Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Vacation in Denmark. Make It Happen!

You say you are obsessed with Denmark? Well, why don't you vacation there? You say you are worried your parents will say no? I say, make them say yes!

Watch the videos below and check out the websites underneath. Collect information that will convince your parents to take you on vacation to Denmark. Maybe if your presentation is good enough they may even decide to move!

Requirements for this assignment:

  1. Make a Google Presentation on visiting Denmark with 15-20 slides.
  2. Embed at least one video
  3. Add pictures to at least 10 slides
  4. Cite your sources for all pictures, videos and information
  5. Include information that you think will make your parents want to go!

How to make a Google Presentation Playlist

Monday, March 20, 2017

A New (Old) Resource

Today we are going to get you access to our online textbook. Click on this link to take you to the page pictured below. Notice, the link is on the left side of the blog in the Geography/History links.

On the board you will find the code that you have to submit to get into the site. When you put in the code click on the name of the textbook, The American Journey Early Years.

1) You will need to read Chapter 9 The Jefferson Era. See what things you can click on as you read through the pages. Are you finding anything useful? Did you remember that if you click the speaker it will read the text to you? Click around on things and see what they do.

2) Leave a comment on the post explaining the usefulness of having this online textbook, or explain why you think it isn't a very useful resource.

3) After you have finished reading, choose 12 questions from the section reviews to answer. You will answer them using a Google Doc in your new team drive. I will show you how to use that. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Lewis and Clark

Watch the Lewis and Clark National Geographic video below.

How accurate is the Time Warp Trio video? Use the National Geographic video as your reference. Also feel free to do a search on anything you find in the TWT video you have a question about. Leave your answer in the comments section of this post.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Norway: You Make the Test!

After Monday's assignment, I thought you might like to create your own lesson on Norway, complete with creating your own test using Google Forms. (Even if you won't like it, you are going to do it anyway :P)

Watch this video first!

This video will give you the basics on how to create a Google Form. You can watch it and refer back to it as necessary. If you get stuck, ask someone sitting next to you. If they can't figure it out, let me know and I will help. 

Create your Google Form. 

You need to title it with the name of the country Norway. Next share the form with me. Pay attention, I may leave you comments as you work!

Use these sources to find your questions:

Requirements for this assignment:

  1. Every question must have a link to the web page the question is answered on in the description. Remember CTRL C will copy and CTRL V will paste. Remind me, I can show you how to do this.
  2. There must be at least 4 sources used for information.
  3. There must be at least 2 questions from each source.
  4. There must be 10 total questions for full credit.
  5. At least two questions must be about the government. 
  6. You must create an answer sheet for your questions. You can do this on paper or using a Google doc to share with me.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

The Louisiana Purchase

Hoisting American Colors, Louisiana Cession
by Thure de Thulstrup, 1903

This video is a quick overview of the Louisiana Purchase.

This video is much more in depth on the purchase. 

In the comments section of this post do all of the following:

  1. Write a 50 word summary of the Louisiana Purchase. Make sure this is not copied. If you copy/paste your summary the consequences will be unpleasant. Remind me to talk about DBJ in the classroom. 
  2. When you publish the comment will not be seen until I allow it. 
  3. Explain which video you found more valuable for your learning about the Louisiana Purchase. That means you need to tell me why one was better for you than the other. Do it well or do it over!
  4. Explain which website worked best for you. Why did you choose that site? Do it well or do it over!
  5. Do a Google search. Identify one site you would not recommend to be used by someone wanting to learn about the Louisiana Purchase. Explain why you would not recommend it. 

After posting your work in the comment section, check out this game:

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Fantastic Finland

Click on the appropriate link to go to your classes GForm:

Today we are learning about Finland. Click the link to go to GMaps. 

Using GMaps, find out how long it takes to fly from Springfield, Missouri to Helsinki, Finland.  The answer has to be exactly right to get the question correct!

Next, watch the video below on the Do's and Don'ts in Finland. 

Answer the questions on the GForm using the information from the video.

Watch this Geography Now video of Finland.

Don't forget to answer the questions on the GForm.

Next, head over to the Wikipedia page on the government of Finland. 

Click here to go to the page. Note that the government 'page' is just one section of the Wikipedia article. Read carefully and answer the questions on the GForm.

Finally, head over to Rick Steve's page on the Helsinki and Talinn: Baltic Sisters video.

Click here to go to the page. Scroll to the bottom of the page and notice the section marked Travel Details. If you click the circle with the + sign it will have information drop down. Follow the instructions on the GForm.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

The United Kingdom

First we will start off with this Rick Steves video on the city of London. While we watch, fill out the GForm below. 

Let's have some fun today!

First let's play a game to help us identify the countries and capitols in the United Kingdom.

Next let's play a game to learn about some of United Kingdom's mountains, rivers and lakes.

After you finish the two geography games, check out these games about the history of the United Kingdom.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Election of 1800

Scan the Wikipedia page on the election of 1800. Then answer the questions on this GForm. You will need this information to do the next activity. 

Listen to the song The Election of 1800 from the musical HamiltonHere are the lyrics to the song, follow along as you listen. 

How do you think Aaron Burr felt when he found out he lost the election because of Alexander Hamilton? Write a rap that explains how Burr may have responded. Use the instrumental track below. You may want to use the original lyrics as a guide. 

Monday, February 27, 2017