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MYP Humanities. Unit II: Human Geography. Monday, November 9, 2009. Objectives: Students will review basic map skills by drawing maps, identifying location and identifying places on a map.

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myp humanities

MYP Humanities

Unit II: Human Geography

monday november 9 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009

Objectives: Students will review basic map skills by drawing maps, identifying location and identifying places on a map.

Opener: (on a piece of paper – a single sheet for all week – don’t lose it!) What do you think human geography will be about? What topics do you think we will cover? What do you know about geography already?


  • Complete opener. Copy homework.
  • Complete drawing of world map (continents, countries, oceans) from page 52-53 of the atlas. TURN IN.
  • Complete “absolute locations” handout. TURN IN.
  • Complete scavenger hunt. TURN IN.

Homework: Complete maps of your neighborhood from Friday. Use the graph paper to do a map of your block and each of the blocks directly to the north, south, east, and west of your block. Be accurate – put the correct number of houses, label them if you know the ethnicity of who lives there, name all the businesses, even write in trees or green spaces/parks. It is due on Tuesday so you have plenty of time. Do it in pencil, color code with colored pencils if you want when you are done drawing.

tuesday november 10 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Objectives: Students will identify major geographic concepts by practicing map skills.

Opener: no opener today – just write that in your space for Tuesday.


  • Complete Opener. Copy Homework.
  • Review activities that we have been doing. Turn them in.
  • Map the room to scale using graph paper. Look at the tiles on the floor – one tile=one box on the graph paper.

Homework: Who lives in your neighborhood? What physical things (stores, buildings, churches, landmarks, names of things) are evidence of who lives there? Please write at least 5 sentences about who lives there and give at least 5 pieces of evidence. Last period only: finish your map from Monday.

wednesday november 11 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Objectives: Students will identify major geographic skills by practicing mapping.

Opener: Copy this onto your opener page: Put ALL papers from Psychology into your folder. Turn folder back in. If there are any mistakes on your grade sheet, or if you had something in your folder but have a 0 for it on your grade sheet than staple ONLY those papers to your grade sheet and turn them in to Ms. Hodges. If no mistakes, then keep your grade sheet.


  • Complete Opener. Copy Homework.
  • Discuss scale.
  • Pass back work and check grades.
  • Complete the following assignments and turn in to “in” basket:
    • Drawing the world from page 52-53 of the atlas and labeling continents, countries and oceans.
    • Completing the Absolute Locations handout (8/9 and 11 only)
    • Complete the “Where in the World?” handout
    • Complete the drawing of the room to scale.


Homework: What is one problem that you see in your neighborhood? Discuss and describe it. Then, think about how geography could help you solve that problem.

thursday november 12 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009

Objectives: Students will identify the major purpose of human geography by solving the mystery of the cholera epidemics.

Opener: Why do you think that maps are usually drawn with the Atlantic Ocean in the center? What does this say about who is drawing the maps and who might be looking at the maps (and how important they think they are?)?


  • Complete opener.
  • Copy Homework. Review Homework.
  • Introduce Human Geography – Class Notes
  • Mapping Cholera – Class Activity

Homework: Work on Country Research Project. Due on Monday. See Handout.

human geography

Human Geography

In what ways does who we are impact our world?

human geography is
Human Geography is:
  • how people make places;
  • how we organize space and society;
  • how we interact with each other in places and across space;
  • how we make sense of others and ourselves in our community, our region, and the world.
friday november 13 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009

Objectives: Students will examine cultural landscape by analyzing racial segregation in Baltimore.

Opener: What is poverty? What causes poverty? What is tolerance? What does poverty have to do with tolerance?


  • Complete Opener. Homework is a continuation of yesterday – it is due on Monday.
  • Introduction to Human Geography – notes and activities
  • Mapping Cholera

Homework: Work on Country Research project. Due on Monday. See Handout.

quarter 2 work to be graded
Quarter 2 Work to Be Graded
  • Already turned in (but turn in if you haven’t yet – will be “0” if you don’t turn in by afterschool):
    • Homework map of your neighborhood (must be signed)BY MONDAY for 11th period
    • Drawing of the World p52-53 with continents, countries and oceans
    • Absolute locations classwork
    • Where in the World classwork
    • Map of the classroom to scale
  • To be turned in today:
    • Openers from this week – name, date, labeled “openers week 1”
theme day monday november 16th
Theme Day: Monday, November 16th
  • Period 2 – in the library (far side)
  • Period 8/9 – in the classroom then quickly to the auditorium for a performance
  • Period 11 – in the library (far side)

You WILL turn in your country research project on Monday.

five themes of human geography
Five Themes of Human Geography
  • Location – Why are things where they are?
  • Environment – How do people change the environment? How does the environment change people?
  • Region – What physical features define a region and the people who live in it?
  • Place – What meaning do we as people give to certain spaces?
  • Movement – How does the movement of people, goods and ideas change our world?
what will we study
What will we study?
  • Identity and Place – how does who we are change where we are?
  • Population – how do population shifts impact the world?
  • Food – how is the production of food shifting and changing?
  • Environment – how are people impacting the world?
what questions can human geography help us answer
What questions can Human Geography help us answer?

It (is) not easy for survivors to forget a cholera epidemic. . . . The onset of cholera is marked by diarrhea, acute spasmodic vomiting, and painful cramps. Consequent dehydration (the victim can lose up to 5 gallons of liquid in 24 hours), often accompanied by cyanosis [the body turns blue], gives the sufferer a characteristic and disquieting appearance: his face blue and pinched, his extremities cold and darkened, the skin of his hands and feet drawn and puckered. . . . Death may intervene within a day, sometimes within a few hours of the appearance of the first symptoms. And these symptoms appear with little or no warning.

human geography cholera activity
Human Geography: Cholera Activity

Over 500 people died from Cholera in London in 1849. They had no idea what caused it. A man named Dr. Jonathan Snow decided to map the deaths to help him find the answers.

Activity Directions:

  • Put a dot on your map for each death in the list on the handout.
  • What do you notice about where the deaths took place? List all of your observations.
  • What might explain the deaths?