Saturday, February 23, 2013

February 25 - March 1

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History 12 

You must be sure to visit The History Guide for excellent background material supporting this course.

We set the due date for Essay #1 (see the bottom of the Plan for Unit #1) for the week of March 4.

When this blog was posted on Saturday, February 23, we set the unit test for Friday of this week.;  So many students will be away or unable to complete the test if extra time is needed, that I have decided to have the test next week -- on Tuesday, March 5.  We will work into the next unit in the classes leading up to this.  Be aware that material from these lessons will not be tested on the Topic #2 Unit Test. Be sure to pick up the plan for Topic #3 and Topic #3 Questions to see the work for the next unit, which we are starting this week. 

Social Studies 8 

Block 2 will work with Mr. Wong, my student teacher from UBC for the first part of the course.  The plan below is for my Block 3 class.  When Mr. Wong finishes, the plan will apply to both classes.

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Block 3 can expect a unit test on Geography on Friday of this week - March 1.  This test will be out of 75 marks.  It will be based on map reading and the use of Canadian Oxford World Atlas (6th edition). The questions will be of the fill-in-the-blank kind -- where you are asked: for terms, to identify something in the atlas, to find direction or to locate something. You will need to go over the material in Geographical Essentials that we have studied so far.  Reread all of the instruction material we covered at the start of each section we studied.  Any students needing extra time to complete the test can come in after school today to do so. Please make sure this time is available to you!
  • Monday, February 25 - Course Planning.  We will go to the library, where you will hear about planning courses for grade 9 with Ms. Dohm.  Anyone absent from this class will go to the planning session held from 8:30-9:45 in the library on Wednesday, February 27.  They will have to make up class material on their own time using the material in Wednesday's blog entry, below.
  • Tuesday, February 26 - Take up the Earth Grid worksheet.  Watch Longitude and Time Zones and The Remarkable Story of the Discovery of Longitude by Dr. Callahan.  (If you have the time and interest, you might also look at Cambridge University's video The Longitude Problem).  Introduction to Time Zones.  See Geographical Essentials, pp. 48 to 54 and watch this short clip on the International Time Zone.  Time Zones worksheet -- complete for homework. If you get a chance and want to be clearer about time zones, watch GEG-103-OL; Time Zones.  A helpful description of longitude and time zones can be found at this site from Iowa State University, which quizzes you as you work through it.
  • Wednesday, February 27 -  Take up the Time Zone worksheet.  Watch Longitude and Time Zones and Why We Have Time Zones.  Do the second time zone worksheet -- complete it for homework
  • Thursday, February 28 - Take up the second time zone worksheet. Geography Review materials. Do the first section and then any sections that gave you trouble as we worked through the unit. The Unit Test for Geography is next class.
  • Friday, March 2 - Unit Test on Geography.  If any students need extra time to complete the test, they may come in after school to do so.