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February 14: Class Notes

A reminder that your unit assignment is due next class.

If you lost your assignment sheet, it's posted on this website under the February 7th class notes.

If you need to reach me, my email is .

February 7 Class notes

Hi everyone!

On Friday, we will head to the computer lab after first meeting in our regular class. You'll have the class to start research on the assignment below.

If you want to get a head start on your research, you can look through chapter six of the textbook using this link:

I look forward to seeing your work this Friday!

Life on the land 500 Years Ago

The assignment:

You will pick one of the regions from chapter six of the textbook (the Western Cordillera, the Interior Plains, etc.) and research how people lived on this land 500 years ago. For this project, you must show two things:

1)How people used the land and the animals that lived on it for food, shelter, clothing, and safety.

2)How the land played into peoples’ cultural life. To find this, look at how the landscape was represented in the group’s art, music, dance, stories, rituals, or spirituality.

How to start your research:

1)Start with the textbook. Chapter seven gives a short overview of Native Peoples from different regions. Here’s a short list to get you started:

-Arctic (Inuit), Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Lowlands. (Iroquois and Eastern Lowlands), Interior Plains (People of the Plains), Intermountain Region (People of the Plateau).

2)We will have a research session in the library on February 9th.

3) I will post additional research resources on my website, .

What I’m looking for:

Show me your research the format you’re most comfortable with. This includes a poster, essay, Powerpoint/Prezi, or any other format you would prefer. Your project must show that you understand the concepts from our class (geographical significance and perspective), researched your topic, and applied yourself to your work.

***Due February 16th at the start of class.***

February 5: Class Notes

Hi everyone.

Today, we introduced the concept of geographic perspective. We started this by looking at what things parents and kids disagree on. Here's the list you came up with:

  • Social Media
  • School
  • What's Acceptable
  • Responsibilities
  • Sports
  • Clothing.

The purpose of this assignment is to start you thinking about why two people can look at the same thing and come to very different conclusions.

Remember: Geographical perspective is about how one's perspective changes how they see a place.

February 1: Class Assignment

Tourist Pamphlet Assignment

What you need to do

For this assignment, your group will make a tourist pamphlet advertising the natural features your region. At the next class, you will hand in your pamphlets and give a short presentation explaining the four natural features you chose to highlight. For both steps, you must:

1)Outline four natural sights in your region people would spend money to see. For example, if you have the Arctic, people might want to travel to look at the icebergs or polar bears.

2)In three to five sentences, explain where these natural features come from. Include facts you find interesting. For example, if the icebergs are one of your attractions, you might write something like this:

“Come see one of the many icebergs floating in the Arctic Ocean. These large pieces of frozen freshwater have broken off from one of the nearby glaciers. Some in the area are up to 70m tall! These floating pieces of ice are responsible for the famous sinking of the Titanic.”

Think about the class concept and apply it to your pamphlet and presentation

Remember to think using geographical significance. If you’re a tour operator running a business, what is it about the land that will be significant for you? What is it about the area that you value? Think about this and apply it to your presentation.

How you’ll be marked

1)Use of the class concept: Show that you understood the class concept and applied it to all steps of the presentation.

2)Quality of research: Show that you understand the natural features of your region and how they came to be.

3)Strength of presentation: Give an informative and clear presentation. Your pamphlet should be visually appealing and easy to read.

4)Behaviour as an audience member: Show that you can be a polite and engaged audience member. Listen to other groups and ask serious questions, if you have any, once they are done.

**Pamphlets due at the next class (February 5th) All presentations are on the same day**

Class Notes: January 30th

Geographical significance in a zombie apocalypse: We outlined five survival needs as a class. We looked at how we would meet these needs in different places during a zombie apocalypse.

Five Needs






How Would We Meet Needs in School

  1. Cafeteria, Mr.Van's class, foods room, snacks, and lunches students brought with them.
  2. Collect rain water with buckets outside of windows.
  3. Already have some! Gym storage for gym strips too.
  4. Easy, stay in the school.
  5. Barricade the windows, seek high shelter, lock the doors, make weapons in medal workshop.

Meeting Needs in Neighborhood

1. Walmart, Superstore, Fresh Slice

2. Bottled water from where you grab food.

3. Home, Metrotown, Nordstrom.

4. Home, police station.

5. Act like zombie to avoid zombies.

Remember: Geographical significance is about deciding what is important about a place. As your wants, needs, values, and available resources change, so will the significance of the things surrounding you.


When I'm looking at your homework, I'm looking for three things:

1. I want to use the concept we learned in class. So if we're learning about a concept such as geographical significance, I want to show me that understood what that means and used the concept in your homework.

2. I want you to use the content from the class. These are the names, dates, events, ideas, and facts that we talked about in class.

3. I want to see that you're working to the best of your abilities. This means thinking about your work and putting your best effort forward.