Month: March 2013 (page 1 of 2)

IGCSE Review: Weather instruments.

Part 1:  Draw a labeled diagram of each of the following instruments. Underneath each diagram, explain what it does, what is it’s unit of measurement, and simple instructions on how to use it.

  1. Rain Gauge
  2. Maximum-Minimum thermometer
  3. Hygrometer (aka wet and dry bulb thermometer)
  4. Whirling psychrometer
  5. Barometer
  6. Anemometer
  7. Wind vane

Part 2. Label the Stevenson screen handout. Underneath, explain what a Stevenson Screen is, and how it should be sited.

How much do I cost?

You have today’s period to transfer all your data into a pie chart, put it on a single A4 page and answer the following questions underneath.

1: Calculate, using this week as an average, how much you would cost to your parents in:

  • a month
  • a year
  • from birth until the day you turn 18

2. Answer one of the following question:

  •  Why should knowing your personal expenditures for a week lead to more ethical behavior?
  • To what extent does your understanding of needs vs. wants affect your consumer habits?

Due at the end of class, printed.

Culture: TCKs, consumerism,

IBDP: HL: The global shift of polluting industries and Transboundary Pollution

1: Draw the Kuznets curve.

2: Annotate the graph to explain why many polluting industries have relocated to developing countries

3. Draw the graph comparing air pollution in developing and developed countries

4. Annotate the graph to explain the reasons for the trends.

Video: Guiyu: E-wasteland of the world

Selection of Plant Location for Establishing a Chemical Industry

Global Mergers &Acquisitions : Shifting the global chemical industry balance

IB Style question: Discuss the reasons for and consequences of the relocation of polluting industries in LEDCs. 

In 5 minutes, write an outline for this question.

Transboundary Pollution

Review from the Hazards unit: Greenfacts about Chernobyl, International Response to the Chernobyl accident

1. Draw a labeled map of Europe showing the spread of radiation in Chernobyl over time.

2. IB Style Questiopns:

Examine the international consequences of and responses to Chernobyl. [15]

P 131, Q2.

Public pressure stops French Nuclear Export to Russia

Homework, read chapters 10 and 11.

Imagining a World Without Money

In the past few weeks, we have been discussing the history and purpose of money. We have seen how money works and how it can create growth, but also problems among people and societies.

Now imagine a world without money?

Part 1, 10 – 15 minutes:

Discuss with your table group what a world without money would look like? What kind of work would people do? What conflicts would arise? What would be better? How would governments function? Would society keep “evolving?” Would schools be the same? What would your life look like?

Part 2: Watch this video of a clip taken from the documentary Zeitgeist: Addendum, a very left-leaning movie on the dark side of our money-based economy and the idea of a world without money. In this clip,  Jacques Fresco and Roxanne Meadows explain their vision of a world without money.

Part 3: 

Create new groups of 3 or 4, trying not to sit with anyone from your usual  table.

Create a google doc (Share it with me and title it World Without Money Questions, Name #1, Name #2 etc.)  to answer the following questions. Please answer them in order and as a group, discussing each one as you go. Do not assign a question per student in the group.

  1. What was your overall impression of the video? Discuss the different views and any disagreements your group may have.
  2. Did the video change any of the views you had on a world without money before watching it?
  3. Research and write a short, 1 paragraph biography of Jacques Fresco. Are there any controversies surrounding him?
  4. Find a few pictures of  architectural structures created by Jacques Fresco. Comment on each one. Are his ideas apparent in his work?
  5. What is Project Venus? Describe the main ideas and concepts.
  6. Do you think Project Venus is realistic? Explain your answer.

Tourism Case study

In groups of 3 you will research one tourist destination and explain the impacts of tourism on the area.
Include specific examples, statistics, pictures etc. of:
  • A description of the main physical and human attractions at the location
  • The benefits of tourism on the location
  • The negative impacts of tourism on the location
  • Management strategies put in place by local people
  • Antarctica
  • A National Park
  • A coastal resort
  • A ski resort
  • A famous tourist destination in an LEDC
  • A famous tourist destination in an MEDC

I&S 9, How much do I cost?

For the following week, write down every purchase you or your family makes.


  • Yearly school fee (divided by 52 weeks)
  • Take notes of your purchases / iPhone or notebook
  • Keep receipts (purchase + medical + clothes)
  • Zest account –> password
  • internet/cell phone costs?
  • Pasmo/Suica price or week cost of a long term pass
  • Grocery price (divided by # of family members)
  • Utility bills (divided by # of family members)
  • Cost of house (rent/mortgage/property tax)
  • other personal expenses i.e. hockey practice

You will present your data on a pie chart with the following categories:
Utilities, food, transportation, education, housing, necessary miscellaneous and personal miscellaneous.

You will have one period on the due date to complete your pie chart:
9A & B: Thursday March 21st
9C & D: Friday March 22nd

Agro-Industrialization, Part 2

Farming has become increasingly intensive, large scale, and globalised in the drive for cheaper food.
Advances in technology and communications have combined with falls in the cost of transport to transform the way in which food is sourced.
The concentration of power in retailing and food processing has affected farmers in LEDC’s and small farmers in MEDC’s.

What is the Green revolution?
What is organic farming?
What are food miles?
What part of food production don’t food miles take into account?
To what extent are you concerned about the future of food availability?
TOK p. 98

Class Google Document:

Clip 1:
Identify [provide an answer from a number of possibilities] the effects of agro-industrialization and changes in international production and consumption on the physical environment.

Clip 2: Case study

Take detailed notes, evaluating the costs and benefits, of potato farming in Egypt.

Read How Peru’s wells are being sucked dry by British love of asparagus

InS 10: Edo Museum Project

We will be going to the Edo museum on Friday, March 15th.

Fill-out this survey.

Here is the main project.

Here are the questions you need to answer ta the museum.



How is food produced?

Where does your food come from?

What is sustainable agriculture?

What is the green revolution?

What are the environmental impacts of agri-business on people and the environment?

Activity 1: Questions on Reading Handout

Q1. Outline the key characteristics of agro-industrialization
Q2. Draw figure 1.1 (page 93) and annotate the diagram to explain what is meant by increasing vertical integration 
Q3. Identify benefits of agro-industrialization
Q4. Identify and explain the environmental impacts of agro-industrialization using the table below.

Impact of Agro-industrialization

Q5. Describe the correlation between meat consumption and income shown on fig. 4
Q6. Explain what ‘in vitro meat’ is
Q7. Explain how the practices of the meat industry are leading to declines in biodiversity

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