Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Thursday, December 3. 2015

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

D Block Geography 12 - Today we'll start with Alex...

Okay maybe not but I hope you had fun with the Hypnotist last night at Winterfest.

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. 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.

C Block Crime, Media and Society 12 - Today you'll have the block to work on your clique assignment or your social influences assignment that are due Tuesday. 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?

A Block Social Studies 10 - Today you'll have part of the class to continue work on your 'Ole Bill Coot assignment but first...we'll examine the Confederation debate in British Columbia. We'll look at those supporting Confederation - joining Canada (like Anthony Musgrave, John Robson and Amor deCosmos), those supporting Annexation - joining the U.S.A. (like John Sebastien Helmcken) and those supporting Imperialism - staying a colony of Great Britain. I'd like you to explain the positions of each and identify the impacts on BC for each. So...

Confederation - benefits of this idea and impacts on BC
Annexation - benefits of this idea and impacts on BC
Imperialism - benefits of this idea and impacts on BC

After this you may continue working on 'Ole Bill Coot which is due this Monday...yep a deadline that is four days away. No worries right? 

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