Course Overview

    Title of Course: 7th Grade Social Studies: Geography

    Teacher’s Name: Mr. Willingham

    Course Information: World Geography: Regions and People

    Teacher Information: Planning hour is from 9:00 – 9:45 am (2nd hour)

    Teacher Phone: 810-591-6252

    Teacher email: cwilling@carmanainsworth.org

    Prerequisite(s): Completion of 6th Grade Social Studies.

    Course Description and Overview of Content:

    Students will learn about the various aspects of the people, environment, culture, economy, etc in all the regions of the world along with most of the physical features of the regions being studied.

    Course Goal/Intended Outcomes:

    Students to be proficient and have a good understanding of the course as outlined in the course description.

    Texts and/or Other Materials:

    Geography Alive: Regions and People; Interactive Notebooks.

    Format and Activities:

    Reading, lecture, activity workbooks, mapping labs, and group work.

    Grading Practices and Procedures:

    Grades are cumulative based on a point system which coincides with CAMS Grading Scale.


    CAMS guidelines per the Student Handbook.

    Classroom Rules and Procedures:

    CAMS guidelines per C-A Rocks and the Student Handbook.

    Academic Integrity:

    CAMS guidelines per the Student Handbook.

    Technology Usage:

    CAMS guidelines according to "Acceptable Use Practices"

    Other Comments:





    Welcome to Mr. Willingham's 7th grade Social Studies class. This year you will be learning all aspects of the world's many different regions including: Canada & the United States, Latin America, Europe & Russia, Africa, Southwest & Central Asia, Monsoon Asia, Oceania and Antarctica. To be successful in this class I would like you to bring the following materials with you to class EACH and EVERY DAY!

    2.    PENCIL or INK PEN -either black or blue ink

    I grade on a point system, so it is extremely important that students complete all assignments. It is also important that they come to class prepared to learn along with all of their materials listed above.

    Classroom Procedures

    •    When you enter the classroom, you will sit down in your assigned seat and begin to read your literature book immediately after the bell has rung. YOU WILL NOT GATHER AROUND THE DOORWAY OR MY DESK (all questions and concerns will be dealt with after the 10 minutes of sustained silent reading).
    •    We usually read a section of the book together, but not always. We also will be doing many mapping labs this year in class. I also add information about the section that the book does not cover. After the reading and lecture, you will do an enrichment assignment over the material that was just covered. Assignments are due when I assign them due (usually the next day.) I DO NOT ACCEPT LATE HOMEWORK (unless prior arrangements have been made or unforeseeable circumstances arise.) If you do not turn in an assignment, you will receive zero points for that assignment.
    •    If you are absent, it is YOUR responsibility to find out what we did in class and get the assignments that went along with it.
    •    We take section quizzes and chapter/unit tests over the material covered. If you are absent on the day of a test or quiz, you are to make it up on the day you return to school, (unless prior arrangements have been made.)
    •    There are no retakes on quizzes and tests, BE PREPARED THE FIRST TIME!

    Classroom Rules

    •    No talking unless you raise your hand and are called upon. It is extremely rude to be talking when someone else is talking with permission. There will usually be some time for group work and/or free time at the end of each hour where you will be able to talk freely.
    •    Do not raise your hand until I or your fellow students are completely done talking. It is important to pay attention to the speaker.
    •    Only 1 person is allowed at my desk or the pencil sharpener at a time.
    •    You will receive 5 EMERGENCY hallway passes per Semester. Use the time between classes and lunch for using the restroom, getting drinks, phone calls, and any other personal business you need to attend to.
    •    No food, candy, gum, or drinks (except bottled water in a clear container) of any kind are allowed in the classroom (Student Handbook.)
    •    No MP3 pr CD players are allowed in the classroom. If I see or hear them, I will confiscate them and your parent or guardian will have to pick it up in the main office (Student Handbook.)
    •    No Cell Phones are allowed in the classroom. If I see or hear them, I will confiscate them and your parent or guardian will have to pick it up in the main office (Student Handbook.)
    •    You are also to obey all the general rules of the school according to the Student Handbook and CA-ROCKS expectations. If at any time you are not obeying these rules, I have the right and RESPONSIBILITY to administer punishment according to the Student Handbook.

    For Parents: If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 810-591-6252 between the times of 9:00am-9:45am. If you can't reach me during that time, please leave me a voice mail and I will be happy to return your call. Or if you prefer, you can E-mail me any time at cwilling@carmanainsworth.org





    7th Grade Social Studies: World Geography Mr. Willingham



    Planning (best time to reach me by phone): 9:00-9:45am

    Book: Geography Alive (Regions and People)-TCI

    Unit 1: The Geographer's World
    Unit 2: Canada and the United States
    Unit 3: Latin America
    Unit 4: Europe and Russia
    Unit 5: Africa
    Unit 6: Southwest and Central Asia
    Unit 7: Monsoon Asia
    Unit 8: Oceania and Antarctica

    Your child will be using a fairly new book that is current with today's State of Michigan standards as well as the Common Core standards put in place by the Federal Department of Education. Unfortunately I do not have enough copies in my classroom for every student to check out and keep, so your child will not be bringing them home. However, there is a website for the book (LeamTCI.com) and the library does have copies that the students are able check out if they need one for home. Therefore your child (to their joy) will not have much Social Studies homework this year. Most of their assignments we do in class, which consist of projects, enrichment activities, summaries and labs (mapping, graphing, etc)

    Grading is cumulative for all assignments/tests and based on a point system. You will be able to keep up with your student's progress by viewing "Parent Web" through the Carman-Ainsworth website. Your child also is able to receive a progress report from the office which is usually available every other Friday.

    I look forward to working with you and your child this school year and teaching them all the facets of World Geography (while hopefully making it fun for them). If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email or call me.

    Thank you,

    Chris Willingham



    Units at a Glance

    September - Pre-test, Basic review, Constitution Day, Unit 1: The Geographers World (Chapters 1-2)

    October - Five Themes of Geography Project, MEAP Testing, Mapping labs challenges 1-4, Unit 2: Canada and the United States-Begin (Chapters 3-8) 

    November - Written response (computer lab) Issues facing national parks, National Parks Article (Socratic circle), Unit 2: Canada and the United States-Finish, Thanksgiving History 

    December - Mapping labs1-4, unit 3; Unit 3: Latin America (9-13): Begin Hurricane Pamphlet (project) 

    January - Unit 3: Latin America-Finish, Culture grams/travel brochure, MLK Day, Unit 4: Europe and Russia Begin (chapters 14-18), Mapping labs challenges 1-4 

    February - Unit 4: Europe and Russia Finish, Black History Month, Unit 5: Africa (chapters 19-23) Begin Mapping lab 1-4 unit 4 

    March - Unit 5: Africa Finish, Unit 6 Southwest and Central Asia (chapters 24-26) Mapping lab unit 6 challenges 1-4 

    April - Unit 7 Monsoon Asia (chapters 27-32) Begin Mapping lab unit 7 challenges 1-4 

    May - Unit 7 Monsoon Asia Finish, Unit 8: Oceana and Antarctica (chapters 33-35)

    June - Review and Final Exams