Thursday, February 28, 2013

Map Quiz Help!

Here is an awesome website you can use to test your map knowledge! It's quite fun.

Unit 2- Day 5

We learned about Latin American culture today! We were able to share our "Day in the Life Of" projects with one another and learn about the different aspects of life in Latin America.

Culture Day PowerPoint
Culture Day notes
Culture Interview assignment (we completed this in class)

Remember: We have our Unit 2 test next period and all your assignments are due!

Study Guide
Assignment Checklist

Unit 2- Day 4

Today we learned about the MOVEMENT theme of geography by looking at Drug Cartels in Latin America.

Class handout/notes

Video we watched at the beginning of class:

Interactive map:

Here is another video of a drug cartel bust in Utah:

Friday, February 22, 2013

Unit 2- Day 3

MIGRATION! We read an article on the changing patterns of migration from Latin America to the U.S. and then worked on our theme project and current event. Remember: they are due the 27th/28th!

Migration Article

Homework: Read this article for next class! You will need to answer the questions on the bottom of the page and turn those in with your assignments on the last day of the unit.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Unit 2- Day 2

Today we finished going over colonization and moved onto some physical characteristics of Latin America. We then discussed three natural disasters that affect the area: earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis.

PowerPoint- Natural Disasters
Class handout

You can read this article on Haiti and answer questions 3-6 on the handout above for extra credit!

You can also see the movie The Impossible and write 1-2 paragraphs on how it shows human-environment interaction for extra credit.

HOMEWORK: Read this article on migration in Latin America. You do NOT have to answer the questions at the end- we will discuss those next class.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Unit 2- Day 1

Today was all about the COLONIZATION of Latin America. We went over a brief history of the native peoples and watched Episode 2 of Jared Diamond's documentary Guns, Germs, and Steel. (If you missed this day, the documentary is available on Netflix- just watch the second episode on colonization.)

Movie Guided Notes

The homework was to read the article on natural disasters that you received at the end of class. If you didn't get an article or want to read the other two, here they are:

Japanese Earthquake
Indonesian Tsunami
Haitian Earthquake

Monday, February 18, 2013

Unit 2

Unit 2 is all about Latin America! We'll be studying about the culture, physical characteristics, economy, and colonization of Latin America. Today we set up the classroom into different Latin American countries and learned about those. We also created our own government systems within those countries! Below is the Unit Plan that we will be following.

Unit 2 Plan

(Some of you said you did not get the unit plan at the beginning of the unit so USE THIS ONE- it's the most updated).

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Map Pre-Test

I've had some questions on how to correct the map pre-tests. There isn't an answer key for you to look at- you're supposed to use the maps in your textbook to correct the test. That way you'll be able to see where the countries actually are.

If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to e-mail, call, or text me!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Island Project Mistake

There has been some confusion on the due date of the Island Project- it is meant to be due Feb 6/7 but I accidentally uploaded an old version of a PowerPoint that has the due date as Feb 8/11 (yes, I am human). So, I will take it Feb 8/11 without penalty although it would be most beneficial to you to turn it in earlier so you can spend more time studying for the test!

Sorry for the confusion!

Test Review Day!

Here is the test review sheet and here is the list of all assignments due on the test day!

Happy studying! You'll all do great!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Next Class

Remember- we're having our class birthday party next period! Here is the list of people who signed up to bring something:

Sydney - candy
Rayma- ice cream
J. Wilson - cake
Savannah & Shannon - presents
Honi & Joseph - balloons

Treats- Brenton, Addy, Miranda, Chris, Bengu, Maddy, Ali, Madi, Zane, Miles
Presents- Jace
Games- Hinckley, Hannah
Balloons- "PB", Becky Hill
Decorations- Maddy Archibald
Clowns & Fireworks- Clark

*Please remember that open flames are actually NOT allowed in the class. (Hint: Clark) And if you didn't sign up but still want to bring something, please do! I'm excited to celebrate the end of Unit 1 with you and prepare for the test! You are GREAT students!

Day 8- Feb 4/5

We went over cultural regions and cultural diffusion today! Remember to work on the culture portion of your Island Project and look at the maps on pgs. 76-77! They will help a lot.

Day 8 PowerPoint
Day 8 Notes

Friday, February 1, 2013


Remember to start looking at your term and semester projects: the Culture Project, International Cinema, and Book Report. All the instructions for these are under the Class Projects tab to the right.

International Cinema: you must watch two films per term and do a write-up on them. Here is a list of foreign films and recommendations that previous students have put together. Please remember to research the movie before watching it- some may have questionable content. Also, visit to see what the BYU International Cinema is showing.

Culture Project: go to one event of another culture or have someone who has lived there come and talk to you about it and show you pictures, food, clothing, etc. You must do this one term (the other term you will do the book report).

Book Report: choose a book from the list I provided or choose one of your own (make sure I approve it) and write either a report, letter, or make a scrapbook about it. You must do this one term (the other term you will do the culture project).

Day 7- Jan 31/Feb 1

Today we discussed world populations and migration! You should now be able to complete Parts 1-3 and 6-8 of your Island Project. Remember to bring your island to class next time so I can look over them and check off Parts 1-3.

Day 7 PowerPoint
Class Notes

Reading Notes for next class!