September 9

posted Sep 9, 2011, 6:13 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 # 7Date:  September 9, 2011Standards:  Social Studies  
Target Question
How do people adapt their lives to challenges they face?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 orally review geographic vocabulary; completion of assignment includes written description of answer to Target QuestionHOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU LEARN
Activity
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InstructionsAfter completing Wednesday and Thursday's work on ancient civilizations and geography, use a Table Timeline below to start organizing the information for all the civilizations you've been collecting.  Use your notes in the Google Document you started yesterday, as well as any other notes you've collected. Refer to your book as well to provide additional information.

NOTE: There is an extra row on the table for Ancient Japan, a new civilization for us to look at. Be sure to consider that one as well.  
-------- 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)


When you finish, take a few minutes to set up your blog for classroom assignments.
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT WHAT TO DO
Formative AssessmentWhen you finish this table, share it with Mr. Knowles. (Choose "Share" in the upper right corner of your doc screen, choose "share" again, then enter peter.knowles@whitesalmonschools.org in the email window. Press Done)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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