Wednesday, August 29, 2018

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Social Studies Interactive

Social Studies: World Geography

Chapter 1: Studying Geography
2nd Quarter
QUESTIONS TO GUIDE INQUIRY
1. What is geography?
2. Why do we study geography?
3. What tools do geographers use?
4. What is geographic inquiry?
5. Why do we need to think globally?
Read Section 1 What is Geography Anyway? Do all the activities, and answer the following question in complete sentences in your Geobook:
  • What is geography? (Discuss with a partner and write a descriptive answer.)

Read Section 2 Why Do We Study Geography?  Do all the activities, and answer the following questions in complete sentences in your Geobook:
  • Why should we study geography?
  • How are we as members of a global society, connected?

Read Section 3 What Tools Do Geographers Use to Study the Earth?  Do all the activities, and answer these questions in your Geobook:
  • What do you think the Orange video is conveying? In other words, what do you think the meaning or message is that producers would like you to understand?
  • What tools do geographers use? How do they use them? Be specific and detailed.

Read Section 4 What is Geographic Inquiry?  Do all the activities, and answer these questions in your Geobook:
  • Why do we need to think globally? Meaning, why do we need to think about more places than just Big Rapids, MI? What about the other side of the world? Why should we think about those places and learn about them?

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Chapter 2: North America
2nd Quarter
QUESTIONS TO GUIDE INQUIRY
1. Why do people move?
2. Why would you move?
3. How do people, goods and ideas move?
4. Why do people, goods and ideas move?
THEME: Movement

Activities

Read Section 1 Introduction: Movement & North America Do all the activities, and answer the following questions in complete sentences in your Geobook:
  • What is movement?
  • What factors push or pull people from place to place?
  • What is an example of an idea that moves?
  • How do we depend on people in other places? How do they depend on us?   
  • What resources are where you live? Who uses the resources? How could people around the world use these resources?
  • Describe the Climate Zones around the United States.

Read Section 2 The First Americans Do all the activities, and answer the following questions in complete sentences in your Geobook:
  • How do we know these people moved? What evidence do we have that they traveled and settled?
  • Why do people move? Put yourself in their shoes, what would cause you to move?


Read Section 3 The Vikings Do all the activities, and answer the following questions in your Geobook:
  • How different do you think North America would be if Eriksson had started a settlement in Vineland? How might that settlement affect future explorers such as Columbus, Cortez and others?

Read Section 4 The Europeans Do all the activities, and answer the following questions in your Geobook:
  • Where are you located?
  • What crops are grown in your area?
  • What animals are raised in your area? Did they originate there? Who brought them to your area?
  • Does slavery still exist today?
  • RESEARCH one of the following:
    • Choose any fruit to spend a little time researching. Where did it come from?
    • What kind of domesticated animals are in your region? How have they changed your region? Were they brought from somewhere else?

Read Section 5 Movement in North America Today Do all the activities, and answer the following questions in your Geobooks:
  • What are some means of transportation or how people would move to get somewhere else?
  • What are some ways people move goods or products from place to place?
  • How do ideas move from place to place?
  • Describe three important things you have learned about movement in this chapter.


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Chapter 3: Latin America
2nd Quarter
QUESTIONS TO GUIDE INQUIRY
1. How are we, as members of a global society, interconnected?
2. How do people’s actions impact the world?
3. How does the environment affect human behavior and actions?

Activities

Read Section 1 Human/Environment Interaction in Latin America Do all the activities, and answer the following question in your Geobook:
  • What do you know about the word environment?

Read Section 2 Physical Geography - Mexico Do all the activities, and answer the following questions in your Geobook:
  • What characteristic of Mexico’s geography do you think is the biggest challenge for the people living theme? Use evidence to support your claim.

Read Section 3 Physical Geography - Central America  Do all the activities, and answer the following questions in your Geobook:
  • What characteristic of Mexico’s geography do you think is the biggest challenge for the people living theme? Use evidence to support your claim. How do natural disasters often result in people in our global society becoming interconnected?


Read Section 4 Physical Geography - South America Do all the activities, and answer the following questions in your Geobook:
  • Investigation: Head to Google to investigate some of the plants that make their home i the Amazon and find ways people have used these plants.
  • Do you think people live in the Atacama Desert? Why or why not?

Read Section 5 Physical Geography - The Caribbean Do all the activities.

Read Section 6 History - Early Civilizations Do all the activities, and answer the following questions in your Geobook:
  • How are humans interacting with the environment when practicing agriculture?
  • In what ways did the Aztecs interact with the environment?

Read Section 7 Culture Do all the activities.

Read Section 8 Human Environment Interaction Do all the activities, and answer the following questions in your Geobook:

Thinking points #1:
  • Why do you think the Spanish settlers destroyed old Tenochtitlan and then built a new city where the old city had been?
  • What two things were done to the environment in this area that has led to major problems?

Thinking points #2:
  • Describe why their was a desire to build a canal through Central America.
  • What difficulties were faced by those attempting to build such a canal.
  • How were these difficulties overcome?

Thinking points #3:
  • What benefits do people get from the Amazon Rainforest?
  • How have people changed the rainforest?
  • What are the negative effects of the changes that people have made to the rainforest?

Final Answers:
  • How was the decision to harvest trees from the rainforest (“cutting down the rainforest”) impacted the environment in South America? How has it impact the world as a whole?
  • How has the environment of Latin America affected the behavior and actions of the people that have lived there. Site some specific actions.

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Chapter 4 North Africa & the Middle East
2nd Quarter

Chapter Questions to Guide Inquiry
1. How are we, as members of a global society, interconnected?
2. Does where you live affect your viewpoint on the areas where others live?
3. How does culture impact a person’s perspective?


  • Section 1 Introduction to Physical Geography Discuss and answer the following questions in their Geobooks as well as read the article in 4.1 World Bank:
    • Where is it?
    • “How does where you live impact how you live?”
    • “How does culture impact a person’s perspective?
    • What is the same and different about the areas (North Africa & The Middle East.) Use a Venn Diagram and then in sentence form, describe the diagram.
    • Describe where oil is located in North Africa and in the Middle East. Which countries have the most amount oil? Which countries have a fair amount of oil? Which countries have the least amount of oil?
    • What other regions of the world have a climate similar to North Africa and the Middle East?
    • Why would these other regions have a similar climate?




  • Section 3 Cultures & Government-North Africa: Read the pages and respond to the following in their Geobooks:
    • What is culture?
    • What ethnic backgrounds are people in North Africa?
    • What type of government do people in North Africa have, and how does it work?
    • List their foods and types of art.



  • Section 4 Cultures & Government-Middle East:  Read the pages and respond to the following in their Geobooks:
    • What ethnic backgrounds are people in Middle East?
    • What type of government do people in Middle East have, and how does it work?
    • List their foods and types of art.

  • Section 5 Global Connections Read the pages and search the website link about Dubai, India  and respond to the following in their Geobooks:
    • How does having a valuable natural resource impact the people of the region?”

  • Final Activity (To do after the sections activities at the end.)
    • Students will use the following document for the region of North Africa & the Middle East:

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Chapter 5: Sub-Saharan Africa
2nd Quarter
QUESTIONS TO GUIDE INQUIRY
1. How are we, as members of a global society, connected?
2. How does history impact the culture of a region?
3. How do the people of Sub-Saharan Africa overcome the many challenges they face?


Section 1:  Introduction- Africa South of the Sahara

  • Read the section and do all the activities, and answer the following questions in your Geobook:
    • Where is it located? Research place and answer these questions in their Geobooks.
    • What kind of place is it? What is it like there? What are the people like? (Use “Place” in the five themes of geography to answer these questions about physical features and the people. Give as much information as possible.)

Section 2:  Physical Geography
  • Do all the activities, and answer the following questions in your Geobook:
    • Using the map above, determine other places in the world that have similar climates as this region? What location characteristics do they share?
    • Access to clean water is a huge issue throughout the world. Why is clean water important?

Section 3:  Apartheid
  • Do all the activities, and answer the following questions in your Geobook: Critical Thinking Activity:
  • Use the links for Nelson Mandela Struggle in Posters. Answer the questions using the materials on the webpage. Use the Google doc to analyze the different posters.

Section 4:   Sub Saharan Africa Today
  • Do all the activities, and answer the following questions in your Geobook:
  • Critical Thinking Questions 5 Themes Review -
    • The last few pages have discussed challenges in farming in the region. How have sub-saharan Africans adapted to or changed their environment?
      • The people of Africa face many different challenges.
      • What are some ways people around the world could help the people of Africa?
      • What are ways that you, living in Michigan, could help?

Section 5:   The Global Connection
  • Do all the activities, and answer the following questions in your Geobook:

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Chapter 6: South Asia
4th Quarter
QUESTIONS TO GUIDE INQUIRY
1. How are we, as members of a global society, connected?
2. How does population growth impact a region?
3. How does the population of a place impact how and where you live?



  • Section 1:  Introduction-South Asia
    • Do all the activities, and answer the following questions in your Geobook:
      • After China and India, what is the next largest slice of of the pie chart above?
      • If India has 1.2 Billion people living there, approximately how many people might there be living in that next largest slice?
      • Assuming that you are a student in Michigan: What region of the state do you live in?
      • What region of the country do you live in?
      • What makes your region a region?




  • Section 2:  Physical Geography
    • Do all the activities, and answer the following questions in your Geobook:
      • If the video above were the only tool available to you, would you be able to label regions of the world using physical characteristics or human characteristics? Explain your answer.


  • Section 3:  History
    • Do all the activities, and answer the following questions in your Geobook:

  • Section 4:  Population
    • Do all the activities, and answer the following questions in your Geobook:
      • Using the formula provided above, what is the population density of Iowa?
      • What is the population density of Bangladesh?
      • Which country is more crowded?
      • What problems might living in a crowded area cause?

  • Section 5:  The Global Connection
    • Do all the activities, and answer the following questions in your Geobook:
      • What challenges might students in Mumbai have?
      • What challenges might students in Detroit have?
      • Do Mumbai and Detroit share similar problems?
      • What would a student from Mumbai be most surprised by if visiting Detroit?
      • As a tour guide for your region of the state, what would you show a visiting student from Mumbai?

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