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Human Population Index

Open the following link:

Complete the following questions in this Word doc:  Human Development Index.doc

Human Development Index (HDI)

  1. What is the Indicator description (right column). What does the HDI look at?

Click “More” at the bottom of the description:

  • What is extreme poverty defined as?
  • What are the four basic human needs defined under “What is development”?
  • What does sustainable development require?
  • What does the Millennial Development Goal (MDG) hope to reduce by 2015 (list all six items)?

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Human Mobility: Overcoming Barriers

Human Mobility.doc

Human Development Report (2009):

  1. How can migration expand a person’s choices?
  2. What are some of the benefits of migration?
  3. Which group particularly would benefit from migration?

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World Population Pyramids & World Violence

Answer these questions on this Word document: World Population Pyramids

Click on several countries of the world and notice the different shapes of population pyramids. For example, check out Azerbaijan. Quickly scan the recent history of the country to see a possible explanation for it’s shape.

Currently, Zimbabwe has the largest youth bulge in the world.  As of 2012, the largest youth bulge is found in Zimbabwe, which has a population structure with 56.57% between the ages of 15 and 29. Briefly skim the article: Human rights in Zimbabwe.  Summarize in one or two sentences that might explain Zimbabwe’s youth bulge.

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Human Geography – Terminology Assignment

Complete the following  Word Document (Summary of 1st half of Human Geography). You should be familiar with these concepts for your quiz on Friday.

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Grade 8 Human Geography: 30 Years of Human Impact on Earth


A Terrifying, Fascinating Timelapse of 30 Years of Human Impact on Earth

Since the 1970s, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey have been amassing satellite images of every inch of our planet as part of the Landsat program. Over time, the images reveal a record of change: of cities expanding, lakes and forests disappearing, new islands emerging from the sea off the coast of rising Middle East metropolises like Dubai.

If you could thumb through these historic pictures as if in a flip book, they would show stunning change across the earth’s surface, in both our natural environments and our man-made ones. Now, the digital equivalent of that experience is possible – three decades of global change as GIF – in a project unveiled today between NASA, the USGS, TIME, Google, and the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University.

Landsat images taken between 1984 and 2012 have been converted into a seamless, navigable animation built from millions of satellite photos. As Google wrote this morning on its blog: “We believe this is the most comprehensive picture of our changing planet ever made available to the public.”

Below are a few of the GIFs Google has created showing some of the most startling pockets of change:

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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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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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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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