Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Social Networking Map (Infographic)

The 2010 Social Networking Map
Flowtown - Social Media Marketing Application

Bullying in the Classroom

Student Bullying
[Source: Buckfire and Buckfire.com]

Extra Credit World Studies



Global Peace Index:
http://www.visionofhumanity.org/gpi-data/#/2011/scor


1. Where did the United States rank? Out of how many countries?
2. Which country was ranked #1? Which country was ranked last?
3. How many "Peace Indicators" were used in the rankings?
4. List three Peace Indicators.


Living on less than a few dollars a day:
http://awesome.good.is/transparency/web/1106/global-poverty/flash.html


5. What percentage of Pakistanis live on less than one dollar a day?


Which countries are the happiest?
http://www.good.is/post/transparency-which-countries-are-the-happiest/


6. How happy are we in the United States?


Most expensive cities:
http://www.coolinfographics.com/blog/2010/10/21/top-10-most-expensive-cities-to-live-in-2010.html


7. Where is the most expensive city in the world to live?
8. How much would you have to spend per month for a luxury apartment?
9. How much are you going to spend on a fast food meal in N'Djamema, Chad?
10. How much are you going to spend on a daily newspaper in Moscow, Russia?


Farmville vs. Real Farmer:
http://www.coolinfographics.com/blog/2010/9/13/farmville-vs-real-farms-infographic.html


11. List three differences between average Farmville farmers and average real farmers.


The Water Wars
http://www.princeton.edu/~ina/infographics/water.html


12. Every minute, how many people die from bad water or no water?
13. What percentage of the global population lives in Asia?
14. What percentage of the global water supply is in Asia?


American Shame:
http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2011/02/19/opinion/19blowcht.html?ref=opinion


15. Which categories did the United States score "The Worst of the Worst"?


World's Best Countries:
http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2010/08/15/interactive-infographic-of-the-worlds-best-countries.html

16. Under the category of Health, which country came in first and which came in last?


Products made from slavery:
http://www.productsofslavery.org/
http://magnumfoundation.org/emergencyfund/

Derrick George (June 25, 1964-September 27, 2008)

Monday, September 26, 2011

September 26- 30

World Studies:


Compare the United States with the following countries:

Afghanistan
Brazil
China
India
Iraq
France
Germany
Japan
Libya
Norway
Pakistan
Sweden
Vietnam

In which country would you die 33.59 years sooner than you would if you lived in the United States?

In which country would you live 2.73 years longer than if you lived in the United States?

In which country would you make 85.78% less money  than if you lived in the United States?

Where would you have an 8 times greater chance of dying in infancy than if you lived in the United States?

Where would you be 83.33% less likely to have HIV/AIDS?

Now visit this website:

What is the average daily caloric intake in the United States?
What is the average daily caloric intake in China?
What is the average daily caloric intake in India?
What is the average daily caloric intake in Ethiopia?
What is the average daily caloric intake in Bolivia?

Now look at the map showing life expectancy:

What is the average life expectancy in the United States?
Canada?
China?
Mexico?
Japan? 
Nigeria?
Sweden?

Now scroll this slideshow:
What do you notice about the foods people are consuming in developed vs. developing countries?

Who is eating the least? Why?

Now visit this link:
Look at the photographs of various families around the world and their possessions. What does each slide reveal about each family's culture?

Visit "Where Children Sleep":
What can you learn about a child from his or her bedroom? What can you learn about that child's family?

Examine this study by Save the Children on the state of the world's mothers

Where is the best place to be a mother?
Where is the worst place?
Where does the United States rank?
Briefly explain why countries ranked where they did (why did some countries rank higher or lower than others)?
Links to help you answer the questions:




Finally, complete the "How Big" lesson.


Visit this website:

Type in your zip code to see how big the Pacific Garbage Patch is in comparison to the United States.

What can be done about this problem?  Don't know the answer?
Visit this site for more information:
http://www.greatgarbagepatch.org/





























International Comparison Lesson


Compare the United States with the following countries:

Afghanistan
Brazil
China
India
Iraq
France
Germany
Japan
Libya
Norway
Pakistan
Sweden
Vietnam

In which country would you die 33.59 years sooner than you would if you lived in the United States?

In which country would you live 2.73 years longer than if you lived in the United States?

In which country would you make 85.78% less money  than if you lived in the United States?

Where would you have an 8 times greater chance of dying in infancy than if you lived in the United States?

Where would you be 83.33% less likely to have HIV/AIDS?

Now visit this website:

What is the average daily caloric intake in the United States?
What is the average daily caloric intake in China?
What is the average daily caloric intake in India?
What is the average daily caloric intake in Ethiopia?
What is the average daily caloric intake in Bolivia?

Now look at the map showing life expectancy:

What is the average life expectancy in the United States?
Canada?
China?
Mexico?
Japan? 
Nigeria?
Sweden?

Now scroll this slideshow:
What do you notice about the foods people are consuming in developed vs. developing countries?

Who is eating the least? Why?

Now visit this link:
Look at the photographs of various families around the world and their possessions. What does each slide reveal about each family's culture?

Visit "Where Children Sleep":
What can you learn about a child from his or her bedroom? What can you learn about that child's family?

Examine this study by Save the Children on the state of the world's mothers
Where is the best place to be a mother?
Where is the worst place?
Where does the United States rank?
Briefly explain why countries ranked where they did (why did some countries rank higher or lower than others)?
Links to help you answer the questions:




Finally, complete the "How Big" lesson.


Visit this website:

Type in your zip code to see how big the Pacific Garbage Patch is in comparison to the United States.

What can be done about this problem?  Don't know the answer?
Visit this site for more information:
http://www.greatgarbagepatch.org/

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Promoting Good Mental Health



Take the Quiz!
http://www.whygoodthingshappen.com/main.php?section=quiz


What is "The Helper's High"?
http://www.wordspy.com/words/helpershigh.asp


"The Helpers High" in the news:
ABC News story:
http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=2685717&page=1
More on "helpers high"
http://www.smm.org/buzz/buzz_tags/helpers_high
Christian Science Monitor Article:
http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0725/p13s02-lire.htm
Random Acts of Kindness and Mental Health
http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/247960
MSN Article:
http://health.msn.com/centers/depression/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100167285&page=1

WebMD:
http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/science-good-deeds
NYTimes:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/01/health/01well.html
Helper's High
http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/the_helpers_high/#
Kindness Can Make You Happy:
http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/kindness_makes_you_happy_and_happiness_makes_you_kind/#

HuffPost (with Slideshow)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/28/health-benefits-of-volunteering-helping-others_n_909713.html#s316158&title=Can_You_Care

Videos:
http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/gg_live/science_meaningful_life_videos/

Geography Games


Geography Hangman Game:

http://www.manythings.org/hmf/hm-geography.html
Countries of the World:

http://www.quia.com/hm/22745.html
States/Capitals Hangman:

http://www.studystack.com/hangman-16045
Name the Capitals:
http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/USA_Geography/USA_1b_Caps_1024_768.html
Name the States (up to three players)

http://www.toonuniversity.com/5s_usgeo_d.html
Geography Jumble:

http://funschool.kaboose.com/globe-rider/games/game_geography_jumble.html
Geography Trivia Game:
http://funschool.kaboose.com/fun-blaster/back-to-school/games/game_trivia_archer.html
Matching World Capitals Game:
http://funschool.kaboose.com/globe-rider/games/game_capitals.html
Matching World Geography Game:
http://funschool.kaboose.com/globe-rider/games/game_my_world.html
Timed United States Geography Game:
http://funschool.kaboose.com/globe-rider/celebrate-usa/games/game_us_state_detective.html
Hangman Countries:
http://www.hangman.learningtogether.net/countries/index.htm
U.S. Capitals:
http://www.superkids.com/aweb/tools/words/hangman/us_caps.sht

Is this a sentence?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/en30stru-game-spot-the-sentence

Sentence Construction Games

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/en30stru-game-logging-sentences

http://www.fen.com/studentactivities/WallOfWords/wow19.html

Capitalization/Punctuation Game

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/en29punc-game-put-text-into-sentences

Practice with Capitalization


http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/en29punc-game-play-your-caps-right

English....practice with commas


http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/en29punc-game-going-to-work-with-commas

Electing a President in Plain English

English....adjective interactive practice

One player game (adjectives):
http://www.englishmedialab.com/Quizzes/advanced/personality%20adjectives%20upper%20inter.htm
Two player game (opposite adjectives):
http://eslgamesworld.com/members/games/grammar/En%20garde/Adjectives%20Opposites/Adjectives%20Opposites.html

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

White Privilege (Video)


Checklist
http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~scpp/pdfs/whiteprivilegechecklist.pdf

Slavery- Notes

Africans were captured on the interior and forced to walk up to 1,000 miles, shackled around the neck, under "whip and gun". Two out of five died along the way.

Once on the coast, they were shoved into pens often along with Africans from other tribes. They were kept in cases until they were sold.

Once sold, they were packed into slave ships in spaces not much larger than coffins. They were chained together in the dark. They were forced to lie in their own excrement. Under these conditions, one in three died along the way.

Africans sold on the auction block once they reached their destination.

Life in Slavery
Many did resist but it was dangerous...threat of physical punishment or death

More common- subtle forms of resistance such as work slow-downs, sabotage

Methods used to "dehumanize" slaves were many. They included psychological and physical means.

-would not allow marriage
-separation of family members
-forbid religion/language/customs
-forbid slaves from learning to read and write
-division of slaves into field hands and house servants
(Field hands would work up to 15 hours a day)
(Life-span for a field hand would range from 28-36 years old)
-physical punishment (whip, burn, mutilate, kill)
-poor living conditions/poor sanitation/disease

Slave Memories:
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/slavery/memories/index_flash.html


More stories:
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/underground_railroad/slideshows/escape_slides.htm

It is estimated that Africa lost 50 million Africans to death and slavery by 1800.
* Slavery did exist in Africa but it was different from slavery in "The New World". Slaves in Africa more like serfs in Europe...they had some rights such as the right to marry, own property, earn freedom



What have we inherited from slavery?
-the idea that it is appropriate, even "natural" for whites to be on the top and blacks on the bottom

Activity:
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/underground_railroad/plantation.htm


Interactive Letter:
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/underground_railroad/write_letter.htm


Interactive Activity:
http://pathways.thinkport.org/following/

Teen Suicide- Warning Signs

Teens who are at higher risk:

Teenagers who have attempted suicide previously, especially if problems and other recurring concerns were not completely resolved


Teenagers with little self-esteem


Teenagers in trouble with the law


Teenagers who are suffering from depression


Teenagers who have been abused, molested, or neglected


Teenagers who abuse drugs and/or alcohol


Teenagers who are perfectionists


Teenagers who are struggling with sexual orientation (gays and lesbians)


Teenagers who are in dysfunctional families


Teenagers who fail in school-potential dropouts




WARNING SIGNS OF SUICIDE:


A recent suicide in the family or friend. Teens are especially vulnerable when a close family member or friend commits suicide. The grieving process and depression can interrupt normal thought processes.


Trouble coping with recent losses, death, divorce, moving, break-ups, etc.


Experience with a traumatic event. Sometimes a significant traumatic event can create feelings of hopelessness and despair.


Making final arrangements, such as writing a will or eulogy, or taking care of details (i.e. closing a bank account).


Gathering of lethal weapons (purchasing weapons, collecting pills, etc.).


Giving away prized possessions such as clothes, CD's, sports equipment, treasured jewelry, etc.


Preoccupation with death, such as death and/or 'dark' themes in writing, art, music lyrics, etc. Note that today's music has more of this and is not necessarily related to suicidal feelings.


Sudden changes in personality or attitude, appearance, chemical use, or school behavior.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Dead Poets Society....Oh Captain, My Captain

Daily Life in Slavery

Interactive Smart Board Activity:
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/underground_railroad/plantation.htm


History Channel Interactive:
http://www.history.com/topics/slavery/interactives/civil-war-150#/wiki

Triangular Trade/Middle Passage



The triangle of trade:

The Transatlantic Slave Trade consisted of three journeys:
  1. The outward passage from Europe to Africa carrying manufactured goods.
  2. The middle passage from Africa to the Americas or the Caribbean carrying African captives and other 'commodities’.
  3. The homeward passage carrying sugar, tobacco, rum, rice, cotton and other goods back to Europe.

Visit this link to see:
http://www.nmm.ac.uk/freedom/viewTheme.cfm/theme/triangular


Now click on "Trade Goods." What were some of the goods that were traded?


Now view the image galleries to see: 
Maps: Africa, New World, Slave Trade
Pre-Colonial Africa: Society, Polity, Culture
Capture of Slaves & Coffles in Africa
European Forts & Trading Posts in Africa
Slave Ships & the Atlantic Crossing (Middle Passage)
Slave Sales & Auctions: African Coast & the Americas
New World Agriculture & Plantation Labor 
Plantation Scenes, Slave Settlements & Houses
Domestic Servants & Free People of Color
Miscellaneous Occupations & Economic Activities
Marketing & Urban Scenes
Music, Dance, & Recreational Activities
Family Life, Child Care, Schools
Religion & Mortuary Practices
Military Activities & U.S. Civil War
Physical Punishment, Rebellion, Running Away
Emancipation & Post-Slavery Life
Portraits & Illustrations of Individuals

http://hitchcock.itc.virginia.edu/Slavery/search.html

Monday, September 19, 2011

Early Slavery in America



PBS "Slavery in America"
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/slavery/index.html
NY Times Interactive Map:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/12/10/opinion/20101210_Disunion_SlaveryMap.html
Interactive Map (Modern Slavery)
http://www.freetheslaves.net/SlaveryMap
Scholastic Interactive Map and Activities:
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/underground_railroad/map.htm

Interactive Letter Activity:
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/underground_railroad/write_letter.htm
Harriet Tubman Webquest:
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/underground_railroad/harriet_tubman.htm
Artifacts:
http://www.understandingslavery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=145&Itemid=255
More:
http://www.nmm.ac.uk/freedom/
Interactive Activity:
http://pathways.thinkport.org/flash_home.cfm
More Resources:
http://www.history.com/topics/slavery/interactives/civil-war-150#/wiki
Slave Trade Slide Show:
http://www.history.com/photos/slavery-slave-trade
Underground Railroad Interactive Activity:
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/railroad/index.html

Pocahontas

Clark Baby Doll Study Resources


NPR Story:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1544636

"How Big" Lesson

First.....What is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?
KWL Activity

Visit this website:
http://www.howbigreally.com/dimension/environmental_disasters/great_pacific_garbage_patch
Type in your zip code to see how big the Pacific Garbage Patch is in comparison to the United States.
Can anything be done about this? If so, what? Don't know the answer? Visit this site for more information:
http://www.greatgarbagepatch.org/