Staying on top of things.

This blog is created as a way to stay on top of what we will be learning throughout the year and as a way to discuss various topics that will arise as you learn. I hope that you find this blog useful as a way of checking in on what you have missed while you were away and double-checking on the information that we will cover in the class.

An important note: It is YOUR responsibility to catch up on missed work and assignments through this blog. Therefore, I will expect that you will be prepared and ready for all activities and the work assigned will be completed on time. It is really important to stay on top of your work so we can be motivated, responsible members of the class.

Also, feel free to offer up your comments on lessons, activities, etc. as you like. It is important that you can comfortably offer up any feedback that will help create memorable learning experiences. Your voice is important.

Success does not come before effort in the dictionary!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

H - SS 9 > Canadian Job Fair assignment

The class was given its first major assignment for the unit:  Canadian Job fair. 
canadian job fair assignment.  Students will be working in pairs to present the final product to the class and will also have other activities/parts attached on to it following the presentations.

It is important that you remember the region chosen by your pair and come to class with some information resources to help you with the content for your assignment. Refer to the info sheets on research techniques to help you.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

D - SS 8 > Working like an historian

Students discussed the reasons for studying history and the type of information sources that are studied by historians (primary, secondary sources).  Then, the class took part in an activity that is similar to what most historians do when they encounter evidence.

Students are to complete their description of the person on the evidence activity and complete the making everyday evidence worksheet linked below.

why do we study history
historians at work

B & C - SS 10 > Earthquake resource work

Students were given the entire period to work on the Earthquake resource page assignment.  Some students seemed to be confused about what the requirements are but I have attached the examples.  You can use the same chart format linked below to show your search techniques if you like.  This assignment will be due next Tuesday.

In the meantime, please read the section on Climate in your textbook and take notes for next day.

earthquake research chart example

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

H - SS 9 > New books and whatever we could fit in.

Due to a really shortened class, there was not much of a lesson but we did finally receive our textbooks!!  It is really important that you cover the book to prevent from any damage since every little nick will be highly visible. We did manage to look at a few maps that students created of their journeys to school.
Your task for next day:  print off a population density info sheet and take a quick peek at the assignment for next day.

factors affecting population density
Canadian job fair assignment

Monday, September 15, 2014

D - SS 8 > Understanding Map Scale

Students reviewed the information on the different map scales found on a map followed by an activity that measured distances of various routes. Please ensure this is completed for next day.

B & C - SS 10 > Plate Tectonics

Students viewed and discussed the rock cycle and plate tectonic process for earthquakes and how mountains and volcanoes are formed.
The power point is linked below and it is really important that you have a copy of those notes.

students were given a new assignment, creating an earthquake resource sheet that is also linked below.  It would be a good idea to read through the researching sheets to understand recommended search techniques that will help with your assignment.

plate tectonics powerpoint
earthquake resource assignment

Friday, September 12, 2014

H - SS 9 > Paragraphs and making maps

While I was away from school today, students were given two tasks to work through today.
1. Paragraph writing.
- Based on the chart that students completed for homework (some may not have finished so they can take the time to do so), they must write a short paragraph answering the question: Are there any benefits to living in your assigned region? Why?.  I have provided a rubric so that students can refer to how they will be assessed. Remind them to use all the tips and skills they learned in grade 8 when it comes to writing a paragraph (i.e. - topic sentence, body, concluding sentence).
2.  Mapping Assignment
- give students the attached handout. Tell them to follow all instructions including the mapping rules info sheet I gave to them on the second class.  (I have provided a copy for you).
All of these tasks are to be completed for Tuesday.  They can do them in any order.

Please have them done for next day.