Monday, December 11, 2017

Tuesday, December 12. 2017

Today's schedule is C-D-A-B

C Block Human Geography 11 - Today we'll look at the key question "Why Do People Consume Different Foods"? The modern Canadian farm is mechanized and highly productive, especially compared to subsistence farms found in much of the rest of the world. This difference represents one of the most basic contrasts between the more developed and less developed countries of the world. Consumption of food also varies around the world, both in total amount and source of nutrients. These differences result from a combination of level of development, physical conditions, and cultural preferences. So today we'll try to examine these differences.

 You'll need to work on the following:
  1. Which of the three main cereal grains is most prevalent in your diet and why do you think that is so?
  2. Compare world distributions of wheat, rice, and maize production. To what extent do differences derive from environmental conditions and to what extent from food preferences and other social customs?
  3. How many kilocalories are in a Big Mac? You can use Google to find the answer. How does one Big Mac compare to the daily caloric intake of the average African?
  4. Define undernourishment:
  5. How much of the world suffers from undernourishment? Where are those places?
D Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll examine the role that socioeconomic structures within a society affect criminality. Specifically, we'll examine the Social Structure view of criminology that examines the impact of poverty on an individual’s chance of committing crimes. There are three major branches of social structure theories that include social disorganization theory, strain theory, and cultural deviance theory and we'll look at the connection between social disorganization, strain and deviance. A great TV show to look at that would help in order to understand this is the Wire that ran on HBO from 2002-2008. In the show institutional dysfunction and the decay of social structures cause urban Baltimore to become "gritty" and crime is one result.
From IMDb...

Set in Baltimore, this show centers around the city's inner-city drug scene. It starts as mid-level drug dealer, D'Angelo Barksdale beats a murder rap. After a conversation with a judge, Det. James McNulty has been assigned to lead a joint homicide and narcotics team, in order to bring down drug kingpin Avon Barksdale. Avon Barksdale, accompanied by his right-hand man Stringer Bell, enforcer Wee-Bey and many lieutenants (including his own nephew, D'Angelo Barksdale), has to deal with law enforcement, informants in his own camp, and competition with a local rival, Omar, who's been robbing Barksdale's dealers and reselling the drugs. The supervisor of the investigation, Lt. Cedric Daniels, has to deal with his own problems, such as a corrupt bureaucracy, some of his detectives beating suspects, hard-headed but determined Det. McNulty, and a blackmailing deputy. The show depicts the lives of every part of the drug "food chain", from junkies to dealers, and from cops to politicians

Alas district rules preclude me from showing you this (you really should watch it) so we'll instead focus on the Bloods and Crips in South Central LA.

Scott Kody joined the Crips in South Central Los Angeles in 1975 when he was in grade 6. He was released from Folsom Prison on parole in 1988, at the age of 24. Kody was one of the most ruthless gang leaders in Los Angeles and the California prison system but in 1985 he decided to reform. He adopted the name of Sanyika Shakur, became a black nationalist, and began a crusade against gangs. In Kody’s heyday, about 30,000 gang members roamed Los Angeles County. Today there are more than 150,000. It is estimated that in 2002 there were 21,500 youth gangs in the United States with 731,500 members. So social disorganization and strain can combine to develop a culturally deviant subculture that can grow exponentially in size.

At the end of the video I have a big question for you...and the question I'll have you work on for me is:

Have you ever perceived anomie if so what and why? What causes anomie? Is there more than one cause of strain?

B Block Physical Geography 12 - It has been a few months now since your geographic consulting company created a successful report for the town of Orting Washington on the dangers of Mt. Rainier and building a new school to accommodate growth. With the profits that your company made from the Parks Canada contract, you decided to take some time off and headed to the American Midwest for a 10 day Tornado Alley tour with Violent Skies Tours. True to form you made some contacts with people through the owners of the company and both Environment Canada (EC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have approached your company to create a map/poster on severe weather for elementary schools. Check out some examples at Canadian Geographic or National Geographic

Both EC and NOAA have indicated that the topics that you can research are: Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Thunder Storms, Lightning, Hail, Blizzards, Ice Storms, Drought, Flash Floods or Fire Storms (Forest Fires).

So you’ll need to either choose a topic (above) and identify the location where it affects the most OR choose a location in North America and identify the type of severe weather that affects that region the most (In the USA: Pacific Northwest; SoCal; Mountain West; Southwest; Midwest; West South Central-Tx; Gulf Coast-East South Central; South Atlantic; Mid Atlantic; New England; and Central Great Lakes; Hawaii; and Alaska. In Canada: SWBC; Okanagan; Rocky Mountains; Prairies; Northern Ontario-Quebec; Great Lakes; Atlantic Canada; Northern territories).

You will need to research the following about your topic:
  1. What causes the Severe Weather Event to occur?
  2. What kinds of damage does the Severe Weather Event inflict?
  3. How is the Severe Weather Event detected and monitored?
  4. Why does your chosen Severe Weather Event occur most often in the region you’ve chosen?
  5. What safety precautions should one take in order to survive your chosen Severe Weather Event?
  6. Give examples of the most extreme occurrences of your chosen Severe Weather Event that has happened in the region you’ve chosen.
  7. A List of the websites that you used to assist in the compilation of this assignment.
There are some websites of note that can help:
National Severe Storm Laboratory (click on the education tab)
National Hurricane Centre
Storm Prediction Centre About Tornadoes
Environment Canada Summer Weather Hazards webpage
How the Weather works
The weather world 2010 project
USA Today Weather and Climate Science page
Hurricane Preparation website
Winter Weather Awareness
Weather Channel Classroom
UK Official weather classroom
NOAA Weather classroom Jet Stream

WAIT...Of course, you may complete an alternate project as well. You and two others may become a weather forecaster and weather news interest broadcaster. So…

Congratulations you have received a job as a meteorologist with Environment Canada (or whichever meteorological organization you choose). You are to prepare a weather report for a newscast using the required information.  You will be working in groups of three and each person is required to contribute to the creation of the weather forecast and the presentation.

What to Do:

1.  Watch the news or the weather channel to see how they relay the weather.
2.  Choose a job and complete the requirements for each job.
3.  Work as a team to create a “live weather report” (forecast and a weather news on scene report) as a movie, using the green screen in room 003.
4.  Create a script for your weather report (to be handed in)
5.  Use a weather map from Windy tv as your forecast with a minimum of five days forecast.
6.  Dress for success.  Make sure you look the part of your character on the show.
7.  The report should be 5-10 minutes long

For your green screen backgrounds consider using any of the following (you’ll need to edit backgrounds on your own) (clouds/fog) (has icons on them but still lots of good stuff)

There are good background graphics here
You could use Google Earth screen captures or screen captures from CTV news (the storm tracker and weather radar loops are good animated gifs) AND the best one is Windy TV

There are green screen backgrounds for a news set here

Two video weather report intros that you can use can be found at:

There are some good animated weather icons you could use here:

How to Create Your Own Green Screen Effects

If you have Apple products, then consider:
Veescope Live Green Screen App

This assignment will be due next Wednesday (Day 70). Good Luck!

Monday, December 11. 2017

Today's schedule is A-B-C-D

B Block Physical Geography 12 - Today we'll conclude our look at tropical hurricanes.
While you are working on the questions I'll show you some footage of Hurricane Ike and the damage done to Galveston Island (on the Raging Planet Hurricane episode)

Raging Planet: Hurricane (2009) - Part 1 by bigcenterprises

C Block Human Geography 11 - Today we start our two week look at agriculture. Our key issue today will be Where Did Agriculture Originate? I'll have you look at crop and domesticated animal hearths and have you understand the difference between subsistence and commercial agriculture;

D Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll be back in the library to work on our on line chat room discussion forum. Please remember only eleven (11) of you have completed the Why is it important to study crime media? thread, just five (5) of you have completed the Reality Crime Television thread, and only five (5) of you have indicated what media you will be following for your term project on the Individual Media Monitoring Assignment thread. For today please complete the  'Outlaw Folk Hero' or 'Punk Kid Criminal'?  Colton Harris Moore thread.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Friday, December 8. 2017

Today's schedule is A-B-C-D

B Block Physical Geography 12 - Today we'll continue our look at severe weather focusing on hurricanes. We'll look at the conditions necessary for hurricane development and then look at the Saffir-Simpson scale (wind speed, storm surge, and damage to structures). Your activity will be to track (plot out the path) of Hurricane Diana from 1984 and answer two questions (including question 18 from page 248 of your Geosystems text). For more on predicting Hurricane Landfall check out: Predicting Hurricanes and the NOAA Predicting Hurricanes site too.

While you are working on the questions I'll show you some footage of Hurricane Ike and the damage done to Galveston Island (on the Raging Planet Hurricane episode)

Raging Planet: Hurricane (2009) - Part 1 by bigcenterprises

The tragedy of Hurricane Katrina is very personal to me, although I was not directly impacted by the hurricane (I did not lose loved ones; nor did I lose property in the storm). In early August 2005, I spent time talking with the people of New Orleans and making friends there. I traveled the Gulf Shores road (Highway 90) through Pass Christian, Bay St. Louis, Long Beach, and Gulfport, Mississipi. Three weeks later after a clear warning from the director of the National Hurricane Center, Dr. Max Mayfield (someone who I met at a professional workshop five years earlier), Katrina made landfall along the border between Louisiana and Mississippi. Now it wasn't as if politicians didn't know about the potential disaster that could befall New Orleans if a major hurricane was to strike. Dr. Ivor van Heerden (from the Raging Planet video) ran a simulation called Hurricane Pam the previous year at Louisiana State University. His test results were provided to FEMA, state, and local officials. People knew. People in power knew. Heck, I even knew and I'm just a geography teacher living on the opposite end of the continent.

Rolling Stone Magazine The Lasting Effects of Hurricane Katrina
Time Magazine 10 Essential Stories about Hurricane Katrina

The end of the walled border at Tijuana, Mx.
C Block Human Geography 11 - Today we'll look the the key question "Why Do Boundaries Cause Problems"? A boundary is an invisible line that marks the extent of a state’s territory. Boundaries completely surround an individual state to mark the outer limits of its territorial control and to give it a distinctive shape. Boundary locations may be the source of conflict, both within a country and with its neighbors. Boundaries may be classified into three categories:

  1. Cultural boundaries follow the distribution of cultural features.
  2. Geometric boundaries are based on human constructs, such as straight lines. 
  3. Physical boundaries coincide with significant features of the natural landscape.

You'll have two charts and some questions to complete for me.

D Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll look at Colton Harris-Moore the "Barefoot Bandit" who was raised on Camano Island just north of Everett Washington in the Puget Sound.
Harris-Moore was sentenced in December 2011 to seven years in state prison for dozens of crimes, including burglary and identity theft, stemming from his two-year run from the law in stolen boats, cars and airplanes. A self-taught pilot, he was finally apprehended in a hail of bullets in the Bahamas in 2010, after he crash-landed a plane stolen from an Indiana airport. He has a "Fan Club" and many many articles have been written on him including Time, and Outside Magazine...Twice! He also has agreed to sell his life story to 20th Century Fox movie studio for $1.3 million... So Today we'll watch "Chasing the Barefoot Bandit"

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Thursday, December 7. 2017

Today's schedule is D-C-B-A

D Block Criminology 12 - Today you'll have the block to work on your clique assignment or your social influences assignment that are due tomorrow. From yesterday, what are the cliques that exist in our school? To start Identify/ Brainstorm as many as you can on your own and, while avoiding stereotypes, try to describe the typical member of each clique. Get together with another two students in the class and form a triad - a group of three (not a dyad - a group of two). In your triad groups, select one clique in the school and make a poster that graphically depicts that group. Make sure that there are explanations of their behaviours, attire, appearance, attitudes and beliefs...hmmm maybe their clique culture?

How crazy is this? Ever seen the high school story game for Apple and Android products?

Play HIGH SCHOOL STORY and create the school of your dreams, filled with all your friends. Throw parties, go on dates, and recruit jocks, nerds, cheerleaders, and MANY MORE classmates to unlock their stories! Plan a surprise birthday party, star in a fashion show, go on a wild spring break beach trip, and discover hundreds of other adventures!
  • THROW PARTIES to unlock over 30 characters! 
  • DATE your crush and play matchmaker for everyone at your school! 
  • BATTLE a rival high school in an evolving story, including a showdown at the Homecoming game, a science fair, a prank war, and more! 
  • PUT YOUR FRIENDS in the game and join them on adventures, dates, and parties! 
  • MAKE NEW FRIENDS and play their stories! 
  • BUILD your dream school and decorate it with everything from a half-pipe to a box of puppies! 

Why Cliques Form at Some High Schools and Not Others
Buzzfeed Can We Guess What Clique You Belonged To In High School?

C Block Human Geography 11 - So today we'll continue with the key question Why Are Nation-states Difficult to Create? We'll look at Colonialism and see if there are still colonies today (spoiler alert there are)

  1. By definition, what is a colony?
  2. Define colonialism
  3. Summarize three reasons Europeans sought colonies.
  4. Which country had the largest empire?  Second largest?
  5. List the largest remaining colonies in the world and who possesses each.
B Block Physical Geography 12 - Another day for our look at tornadoes

Don't forget questions:

  1. Evaluate the pattern of tornado activity in Canada and the United States. Where is Tornado Alley? What generalizations can you make about the distribution and timing of tornadoes? What happened in 2003?
  2. Describe the formation process of a mesocyclone. How is this development associated with that of a tornado?
And websites to help:
NWS Jetstream Tornadoes
Weather underground Supercells
How Mesocyclones Work
Weather Network Tornado Alley
CBC What is Tornado Alley
NOAA Tornado Alley

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Wednesday, December 6. 2017

Today's schedule is B-A-D-C

B Block Physical Geography 12 - Today we'll continue our look at severe weather focusing on mesoscale convective complexes and tornadoes. We'll finish out look at thunderstorms and lightning...

Then, I'll show you some footage of a tornado captured on video by a Kansas television crew. This footage was actually detrimental to tornado safety as most people who saw it assumed that a highway overpass provides shelter and safety. This proved deadly with the May 3, 1999 Moore Oklahoma F5 tornado.

We'll watch a bit of the wind episode from the BBC Series "The Weather" and hear from a man that survived a direct strike from an EF5 tornado.Then we'll watch the Raging planet video on Tornadoes and while it is on you can work on questions 15 and 16 from page 248 of your Geosystems textbook.

From 2013 a storm chasing team inside the Tornado Intercept Vehicle (TIV2)

 D Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll look at groups and socialization. Our focus today will be on in-groups, out-groups and social integration along with agents of socialization (family, school, peer groups and mass media). Groups are really important because they affect the way we view the world, our sense of self, and our understanding of where we fit into the larger social scene. The family is the most basic primary group we belong to. We may also have close friends or belong to a support group that we feel close intimate ties with. This leads me to today's activity:

There are many groups or "cliques" in this school. A "clique" is a group of people who interact with each other more regularly and intensely than others in the same setting. Interacting with cliques at school is part of normative social development regardless of gender, ethnicity, or popularity.

So, what are the cliques that exist in our school? To start Identify/ Brainstorm as many as you can on your own and, while avoiding stereotypes, try to describe the typical member of each clique. Get together with another two students in the class and form a triad - a group of three (not a dyad - a group of two). In your triad groups select one clique in the school and make a poster that graphically depicts that group. Make sure that there are explanations of their behavious, attire, appearance, attitudes and beliefs...hmmm maybe their clique culture? This will be due this Friday in class. Your activity from yesterday will also be due Friday and I'll give you more time tomorrow to work on either your clique assignment or your social influences assignment. But today is Wednesday and on Wednesday's...

So fetch!

C Block Human Geography 11 - Today we'll deal with the key question Why Are Nation-states Difficult to Create? We'll look at colonialism and the nations created in its wake as well as the fall of the USSR and look at the 15 countries created along with problems in the Caucuses (Georgia, South Ossetia and Abkhazia). We'll examine the Russian annexation/repatriation of Crimea from the Ukraine and you'll have some questions to work on for me.

And remember the questions for today and tomorrow...
  1. How did Communists suppress the issues of ethnicity and nationalism?  (Give several examples)
  2. When the Soviet Union dissolved into 15 countries in the 1990s, the new countries were based on ethnicities. Other than Russia, they can be divided into 4 groups based on their location. Complete the chart indicate the countries in each group: Baltic Region (3 states); Eastern Europe (3 states); Central Asia (5 states); Caucusus (3 states)
  3. In the Caucusus region, there have been many problems with the new nations and ethnicities. Summarize the main problems and note specifics of regions and peoples for each. Azeris (Azerbaijan) Armenians (Armenia) Georgians (Georgia)
  4. If Abkhazia and South Ossetia become independent states, how would they compare in size to microstates described earlier in this chapter?