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Grade Eight: Human Geography - Project Based Learning Task

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Project Based Learning Task Grade Eight - Human Geography Part One Part 1 – Country Selection

Part 1A – Data Collection For the data collection component of this task you will collect a wide array of demographic data about your country from data about the people, to data regarding the economy and immigration. You will work independently to collect this data. As an additional component to the data collection you will be required to collaborate with several of your classmates. You will share the data you have collected about your country will gathering data about 5 countries not in the same continent as yours (1 from each of the other continents) being studied by your classmates as this information will be an important aspect of the assignment expectations.

Part 1B – Data Visualization For the data visualization component of this task you will create a variety of graphs, maps and other visuals that will help in making an assessment of your country. The data required to create these visuals will come from the data collection component.

Part 1C – Data Analysis For the data analysis component of the task you will analyze each of the visuals created in Part 1B of the task. The analysis of each graph will help paint a picture of what your country is like both on its own and as it compares to countries from around the world. Your analysis of these visuals will be an important part of making an assessment of your country. The notes made here will be needed in one of the final draft components of the overall task. Some guiding questions will be provided to help aid your analysis, however, it will be necessary to draw on your prior knowledge and acquire new knowledge through research to help support the conclusions you make. Part Two - Quality of Life Assessment This part of the project will use some of the demographic information collected in Part ONE (including the analysis of Graphs notes) as well as some additional research, to measure the "Standard of Living" for the people living in the country you are studying. It will include a formal write up about the "Standard of Living" in your country along with a Population Pyramid, a modified Population Distribution map as well as any graphs from Part ONE or newly created graphs based on the information collected in Part ONE.

From Part ONE,

Use factors such as, literacy rate, life expectancy, money spent on healthcare and education, birth rates and death rates, urban/rural to further support your conclusion about the quality of life for people in your country. This will form your first major written component of the project and will be partly based on the analysis of your graphs linked to the above indicators. You may also want to collect other information about your country to help aid your assessment of the Quality of Life for those living in your country.

In ADDITION you will need to incorporate the following,

1. Predict the future population of your country based on past change and discuss how it will affect the people living there. **You will want to use your graph on population change, though you will be MODIFYING it. You will collect population total every 5 years beginning in 1900 to Present, and predict the population of your country for 2025 and 2050.

A country with a stable population will have a much different "Standard of Living" than a country where the population is rapidly increasing

2. What is the current population structure of your country? Create a single population pyramid. What do you notice about the population? What might their pyramid look like 5o years from now? Predict why this change might occur.

3. Examine the distribution of population in your country. Why is the population in your country distributed in the way it is (as seen on your map)? (Create a map of cities in the country by population
million+ (marker is red and a circle measuring (0.5"),
500 000 - million (marker is orange and a circle measuring (0.4"),
100 000 - 500 000 (marker is yellow and a circle measuring (0.3"),
under 100 000 (marker is green and a circle measuring (0.2")

Your PART TWO write up will take form in two parts,

First, a description of what life is like for people currently living in the country based on information collected in PART ONE as well as any additional you may want to collect.

Second, based on your prediction of future population change, a discussion on how the population change might affect the lives of those living in your country. Part Three - Assessment of Economic Strength Using the economic data collected in Part 1, you will give an economic overview of your country by sharing various facts about its economy. You will make a conclusion about its economic strength by using the data collected and provide an overall statement regarding its "level of development" based on these economic facts shared.

Information about, GDP (Gross Domestic Product), GDP per capita, GDP by sector (agriculture, industry, services), labour force, labour force by occupation (agriculture, industry, services), unemployment, and main industries should be a focus for Part 3.

You will alos want to think outside the box when considering the facts you will share about your country's economy. Additional Notes:

Any source of information used must be noted using the “Resource Information Sheet” so that you can complete a Bibliography.

Individual deadlines will be set to ensure that you DO NOT fall behind. You will be assessed at some of these deadlines as it fits with the overall expectations you are expected.

Having access to you own devices will be a great benefit. I will provide as much time as possible in the lab or with our mobile carts, however, for those who are able bringing your own devices will help. Grade Eight: Human Geography
Project Based Learning Task

For this project, you will conduct research on a variety of demographic information for one specific country. You will collaborate with other members of the class in order to gather the same demographic for countries from the other continents of the world.

Research that will be completed for this project can be done using the Internet, as it will provide the most current information. Encyclopedias and other reference materials, such as atlases may also be used but is likely to be outdated.

The United Nations (UN) gathers demographic statistics on every country in the world, and publishes it on the Internet. One good website could get you all the information you need for the entire project. It is worth spending some time researching different websites to get an accurate, current set of data about your country.

The completion of this term project will help to demonstrate your ability to,
- locate relevant information from a variety of secondary sources (e.g., secondary sources: statistics, maps, diagrams, illustrations, print materials, videos, CD-ROMs, Internet sites);
- communicate the results of inquiries for specific purposes and audiences using computer slide shows, videos, websites, oral presentations, written notes and reports, illustrations, tables, charts, maps, models, and graphs;
- use appropriate vocabulary (e.g., rural, developed, developing, urbanization, population density, population distribution, gross domestic product [GDP], gross national product [GNP], correlation, birth and death rates, literacy rate, life expectancy) to describe their inquiries and observations.
- create and use a variety of maps for specific purposes (e.g., to show land use, transportation routes, population distribution, popular tourist destinations);
- produce and interpret simple scatter graphs to determine the correlation between population characteristics;
- construct and examine population pyramids to make predictions about future trends in population characteristics.
- compare key characteristics (e.g., quality of life, level of industrialization and urbanization) of a number of countries;

The data collected will be used to assess your countries “Level of Development” and to decide if it would be a place you could consider living in. You will also examine the data to assess the quality of life in your country and to make suggestions on how improvements can be made by the local government and by developed countries from around the world

Throughout this assignment you will need to,
a. make many decisions
b. meet several timelines
c. work independently
d. use your time efficiently
e. collaborate with others when it is necessary How Do Others See Us?

Collect some information about your country that people from other countries might consider when planning to move permanently whether for a job or other reasons.

What might make it difficult for people to move to your country? Are there push and pull factors may influence people to move to or from your country (e.g., push: drought, war, lack of freedom, discrimination and persecution; pull: employment opportunities, security, climate);

Does your country's level of development influence a person's decision to move there? “Would I live here?”

Share your view (i.e., You may outline and discuss both the positive and negative aspects) about the country you have studied by answering the question “Would I live here?”

This part of the task will require you to draw on the knowledge you have acquired throughout the task as well as additional information that you might want to use to support your opinion about your country. Part Five Bringing it all together
The final component of this task will be to bring all components of the task together as a final piece of work.

You will need to consider what information you want to share (You are not required to share everything done to date, and you may add additional information) about your country in each of the sections (Quality of Life, Economy and Livability) and how to best present the information you have collected and created so that it effectively communicates a message about your country in term of its Standard of Living, its economy and its livability. Acceptable choices for your final project are: creating a Prezi, Infographic (Large-format Poster), Short Non-fiction Magazine OR writing a report (essay-style) Part Four - Livability
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