Month: February 2013

Work for Friday March 1st and Monday March 4th

Hi guys,

I will be in Hong Kong for an IB conference for the weekend.

Here is your work in my absence. Have fun!

Friday, March 1st:

Period 1 & 2, Gr 12 IB Geography: See here. Complete parts 1 and 2 in class, begin part 3 and finish it for homework.

Period 5, Grade 9D I&S: Finish your Action Plan. It is due on Monday at the beginning of class, printed. 

Period 7 & 8, Grade 9B I&S: Finish your Action Plan. It is due on Monday at the beginning of class, printed. 

Monday March 4th

Period 2, I&S 9D: See here Parts 1 and 2 are due at the end of class on a shared Google doc.

Period 3 & 4, I&S 9B: See here Parts 1 and 2 are due at the end of class on a shared Google doc.

Period 6 & 7: Gr. 10 IGCSE Geography: See here Part 1 is due today, part 2 is due on Thursday.

Introduction to IGCSE Unit 3.3: Leisure Activities and Tourism

The IGCSE guide reads: Describe and explain the growth of leisure facilities and tourism in relation to the main attractions of the physical and human landscape in an area or areas selected for study.

Part 1, Intro: Due today.

In your table groups, have each person read one of the following article.

UK workers get least paid leave

Egypt Courting Iranians for Tourism

-Venice Tourist Ship rattles Windows and Nerves


Airbus and AirAsia announce record deal for 200 planes

1. Take turns sharing your article with your group, explaining the main points and the benefits and drawbacks of tourism on the community and/or environment in question.

2. As a group, create a Google doc to answer the following questions. Refer to the articles in your answers. Make sure to share the Google doc with me.

  1. Why do people travel? List at least 5 reasons.
  2. What advantages does travel have for tourists?
  3. What advantages does travel have for the host country or region?
  4. What disadvantages does tourism have for the host country or region?

Part 2: Due on Thursday, March 7

Have a glance at the United Nation World Tourism Organization’s Tourism Highlight report, 2012 Edition (pdf.)

Use it to answer the following questions individually:

  1. What were the top three countries in terms in international arrivals in 2011?
  2. What were the top three countries in terms of international receipts in 2011?
  3. Explain the difference in patterns depicted by your answers of question 1 and 2.
  4. Describe the recent trends of tourism in Africa.
  5. Describe the changes in international tourist arrivals between 1950 and 2010. (p.14)
  6. In your opinion, why has tourism increased since the 1950s?

If you finish early, read The New Wider World, p. 160-176

I&S: The History of Money

Part 1: Due in 15 minutes

  1. In groups of 3 or 4, create a Google doc titled “The History of Money- Name#1, Name#2 etc.”
  2. Make sure to share the Google doc with me. 
  3. Pick one person to record the answers, the other should have their laptops closed.
  4. Without internet research, discuss the following questions and answer them as best you can on the google doc:
    1. What is money?
    2. How do you think people performed transactions (exchanged goods and services) before the invention of money?
    3. How was money invented?
    4. List and explain at least 5 different problems associated with money.

Part 2: Due at the end of period 1

Get into new groups of 2 or 3 students (you cannot be with someone form your first group) and  answer the questions on this google doc. Make a copy and share it with me. Title: History of Money 2, name#1, name#2 etc

Part 3: 9B Only, Rest of the class.

As a class, put a student’s computer on the overhead projector and watch the documentary below. There are no questions. Just close your laptops and enjoy the show:

The Ascent of Money: Episode 1: Dreams of Avarice. From Shylock’s pound of flesh to the loan sharks of Glasgow, from the ‘promises to pay’ on Babylonian clay tablets to the Medici banking system, Professor Ferguson explains the origins of credit and debt and why credit networks are indispensable to any civilization.


Coastal management case study

The IB guide reads:

  • Discuss the conflicts that arise from competing land uses and from attempts to manage coastal hazards (tsunamis and storm surges, erosion, cliff failure), pollution, habitat restoration and aquaculture.
  • Case study: Describe the conflicting pressures on a particular coastline.
    • Discuss the management strategies adopted to resolve these pressures and evaluate their effectiveness.

Part 1:

Each of you will read one of the following articles and explain how the competing land uses lead to conflict, and evaluate  the attempts made to manage the issue.

-Fishermen turned tourist guide

-Offshore windfarm could damage marine life and ruin one of Wales’ most beautiful coastal landscapes

Runoff from Iowa farms growing concern in Gulf (do not watch the video as you will watch it together in part 2)

Part 2: 

When you’re done, watch these videos in groups and quickly discuss the issues presented.

  • Discuss the conflicts that arise from competing land uses
  • What attempts have been made to manage coastal hazards?

Part 3:

Individually or in a group read Codrington p. 260-267 (management strategies)

– Then, individually answer p. 262 Block 6N 1, 2 and p.267 Block 6o, 1, 2 & 3

Due on Tuesday, March 5th.

Introduction to the Edo period

Make sure you complete  this and this by the end of the period.

Floatsam, Jetsam, and the Laysan Albatros

The movie is not out yet but this is a shocking example of marine pollution (IB) and the interconnectedness of humans and their environment. (IGCSE) Have a look.

-Near the heart of the Pacific Ocean, Midway Island is one of the most remote places on Earth, and the iconic site of a world-changing naval battle. Today Midway is inhabited by a million Laysan albatrosses– magnificent and beautiful seabirds who range over the entire Pacific from their home base on the island. Midway is a multi-layered kaleidoscope of natural wonder and human history, and it also serves as a powerful lens into a shocking environmental tragedy: tens of thousands of albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch.

MIDWAY : trailer : a film by Chris Jordan from Midway on Vimeo.

InS 9: CSR Annotated map and action plan

Here is the final project  and TSC for our economics unit on corporate social responsibility.

First, we will view and discuss the Story of Stuff, on the flaws and limitation to our current economic ssytem

IB: Who owns the Arctic?


Related articles:

UNCLOS on wikipedia

BBC: Arctic Gold Rush

GEOTIMES: Russia Claims Arctic Land

IB Style Questions: Due on Monday

1. What rights and responsibilities does a country posses when it has sovereignty over an area of ocean?

2. Explain the difference between sovereignty rights and EEZs.

3. Choose a current (ongoing) geopolitical conflict over an ocean resource that is not fishing. Describe the conflict and its implications and then suggest a realistic solution to the conflict. 

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