Monthly Archives: March 2013

Human Geography: Canada’s Settlement Patterns

Post a comment answering the following questions regarding migration to Canada. Use the following website to help support your answers:

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Human Geography: National Geographic

Human migration is the movement of people from one place in the world to another. Human patterns of movement reflect the conditions of a changing world and impact the cultural landscapes of both the places people leave and the places they settle.

Handouts & Worksheets



1. Discuss the map of human migration around the world.

  • Look at the map Patterns of Human Migration and examine the current patterns of migration across the globe.
    • Note: the thickness of the arrows indicates amounts of people migrating: thicker arrows indicate major migration streams and thinner arrows indicate minor migration streams.
    • Note: the arrows reflect current migration patterns and not composition of populations.

Complete the following attachment and answer:

  1. From which continent(s) are the most people emigrating? (from Asia)
  2. To which continent(s) are the most people immigrating? (to North America)
  3. What is one pattern of migration within North America? (Mexico to the United States)
  4. Why do you think these patterns are happening? (push and pull factors)

Remember some common push factors and pull factors, such as better job opportunities (pull) or war (push).

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If Kitchener was a Village of 100 People – Population Pyramid

Draw a  population pyramid for Kitchener (approximate for each sex, given that 51% are female, 49% are male..).

  1. Download the blank Excel file: kitchener_population_pyramid.xls
  2. Copy the information below into columns:
    • Column A: Ages (right click column, select Format Cells, change it to “Text”)
    • Column B: Total (type in the total number of people of that age group)
    • Column C: Males (=B2*0.49)
    • Column D: Females (=B2*0.51)
  3. Highlight your data and select “Insert: Bar graph”
  4. Include Titles and Labels on your chart
  5. Make it look pretty!
  6. Take a look at the exemplar if you need help: Kitchener_population_pyramid-exemplar


  • 12 people are 0-9 years old.
  • 13 people are 10-19 years old.
  • 15 people are 20-29 years old.
  • 15 people are 30-39 years old.
  • 16 people are 40-49 years old.
  • 13 people are 50-59 years old.
  • 8 people are 60-69 years old.
  • 5 people are 70-79 years old.
  • 3 people are over 80 years old.

Source: Statistics Canada. 2007. Kitchener, Ontario (table). 2006 Community Profiles. 2006 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 92-591-XWE. Ottawa. Released March 13, 2007.


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Summer Jobs in Kitchener

Hiring Students Now

The City of Kitchener is looking for dynamic and well-rounded applicants that have an interest in working with children and youth in municipal recreation summer programs.  If you are interested in working hard, in a fun, active and meaningful summer role then consider applying for a City of Kitchener job opportunity this summer.  You’ll meet new people, learn new skills, develop your leadership abilities and most of all have fun working for your city!

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Freedom Writers – Tupac – Keep your head up – lyrics

  • What lyrics do you relate to the most? Why?
  • Do any lyrics remind you of the characters in the story? How?
  • How do these lyrics differ from a lot of rap songs you hear on the radio today? Which artists have positive messages? Which artists have ‘not so positive’ messages? Who do you respect more? Why?
  • What do you think TuPac’s background is? Why are these messages important to him?
  • How does the form (rap) affect the interpretation of the message? Would this be more or less effective as an essay? Poem? Speach?
  • What is it about Tupac that makes people listen to his message? What makes him credible?
  • Find a metaphor in this song. Explain how it’s effective in conveying Tu Pac’s message.
  • Who is the target audience of Verse One? Verse Two? Verse Three? How do you know? Provide evidence from the lyrics.
    • What is the main message in each verse? Do you agree with Tu Pac’s message? Why or why not?
    • Extension: What is the connection to this article? A letter to Victoria’s Secret from a Father. What other connections can you make to English class? To school? To self?

Tu Pac – Keep your head up – Lyrics

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Patterns in Human Geography – Assignment 2

Grade 8 Geography Project – Country Scrapbook/PPT

Patterns in Human Geography

We will review each of these Patterns in Human Geography concepts in class and discuss how they each relate to our country, Canada. Students are then required to complete the following sections in reference to their own country. Please include the following areas in your Country Scrapbook along with your notes about Canada.

1. Where People Live (20points)

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Freedom Writers Video – Journal Response Prompts

Run Time: [02:02:00]
A young teacher (Swank) inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.©2007, PARAMOUNT.

Journal Responses

  • Did you learn anything from this movie? If you did, what was it?
  • What is the message of this movie? Do you agree or disagree with it?
  • Was there something you didn’t understand about the film? What was that?
  • What did you like best about the movie? Why?

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Human Geography – Brochure Assignment

Grade 8 Geography: Patterns in Human Geography Assignment

Geography – physical geo – assignment – minister of eco develoment

You are the minister of economic development for your country. It is your job to promote cities, states/provinces or the country in general as a good place to do business in. Please follow the outline carefully so that all the expectations are dealt with.

Choose either:

a) an international chain of restaurants
b) an automobile manufacturer
c) a clothing manufacturer
d) a major department store
e) an online travel service, such as Expedia to approach with a pamphlet explaining why your country is a great place to invest in.1

1. Pick any city in the world to do your research on. You may work with a partner during the research stage.

2. Research any (6) of the following features, create rough notes, and include them with your final project.

  • a) Gross domestic product, GDP
  • b) Gross national product, GNP
  • c) Per capita income
  • d) Primary industries
  • e) Secondary industries
  • f) Globalization
  • g) Population
  • h) Population density
  • i) Population distribution
  • j) Urbanization
  • k) Literacy rate
  • l) Access to health care
  • m) Tourism industry
  • n) Life expectancy & mortality rate

You want to choose features that will show your country/city/state in a positive light depending on the investor you choose. For instance, manufacturers may be turned off by a high per capita income, but may also be attracted to high literacy rates and good access to health care (implying employees can work independently and may have fewer sick days on the whole). A business providing a service however, may look for a high per capita income, high population density, etc.

3. Prepare an oral/visual presentation for your peers using either PowerPoint of Movie Maker. You will present it as if you are presenting to a group of investors. Although use of humour may make your presentation more interesting, the expectation is that you should speak in a professional manner, take your content seriously and appear informed, as your number one goal is to promote your area as a place to do business. You may use any resources you want in addition to the presentation software (props,  food samples, charts, posters, maps, etc.).

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Population Pyrimids

population pyramids.doc

  1. What are the 4 types of population pyramid
  2. What is a youth bulge?
    • What countries have a youth bulge?What do these countries have in common?
    • Where are they located? Demographics?
  1. Canada’s Population Pyramid:What can we say about Canada’s population?
  2. Based on the population pyramids below, what is happening to Japan’s population?
  3. Why do you think some countries are experiencing slower growth




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Human Geography – Task 1

8E, watch the following PowerPoint presentation and complete the attached Word doc:  Human Settlements PPT Q&A.

Email Ms. G when you are finished.

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