Monday, September 17, 2012

Amistad Assignment

What did you know about slavery before you watched this film?

Who were the abolitionists?

Who were the Mende?

Who was John Quincy Adams?

Who was Cinque?

In the movie, who (individuals, groups, countries) was interested in keeping the Africans enslaved? Why?

When did the events portrayed in this movie take place?

Describe the Middle Passage

Can you think of any groups of people today who are held in bondage? If so, who?

What was the most memorable part of the film?

The Human Footprint

The Human Footprint
Human-Environment Interaction

In your own words, tell me what the “Human Footprint” means.

True or false? Only 17 % of the earth’s surface is unaffected by us.

The average American child will use approximately _______________ diapers over a 2 ½ year time-span.

The primary ingredients in diapers are crude oil, ___________ and _________________.

True or false? It will take at least 500 years for a disposable diaper to biodegrade.

The average American will consume _________________ pints of milk over a lifetime.

The average American will consume ___________ tons of beef over a lifetime.

The average American will consume __________ tons of pork over a lifetime.

The average American will consume ______________ eggs in a lifetime.

The average American will consume ______________ loaves of bread in a lifetime.

True or false? The average American consumes 25 pounds of candy a year.

The average American will eat ____________ bananas and ______________ oranges in a lifetime.

True or false? The average American will consume over 40,000 cans of soda in a lifetime.

How many showers does the average American take in a lifetime? _______

How many tubes of toothpaste will the average American use in a lifetime?

How many bottles of shampoo will the average American use in a lifetime?

Circle the correct answer.  Over a lifetime, the average American will discard 10 tons, 30 tons, more than 60 tons of garbage.

Do you think different cultures use and consume resources at different rates? Explain.

What are some of the consequences of using and consuming so much stuff?


National Geographic- The Human Footprint

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Global Grocer...where does your food come from?

Geography Theme: Movement

Ideas, fads, goods, resources, and communication all travel distances. This theme studies movement and migration across the planet.


Choose five of your favorite produce items to place in your shopping cart. Keep track of the items you selected.

Where did each  item most likely come from?

After you check out, what percentage of your purchases were imported from other countries?

What are some of the consequences of purchasing food that has traveled great distances to reach the consumer (food miles)?


Where do the ingredients in your salad come from?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Wisconsin State Quarter

Design a Wisconsin State Quarter
Include two cultural and two physical features. (20 points)
Include the words "Wisconsin" and "Forward" and the year "1848" in your design. (10 points)
Designs must be in color. (10 points)
No stick figures.

On the back of your paper, write one paragraph explaining why you believe the physical and cultural features you included in your design best represent the state of Wisconsin. (10 points)

Wisconsin State Quarter:

50 State Quarter Program:

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Interactive Map- Climate Zones in the U.S.

Latitude and Longitude Lessons, Activities, and Resources

Introductory Video:


Latitude and Longitude Activity- National Geographic

Human Footprint Interactive

Interactive Map Game- Map Symbols

Monday, September 3, 2012

Novel Unit

Thirteen Reasons Why- Vocabulary

You will be required to make one vocabulary word square every day of the school week. The vocabulary words can be found by clicking on the link below. Each day's square is worth five points.


For each word square, take a piece of paper and fold it into four sections:
In the first section (A), write the word. Be careful to spell it correctly.
In the second section (B), draw a picture of the object.
In the third section (C), write a short definition, in your own words of the object.
In the fourth section (D), use the word in a sentence, including context clues that help to
further define it.

Vocabulary Words: