Sunday, May 25, 2014

Monday, May 26. 2014

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

A Block Social Studies 11 - Today we'll continue with our focus on the end of the war in the Pacific looking at the Manhattan Project and the use of nuclear weapons in Japan (Hiroshima and Nagasaki). This takes us to V-J Day and the end of World War Two. I'll have you work on questions 1-4 on page 121 (Is the use of Weapons of Mass Destruction ever justified?) and questions 1 & 2 on page 122 from the Counterpoints textbook. We'll watch "Seconds from Disaster: Nagasaki"

and then we'll watch a bit of the Atomic Cafe movie in class. The Atomic Cafe contains civil defense movies from the 1940's through the 1960's and will help you understand the culture of fear that developed throughout the Cold War. Today we'll watch the first few sections that deal with the Manhattan Project and the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

B Block 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. 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. Nice work!

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 poster on severe weather for either elementary schools or local community centres.

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
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

C Block Law 9/10 - Today we are going to continue your look at crime scene investigation procedures and we will begin our work in the library on our case study project. An excellent on line resource that you can use is Forensic Magazine - Check out the "Tips" tab (it's a pull down menu and the select "Crime Scene Tips"). Click on the magazine logo below to go to the website.

You will need to imagine that you are a constable in the Comox Valley R.C.M.P. detachment specializing in criminalistics and crime scene analysis. You are going to create a crime scene dossier file that you would normally put together for the Crown Counsel. You have been called out to a crime scene here in the Comox Valley and when you arrive at the scene you need to begin your narrative report. What do you need to do?

•Create a crime (ex: murder, arson, kidnapping, assault)
•Choose eight pieces of evidence (from the list below) that you would find at the crime scene and either help you solve the crime or mislead the investigators
•Create a victim, a perpetrator, two other potential subjects, & witnesses (not necessary)
•Create a dossier file that contains the following: a walk through narrative; pictures of the eight pieces of evidence (with a description, a tag number, and an explanation of where it was found); a detailed crime scene diagram/sketch with pictures of what the crime scene looked like and the identification of evidence; forensics lab sheets for each piece of evidence that describes the evidence and explains what the evidence tells you; transcripts of any interviews conducted by investigators (including potential eyewitnesses or suspects); a narrative of how you "solved" the crime so that the Crown Counsel can move forward with laying charges and proceed to trial.

Evidence to choose from: human hair, synthetic hair, carpet fibres, cotton fibres, bullet cartridges, bullet holes, finger prints, foot/shoe prints, blood stains (drip, splatter, pool), bodily fluids, skin epithelials, tube of lipstick, can of coke, apple core, piece of rope, body, accellerants, matches, money (wallet), poisons, bugs or larvae (blowflies), cigar or cigarette but, mug, tire treads, or any other trace evidence but you must approve the other evidence with me.

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