Thursday, January 18, 2018

Grade 9 Social Studies Final Assessment review

In order to be successful on your final assessment you will need to understand and be able to apply the six historical thinking concepts to the different topics we have spent time on in our class.
Here is the link to the six historical thinking sites blog post:

The six concepts are:
Historical Significance
Ethical Judgement
Historical Perspective
Cause & Consequence
Continuity & Change

The following vocab is important for you to know and understand:
-nationalism                  -assimilation
-imperialism                 -biculturalism
-colonisation                 -mercantilism
-revolution                    -industrialization
-democracy                   -mother country

The major units we studied were:
Canadian History from pre-contact to 1919
Canadian Geography
Industrial Revolution
French Revolution

Geography 12: Final Assessment Review

Geog. 12:  Final Assessment is on Tuesday Jan. 23 in the morning

Three Part Final:
Part 1:  vocab:  you will define and provide an example from class (see condensed vocab. list below) or label a big picture diagram (eg. karst system).  You will have choice here, e.g..define and provide examples of 6/12 vocab words.
Part 2:  Application questions:  these will be short answer and you will apply your knowledge.  There will be (at least) one on Biomes (you can bring in your Biomes notes sheet), at least one on weather (think about our last quest), one on Gradation, and one on resource management (likely mining).
Part 3: Case Studies.  You will be presented 6 case studies where you will apply the the Geographical Thinking concepts.

Geography 12:  Geographic Thinking Concepts

1.  Geographic Significance
Why we care, today, about certain events, trends, and issues in geography (and history).  Evaluate the features or aspects of geographic phenomena or locations to explain what makes them worthy of attention or recognition.

2.  Evidence & Interpretation
How to find, select, put in context, compare, challenge, and interpret sources for an argument or an event involving geography.  Assess the interpretations of geographic evidence after investigating points of contention, reliability of sources, and adequacy of evidence.

3.  Patterns, Trends, Continuity & Change
What has changed and what has remained the same over time.  Draw conclusions about the variation and distribution of geographic phenomena over time and space.

4.  Cause & Consequence
How and why certain conditions, forces, and actions lead towards to others.
Ex: Why was the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans so dramatic and controversial? Ex: What caused the Hope Slide, and what resulted?

5.  Interactions & Associations
Interconnectedness between ideas, events, and things; in particular, the ways in which humans and the environment influence each other. Our own sense of place is an output of this concept.  Identify and assess how human and environmental factors and events influence each other.

6.  Geographic Perspectives
Understanding the “past as a foreign country” and the “geography of the other” -- imagining and empathizing with different social, cultural, intellectual, geographical and even emotional contexts that shaped people’s lives and actions, including a sense of place.  Assess the significance of places by identifying the physical and/or human features that characterize places.

7.  Ethical Dimensions and Geographical Value Judgements
How we, in our particular time and place, judge actors in different circumstances in the past or different locations and cultures; when and how crimes, sacrifices, or issues of the past bear consequences today; what obligations we have today in relation to those consequences.  Evaluate how particular geographic actions or events affect human practices or outcomes.  Make reasoned ethical judgments about controversial actions in the past and/or present, and whether we have a responsibility to respond.


Weather vocab:                   Gradation vocab:                   Glaciation vocab:
jetstream                             deposition                               moraine
troposphere                         erosion                                    col
isobar                                  mass wasting                          arete
pressure gradient                aeolian landscape                   topographic map
coriolis affect                      karst topography                    
orographic lift                     physical & chemical weathering
insolation                            coastal landscape

Plate Tectonics vocab:
continental drift
convection currents
plate boundary types (divergent, convergent, transverse)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Biome Station Creation

There are 9 Biomes (you will focus on one):
1.  Tropical Rainforest
2.  Tropical Grassland/Savanna
3.  Mediterranean
4.  Desert
5.  Temperate Grasslands
6.  Deciduous
7.  Temperate Rainforest
8.  Coniferous Forest/Boreal
9.  Tundra

Ensure your poster/slides include the following:
a) define what your biome is
b) where on the Earth can your biome be found
c) what would you see if we visited a typical ecosystem in your biome
d) what is the climate like
e) what is the dominant vegetation (pictures?)
f) examples of animals living here (pictures?)
g) what sorts of HUMAN activities take place here?
    how do they affect the ecosystem?
    are their any environmental problems?

Grade 9: WWI inquiry project

World War I is a huge topic that provides many interesting micro-topics to investigate.  As a class I can't cover all this information or topics unless I stand and talk the whole time....let's face it no one wants this!  Thus an opportunity for you (and a partner if you choose) to dig deeper into a topic that is of interest to you and then briefly share your findings with the class.

Part 1:  Decide on a topic of interest to you.  Create a question:  what do you want to know or find out.  Check with me to ensure your topic is solid.

Part 2:  RESEARCH!  Find information (TAKE NOTES) on your topic, answer your question and form new/more questions to deepen your research.  ***Ensure you keep track of your websites & books for your bibliography.

Part 3:  Show your learning!  Create a small poster/slide show/model/diorama/prezi etc... that includes your topic and question(s) plus the answers (i.e.) what did you find out?

Part 4:  Create your bibliography (Chicago style)

Part 5:  Create three focus questions that highlight the most important parts of your project.

Due: Friday Jan. 19, to be presented in our double block review.  We will do a walk around, informal presentation style.

Possible topics (these are endless):
-women and how women's lives, work etc...changed
-First Nations contributions to WWI
-Canada's coming of age, nationhood achieved
-Canadian battles (Vimy, Paschendale, Somme, Ypres are some of the biggies)
-war technology
-trench warfare
-Treaty of Versailles
-Canada's war effort at home
-treatment of enemy aliens

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Geography 12: Climate Graphs

Part A:  Using the guidelines on p. 411 in Earth Matters you will need to create three climate graphs.  One for:  Monrovia, Liberia (west coast of Africa not far N of Equator).  Data p. 381
               Caracas, Venezuela (Northern South America) Data p. 412
               Cochin, India.  Data p. 412

Part B:  Explain what trends the graphs show and what climate zones these correspond with.

Part C:  Read p. 71-80 in Geography (some is review) and complete the following extension questions IN POINT FORM: p. 72 #5 & 6, p. 73 #6, p. 78 #5 (just write the desert name/area and reason for this desert), p.79 #1, p.80 #2

Links to all blog posts for 6 Historical Thinking concepts here!

Both grade 9 final assessments for Social Studies are going to be around the students ability to apply each of the six historical thinking concepts.  The first step is understanding each of the concepts.  Here are the links to each of the concepts to help you review each for the final exam:

Historical Significance:

Historical Perspectives:

Cause and Consequence:

Continuity and Change:


Ethical Judgement:

Another great website that helps explain each of the concepts is the Historical Thinking project found at the following website:
See the section under "concepts".

Monday, January 8, 2018

Social Studies 9: map of Europe 1914 Instructions

SS9 WWI - Map of Europe instructions.

Please label the following on your map:
Colour the different alliances and neutral powers accordingly.

Triple Entente:                        Triple Alliance:
Britain                                        -Austria-Hungary
France                                        -Germany
Russia                                        -Italy

Joined Tripple Entente:            Joined Tripple Alliance:
Belgium                                    -Bulgaria
Portugal                                    -Turkey/Ottoman Empire
Romania                                   -Luxembourg
(eventually Italy joins but keep them as part of Triple Alliance for now)

Neutral Nations:                                     Oceans/water bodies:
Switzerland                                             -Atlantic Ocean
Netherlands                                             -North Sea
Spain                                                       -Baltic Sea
Norway                                                   -Mediterranean Sea
Sweden                                                   -Black Sea
Denmark                                                -Adriatic Sea

**Don't forget Map conventions:
Title, Name, Legend, Scale (given) & North Arrow