Friday, January 6, 2012

Friday, January 6. 2012

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

B Block Geography 12 - Today we are going to look at soil: specifically structure, properties, and formation. We'll understand what a soil profile looks like and discover how colour, texture, and acidity differentiate soils. You'll need to complete questions 1 & 4 from page 620 and 8 & 11 from page 621 in your Geosystems textbook.

US Department of Agriculture - NRCS: What is Soil?
The Physical Environment: an introduction to physical geography - Soil Systems
Canadian Soil Information System
Discovery Education The Dirt on Soil
US Bureau of Land Management Soil Biological Communities for Kids
Soil Net

C Block Law 9/10 - On Monday we start with our final forensic quiz and then we are back in the library for you to begin work on another major project - this time it is a forensic science webpage (more on Monday). I'll start today by answering some of your "Burning Questions" about Law that you've always wanted answered. These are the anonymous questions that you put in the Law Question Box and I'll take some time both today and next week to answer them. When we've gone over a few questions I'll put on an episode of CSI (#301 Revenge is Best Served Cold). From

Catherine and Nick investigate street racing after one of the drivers is found dead out in the desert at an abandoned airstrip. Back in town, Grissom and his crew look into the death of a poker player who suffered a violent convulsion in the middle of a high-stakes game with three others. As always, things aren't what they seem.

D Block Social Studies 11 - Today we'll finish the Mulroney era for Canada's involvement in the Cold War. Yesterday we discussed the debt slashing policy of the Conservatives in the 1980's and touched on supply side economics and trickle down theory. Today we'll look at NAFTA and the Foreign Investment Review Agency. We'll also examine Mikhail Gorbachev's reforms in the Soviet Union and the eventual "collapse" of the Berlin Wall and the sphere of Soviet influence. I'll have you add questions 1 & 2 from page 156 to your work from yesterday (questions 2, 3, & 4 from page 150). We'll also watch the last ten minutes of the Atomic Cafe video and I'll also show you an NFB cartoon by Richard Condie called "The Big Snit" (which is a weird take on the cold war but more of a short movie about the relationship between a husband and wife From the NFB: This wonderfully wacky animation film is a look at two simultaneous conflicts, the macrocosm of global nuclear war and the microcosm of a domestic quarrel, and how each conflict is resolved. Presented with warmth and unexpectedly off-the-wall humor, the film is open to a multitude of interpretations). All of your Cold War questions will be due today.

After, we'll examine the dramatic changes to Canada's culture and identity as a result of the "baby boom" generation. We'll look at how the government tried to protect Canadian culture and the economy along with the development of both the environmental and woman's rights movements.

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