Month: October 2013 (page 1 of 2)

IB11: Coast; First summative assessment

Write a 5 to 8 (max) paragraph essay answering the following question. You will be graded on the Paper 2 IB essay  markband.

Evaluate a conservation policy implemented to provide sustainable fish yields. [10]

Possible case studies:

•Sea of Cortez

•South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative

•EU common fisheries policy (CFP)

•Canadian Sustainable fisheries framework (SFF)
Your essay must include:
  • A title
  • A thesis statement (underlined)
  • maps
  • graphs
  • Varying perspectives on the issue
  • MLA, in-text citations

Things to consider:

RIO +20 UN conference on sustainale development

My Diigo library

Tragedy of the commons:

Limits to economic growth:

Sustainable Fishing:

InS 10: Intro to Coasts

What is erosion? What is weathering?


InS9: Governments

Last class, we discussed different forms of government.

Today, we will be exploring different government systems and thinking about what makes a good leader.

First, copy and complete this google doc.


1. In groups of 2, research one of the government systems you have defined in question 1. (If possible, try to coordinate yourselves so that no 2 groups research the same system.)

2. Create a 30 second, single shot TV advertisement showing your findings and persuading your audience that your system is best for them. (Even if you personally disagree)

3. Write the script for your advertisement:

  • include all text

  • include all visual cues (this can be written or drawn)

4. Be creative. You may choose to be overly enthusiastic, even exaggerate some facts ( but don’t lie) to get your point across.

5. We will shoot the commercial next class.

InS9: Types of Government

What do we mean when we call people and their ideas right or left wing?

What is the difference between socialism and communism?

What are possible drawbacks to the various government systems we have discussed?

US Debt limit and government shutdown

A lot of you have been asking me about the debt limit and the government shutdown happening at the moment in the United-States. I’ve tried answering as best I could, but here is a pretty good , albeit somewhat biased, video explaining it better than I can. Enjoy.

IB 11: The value of Oceans

IB Requirement: Identify the biotic and abiotic resources of continental shelves, oceans and ocean floor deposits.

As you watch the video:

  • Consider the various needs oceans fulfill for humans and the Earth as a whole.
  • Consider the need for a global agreement on the preservation of oceans.
  • Consider the difficulties in regulating oceans.


Explain the 3 ways that natural resources can be valued. (How van you measure it’s worth?)
Explain why we fail to account for many the oceans values
Explain the problems that we cause by failing to accurately account for the ocean’s value


1. Read this article on ocean resources

2. Draw a sketch map identifying the biotic and abiotic resources of continental shelves, oceans and ocean floor deposits.

  • Annotate your sketch map showing the main areas where various types of fishing, tourism and mining occurs in the ocean.
  • Color code the biotic and abiotic resources.

3. Rank the top 5 most valuable resources of oceans and justify your answers.

Typhoon day, Wednesday October 16, 2013.

Good morning,

Here we go again with another typhoon day. Make sure to have a look at the Japanese Meteorological Agency’s website.  And as always, here is a little video on Typhoons, Hurricanes and tropical storms.

Here are the assignments for today:

Grade 9 I&S: No work assigned. As we have just finished a unit, you do not have any work on the new one. Enjoy the time off.

Grade 10 I&S10: Work on the Syria project. As we will also miss class on Friday for BTG, the project deadline has been pushed back to Tuesday, October 29th, at the beginning of class. Make sure to come pick up your scrapbook tomorrow or Friday. Feel free to email me if  you have any questions… you’re welcome!

IB Geography, group 2: Complete the El Nino / La Nina case study and the Carbon Cycle questions. Both are due Wednesday, October 30th. Check your email for a copy of the related powerpoint presentations.

Stay dry,

Mr. M

IB11: The Carbon Cycle

IB expectation: Examine the role of oceans as a store and source of carbon dioxide (CO2).

Carbon is present in all living things and is in a state of dynamic equilibrium i.e. it is constantly the same level on Earth but always changing forms and location. It is an a state of constant flux. (Continuous change)






1. Describe the chemical process of ocean acidification

2Explain the effect of ocean acidification on crustaceans 

. Explain the effect of ocean acidification on humans

4. Write a 25 minute essay on the following IB style Question: Examine the role of oceans as a store of CO2

IB 11: El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) & La Niña

Begin the video below at 1:17

Case study:

  • Although ENSO occurs in the Pacific, it’s impact is worldwide.

1. Using the major El Niño event of 1997-98, use graphs and short paragraphs to describe the following:

1. What is El Nino?

2. What is La Nina?

3. What causes El Nino?

4. What happens to the Ocean during El Nino?

5. What happens to the Atmosphere during El Nino?

6. What is the geographic impact of El Nino?

7. How does the Pacific Ocean thermocline change during El Nino and El Nina?

2: Examine the Climactic, Environmental and economic effect it had on a world wide scale*. 

IB 11: Ocean energy transfer

5 minute review

-Describe the spatial variations of sea water salinity

-Describe the spatial variations of sea water temperature.

  •  Remember to use proper vocabulary

The Oceanic Conveyor Belt

Dr. Martins is nominated in the upcoming Academy awards:


Write a a paragraph entitled the importance of the oceanic conveyor belt. Your paragraph must include a color, hand-drawn sketch map and the following terms:

  • Thermohaline circulation
  • Oceanic conveyor belts
  • Water density
  • North Atlantic Deep Water NADW
  • Antarctic bottom water AABW
  • Upwelling
  • Nutrients
  • Arctic Ocean
  • Indian Ocean
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Salinity

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