September 12

posted Sep 12, 2011, 5:29 AM by Peter Knowles
Geography Standards: 
3.1 Understand the physical characteristics, cultural characteristics, and location of places, regions, and spatial patterns on the Earth's surface and 
3.2 Understand human interaction with the environment. 

Day # 8Date:  September 12, 2011Standards:  Social Studies  
Target Question
How were different geographic features used for similar purposes by different civilizations throughout history?WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN TODAY
Content ObjectiveUnderstand how physical characteristics of a location can place challenges in front of people, and how their adaptations can lead to greater opportunities.    
WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN ABOUT THE SUBJECT
Language Objective   Students will compare information gathered in their Table Timelines in small groups HOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU LEARN

Activity
InstructionsAfter completing Friday's work (creating a Table Timeline --below-- to organize the information for all the civilizations you've been collecting) you'll have a chance to meet and compare your work with others.  Using your notes, the textbook, and your Chromebook resources, check and add to the information you've collected. 


If you haven't already done this, copy and paste the table below into a new Google Document.

In what ways do geographic features play a role in how humans interact and build their communities?

Use the table below to bring the information you’ve been collecting together as you continue to consider possible ways to answer the question above.
CivilizationTime PeriodImportant Geographic Features
River Valley Civilizations

Mesopotamia (10-13)

Ancient Egypt (14-17)

Indus River (22-26)

Ancient China (27-30)

Greek Civilization (38-39)
Muslim Civilizations (90-91)
Mesoamerican Civilizations (144-147)
Early Japan (110-112)

NOTE: To do your best on the upcoming summative assessment, you'll need to use not only the information that we've discussed in class, but also include information from outside of classroom activities, either from information you already know, or from additional research you complete. Conduct your own research if necessary, or visit the Extension link below for ideas.

If you haven't set up your blog yet, it's a good time to do so. You'll need it soon. Follow the instructions here
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT WHAT TO DO
Formative AssessmentBe prepared to use the table of notes you created to take a review quiz tomorrow. Your table should be complete, with many specific details and examples.HOW YOU WILL DEMONSTRATE WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED TODAY
Summative AssessmentOur first summative (graded) assessment will be a blog post in answer to the question: 
In what ways do geographic features play a role in how humans interact and build communities? If you haven't set up your blog yet, you should probably do so. Then you can start thinking about examples you learned about today. They will come in handy when you need to write about them.
WHAT TO DO WHEN FINISHED WITH TODAY'S ACTIVITIES 
ExtensionVisit the website "Top Unknown Empires" and choose from one of the 8 civilizations linked there to see if geography played a role in their development as well. Keep track of the information you find there. You can use that, too. WHAT TO DO IF YOU'VE FINISHED THIS WEEK'S SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
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