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Glossary of Global Words

You each have a word to research.


Your job:

Go to this site and find the definition

Copy the definition to a Word using a size 18 font

call the document            _______'s Geography Definition

Be sure it is saved in your H drive - NOT  My Documents!

This is so you will begin to practice ALWAYS PUTTING YOUR NAME IN THE NAME OF THE FILE - and also remembering to save items ONLY in your H drive.


Print and save this.


Next, think of an image that you could draw or print on a 5X5 " square of Bristol Board that ties closely to your definition. If you're going to use an Internet image, print the image


After everyone is finished we'll look at charting statistics using the Excel Chart Wizard and your  100 people statistics.


Learn your continents:

Try these links to help you learn your continents:  -


Map Facts etc. 2parts

1. For our mapping exercise (on the bulletin board in classroom) you need to understand the term GDP (gross domestic product)


Go to this site and read up on what this is:

Once you're sure you have a clear understanding of it, go on to the next item here.


2. Using a variety of interactive World Geography sites, you will begin (I hope) to develop more understanding about our global world - where places are located and what's important about those places. For the next few classes, I would like you to explore these sites. Play the games available on the sites and test yourself with quizzes if they are available. The object here is to learn something and to be able to demonstrate that learning to me at a later date.


sites: (this one is a bit different - hold the cursor over various countries and you will see basic facts about that country)





Development map assignment


Choose 3 countries from each of the 3 categories listed below (note: near the lower part of the page, these countries are listed according to High, Middle and Least Developed) This division is most often listed as MDC or MEDC, LDC or LEDC and LLDC or LLEDC

Go to this page and find your countries


Create charts using the Chart Wizard in Excel that compare your 3 countries from each of the 3 categories (high, medium, low) under each of the following categories:

(most of the information you will  need can be found under: DEMOGRAPHIC/VITAL STATISTICS:

  • Birth rate
  • Death rate
  • Infant mortality rate
  • Life expectancy
  • Literacy rates
  • Per Capita GNP

You should have 6 charts in total, each showing stats for 9 countries


Use column graphs

Use one colour for each of your 3 country categories (high, med, low)





Find the country where Santa Claus or a figure like him goes by the following names (once you’ve found the country, label it on your map)

  1. Sinterklaas
  2. Pere Noel
  3. Julemonden
  4. Hoteiosha
  5. Christkind
  6. Tompte
  7. Dun Che Lao Ren


Locate on your map the place where each of the three kings (name them are from)

Find Bethlehem on your map, then go to Google maps and check out a Street View of modern Bethlehem.


  1. Answer these questions and locate and name the countries associated with the traditions on your map.
  2. Find a recipe for flaming plum pudding. Where did this originate?
  3. Who is Krumpus and what country do we associate with him?
  4. In what country is Caga Tió, or the pooping log part of the Christmas tradition? Explain the tradition.
  5. In what country do they hide brooms on Christmas Eve and why?
  6. In what country is Kentucky Fried Chicken a traditional holiday meal?
  7. In this place it is traditional for worshipers to go to church on Christmas on roller skates.
  8. In what country do they put a fake spider and spider web in the Christmas tree and why?
  9. Why is it that according to some animal specialists, all Santa’s reindeer are female? In what country(s) are reindeer found today?
  10. This plant that we associate with Christmas actually translates from the old Anglo –Saxon language as “dung on a twig” (England is your country)


If you happen to finish the Christmas Challenge, have a look at these websites:

Positive Initiatives Project

The first part of this project involves gathering information about your topic.


Fact collecting for your “Positive Initiative” project:


Use the W5 + H method to gather information about your topic.

Who - is involved in this; who started this; who does it aim to help…

What - is this; what does this project/person do; what has been done…

When  - did this start; when did the idea for this begin…

Where - does this person/project work…

Why - is this needed…

How - do they get their money; how does this person/project help make a difference…


In the centre box write your W or H word. In the same box, write the answer to that question as briefly as possible. You may have more than one answer in the box.


In the surrounding circles, place information related to your topic.


Note: All 6 W + H questions may not all be relevant to your particular topic.


Go to the “files” section to see a sample under “W5 Organizer Sample “


You MUST use at least 2 sources for your topic and you should indicate these sources on your charts. (show me where you got your info)


ONLY after you have completed ALL your W5 +H  organizers, THEN


You will prepare a PowerPoint - WITH A DIFFERENCE


PURPOSE - To use as an aid for you to use in giving a presentation on your topic to the rest of your class. Using your PowerPoint as an aid is NOT the same thing as reading your PowerPoint to your class.


In the end, EVERYONE'S  presentation should answer this question:



  • NO long, wordy sentences!!!!!!
  • NO MORE than 7 words to a line and 7 lines/page (if you need to say more than what you can fit on a page, put it on another page(s)
  • Uses images that help illustrate your talk - images MUST be closely related to what you're talking about.
  • You must print an OUTLINE of your PowerPoint - ask me if you don't know how to do this
  • PowerPoint should clearly answer the 5 W's +H - the more information on your topic the better your mark.
A GOOD job is better than a FAST job. Those who finish first will present first...

Look at the Rubric hand-out for PowerPoints to see how you will be graded (in "files")

Your presentation:
  • Presentations should be about 5 minutes long
  • They should create some enthusiasm from your classmates for your topic
  • You MUST NOT read the PowerPoint to your classmates as your presentation (you CAN make extra notes to use to present)
  • Your PowerPoint is a TOOL for helping you stay on track and stay organized in giving your presentation
For SUPER-GOODn tips on creating GOOD presentations, watch these slide presentations
The last one is specifically for designers, but there is GOOD info there anyway!

Positive Initiatives: Presenting Your Project

Once your PowerPoint is complete, you should

1.  Prepare notes to use while making your presentation (just like you should not read your PowerPoint to your audience, you should not read your notes to them either - these are reminders for you about what you want to say


2.  Review your slide presentation and PRACTICE GIVING THE PRSENTATION!


3.  Be ready to present starting on Wed. Jan 18


For this project, you will be investigating some man-made disasters


Your job:


Gather information using the W5 +H questions to guide you  - record this on your organizer sheets just like you did for your Positive Initiatives projects.

In addition to finding out about what happened, find out what has changed since this incident  happened (what did we learn from it)


Once you've gathered your information, prepare a PowerPoint to explain your topic and what we've learned since this incident happened. Use the SAME GUIDELINES  you used for your previous PowerPoint.




1. Abriel, Jenna Carolyn                   


2. Benoit, Matthew Kenneth Francis                 


3. Bolivar, Devon Craig                   


4. Butts, Justin Donald Levi                   


5. Creaser, Justin Blair                   


6. Frank, Cody Kenneth                   


7. Heim, Brandon John                   


8. Herridge, Jenna Megan                                             


9. Lohnes, Solomon George                 


10. Piercy, Jacob Wallace Rylan                   


11. Tanner, Zachary Allan                   

12. Weagle, Monica Jennette

Match your number above to the topics in this list to find your topic:

1. 1984 Union Carbide incident in Bhopal, India

2. 1976 pesticide incident in Seveso, Italy

3. Tennessee Coal Ash Spill—2008

4. Al-Mishraq Fire—2003


5. Nuclear accident at Chernobyl


6. 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill


7.  Love Canal


8.  Pacific Gyre Garbage Patch


9.  Mississippi Dead Zone – sometimes called the Gulf of Mexico dead zone


10. The Death of the Aral Sea – Kazakhstan


11. Great London Smog - 1952

12. Three Mile Island

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