1.We have learned a lot about mapping skills, now you are going to put what you learned to the test by creating a map for your make believe island. To help you with creating your island, you will explore a mixture of inhabited and uninhabited islands of Madagascar, Galapagos Islands, Fiji, Tasmania, Sicily, Kermadec Islands, Devon Island, Turks and Caicos Islands, Surtsey, and De Long Islands using Google Earth. You will be able to see aerial and satellite images to give you a general idea of what your island should look like. If you are not able to find the image of an island, you may search on SC Discus or Nettrekker. Make sure to login in order to access any of the information. Here are some other websites you can take a look at:
Island Encyclopedia: www.oceandots.com
National Geographic for Kids: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/
2.Take the time to draw your island. It can be in any shape that you want it to be and you can also name it as well. Make sure to have a key, so others who read your map will know what your symbols represent. For instance, a tree may represent a forest and a hill can represent a mountain. You may color in your map as well to help divide up the areas on your island. Be creative and have fun!
3.After you have completed making your own island by creating a map, you must now share the information that you discovered in one or two journal entries. Do you remember our class reading, The Cay by Theodore Taylor? Phillip, with the help of the black man named Timothy, was able to adapt to his environment due to the blindness he suffered in a boating accident. Pretend like you are talking to an audience and write about what someone who may want to hear about your experience. Remember that you want to capture the attention of your audience!
4.You will present your map and journal entries to your classmates at the end of the lesson. ***
1.You and two other students will use the websites provided to find the answers to the questions stated below, which are also on your worksheet. You may also write down any information that you may find important to include in your article.
a. The questions your group is trying to answer are:
What caused the event? What impact did it have on the environment and its water usage? What steps were taken to reclaim or clean the water? Are there any new discoveries on finding water from other sources if something like this were to happen again? If not, are there any ideas that you would provide to the residents of those areas?
2.When your group finds the answers to those questions, you are to create a newspaper article in Microsoft Office Publisher based on the answers discovered through research. Even though you are researchers, your group is writing an article to make people care about the issue of natural disasters. Try to be creative in your writing.
3.Your group will present its article to the class and it will be displayed on the outside bulletin board. ***
1.You will look at print advertisements from various stores, such as Toys-R-Us, Wal-Mart, Kmart, Target, and more! Search for an item or toy that you would like to save your money up for to eventually purchase within the next several weeks. Add what you want to purchase to question 1 of the ABCs of saving worksheet. You have two months to earn enough money to buy your toy!
2.Click on the sites below in order to help you learn more about saving your money.
a. This website will help you to better understand the importance of saving money to get the things that we want. http://www.econedlink.org/interactives/EconEdLink-interactive-tool-player.php?filename=em414_story.swf&lid=414
b. Help Ed save up money to buy the items he wants in this fun interactive game. Remember that you want to spend his money wisely. http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/games/ed_bank/index.html
3.You have a starting balance of $5 in your piggy bank. You earn $50 a month through allowance and other small jobs you have (mowing the lawn, washing cars, newspaper route on weekends). The only problem is that you spend almost as much money as you earn. Decide if you will spend your money on things (candy, movies, arcade, etc.) you don’t really need in order to sacrifice for the ultimate goal.
Example: Let’s say the toy that you want costs $75. Are you willing to sacrifice going to the movies or playing games at the arcade for 2 whole months to get it?
4.You will create a Microsoft Office PowerPoint presentation discussing how you earned your money, what you spent and how much you were able to save. Also make sure to mention where you saved your money, if this was a short term or long term goal and why, and if you were able to save up enough money to get your toy.
5. You will present your PowerPoint to the class.
6.Complete the rest of the ABCs of savings worksheet to help you learn about how you will personally do a better job of saving your money to get the things that you really want. ***
1. Before you book your trip on the Global Trek homepage, you will write your first journal entry. In your own words, answer these questions: “Why do you think people travel? What are some benefits of seeing the world?”
a.You will travel to a country of your choosing under the Global Trek home page.
2. Book your trip and read the suggested itinerary (schedule) that has been planned for you. Make sure that you read the Background and Meet the People sections. If time permits, you may also read the other information under the Guided Tours section.
3. You will write another journal entry on what you learned about the country you visited and compare its culture to American culture. You must peer-edit your entries with another student to check for errors. Then type up your final draft on the computer in Microsoft Word and add a couple of pictures from your trip on Global Trek or search the internet to find pictures that relate to your experience.
4. You will present your journal entries to the class and they will be displayed on the bulletin board outside the classroom.***
1. We have learned about the concept of a democracy and how the leader voted into office is the representative of the people. You will divide yourself into groups of 4 to work together to gather information on the other types of government that are used throughout the world.
2. Your group may use the textbook, library, and the online resources to research information about each government.
3. On your worksheet, you are given several countries (Canada, Mexico, Japan, China, Denmark, England) that you must research to discover which government they use. Take notes on how each country utilizes their government with making decisions, creating laws, who rules (the majority or one person), the rights of minorities, etc.
4. Create a chart (graphic organizer) where you can display your findings on each country listed on your worksheet and classify the information in a way that can be easily read by anyone.
5. You will present your information to the class. ***
***I will be walking around the classroom and checking for understanding throughout these activities. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me. However, I do want you to give your personal best and effort when completing these assignments.