Thursday, March 29, 2012

Geography - Tsunamis

Here are a few of the videos we saw today regarding tsunamis.   As always, let me know if you have any questions. 

Mr. Boettger  :-)

Tsunami Infographic from Shal on Vimeo.

Sunday, March 25, 2012


In the world, it is clear that most buildings have been constructed to last. Look at the ancient pyramids, the Mayan temples, or the Taj Mahal! Large structures, such as buildings, arenas, and towers, have to withstand much more than an occasional light rain shower. What sorts of things do they have to withstand in your area? What about structures in the tropics? Or structures in the Arctic? What would happen to them in monsoon prone areas? Brainstorm some of these ideas using either your computer or a pencil and paper to set up the framework. Be prepared to share your conclusions with your peers and teacher.
Using the ideas from your brainstorming, complete the following:

Find a recent news item, either in the newspaper or online, about a building or other large structure that didn't make it through some extreme weather. Be prepared to discuss it in class. Use the questions below to help get you started.

Questions to ponder:

- How old is this structure?
- Where in the world is this structure?
- Is the area around this structure prone to severe weather?
- How large is this structure?
- What went wrong, exactly?
- What measures, if any, were in place to enable this structure to withstand the elements?
- What measures would you suggest for this structure, if it were to be rebuilt?
- Would this structure need these measures if it was built in your area? 

Taj Mahal

One Word (actually that's two!)

This could quite possibly be the shortest blog post yet!

If you only had one word to describe yourself, what would it be?  

Once you have posted your response, read the responses posted by your peers and reply thoughtfully to at least two people.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Angry Birds!

I thought I would switch gears a little bit here and make this week's blog post a little bit on the techy/fun side.  It also came to me as I was actually playing the highly addictive game "Angry Birds".

So, without further adieu, watch the following video and then answer the following question:

Angry Birds is a very popular smart phone app. Brainstorm a new phone app.  It can be a game, a service or anything you can think of.  Describe your app and how it will be valuable to your customers.

Then when you have come up with your "million" dollar idea, go here and make your dream a reality.

Good luck!

Mr. Boettger  :-)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Dividing Decimals

Here is a nice review of how to divide decimals.  As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Mr. Boettger :-)

Multiplying Decimals

Here is a quick review of how to multiply decimals.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Mr. Boettger  :-)

Lattice Method: