Important Links

 Beginning of the Year and Geography Links
  • Click here for a pdf copy of the Geography Test Study Guide notes. 
  • Click here for a pdf copy of the scoring rubric for the "What Am I?" Keynote project.
  • Click here for an example of the Western Hemisphere map required in class.
  • Click here for a pdf of Mrs. Bigelow's 2016 Social Studies Class Syllabus. (Sorry but it shows page 2 first.)
  • Click here for an additional alternative calendar.
  • Click here for the Tigard-Tualatin School District home page.
  • Click here to see globes of the Earth with important latitude lines.
  • Click here for the note page 'Lines of Latitude--Parallels".
  • Click here for the note page 'Lines of Longitude--Meridians". 
  • Click here for a pdf of landform definitions. 
  • Click here for a web site to practice your continents and oceans.
  • Click here for access to online geography games. 
  • Click here to get access to google docs.
  • Click here to answer the question "What is a watershed?"

Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt Unit Links
  • Click here for the link to take your test on
  • Click here for a copy of the Egypt test study guide notes.
  • Click here for the folder of music in Google Drive.
  • Here is the scoring rubric for your Egyptian Destination iMovie.
  • Click here to see my example of the informative writing assignment "Gifts of the Nile".
  • Here is the analyzed version of my written example that I had on the board in class.
  • Here is the writing template for the informative essay due Friday, January 13th and here is the article entitled "Gifts of the Nile" for you to use if desired.
  • Click here for the district's scoring rubric for the essay.  
  • View the National Geographic movie "Mysteries of Egypt" for extra information to help you write your essay.
  • The pages from the History Alive book about the geography of Egypt are here.
  • For access to information to write your summary paragraph click here for the directions.
  • This link is the criteria rubric the summary paragraph will be scored by.  
  • Here is my example of a final draft of the summary paragraph.
  • Click for access to three student example maps of Egypt, here, here and here
  • Click here for access to Characteristics of a Civilization from History Alive. 
  • Click here for an example of the paragraph about why Hammurabi was important.
  • Click here to go the hieroglyphic typewriter page.
  • Click here for a pdf for famous monuments in Egypt.
  • Click here for a pdf of Super Stars of Egypt.
  • Click here for the link to the a web page of top Egyptian Inventions.
 Ancient China and Medieval Japan Unit Links
Latin America and Mayas, Aztecs, and Incas Links
  • Click here for a map of the Caribbean and here for a second map of the Caribbean.
  • Click here for a map of South America.
  • Click here for a map of Middle America. 
  • Click here to read Chapter 26, "The Incas."
  • Click here to access a PowerPoint of notes to "The Maya" chapter in History Alive.  
  • Click here to access the Mayan glyph online translator.
Writing and Other Links
  • Click here for access to Kahoot.
  • Click here to visit the Purdue OWL: MLA Writing Lab page to learn how to cite sources
  • Click here to go to the Citation Maker page for the Oregon School Library System
  • This is a great page of English proverbs.
  • Click here for access to templates for writing a book trailer script.
  • Click here for access to Free Translation.


  1. Hi Mrs. Bigelow, this is Caroline from the Pulitzer Center. Glad to see you're using our content! We also have lesson plans, e-books and more available (including a new one on water and climate change in China - Let us know if you have any questions!

  2. Hi Mrs. Bigelow, we are currently working on a Mayan Unit and were thinking about doing a stelae project as well. Could you tell me where I could find information about the actual lesson that you used?

    1. I created my own lesson for the Mayan stelae.