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Grade 7 & 8 Geography/History

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Grade 7 & 8 Geography
What should we teach and why is it important?

What can you do with Geography???

Framing Questions to Look at...
Grade 8 - The Big Ideas
- we need to develop sustainable communities that function within the limited of our physical environment
- human settlement can cause social, environmental and economic problems
- human settlement patterns are affected by the natural environment and also affect the natural environment? why might this environmental impact have social, political or economic consequences

- quality of life and economic development around the world are influenced by various factors
- issues related to inequalities in global development and quality of life can have social, environmental and or economic implications
- we can use measurable indicators to help us understand spatial patterns of wealth and development around the world


- Peoples activities are related to the physical features and process in their region

- Natural events and human activities that change Earth’s physical features can have social, political, environmental and economic consequences

- Earth’s physical features can be created or changed by both natural processes and humans activities

- Natural Resources around the World: Use and Sustainability


- Resource development is affected by social political, economic and geography factors

-The ways in which people extract and use natural resources can have social, economic, political and environmental consequences

-There is a relationship between Earth’s physical features and the distribution of natural resources and how people use these resources to meet their needs and wants.

Grade 7 - The Big Ideas
Why do different people have different responses to the environment and the opportunities and challenges it presents?

Why do we need to consider various perspectives when determining the impact of human activities?
why do earths physical features change?

Why might some countries be better able then other to extract natural resources in a sustainable way?

How do we determine whether the extraction and/or use of a natural resource is sustainable? is the extraction and use of fossil fuels sustainable?

What are some of the way in which countries around the world are practising environmental stewardship? what can we learn from these practises?

Grade 8 - The BIG Ideas

What makes a community sustainable?
Why is it important that communities be sustainable?
What can happens if a community is not sustainable?
In what ways can the environment affect human settlement?
In what ways can human settlement affect the environment?
Why might this environmental impact have social, political or economic consequences?
What factors influence the quality of life in different countries?
Why is it important to be aware of and to address global inequalities of wealth and in quality of life?
How do we measure the development of a country or a community? Are there any biases in these measurements?

Framing Questions to Look at...
The Hook
- Very effective ways to get the students interested geography are through artefacts, pictures, video clips, and YouTube. They Hook the students in if you pick well.

- have students look at the pictures and give them a placement, t-chart, or graph and then brainstorm the picture and create conclusions to the images

- as the students look at the pictures give them some guidance as to the specific expectations and pose some of the framing questions to get the students off in the right direction
WebQuests are great tool to "hook" the students...here's why...
A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all of the information that learners work with comes from the web.

Its a way to make use of the internet while engaging their students in the kinds of thinking you want for them.

WebQuests provide a very targeted research approach - save time looking for research and spend the time researching the information.

Also a very fun, hand on approach to learning, great for looking at graphs, pictures and relating to world life.

A very great website to use to create a WebQuest is www.questgarden.com.


Just a few things that are covered in Geography....
population dynamics, food and hunger, urbanization, socio-economic disparities, illiteracy, poverty, unemployment, refugees and stateless persons, violation of human rights, disease, crime, gender inequalities, migration, extinction of plants and animals, deforestation, soil erosion, desertification, natural disasters, toxic and nuclear waste, climatic change, atmospheric pollution, ozone holes, limites of resources, limits to growth, land use, ethnic conflict, war, regionalism, nationalism and globalization
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