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Social Studies 8
We are in the midst of our Geography unit -- but will soon come to its end. Expect your unit test to be on Wednesday, February 16. It will be out of roughly 75 marks. It will be based on map reading and the use of Canadian Oxford World Atlas (7th edition).
- Monday, February 17 - Hand in School to Home Map. Take up Activity 10 in Geographic Essentials. Introduction to Military Grid. Military Grid Worksheet -- do as much as we have time for in class. Complete the Letter/Number Grid Worksheet--this is for homework and may be collected next class.
- Tuesday, February 18 - Take up any problems with military grid. Take up the Letter/Number Grid Worksheet. Latitude introduction. Geographical Essentials, pp. 32-35. Key lines of latitutde and why we have seasons -- see the video Geography - Seasons for this. Introduction video to Latitude and Longitude.Complete the Latitude #1 worksheet for homework.
- Wednesday, February 19 - Take up any problems withLatitude #1. Countries game. Review video on seasons and important lines of latitude. Quiz on important lines of latitude. Hand in quiz and pick up and start working on Latitude #2worksheet -- to be completed for homework.
- Thursday, February 20 - Take up Latitude #2 worksheet. Watch GEG-103-OL; Latitude and Longitude. If this video is a bit difficult for you, watch the following quick videos when you get home to review the material: What Causes the Seasons on Earth,Absolute vs Relative Locations. Demonstrations of latitude and longitude using Google Earth. Complete the Longitude and Earth Grid worksheet for next class.
- Friday, February 21 - take up the Longitude worksheet and Earth Grid worksheet. 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 Please note: The time zone map is inside the front and back cover of your atlas -- not on p. 141 -- 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.
Social Studies 11
- Monday, February 17 - Take up #4, p. 97. Elections lesson – day 2. Various voting systems. BCSTV animation. Assignment: What electoral system do you feel is best? Why? (due Thursday, September 19. About 1 page).
- Tuesday, February 18 - Begin Legislative Branch - focus on the House of Commons. Be sure to look at the Parliament of Canada website. Download, read and study from the Guide to the House of Commons. Read pp. 231-233 sidebar. Do #1-3 in the sidebar on p. 233.
- Wednesday, February 19 - Take up #1-3 in the sidebar on p. 233. Reminder of the physical layout of Parliament. Video: Government in Canada; Citizenship in Action; Our National Parliament; the Inside Story (sorry, unavailable online) andquestions. Discuss the job of a Member of Parliament -- within and outside the House of Commons. Go online to read On the Job With a Member of Parliament. Read pp. 226-231 and do #1-3, p. 231.
- Thursday, February 20 - Unit Test on Ideologies, Parties and Elections.
- Friday, February 21 - Exam post-mortem. Take up #1-3, p. 231. Pros and cons of the current Senate setup. Be sure to look at the Senate material at Mapleleafweb and also read The Senate Today from The Parliament of Canada Website.. Essay Writing tips. Please note: there will be an essay question on what should be done with the Canadian Senate on the next unit test. Read pp. 47-54 in the Red Government text. Do #1-4, p. 48 and #1-5 and #7 on p. 54. For homework you must also come up with a three-column table listing reasons to: keep the Senate as it is, reform (change) it, or keep it as it is now.