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Grade Eight: Human Geography - Project Based Learning Task (Modified)

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Project Based Learning Task Grade Eight - Human Geography Part One Part 1 – Country Selection and Data Collection,

For the data collection component of this task you will collect a wide array of geographic data about your country from data about the people, to data regarding the economy and immigration. You will work independently to collect this data. Part Two - Quality of Life Assessment This part of the project will focus on measuring the "Standard of Living" for the people living in the country you are studying. It will include a write up about the "Standard of Living" in your country along with a Population Pyramid, a modified Population Distribution map.

You will use information such as, literacy rate, life expectancy, money spent on healthcare and education, birth rates and death rates, and Human Development Index to further support your conclusion about the quality of life for people in your country.

1. Predict the future population of your country by creating a graph of your countries population from 1980 - present and predict 50 years into the future) and discuss how it will affect the people living there. 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? Find a population pyramid for your country that shows the population in 2005 or later. What do you notice about the population? Are there more males? Or females? Children? Adults? Elderly? Why?

3. Examine the distribution of population in your country. Why do you think the population in your country is where it is (as seen on your map)? (Print a map and label cities in the country by population - i.e., million+, 500 000 - million, 100 000 - 500 000, under 100 000) Part Three - Assessment of Economic Strength For this part of the project you will give an economic overview of your country by sharing a variety of economic data such as GDP (Gross Domestic Product), GDP per capita, GDP by sector (agriculture, industry, services), labour force, labour force by occupation (agriculture, industry, services), unemployment, main industries, exports and trade partners. Part Five “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. 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 geographic information for one specific country.

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”, "Quality of Life" and to decide if it would be a place you could consider living in.

Throughout this assignment you will need to,
a. make many decisions
b. meet several deadlines
c. work independently
d. use your time efficiently 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 A Place to Live) 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 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?
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