The students finished up the geography unit on “Where We Are in Place and Time” and wrote their reflections of what they learned. Feel free to read them! Thank you to the parents who completed the survey about student action for this unit. Students seemed to be engaged at home and at school with what they were learning and they applied their new knowledge to many different situations.

Nina

Our latest unit was about geography. We learned about three different kinds of geography; Physical Geography, Demographic Geography and Economical Geography. In each category there were certain things such as in Physcal Geography we learned about the tectonic plates and that they cover the whole world. Tectonic plates are what cause earth quakes, tsunamis, and mountains. We also learned about volcanos and that magma comes out of a volcano and magma comes from the center of the earth. Latitude and longitude lines cover the earth. They help with showing where things are on globes and maps.

In Demographic Geography we learned about the urban and rural zones. The urban zones tend to be the richest places. The rural zones tend to be not as populated but have more farms and fresh water. We had a fun debate about rural zones and the urban zones.

In the Economical Geography we learned about the natural resources, oil, gases and other thing like that will eventually disappear. Of all the different things and categories we learned about, I feel like I learned the most about the Physical Geography.

At the end of the unit we made posters about one country. Alexis and I made a poster about Italy. I learned a lot about Italy. We worked really well together and had an enjoyable time.  In English we learned about Glacier Lake Missoula and the journey to the ocean. I really liked this unit and thought it was really fun! I feel like I learned a lot!

Grace

I liked this geography unit. I thought it was fun because we did a lot of activities. My favorite was making the posters. I also liked reading the geography book because I feel like I improved in reading and understanding words I initially misunderstood. I think the videos we watched were informational and I learned a lot. Some things I learned were how tectonic plates move and how they form different landforms like mountains, canyons, plateaus, and valleys. More things I learned about physical geography are how to read and draw maps, and how all the continents were one once, called Pangaea. We also learned about demographic geology. In this part of the unit, I learned about rural and urban settings. We did a debate about which was better, rural or urban, and we talked about the advantages and disadvantages of each place. In English, we learned about Glacial Lake Missoula and how it formed when a finger from a glacier blocked the Clark Fork River. It grew and grew, and finally the dam broke because the water pressure was too hard.

JACK

I thought that I did a good job in this unit because I know a lot about geography. Because I know a lot about geography this unit was very fun! (Except the time I BONKED my head). I learned that Glacial Lake Missoula’s flood path went at speeds up to 40-60 miles per hour. I also learned how a volcano erupts under water. I think I learned a lot. I learned that there is a point in the United States that all water flows away from. I loved this unit a lot.

Miko

I am going to tell you a little about what I liked during this unit. First, one of my favorite things that we did during this was when we made our poster. Our poster was about Brazil. I learned a lot and now I am way better at geography. I also learned about the tectonic plates and how they form massive landforms. One of the things I found very interesting is that magma is melted ore. During this unit I was a thinker. Because I thought about every question and I tried to improve my geography skill, when we started the unit my geography skills could use some serious work. In the next unit I will try to improve my Spanish and my spelling. Finally, these are some of the things that I demonstrated, enjoyed, learned during this unit on geography.

Alex

In this PYP unit I learned a lot. First, I learned that Glacial Lake Missoula was blocked by an ice dam and the ice dam broke and Glacial Lake Missoula flooded everywhere. Then, I learned about urban population and rural population and I found out that the urban population in USA is 82% and the rural population is 18%. Next, I did a poster of the country. I’m an expert on and it was AWESOME. I learned about tectonic plates and I was surprised at how little they move each year (1 centimeter). Finally, I learned that the world once had only one continent called Pangea and if you look at North and South America they look like puzzle pieces and if you put them together that is Pangea. I had so much fun and learned a lot in this PYP unit.

Nate

This unit I liked watching videos on how the volcanoes are formed. I learned that when the tectonics plates collide it can form earth quakes and tsunamis. I learned about the difference between urban and rural places. The urban people live where there are a lot of people and cities. Rural people live where there aren’t many people and they may live more on food crops. The three major layers in the earth are crust, mantle and core.

Benjamin

A classmate and I did a poster about Canada. I’m learning about rural and urban places. I’m also learning about the tectonic plates and how the earth spins. I’ve also learned about Lake Missoula, the ice sheet and the great flood.

Collin

This unit in geography I learned about urban and rural places and how the tectonic plates can cause EARTH QUAKES, TSUNAMIS and LAND SIDES and cause very bad destruction. We also learned about the 3 layers of the earth: the CRUST, MANTALE and CORE. In English we learned about GLACER LAKE MISSOULA, which was very interesting.

Finn

In the beginning of this unit I did not know tons about this unit that I know now.  For example, when tectonic plates hit each other they can create mountains and natural disasters like tornados hurricanes, etc. Also in this unit we did a poster in groups about a country. My country was Australia. The best part about this was looking at interesting facts. For example, it’s the 6th largest country, it has the 3rd largest ocean territory covering over a million square kilometers and vegetation covers  91 % percent of the continent. That’s my favorite part.

Elly

I learned about lots of things in this unit like….. if gas is wasted there is no more since it can’t be reused! In the environment there is oil in the ground and if we waste it there won’t be any left. Lots of things can be reused like air, water, trees, etc.! Meat, clothes and lots of stuff can be reused if you try to be creative. Also mountains are formed by magma from when volcanos that erupted. As I said I learned lots of things.

Piper

We learned how volcanos form and about the layers of the earth. We learned about Lake Missoula. We learned about urban and rural places . Those are only some of the things I learned.

Alexis

I learned a lot during this unit. Let me tell you all about it! There were three sections of our unit. The first section was physical geography. It was about how the land has changed over the past years and how it is changing right now.  We learned about the tectonic plates, how they create volcanoes, mountains, valleys and trenches. The next section was demographic geography and the final section was economic geography.

Ana

This unit was geography and my favorite part of it was working on a poster about Canada. I learned that Canada only has 8 states. I also learned about physical geography, demographic geography and economic geography. I learned about the rural places and the urban places. I like the rural better because we had a debate. We learned about the tectonic plates and the climate and I learned that the tectonic plates move very slowly. Mountains don’t grow in a day. They grow in about a million years.  When we learned about the economic geography, we learned a lot about what was renewable and nonrenewable. I can’t wait for the next unit

Emma

At first I thought that this unit was going to be very boring but it was actually fun. I liked doing the posters and learning about the tectonic plates. The tectonic plates make mountains, trenches, earth quakes and tsunamis. We also learned that Glacial Lake Missoula was as a big ice cap that was in the ice age.

I also learned a lot about Japan. In Japan, the biggest mountain is Mont Fuji. Tokyo is the biggest city in the world even though Japan is so small!

Faris

I learned lots about Australia and glacial lake Missoula for example glacial lake Missoula was formed by the Clark Fork River and an ice age is a temperature that can last up to a very long time.