Help yourself!
Please let me know if you have any questions!
I'm out of the classroom today helping with DIBELS testing and attending a meeting at the Junior High mid-day. I am hopeful that this will be your last day with a substitute this year. Please remember to treat the sub with respect and be on your best behavior. I will be back to teach Repro Health to the girls (and Mr. Huck with the boys) after BOTL.
Your Social Studies class time today should be spent researching your country and beginning to prepare typed documents that will go in your Country in a Box pizza box. Much like yesterday, today will not be a printing or a crafting day. I promise that those will come soon!
As you decide how you will use today's class time, please remember that the following parts of your project need much research and effort toward getting the information organized and in your own words:
You should be putting this research together in your Google Docs account. Please share your document with me, if you haven't already. I'll give you suggestions as I am able! :)
Some people have asked to borrow an example of a Country in a Box project to use as a reference at home. I'm not really comfortable sending home another student's work for this purpose, but I do want to help you out. Others have asked for more specific information about the United States, to help with their venn diagram comparison. I want to help these people out too. SO, I have created a "virtual" Country in a Box project about the United States that you can view by clicking through the gallery of images below. Please let me know if you have any questions.
The following links might provide great information for your country projects:
This website specifically addresses the topic of access to clean water in countries around the world.
CultureGrams is a great resource for researching the customs and traditions of a country.
The CIA World Factbook is a great resource for Quick Facts data about countries. This would include countries' GDP, life expectancy, literacy rate, infant mortality rate, population density, poverty rate, etc.
CountryReports is a great resource for information about customs and traditions around the world, as well as pictures. If asked for a user ID and password, use jenison for the User ID and wcats for the password.
This site is a great resource for physical and political maps and statistics.
This is a great online encyclopedia to which JPS subscribes, but sometimes the link doesn't "stick" on our computers. If you click the link and only see three World Book products
(Kids, Early World of Learning, and a Spanish encyclopedia), click "Find Your School or Library" near the globe in the top, right corner of the page. Choose the first school on the list. Then, you should see many products including World Book Student...which is what you want. :)
This website is fairly well organized and easy to use, but it pulls most of its information from the CIA World Factbook (above) and has lots of advertisements. I would only use it if there is something specific that you are looking for which you can't find anywhere else.
The map that you should be using for the inside, bottom of your box can be downloaded using the links below. If you need help selecting the correct map for your project or resizing it before printing, please let me know.
(All maps were taken from http://www.eduplace.com/ss/maps/)
Please copy the following definitions onto the front page of your Unit 2, Lesson 7 packet:
(22) Physical Processes
Natural forces that can be explained scientifically or that produce change or development on Earth.
(23) Natural Hazard
When physical forces create an extreme event that is somewhat unpredictable and that may have a negative effect on people or animals.
(24) The Four Elements
These are considered the forces of nature. They are usually the source of natural hazards and include fire, earth, air and water.
Also, please keep in mind that our Unit 2 test is next week Thursday! If you do not have our vocabulary terms (we are up to 24, now!) memorized, I would strongly suggest that you spend some time on this Quizlet link this weekend.
Everyone's homework assignment tonight (due Wednesday) is to make sure their "Pair Activity" chart in the Unit 2, Lesson 6 packet matches mine. We created the charts linked below together in class today.
S6 Homeroom -- This link is the one we made together in class today.
H6 Homeroom -- This link is the one we made together in class today.
Here are the definitions you will need for your Unit 2, Lesson 6 packet. These have also been added to this Quizlet link for your studying pleasure. :)
Flat land along a river that is prone to flooding.
(Ex: The Nile River Valley)
A tropical cyclone that occurs in the western Pacific region and the Indian Ocean. These include strong, spiraling winds and thunderstorms that produce heavy rain. They are similar to (or often called) hurricanes.
Below are the four maps of regions on Earth that we used for the back page of our Unit 2, Lesson 5 packet this afternoon. You should be able to click on a map to make it larger, if needed.
ACT Friends (and anyone who missed class today):
Your task is to analyze these four maps and try to understand what criteria the different geographers used to divide planet Earth into regions. Summarize your findings on the top half of the back page in your Unit 2, Lesson 5 packet. This is due Wednesday during Social Studies.
Students who were in class today:
Your task is to make sure that packet page is completely finished, with your best effort. This is due Wednesday during Social Studies.
Also, all students:
Please consider comparing your chart from the Unit 2, Lesson 4 packet (major physical features) with my notes at this link. If you missed any of the group presentations, or if you didn't take great notes while your classmates were presenting, you might want to copy my notes onto your packet so that you are well prepared to study for our Unit 2 test. That test will be the first week of May.
Let me know if you have any questions!
Here are the definitions you will need for tonight's homework assignment:
An area with at least one characteristic or feature that
sets it apart from other areas.
A region created when the earth is divided in half
by the Equator or by the Prime Meridian
(and 180 degree Meridian).
A large unbroken land mass surrounded by water. There are seven of these on planet Earth.