Grade 6: Push and Pull Factors (Due: Wednesday, February 8th)

As we prepare to transition to the History portion of our Social Studies curriculum, students will be analyzing push and pull factors related to Canadian migration. Students will examine these factors from the colonial time period as well as the modern era.

Task: You have been selected as the Minister of Tourism for Canada. Your job is to research and create a slideshow about various push/pull factors for Canada. Prime Minister Trudeau is awaiting your report.

Due dates:

Assigned- Friday, January 27th 

Check-In #1- Tuesday, January 31st

Check-In #2-Friday, February 3rd 

Final Assignment Due-Wednesday, February 8th



Important Links:

Grade 6 Push and Pull Factors Assignment

Push and Pull Factors Graphic Organizer

Push/Pull Factors Example Slide


Useful sources to review while conducting research: 

Grade 6: Longitude and Latitude Quiz (Tuesday, January 17th)

Students have been practicing their cartography skills as we review longitude and latitude. As we prepare for our quiz on January 17th, students should review their Social Studies Slideshow (slides 16-27).

Each student should be able to adequately label and provide the correct location for the following terms:

  • Equator
  • Prime Meridian
  • Tropic of Cancer
  • Tropic of Capricorn
  • Northern Hemisphere
  • Southern Hemisphere
  • Eastern Hemisphere
  • Western Hemisphere

Students can use the following online activities to prepare for their quiz:

Grade 8: Sustainable City 2100 Project (Due: Thursday, February 2nd)

Over the last two weeks, our students have been learning about sustainability, equality, and equity in Social Studies. Students will now focus on researching, designing, and presenting a new sustainable city.

Task: The year is 2100 and our world’s supply of natural resources is at a critical level. Our Earth has become overrun with pollution and overpopulation. The United Nations have hired your team to design a sustainable city that will serve as the blueprint for the future of humanity. If you are not successful, the fate of humanity as we know it will cease to exist. Your group will design a detailed plan, create a model for your sustainable city, and craft a persuasive pitch to present at the next United Nations General Assembly.

Important Links:

Sustainable City 2100 Assignment Instructions and Rubric

Sustainability Graphic Organizer


Due dates: 

  • Assigned- Thursday, January 12th
  • Group Check-In #1- Roles determined Monday, January 16th
  • Group Check-In #2- Individual research completed by Friday, January 20th, 
  • Group Check-In #3- Slideshow/model completed Friday, January 27th
  • Presentations begin- Thursday, February 2nd

Grade 7: Climate Factors Project (Due: Monday, January 23rd)

In Social Studies, we have been learning about natural factors that influence climate around the world. Students have been analyzing and discussing the six major climate factors.

Six major natural climate factors include:

  • Air masses and winds
  • Latitude
  • Ocean currents
  • Elevation
  • Relief
  • Bodies of water

National Geographic movies and shows | Disney+

Task: You have just been hired as a videographer for National Geographic! As a lead videographer for the climate department, your first task is creating a video about one of the six factors influencing climate. You will be assigned your climate factor by the producer of this program (Mr. Washerstein). Your goal is to showcase your knowledge of a specific climate factor and include real-world examples that demonstrate how your factor influences climate.

Videographer Shoots Video in the Studio. White. Silhouette by KinoMaster

Due Dates: 

  • Project assigned-Tuesday, January 10th 
  • Graphic Organizer Check-In #1- Friday, January 13th
  • Video Progress Check-In #2-Wednesday, January 18th  
  • Video presentations-Monday, January 23rd


Climate Factor Project Assignment/Rubric

Climate Factors Graphic Organizer


Grades 6-8: Blogging 101

This week students will be uploading a few artifacts of learning to their blogfolios. These posts are intended to showcase projects and assignments that demonstrate growth.

In case students are having trouble creating their blog posts or changing their blogfolio layout, I have included a couple video tutorials.

Check out these useful blogging videos that Mrs. Thompson created:

Creating a Post

Writing a new post is quite easy! It is very similar to writing a page or even a document in Word of Google Docs. You can choose to write a new post in a few different spots throughout your dashboard; either way will bring you to the same place.

Inserting a Google Doc

Hyperlinking Docs

You are always able to hyperlink to a Google Doc, which will direct people to an external link where they will be able to see the document. Depending on the sharing settings, you can choose whether they can edit, view or comment. If you would like this document to be publicly accessed, it is also important to change the settings so that ‘anyone with the link’ can view the document, otherwise you’ll be getting lots of emails from parents requesting access.

1. Click Share in the top right-hand corner

2.  If you would like to share it with specific people, start typing their name or email address

3. Decide whether you would like them to be able to view, edit or comment.

4. If you would like to allow anyone with the link to have access to the document (best if you are linking on your blog so that parents can access the document without it being shared with them, click Change at the bottom of the Get link box.

5. Click the arrow for the drop-down menu next to The Ottawa Jewish Community School and select Anyone with the link. Remember to also select whether you would like those with the link to view, edit, or comment.

6. Copy the link URL to then add as a hyperlink within your document. You never want to paste a long URL to your blog.

Embedding a Google Slides Presentation

Just as with Google Docs, there are a few different ways to embed a Google Slides presentation, and the option you choose will depend on the purpose for sharing. 

If you would like to share a Google Slides presentation for people to view only, the best way to do so would be to publish the presentation to the web and obtain an embed code. 

Embedding Docs as PDF

If you would like to embed the actual document into your post, as is recommended, you will need to save it as a PDF so that it will show up as an image within your post.

Embedding a Video

When adding a video to your post, it is always best to embed the video so that visitors can watch the video directly in the post without having to navigate to a new page. However, it is still important to consider copyright laws when sharing videos that you did not create! Just because something is on YouTube doesn’t necessarily mean it is free to share (think about whole movies you can find on YouTube for free. You can always read the permissions, but chances are…these are not legally shared)

When in doubt, create your own videos or hyperlink to them on YouTube if they can’t be recreated. 

No matter where your video is from, you will want to use the embed code in order for it to properly show up in your post. 


YouTube makes it very easy to find their embed codes to copy. 


If you have created a video in Screencastify, while the video is processing, a new tab will open on your computer. From there, it will give you the option to get an embed code. 

From Google Drive

If you accidentally closed the Screencastify tab, or you created the video in some other program (Screen Recorder or even a recording of your Google Meet session) these will all automatically be saved to your Google Drive. Once the video is in Drive, it’s just a few quick steps to embed it directly into the post. 


Grade 7: Geography Quiz (Monday, November 28th)

This week our class learned about various landforms and the movement of the Earth’s crust. We analyzed videos and diagrams in order to determine how the various plate boundaries impact our world as we know it. Students will begin to prepare for an assessment that will take place on Monday, November 28th. This assessment will be comprised of multiple-choice, true and false, and short-answer responses.

This assessment will focus on the following lessons:

  • Landforms
  • Plate tectonics
  • Natural disasters

Students have been encouraged to fill out this review sheet.   In addition, students have been urged to create flashcards or make their own digital study tool (i.e.

Click here to play a practice Kahoot!

7 Major Tectonic Plates: The World's Largest Plate Tectonics - Earth How


Grade 8: Megacity Project (Presentations begin Monday, November 28th)

The past week in geography we have been discussing factors that influence settlement growth. Students have analyzed a variety of factors (both natural and human) that have led to the development of megacities around the world. Students will dive deep in order to research and explore the reasons why some cities are home to more than 10,000,000 people.

Your objective:  To create and present a visual collage depicting the history, challenges, and innovation of a megacity.

You will have many in-class work periods for this project. It is due on Monday, November 28th. Please use your time wisely, as this will be part of the evaluation. You will also need to work on this task at home!

Important Due Dates:

  • City selected- Thursday, November 10th
  • Research begins- Monday, November 14th
  • Planner complete + check in-Friday, November 18th
  • Google slides + script complete-Thursday, November 24th
  • Presentations begin-Monday, November 28th


Important Documents:

Megacity Project Instructions

Megacity Project Planner

Megacity Project Rubric

Megacity Project Example Slideshow

Megacity Project Example Script


Grade 6: Humanitarian Organization Project

This week we spent time discussing the importance of humanitarian aid. Our class spent time with Etudes Sociales class in preparation for our upcoming collaborative project.

We had a meaningful discussion about the following questions:

  • What is a global issue?
  • How do Canada’s actions affect the global community?
  • What relationships already exist between Canada and the global community?
  • Why is international cooperation important when addressing global issues?

Students will be working together to research a humanitarian organization that Canada contributes to. Partners will prepare an oral and written presentation on an organization of your choice, with a poster/brochure that presents its logo and the relevant information relating to your organization.

Important Dates:

  • Project assigned- Tuesday, November 8th
  • Planner completed-Wednesday, November 16th
  • Check-In with teacher
  • Poster/brochure completed-Monday, November 21st 
  • Presentations begin- Tuesday, November 22nd


Important Documents: 

International Organizations Project Instructions/Rubric

International Organization Group Planning Document

Grade 6: Map of Canada Quiz (Thursday 11/3)

As we continue our discussion of Canadian identity, students spent time this week reviewing a map of Canada. It is essential that our students have an understanding of where each province and territory is located in the country in order to comprehend essential components of history. Students will study their map of Canada to ensure they can adequately identify the provinces, territories, and capital cities. We will have a quiz on this content on Thursday, November 3rd, 2022. They should spend time reviewing their map each night.

They may also use the following websites to quiz themselves:

Provinces and territories of Canada - Wikipedia

Grade 8: Population Quiz (Monday 10/31)

Students have been practicing their demography skills in Social Studies over the last two weeks. We have analyzed and discussed various trends and factors that have influenced population growth. Students will be completing a quiz on Monday that focuses on the various terms and concepts related to population growth. The quiz will consist of multiple choice questions along with short answer responses. Students should spend time studying each night this week! They can find all of the necessary information in their notes.

Click here to access the review sheet: Population Quiz Review Sheet

World population evolution | Historic growth and causes - Iberdrola