8A Geo/History (5th)

March 25th

I hope everyone is doing well and is healthy.  We are in an unprecedented situation right now and everyone is trying to navigate this carefully.

I have been asked not post or assign work or assignments for my students.  However, I know some of them do have a passion for history and learning so I didn’t want to leave anyone high and dry who was looking to do some learning. 

If you want to keep learning some history, I will leave you with two links to check out.

The first is https://www.historicacanada.ca/heritageminutes  it is a great little website that has a bunch of one minute history pieces from New France, to British North America and Canada.  (I am sure you will recognize some names and themes from class.)

The second is http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/virtual-exhibits/type/virtual-exhibits/   Here you will find online exhibits from all sorts of the different museums, art galleries, The Toronto International Film Festival and Canadian Sports Hall of Fame to name just a few.  There really is something for everyone.

We may not have exactly have class and I might not have assigned work, but you can still learn lots about Canada`s history on your own.

If I see some other good stuff , I will be sure to post it here.

Take care, be well,

Mr. McGinnis



March 11th

Students are well on their way to completing their paragraph assignment.  We will put the finishing touches on the pargraph on the Monday after March Break.  If students require support or assistance they are welcome to stop by at lunch anytime.


March 9th

We worked on our paragraph assignment today.  Many students have a good start and a topic sentence to help focus their writing. We will continue working on our paragraph on Wednesday.

Please find the assignment link below

Assignment Link

March 4th

Students were given some to work their first history assignment today.  Students will need to compare their roles and responsibilities currently with those of a person their age in the mid 1800's. 

Please find the assignment, a rubric and graphic organizer to help students get started.

Assignment Link


 March 2nd

History notes so far

We broke down these notes and looked at the difference between social classes.  We also looked the impact that industrialization had on British North America.


Feb 27th

Here is a file of the notes that students currently have in their binders.  Our first assignment will be given out soon.

History notes so far


Feb 26th

View of Quebec by Benjamin Beaufoy (middle of the 1800's)



Feb 24th

We spent sometime looking at the colonies in British North America and what they looked like in 1862.  We also defined some key terms with some fill in the blank notes. 

We will continue to explore what life looked like in British North America for working class people on Wednesday.

Feb 19th

We looked at what was happening in the early 1800s in British North America.  We took a look at some what places were called (Canada East - Quebec and Canada West Ontario).  We looked at the population of different British North American colonies.  We also looked at the Underground Railroad and how it brought Free Blacks to British North America.  After that, we looked at how the indigenous groups living in British North America felt once the war of 1812 was completed.  At the end of the class, we also looked at what jobs many young teenagers would be responsible for in the 1850's.


Feb 12

We continued to review grade 7 history and finished off with the Battle of The Plains of Abraham.


Feb 5th

We spent today going over some key concepts from grade seven.  We will continue our review on Friday and then launch into the grade eight curriculum on Monday.


Feb 3th

We also looked at some conflicting accounts of historical events and discussed the idea of persepective.   We also began reviewing some grade 7 history.  We will finish up our review on Wednesday.

Jan 28th

A quick reminder that our chloropeth map assignment is due on Wednesday.  Many students are well on their way to completing this work.  If students need some help, they are welcome to stop by anytime.


Jan 22nd

At this point, many students have gathered some information for their chloropleth map assignment.  We will continue working on this assignment on Friday.


Jan 20th

Students were given a chloropleth map assignment for Middle Eastern countries.  Students should come to class on Wednesday with an idea of what statistic they would like their map to display.  Time will be given in class for this assignment on Wednesday and the following class.


Jan 15th

We finished up making a chloropleth map for geography. Next class we will take on working with another region and creating a chloropleth map.



Jan 13th

Math - We used our patterning skills to take on some application questions today with both some growing and some shrinking patterns.

There is a little bit of homework tonight where students need to create a variable expression and complete some application questions.

Homework Link


Geography - we worked with chloropleth maps today and are practicing organizing our data.  We will finish this off on Wednesday.

Link for work completed in class


Jan 9

THere has been lots of great work completed this week.  Students were working hard on finding variable expressions from a graph.  Here is the homework for tonight. 



Jan 8th

Today we built variable expressions from tables of values as we continue to work on our algebra skills.  The following sheet needs to be completed for homework tomorrow.

Homework Link



Jan 7th

Math - Today we looked at visual patterns, turned them into tables of values and then we turned them into ordered pairs and then we graphed them. Our goal is the be able to see how patterns change visually, with numbers and on a graph.

Students need to complete the follow sheet and then select three different patterns to graph on the same cartesian plane. 

Homework Link 1

Homework Link 2


Jan 6th

Math - today we took on taking our visual pattern to a table of values.  We also practiced ploting points on a grid.  Homework Link (if not completed in class)

For homework tonight students were asked to create a few visual patterns for class tomorrow.


Dec 16th

Students were asked to complete their questions about the poorest countries in the world and think about connections between the poorest countries statistics.  There is a few questions that each student should have completed at this time.  Those students who do not have this completed, will be asked to complete it during study hall.


Dec 11th

Over the past two days, we have looked at some of the poorest countries in the world and some characteristics that they might have in common.  We will also look at compare different statistics using Excel and scatter plots.

Please note that a quiz was returned to the students today.  Please have your child show you their marks.  


Dec 5th

We looked at the link between a table of values, ordered pairs and a rule written in an informal way.  Our focus was looking at the four quadrants of the cartesian grid and ploting points.  Homework Link


Dec 4th

We looked at real examples of correlation today using major league baseball payrolls and number of games won.  We also started looking at linking measures of poverty to other statistics today.  This will be our focus for Monday.  


Dec 2nd

We looked at making connections between two different types of data today.  We will look at using Excel and scatter plots to help us look at connections between different data sets. 


Nov 22nd and Nov 25th

We have a geography quiz on Wednesday the 28th.  Students are encouraged to review their notes.  Please find below the notes and the review questions that we have taken up so far.  Extra help is available at lunch should any student need it.

Economic Systems

Economic Systems

Trade Agreements

Trade Agreements

Trade Agreements

Primary Secondary and Tertiary Industries

Multiple Choice Review Questions

Multiple Choice Review Questions

Multiple Choice Review Questions

Additional Short Answer Questions:

Where do you find many tertiary industries?

Why is a cabinet maker a good example of a secondary industry?

List two job that would be considered tertiary industry jobs?

Why do countries impose tariffs/duty on products that are entering their country?


Nov 20th

We are still on track for our quiz next Wednesday (28th).  Students should be reviewing their notes on economic systems, trade agreements and industries.  If the students are missing the notes, I am happy to get them for them at lunch on Thursday.


Nov 18th

Currently planning a geography quiz on economic systems, trade agreements and industries.   Our quiz is currently scheduled for Wednesday Nov 28th.

If students need a copy of the notes, they should come see me so I can help them out.

Nov 12th

The focus today was on different types of industries (primary, secondary and tertiary industries).  This unit will be wrapping up soon. Students are encouraged to begin reviewing economies and trade agreement notes.


Nov 11th

Today we took an indepth look at what it is like to live in North Korea.  We looked why living there would be so different from living in Canada.


Nov 4th.

We looked at tariffs and duties today.  We also looked at the World Trade Organization and the European Union.  Tomorrow we will look at NAFTA / USMCA and APEC.  Students are encouraged to review their notes prior to Wednesday's class.


Oct 28th.

To start off today students reviewed a market economy.  A quick note was taken on a mixed economy and we discussed how a government regulates industries.  Student's are encouraged to review their notes on economies prior to Wednesday's class.

Oct 23rd.

We reviewed the command and traditional economy.  We also went over the good things and the bad things that could occur with a market economy.  On Monday, we will look at a mixed economy.


Oct 20th

We looked at both traditional economies and command economies today.  On Wednesday, we will take on the market economies and the mixed economy.  Students are encouraged to review their notes before next class.


Oct 16th

Our test went home today.  Please ask your child how they did.  If you could sign it, and have your child show it to me it would be great. 


Oct 9th

We completed our quiz today.  I will mark it and return it students as soon as I can.  Due to Thanksgiving, we will not have another geography class until Wednesday next week.  Anyone who did not complete the quiz can do so on Friday during literacy/numeracy class.


Oct 7th

We reviewed in class again for our quiz on Wednesday.  Here are some extra review questions that students helped make up to prepare for the quiz. Extra questions for review

Copy of notes

Copy of notes 2

copy of notes 3

copy of notes 4

Human Development Index Note


Oct 4th.

Here is the beginnings of our review for Wednesday's quiz.  Included are a few questions and some key concepts that students asked to review.      Review


Oct 2nd

We have scheduled our first Geography Quiz on Wednesday, Oct 9th.  Reviews will take place on Friday and Monday.  Students are encouraged to review on their own.  Should students need a copy of missing notes they are asked to see me.


Fair Game for Geography Quiz

-birth rate, death rate, natural increase, net migration, immigration, emigration

-population distribution, scattered and clustered

-population distribution what is it? How to calculate it/

Dense population – why does it occur

Sparse population – why does it occur

Linear settlements, scattered settlements and clustered settlements

Human Development Index


Sept 30th,

We are still on schedule for our first geography quiz on Wed. Oct 9th.  Next class we will take a careful look at the United Nations Human Development Index before we begin reviewing. (I was hoping to do that today, however, unfortunately, I was out of the classroom.)


Sept 25th.

We looked at scattered, linear and clustered settlements today.  Next class we will take on the Human Development Index.

***  I am currently prediciting that our first quiz will take place on Wednesday Oct 9th.  I will confirm that as we get closer.


Sept 23rd.

We did an exercise in class where we reviewed population density and how to calculate it.  We also looked at where Canada and the United States population is clustered and why.  On Wednesday, we will look at linear, clustered and scattered settlements. 


Sept 17th

We reviewed birth rates, death rates and migration.  We talked about population distribution and learned to calculate a country's population density.  In addition to this, we also talked about factors that help contribute to densely populated areas.  A review of this material in the coming days may be beneficial.


Sept 16th

Today we we looked at birth rates, death rates and human migration.  We will be looking at population distribution on Wednesday.  Students are strongly encouraged to review the notes from today prior to Wednesday's class.


Sept 11th

We reviewed the provinces today and filled in a basic map of the world with continents oceans, Prime Meridian and Equator. We also quickly looked at the International Date Line and why its shape is so different that its counterpart the Prime Meridian.

Here are the links to the maps we have used.

Map of Provinces

World Map



Sept 9th.


Students filled in a map of Canada.  We looked at provinces and capitals today. Students have been asked to review the provinces and their capitals.  On Wednesday, we will take a look at a basic map of the world before working with populations and population distributions.


Sept 4th

Great day today meeting all of 8A. We have our first literacy period on Friday.  Next Geography period on Monday.