Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wednesday, June 3. 2015

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

B Block Social Studies 11 - I have the library booked for today and Friday so that you can work on a population activity connected to the Population Reference Bureau's 2014 World Population Data Sheet. Please open a digital copy (word document) of the assignment - called World Population Activity 2014 - in the K: Drive (Assignments Directory) at school and you and a partner (yes it's a partner activity) can answer the questions directly on the word document and then submit the completed work digitally to me. Please don't forget yesterday's work on the One Child policy in China (use the videos and links from yesterday's blog entry to help with your plus/minus/interesting chart).

D Block Crime, Media and Society 12 - Today we'll continue our look at the Russell Williams case from 2010. Yesterday in class we watched the CBC Fifth Estate documentary "Above Suspicion" on the case and it reflected the Canadian coverage of the case. Today we'll look at the American coverage of the case, specifically the CBS 48 Hours Hard Evidence documentary: "Name, Rank, Serial Killer" and/or the NBC Dateline documentary "Conduct Unbecoming". We'll look at the "Cross Border Crime Stories" handout I gave you and after watching the episode perhaps you'll have a better grasp on the differences between our two legal cultures when it comes to crime coverage in the media. The biggest difference is the limitations on what can be reported about criminal prosecutions. Consider the differences in what was reported and how it was reported.

C Block Geography 12 - Guess which Geography teacher went to go see San Andreas and mocked it mercilessly all night long? C'mon you know who! in the world can a tsunami form along a left lateral strike slip fault? It's simple science people...really Hollywood get it together. Better than 2012 and the Day After Tomorrow...marginally better than Into the Storm and Dante's Peak but still for my money the best of the bunch is Twister "It's the wonder of nature baby!"

Today in Geography we won't talk about San Andreas...instead we will begin looking at biomes and biogeographic realms. Biomes are the major regional groupings of plants and animals discernible at a global scale. The distribution of these biomes is connected to climate, soil, and the physical topography of the earth. Biogeography is the study of the distribution and patterns of plants and animals throughout the biosphere.

Using chapter 20 of your Geosystems textbook, I would like you to describe the adaptations and structure for flora and fauna (plant and animal) in each of the following terrestrial biomes (land based not aquatic): Equatorial & Tropical Rain forest (ETR); Tropical Seasonal Forest and Scrub (TrSF); Tropical Savanna (TrS); Mid latitude Broad leaf & Mixed Forest (MBME); Needle leaf & Montane Forest (NF/MF); Temperate Rain forest (TeR); Mediterranean Shrub land (MSh); Mid latitude Grasslands (MGr); Deserts (DBW & DBC); and Arctic & Alpine Tundra (AAT). At the end of this there are questions 8, 12, 13, & 15 from page 693 to complete as well.

While you work on this I will have the Planet Earth Pole to Pole episode on for you to watch. For more on the biomes covered in the Planet Earth series check out Planet Earth: Guide to the Planet

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