February 14

Place Slide Show Projects

This week students worked with a partner to create a slide show presentation on an assigned city in the United States. Students must make sure their slide show follows the directions and rubric we went over in class. We will continue the presentations after break. A-day classes will present on MONDAY, FEB. 24th and B-day classes will continue presenting on TUESDAY, FEB. 25th. I have attached the project directions and the rubric for those who need it. Enjoy your break!!

Place Project Directions & RUBRIC: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZJz_09Ne8p7FrDCLx-X1Ksk1XCbDGLwh/view?usp=sharing

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February 7

Pennies for Patients

Ms. Thomas’s A2 class is currently in 2nd place for the PENNIES FOR PATIENTS competition!! GREAT JOB!!! Please continue to get donations so that we can help kids with cancer. Only 1 week to go to catch up to first place… WE CAN DO IT!

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February 4

Assignments for the week of 2-3-20 with UPDATED LINKS!

Hi everyone! I’m not sure why the links for all of these assignments didn’t work the first time, but I have fixed them now and everyone should be able to access them.

This week we are moving on to our last theme in the 5 themes of geography… PLACE! We started this theme out by watching a few videos about different countries in the world. Students then had to describe each place using physical and human characteristics. We are continuing the week by reading about the theme of place, doing a double bubble map and completing a CCR. Students are also writing a short essay (3 paragraphs) to describe Woodworth using the theme of place. I have attached everything students need to complete this week’s assignments, including directions for the essay. I GAVE EACH CLASS AN EXTRA DAY FOR THE ESSAY because of the amount of homework you have from all of your classes this week.


Essays are due on MONDAY(B day classes) and TUESDAY (A day classes)

Essays are worth 20 points (formative)

Essays must be neatly hand-written on pages 10-11 in your ISN

ESSAY DIRECTIONS: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xxm79Bgh0pW8D5R7KFX2dbbbNQEO34-Y/view?usp=sharing

ESSAY ROUGH DRAFT CHART: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xfkFZXiz7Ki6FJPFXr-Z2Xs3RN8ShCCz/view?usp=sharing

PLACE NOTES: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XBLEE9bTNxmNO44heqePDArOCB9K4DKg/view?usp=sharing

PLACE ARTICLE: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1I4POkMcMQ7N6UtgSFslbNPLiJ6EJfmnT/view?usp=sharing

DOUBLE BUBBLE MAP: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_xA8WHnZ0LYbFFKR1NadEdhb0U/view?usp=sharing

DOUBLE BUBBLE MAP DIRECTIONS: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1su1q7XEnlqP4xClltXZazQTZBgvcSyyuI66utTRpmHc/edit?usp=sharing

PLACE CCR: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SQcbKeBOYvqf6L0hKAZgMNrZC1YUQ3Un/view?usp=sharing

If you have any question just ask me!!!

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January 29

Assignments for this week

This week we are continuing to learn about the theme of LOCATION. I have attached all of the assignments that students need to complete this week’s work. If you were absent or have any questions, please ask me!

Location Questions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WTdTibPo8Bd7mxUgpNsOB24OJJfT_XePtoghtXq6sJY/edit?usp=sharing

Double Bubble Map: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1R-RuFXSwiWC24OSH2vmDexSW0UbiFgRnASX_P_8SvRQ/edit?usp=sharing

Double Bubble Map Directions: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Cew5hX5i-vmZg5doR0X3cPVhcCLvvSlFh5gIB-jSvvw/edit?usp=sharing

Location CCR: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JZNWZqIR_5q9yw48ncCvd3ujGgmR3–z/view?usp=sharing

Latitude & Longitude Practice Worksheet: https://drive.google.com/file/d/15yxkFaG-6DenXL6OJuWcM6JOyWQ5NLLI/view?usp=sharing


All assignments above (except the Frayer model) were done in class and graded right then. If you were absent any days this week, or if you did not complete your work during class, then please complete what you have missed, glue it into your notebook on the correct page and show it to me to be graded. Thank you!

Table of Contents: (updated on 1-29-20)

  • Page 1= Location Article
  • Page 2= Location Questions
  • Page 3= Double Bubble Map
  • Page 4= Vocabulary Log
  • Page 5= CCR
  • Page 6= Latitude & Longitude Practice WS
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January 23

Location Vocabulary Log

One of the assignments that students will be receiving this week is a vocabulary log that goes along with our “Location” article. This assignment is strictly a homework assignment (no class time will be provided) so students must complete this on their own by the due date given to their class. I have attached everything students need for this assignment, including the definitions. Students can also use Google to find the meaning of each word.

The vocabulary log must be neat and colorful

It is worth 20 formative points

Due Dates:

  • A day classes= due Tuesday, 1-28-20
  • B day classes= due Monday, 1-27-20


Location Article: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1A-PtvWMPYi9IyyGXl5kKvtpDQC6nvtPIN139yOh5sOg/edit?usp=sharing

Vocabulary Log: https://docs.google.com/document/d/10crJ9ARtGukAmjaDa4Z-if7a3xc8Mr2-C_WVgytn6LM/edit?usp=sharing

Vocabulary Terms: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NgnHZjnYoMAgOEcU19_maAGyhXazGF8v/view?usp=sharing

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January 10

Notebook Checks 1/15 & 1/16

Notebook checks for this card marking will be this coming Wednesday (A day) and Thursday (B day). Students should follow the rubric to make sure their notebook meets the requirements. Below is the table of contents that each student should have at the beginning of the notebook, as well as the assignment attachments in case anyone needs to print a new copy. If any student needs a notebook, please see me before Wednesday. I have also attached a copy of the rubric.

NOTEBOOK CHECKS ARE 30 SUMMATIVE POINTS. Please follow the rubric that is attached. This notebook check will be on pages 22-38.

Page # & Assignment Name

  • 22 Notes 5 Themes of Geography
  • 23 5 Themes of Geography Article
  • 24 Notes Informational Text
  • 25 Informational Text Activity (I will pass these back to you)
  • 26 Vocabulary Log
  • 27 Movement Article
  • 28 Graphic Organizer (Blank page for some classes)
  • 29 Text-Dependent Questions
  • 30 TDQ Continued
  • 31 TDQ Continued
  • 32 Movement Summary
  • 33 Young Immigrants CCR
  • 34 Regions Article & CER
  • 35 Blank Page
  • 36 Regions Map
  • 37 Human-Environment Interaction Article (HEI)
  • 38 Study Guide

Assignments: (In order of the table of contents) 5 Themes Notes

Copies of the assignments are also located in the blue crate in the back of my room. Because it is the end of our card marking, NO LATE NOTEBOOK WILL BE ACCEPTED. Sorry!

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January 10

Midterm Exam- 1/15 & 1-16

We will be having our midterm exam this coming week. “A” day classes will be taking their midterm exam on Wednesday, 1-15-20, and “B” day classes will be taking their midterm exam on Thursday, 1-16-20. Students should review the study guide given to the other day. Study guides will be graded on Monday/Tuesday and we will go over the correct answers as well. I have attached the study guide for anyone who needs it. USE YOUR NOTEBOOKS TO STUDY!! All of the answers to the study guide can be found in your notebook (pages 5-38).

Study Guide https://docs.google.com/document/d/1a4MphR5SKNgIbMpGw00aqgtchFTMZsY0MBjWiwshOLI/edit?usp=sharing

Study Guide ANSWER KEY https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1V2IcxECUlTRnJyZlZLQ09WVTdWa1N0bmQ3Nl9yMGFVd2Nz/view?usp=sharing

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December 16

The Lorax

We are now learning about HUMAN-ENVIRONMENT INTERACTION. As a way to introduce ourselves to this theme, we are watching The Lorax, which is based on the Dr. Seuss book by the same name. This movie is all about what happens when humans interact with their environment, including both the good and the bad that can come from it.

On Monday and Tuesday, classes watched the 1972 version of The Lorax. This version can easily be found on YouTube by searching for “The Lorax” or by using this link:

Students must complete PART 1 of the video guide (questions #1-10) as they watch the movie. The video guide must be turned in to me to be graded. DO NOT DO PART 2 YET! We will work on part 2 together during our next class.

Here is an UPDATED link to the video guide: (print it off and turn in to Ms. Thomas)


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December 9

Regions CER

We have now begun learning about the second theme of geography, REGION. I have attached the article that we read in class. This article includes the CER that students were assigned to do for homework.

For the article, students must read each paragraph, circle words they do not know and highlight/underline important facts and main ideas. Then students will write a summary for each paragraph and answer the questions in each box.

To do the CER, students must first read the article and answer the CER question: “Can regions vary in size? Why or why not?”. We have discussed this topic in class. The word “vary” means to change or be different. A region is two or more places that have one feature in common. Also remember that regions can be based on physical features (natural land like mountains and lakes) or cultural features (like language or religion). Therefore, there are different types of regions all around the world. For homework, students must answer the question in their own words (the claim), then they must find a sentence to quote from the article that supports their answer (the evidence), and lastly they must explain how/why their evidence supports their answer (the reasoning). Once students have answered each part of their CER at the end of the article, then they must write a final draft on a separate sheet of lined paper. That paper must be stapled to the article once they are done. The final draft CER must be written like a paragraph, which means that students must come up with an introduction sentence and a conclusion sentence to add to their CER. The final paragraph must be indented and each sentence must be written without skipping lines. The CER is due on WEDNESDAY (B-day classes) and THURSDAY (A-day classes).

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November 25

Young Immigrant Stories

The theme of MOVEMENT deals with how people, goods, ideas and information move from one place to another. Sometimes that movement happens at a local level (places nearby) or it can happen at an international level (involving 2 or more countries). People move for all different reasons and they do it using many different types of transportation. To continue our understanding of how and why people move, we are going to learn about a few young immigrants by reading about their lives and watching their personal video. To access their stories, please visit this website:


Each of you will choose which individuals you would like to learn more about. You will begin by watching their personal video and then you will read about them (every page). Then with a partner, you will complete the questions. The questions will be attached once they have been assigned in class. Together we will discuss and compare our stories, so be ready to tell us which person you connected with the most and why you were drawn to their story.

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