Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Forced Migrations and Refugees

Chapter 3 of our textbook briefly covers the topic of refugees. Make sure you understand this topic. Use the resources below to answer the following questions about forced migrations and refugees:

  1. What is the difference between voluntary and forced migration?
  2. What is a refugee?
  3. What is the difference between a refugee and an internally displaced person (IDP)?
  4. What are some of the reasons people become refugees?
  5. Historically, where have some of the larger forced migrations occurred? Why?
  6. What are some of the contemporary forced migrations? Provide details...


Here are a few resources (just to get you started...)

forced migrations

Monday, August 26, 2013

World Countries Quiz on

To assess your memorization of the countries from the map packet, I'm going to have you sign up for Once you've signed up you'll be able to join the OHMS World Geography Quiz Tournament I created.

 Here are the basics on signing up for

  • click on "Register" to create a new account
  • Create a username which I can recognize for grading purposes (like first.last.class period)
  • Once you've created a username, submitted a valid email account, and created a password, purposegames will send you a confirmation email with a link you will need to click to activate your account. 
  • Login and search for "grichins". Click on my username, find the "groups" section and click on my group "Oquirrh Hills Geography". Apply to enter the group and I will accept your invitation as soon as I can. 
  • Once you've been accepted into the "Oquirrh Hills Geography Group", find your way to the "Tournaments" menu and start the OHMS World Geography Quiz Tournament.
  • Complete all 5 maps: The Countries of Europe (by David), The Countries of Asia (by David), the Countries of South America (by David), World Physical Features (by grichins), and the Countries of Africa (by David).
  • You're welcome to log out of purposegames and use maps to practice all you want anonymously,but when you log in and go to tournament mode, please don't use any help

Concerned about how this will be scored? Here's a quick explanation of the scoring process:

The score on the countries/physical features quiz will be determined by time and accuracy. It will be worth 200 points -- 100 points for accuracy, and 100 points for time. The accuracy is calculated automatically by the program and averaged together among the 5 maps they play. One point will be given for every percentage point of accuracy: 100% accuracy will get 100 points, 85 % accuracy will get 85 points, and so on. Their time score is divided into half-minute increments. To get the full 100 points in the time category, their cumulative time (for all 5 maps) needs to be less than 8 minutes. If their score is above 8 minutes but faster than 8:31, they'll get 95/100 points, and so on. 

Here is a screen shot of an individual student's progress on the tournament that shows the 5 maps, their accuracy, and the time it took for each map:

Students don't need to be logged in to play any particular map, but their scores will not be recorded if they are not logged in. 

If you still need to do the quiz, but the tournament is over, don't worry! You can still play the maps and turn in your scores. Just play the maps listed below and print out the results page after you finish each map. Make sure your name is on your maps and turn them in. 


Thursday, January 10, 2013

gerrymandering 101

I found this great site that interactively teaches you about gerrymandering by playing a game. It's pretty fun and educational. Give it a shot:

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Ch 8.1/8.2 due Tuesday 1/8 : expect quiz

The first two sections of the political geography packet will be due on Tuesday January 8.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Interactive World Statistics

The Brazilian government’s geographic department (Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística-roughly equivalent to the U.S. Census Bureau) has compiled an fantastic interactive world factbook (available in English and Spanish as well as Portuguese).  The ease of navigation allows the user to conduct a specific search of simply explore demographic, economic, environmental and development data on any country in the world.   

From blog

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Online Textbook Registration

The online textbook is now available! Each of you will need to create a free account with the textbook manufacturer so you can access the online resources. Here's how you do it:

1. Register at
2. Enter the first 6 letters of your code below
3. Click on Covered Titles, select Social Studies, select Rubenstein, The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human Geography 10e

4. Choose Student Registration 
5. Accept - Pearson License Agreement
6. Access Information - 

* Create username & password 
* Enter the Student Access Code below:
(We have three codes to choose from. If the first one doesn't work, try one of the other codes)

You should be able to copy and paste the code from this blogpost into the website.

7. Account Information - complete your name & school information 
8. Confirmation & Summary - link to login and join a class

Class ID's:
1st Period: cm789177
6th Period: cm908172
8th Period: cm614940

Friday, August 31, 2012

Week One in Review

It's great to have you all in AP Geography. We covered a lot of ground this week so here's a quick review:

  • Summer Homework
    • We turned in our Book Reviews and Map Packets. I passed around a clipboard so you could indicate how much of your book you finished, how much of the map packet you finished, and whether you did the review. 
  • Map Quizzes
    • To test your knowledge of world political geography, I set up a quiz tournament on You have until Saturday afternoon to join the Oquirrh Hills Geography group, enter the OHMS World Geography Quiz Tournament, and play the 5 maps. I figure you should have a cumulative time around or below 8 minutes.
  • Textbooks
    • I assigned textbooks. We're using The Cultural Landscape - An Introduction to Human Geography 10th Edition by James M. Rubenstein. Eventually we'll have access to the textbook online. For now, you'll need to take your book home and bring it back to school each day. 
  • 1st Reading Assignment
    • We will be having the first quiz on Tuesday September 4. It will cover Key Issue 1 (which is the first section of chapter 1). Make sure to study it well. The other Key Issue quizzes for chapter 1 will follow in short succession so make sure to stay up on the reading. 
Here links to the handouts from the week:

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Rules and Procedures

Here is a presentation of my basic classroom rules and procedures. (Click here to view the Rules and Procedures presentation)

1. Stay Focused
W.I.N.                   Ask Yourself: What’s important Now?
       Say NO to distractions!
       Don’t get distracted
       Don’t be a distraction
       Stay in your seats
      Don’t wander around the room
      Don’t line up at the door
       Keep your electronic devices put away
Rule #2. Be Respectful
       Rule #2: Be Respectful with each other
       No teasing
       No bullying
       No bad language
       Just be nice!
       Rule #2: Be Respectful with the classroom
       Don’t sit on the desks
       No food or drinks
      Except water in a clear container
       Gum is okay but I don’t want to
      See it
      Hear it
      Find it
Rule #3: Be Prepared
       Come to class with your materials every day
       Turn your assignments in on time.
       Listen for due dates
       Use your planner
       Check the class website and skyward often
      Do your homework so you can contribute to the class!
Rule #4. Do Quality Work
       Always put your name and class period on your papers!
       Make sure your work is legible and neat
       Put papers in folders for protection – don’t just shove them in your pack or pockets
       Complete assignments – don’t leave blanks
      IDK is not an appropriate response on most assignments.
      Try harder! Be creative!
Basic Rules: 
       Stay Focused!
       Be Respectful
       Be Prepared
       Do Quality Work

Basic Procedures…
      Each week you receive 10 citizenship points.
      If you break class rules you lose points.  
Off Limits

       Fort Richins
       The Man Cave
       The Recycling Can Closet
       The back wall -- Please don’t touch the back wall – it’s noisy
       Line up quickly and quietly along the back of the room. When we’re in a single file line and quiet, I’ll lead you to the event.
       If we have to leave in a hurry, we’ll go out the West exit and meet in the back field.
Hall Passes
       You get two hall pass coupons per quarter.
       Remember to wear the vest
       3 minutes max
       Be nice to the books!
       Don’t write in them!
       Don’t throw them!
       Don’t drool on them!
Turning in assignments
       Assignments are turned in to the baskets by the back door
       When I’m done grading them the assignments will be sorted to your individual folder in your class box.
       Check the “No Name” folder in the class box for missing work
Late Work
       Automatic 10% deduction
       After one week, the most you can get is 50% credit for the assignment
Bell Ringers
       One sheet will last two weeks (so don’t lose it!)
       Questions will be posted on the board at the beginning of class.
       Bell-Ringers are not excused. If you’re absent you need to make it up.
Make up your starters
       If you were absent, you will need to get the starter from the day you missed.
       How do I make up starters?
       Find the question for the day you missed on the Bell-Ringer Bulletin Board
       Go Online and download the questions for the week. 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Summer's Fading -- How's your APHUGE homework?

Hello AP Geography Students! I hope you are enjoying your summer -- I know I am!

 Summer is quickly unfolding though and we'll be back to school before you can say,"But I haven't even started my summer homework!!" With that in mind I want to give you a quick reminder and a few details about the summer assignment for AP Human Geography.

 First the Maps: Remember you need to have all the countries labeled, colored, and memorized. Don't worry about the little "important cities" dots on the maps. Just focus on the countries from the list in your packet. We will have some quizzes during the first week to test you knowledge of where the countries of the world are located. So remember to study! Have your friends or family quiz you. You can also find online quizzes -- like .

The other part of your summer assignment is to read a geography themed book and write a review about it. If you haven't started yet -- better get on it! You can find a list of books to choose from in the packet. If you find another book you think would work, just send me an email ( The packet also contains instructions on how to write the book review. There was a small typo in the numbering in the book review instructions (section 4 was labeled as setion 5 -- oops). I've uploaded a newer version of the packet that fixes the typo and gives a little more instruction on the front cover. You can find it on the AP Human Geography page at

Good luck and enjoy the rest of your summer!