Christmas Carol Project

  • Map Unit Resources

    Click here for the names of the 50 States and their matching abbreviations.

    Here is a map showing where each state is and its proper two letter abbreviation.

    State map of United States 

    United States rivers mapped 
    This map will help you get most of the rivers and waterways for your project, but you will need to be a resourceful detective to get the rest.  Not all of the rivers here are on your map so be careful to use the correct ones!

    will help you with the information you need for the Electoral College map for our project.

    Number of electoral college seats by state Geography Vocabulary- Part 2


    Plateau- a large area of high, flat land

    Basin-a large area of low flat land

    Mountain Range-a series of mountains in a row

    Valley-the low area between mountains

    Peninsula- a long piece of land sticking out into the water

    Bay-water that sticks into the land, usually not very big

    Gulf- a really large bay

    Isthmus-a thin strip of land connecting two large bodies of land

    Tributary-one river that pours its water into another, larger, body of water

    Mouth-the part of the river where the water comes out into something else

    Source- where a river starts, usually high up in a mountain area (starts SMALL)

    Physical Map- shows where things you can see, feel are (mountains, rivers etc.)

    Population Map- a map that shows how many people(or other living things) are living in an area

    Latitude-Invisible lines that run East to West used to find location

    Longitude-Invisible lines that run North to South used to find location

    Altitude-how high above sea level, an object is

    Coastline-the place where the water and land meet

    Electoral College-the people we pick who actually elect the president

    Equator-the imaginary line that divides the Earth into a northern and southern hemisphere

    Prime Meridian- the imaginary line that divides the Earth into an eastern and western hemisphere

    Hemisphere- half of a ball (sphere)


    The water cycle 



    The video below is a refresher about our lesson today on the water cycle:



    Some of the classes asked to see a video about hail.  Here it is.



    Christmas Carol Projects - Coming Soon! Under Construction!



    Click the picture for a link to a page about Gary Paulsen.
    Gary Paulsen 
    Welcome to our Unit about Gary Paulsen's book "Hatchet".  While it centers around the trials of survival of a 13 year old boy, there are lessons for younger and older readers that are very deep.  It contains allegories we might all be better off learning.  As you read, and respond to these questions, remember to think beyond the physical- get to the metaphysical.  Find the real treasure.
    Draft responses for the following questions as we read and discuss the book.  Turn them in after the book is complete.  Don't final draft too soon as you may add or change your responses as we continue on through the story.
    If you forget your book, here is a link to a free online copy of Hatchet.
    1.  Brian is traveling to see his father when the plane he's in crashes.  Compare the plane crash to what's going on at the same time in Brian's life at home.  Explain the similarities. Provide proof from the pages in the book. 
    2. On pages 8 and 9, Gary Paulsen hints at how Brian feels about his parents.  Explain his feelings.  Provide proof from the pages. 
    3. In Chapter 2 Brian begins to demonstrate some positive personal attributes, or qualities, as he deals with flying the plane.  What traits does he show?  Provide proof from the pages in the book.
    4. At the beginning of Chapter 4 Brian is remembering "The Secret".  What is the secret that he is keeping?  Explain why he calls it "The Secret".  Provide proof from the pages in the book.
    5. A life lesson is one that should change the way you think about something for the rest of your life.  In Chapter 5, what life lesson does Brian learn from drinking the lake's water?  (Hint- its not simply about getting sick)
    6. In Chapter 5 Brian thinks that he has, "nothing... nothing to eat...nothing to start a tools at all".  It could be argued that he has all he needs.  Does he have nothing?  OR... Does he have all he needs?  Choose one, and explain your opinion.  Provide evidence from the story to support your point.
    7. It could be said that the same lessons Brian learns about surviving in the wilderness will help him survive the troubles in his home/ family life.  Do you agree or disagree?  Support your opinion with details from the story.
    8. On page 70, Brian cries, "Long tears, self pity tears, wasted tears."  Why does he call them "wasted tears"?  Explain your opinion.
    9. In Chapter 8 Brian learns what he calls, "the most important rule of survival".  What is his "rule" and why does he feel its the most important one?  Provide evidence from the story to support your opinion.
    10 In Chapter 11 Brian says he's changed.  In what ways has Brian changed.  Think beyond looks here.  Think deeply...metaphysically.  How can a person change metaphysically?

    11. A conclusion is a final understanding about something after all the facts are considered.  In Chapter 12, what conclusion does Brian reach about being trapped in the wilderness?  Explain using proof from the story.

    12. What does Mr. Paulsen mean when he wrote that, "The wolf, "took all below him for his own...took Brian for his own... the wolf was right". Explain.

    13. In Chapter 13, Brian describes himself as having died shortly after the crash and been born again as the "new Brian".  What does he mean?  Is he "new"?  Do you agree or disagree with his statement?  Explain your opinion.  Provide proof from the pages in the book.

    14. By the end of Chapter 13 it could be argued that, in a certain sense, Brian did die in those woods after the search plane went by.  Think beyond the physical here.  Do you agree with the statement?  Explain your thinking.

    15. In Chapter 14, Mr. Paulsen talks about Brian starting to rebuild his shelter by first tearing it down.  How is this a metaphor for what is happening to him in the woods?  Explain your thinking.  Provide proof from the pages in the book.

    16. On page 143, Brian refers to his mother as, "...his mother from the "Old Time."  Why does he refer to her this way?  Who/ what is his mother from his "New Time"?  Why does he think that?  Provide proof from the pages in the book.

    17. In Chapter 19 Brian talks about being "rich" but he has no clothes, no house, no TV, car, toys...  To an untrained thinker he might appear to be very poor.  How is it that Brian would think he's rich?  What does it really mean to be "rich"? Provide proof from the pages in the book.

    18 Brian says the rifle and the lighter changed him and he wasn't sure he liked the change much.  Explain why he might feel this way using proof from the story.

    19. After the adventure is over, Brian has dreams of his time in the wilderness.  How does Brian feel about the dreams?  Why do you suppose he feels that way about them?  To infer means to arrive at an idea based on hints (Think of our archaeology unit).  What can you infer that Brian feels about the wilderness?
    20. Look at the various book covers below.  Choose which you think is the best choice for the book and explain your choice.  Support your opinion with details from the story.
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