Thursday, April 22, 2010

World Studies- Blood Diamonds, Child Soldiers, Childhood Malnutrition

History Channel Videos:
What are conflict diamonds and what has been the human cost?
Edward Zwick PSA:
Personal Stories:

Ishmael Beah talks about what it was like to be a child soldier (CNN)
Plumpy Nut

Discussion Questions:
1. Name the African countries mentioned in today's class activities.
2. What three issues were covered in today's class?
3. What can be done about these issues?

Conflict Diamonds:
What is a conflict diamond?
Which country purchases the greatest amount of diamonds and which continent produces the most?
What is the Kimberley Process?
What does the director of "Blood Diamond" hope the movie will do?
Do you think the movie will change the way consumers think about diamonds?
Child Soldiers:
Why are children enlisted as soldiers?
How old was Ishmael Beah when he became a child soldier?
What was life like for Ishmael as a child soldier?
What is his life like now?
Plumpy Nut:

What is Plumpy Nut?
How much does a daily "dose" of Plumpy Nut cost?
What organization is distributing Plumpy Nut to those most in need?
What are the benefits of Plumpy Nut?
How many times does the average Nigerian woman give birth?
How many of her children will die before the age of five?
Approximately how many children around the world are severely malnourished?

Monday, April 19, 2010

April 19-23

Continue Marley: A Dog Like No Other


U.S. History:
Interactive Game (Arguing Brown v. Board of Education)
March on Washington
Civil Rights Crossword Puzzle (Due on Monday)
Read play in class:
Video of speech:

Audio (Legacy of the Speech):

Video (From the National Archives):

Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Video from the History Channel)

PBS Interactive Civil Rights Game:

Free time (play U.S. History Quiz):
Online Word Search:
Online Civil Rights Word Search:

Continue: Tuesdays with Morrie
Storyboards (By the end of this week, everyone should have 12 "boxes" sketched and summarized.

Vocabulary Game:

Wheel of Fortune Vocabulary Game:
American Authors Hangman:
Vocabulary Words Hangman:
World Studies:

Continue U.S. History Geography packets
Geography Hangman Game:

Countries of the World:

States/Capitals Hangman

Name the Capitals:
Name the States (up to three players)

Geography Jumble:

Geography Trivia Game:
Matching World Capitals Game:
Matching World Geography Game:
Timed United States Geography Game:
Hangman Countries:
U.S. Capitals:

Thursday, April 8, 2010

World Studies- Cambodia


Discussion Questions:

Discussion Questions:

1. Who were the Khmer Rouge?
Took over the Cambodian government from 1975-1979, tried to purge Cambodia of foreign influence, tried to create an agrarian "utopia"
2. What did they believe?
They rejected capitalism, peasants were held up as ideal citizens, cities were emptied and everyone was forced to live in the countryside
3. What was the ultimate result of the rule of the Khmer Rouge?
For four years, between 1.5 and 2 million people were executed, starved, tortured or worked to death
4. What has happened to the Khmer Rouge?
Many were never held accountable for their actions, many have blended with society
5. When and how did the U.S. support Pol Pot?
We supported Pol Pot's regime because it was anti-Vietnamese
6. Relate this story to other stories of genocide you've learned about in school.
(Holocaust, Rwandan genocide, Darfur...)
Click on "Arn Chorn Pond/Explore Now"
View Profile and watch short (10 minutes) video clip.
Scroll through and click on different images. Watch short video clips and discuss questions.

Additional Posts on the topic of the Cambodian Genocide: