Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thursday, December 8. 2011

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

D Block Social Studies 11 - Today in class we'll continue our look at World War Two by focusing on the internment of Japanese Canadian citizens here in British Columbia. This sad event in Canadian history was the culmination of years of racism and xenophobia on the west coast. Japanese Canadian citizens were excluded from a 160 kilometer range from the coast, were sent to detention camps and were deprived of their civil liberties. Japanese Canadians lost all their possessions (houses, farms, fishing boats, companies and personal goods) which the government sold off to keep them from returning to British Columbia. It wasn't until 1949 that they regained all of their rights and that all restrictions were lifted. You'll have to work on questions 1 a and b from page 127 out of the Counterpoints textbook. Next our focus in class turns to Operation Overlord or D-Day in Europe.

It is important to understand the both the horrors of modern war and the insanely difficult conditions that the allied soldiers had on Juno, Gold, Sword, Utah, and Omaha beaches. We'll discuss the efforts of the allies and then we'll watch a Canada: A People's History episode that explains the events. With the time left in class you can work on questions 1 & 2 from page 122 of the Counterpoints textbook as well as your propaganda poster that is due in tomorrow's class.
For more on Juno Beach, the Canadian efforts in Normandy and D-Day check out:
Juno Beach Interactive Centre
World War II - Canada in Normandy
Veterans Affairs Canada - Normandy 1944

C Block Law 9/10 - Today we are in the library so that you may continue your work on the Clue Us In crime scene investigation project. Please remember that the library has books on forensic investigation and I have books on crime scene investigation as well. Use these resources to aid you in the development of your project. Remember you need to create a crime...replicate the crime scene...investigate the crime as if you were an R.C.M.P. officer...and prepare a dossier file to hand over to Crown Counsel so that they may prosecute the case. Good Luck.

B Block Geography 12 - Today we are off to the library to begin two days of class time working on our severe weather power point assignment. The assignment follows:

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. After some well deserved time off, you then completed a pamphlet for Parks Canada on the dangers of Mass Wasting in the Canadian Rockies which is still being distributed to back country enthusiasts. 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 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has hired your company to create a PowerPoint presentation on severe weather. NOAA has indicated that the topics that you can research are: Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Thunder Storms, Lightning, Hail, Blizzards, Ice Storms, Drought, or Fire Storms. 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.Where does your chosen Severe Weather Event occur most often in North America?
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 Canada, the United States and the world.
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
FEMA (look at Plan and Prepare)
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

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