Month: September 2014 (page 1 of 2)

InS8: Religion: Reflection and Research Project

First, write a one paragraph reflection about your experience with Mr Yoshinami last Wednesday. 

  • You can list the activities, but focus more on what you have learned, and the questions it has raised

Then, we will begin the Religion Research Project.

The first thing we need to do is come up with a good research question.

  • The question should be original (has not been asked before)
  • The question should be open ended and allow analysis
  • The question should be possible to answer in 250 words
  • It should be about a topic which interests you
  1. Create a mindmap about religion, the things that interest you, and the questions you have about those things.
  2. Come up with two good questions
  3. Present them to a partner and make changes based on his/her recommendations
  4.  You will present your two questions to the class and we will discuss which one is best suited for the project


IB11: Movement Response – Migration

In class today we will discuss the causes of migration.

In groups:

Using a national migration movement that has occurred in recent times, created an annotated graphic of the movement using Lee’s migration model. (You may use China’s rural to urban migration or the Papua New Guinea Case study in Codrington p. 40-45)

Then, answer the following questions:

  • Considering the living standards at the destination, do you think that the migrants considered carefully whether or not they would migrate? Explain your answer.
  • Do you think push or pull factors were more important in influencing the migration?

Be ready to show your model and discuss your answers with the class.

International Migration. As a group, we will complete this document

Next class: 

You will write a 5 paragraph essay answering the following question: Evaluate an international migrations in terms of their geographic (S.P.E.E.D) impacts at their origins and destinations.


  • Fully understand the command term and what is expected of you. (deconstruct it)
  • Establish context
  • Refer to models (apply it to your CS if possible)
  • Give reasons for the migration
  • ™Analyze initiatives being implemented to adress problems
  • ™Evaluate key players involved in the conflict
  • ™Use up to date maps, graphs and statistics
Possible Case studies:
  • Cambodia to Thailand ***™
  • Somalia Refugees
  • ™Afghan Refugees
  • Syrian Refugees
  • ™USA/Mexico border crossing
  • ™Filipino Women Migrant workers
  • Turkey to Germany
  • Immigration into Nigeria
  • Zimbabwe to South Africa

Due: TBA


IB 12: Changing patterns of energy consumption

Part 1: Examine the global patterns and trends in the production and consumption of oil.

Global Pattern in Oil production and Consumptions

List the factors that affect oil production and consumption

Peak Oil Explained 

Oil and Gas Wells


Can you spot any problems in California’s well abandonment system?

Exercise 1:

Using, list the following:

  • Top 10 oil producers
  • Top 10 oil consumers
  • Top 10 oil consumer per capita
  • Top 10 oil reserve

Part 2: Examine the geopolitical and environmental impacts of these changes in patterns and trends.

For the Environmental section, you need to be able to fully explain the causes and consequences of Global Climate Change (Unit 3) and the BP oil spill (Hazards). The Race of the Arctic can also be a geopolitical consequence. (Coasts)

Other Environmental impacts:

Canada’s Tar Sands

What is fracking?

Also, have detailed notes of Poison Fire.

Geopolitical Impacts:


As you watch, list the ways and reasons OPEC can control oil prices. 

OPEC quotas. Start at 23:36 to 28:00

Project: Presentation:

  • in groups of 3 or 4
  • create an in-depth, 10 minute presentation on one of the following topic
  • you may use PowerPoint,, video, or any other visual help
  • create a 1 page factsheet on your topic to be given to the rest of the class on the day of your presentation
  • use graphs, maps and tables, but they do not need to be created by your group
  • include an MLA style bibliography on your presentation, not on your factsheet
  • You may use to help you focus your research (make sure to include it in your bibliography)

Question 1: Discuss the role of OPEC countries in a recent energy crisis.

When oil prices rise, people and governments are forced to reduce their consumptions, which has a direct negative impact on the economy. OPEC countries are very aware of this and have used their leverage to impose their political ideas on consumer countries. 

  • Give a detailed account of the roles and responsibilities of OPEC countries
  • Describe the causes that led to the energy crisis
  • Draw a time line of the main events
  • Discuss the consequences (geopolitical and environmental) of the crisis in a specific country or region

Question 2: Discuss the consequences of oil production in the Nigerian Delta

Lax environmental laws and government corruption have attracted a lot of investment in Nigeria’s oil industry, but has also alienated much of its population. the WWF has declared the delta as one of the top 5 most polluted areas on earth. As you saw in the video, flaring has also affected the livelihood of the 20 000 000 people living in the delta. To make matters worse, oil poachers and rebel groups are now fighting to gain control of oil fields, or get ransom money.

  • Give a detailed account of the roles and responsibilities of Shell in the Nigerian Oil Crisis
  • Describe how the conflict has affected Nigeria’s relationship to other countries.
  • Draw a time line of the main events
  • Discuss the consequences of the crisis on the Nigerian population, its environment and on the Nigerian Government

Question 3: Current geopolitical conflict

There are many conflicts happening at the moment where oil can be traced as a direct cause. Be it Syria, Russia, Iraq, Afghanistan, oil money is involved in some way or another.

  • Chose one ongoing geopolitical conflict
  • Give a detailed account of the major players, their roles and responsibilities
  • Describe how the conflict has affected international relations
  • Draw a time line of the main events
  • Discuss the consequences of the crisis on the local population, the environment, and the supply and demand of oil in the region

Question 4: The Changing importance of other energy sources

As a consequence of these conflicts brought about through oil dependency, alternative energy sources have become increasingly important for countries to remain independent and self-sufficient in terms of energy.

Describe the following types of resources:

  • Renewable resources
  • Non Renewable resources
  • Human resources
  • Energy resources
  • Natural resources

Explain the trends and correlations in production, consumption and penetration of the following energy sources. Explain the various patterns over time and space. Using case studies, evaluate their efficiency in replacing oil consumption. (Pros and cons)

  • Natural Gas
  • Nuclear Power
  • Hydro-Electricity
  • Wind Power
  • Biofuels
  • Geothermal Energy
  • Solar Power
  • Fuelwood

You will have a double period on Monday to work on this. All presentations will be on Wednesday October 1st. You will also have an in-class essay on that day about all presentations. 

IBDP11: Population in Transition – Response to High and Low fertility

Read Robert Kunzig’s National Geographic article Population 7 Billion for Tuesday, September 16.

1. Using the article, answer the following questions:

  1. Draw a mind map of the actual and potential problems associated with over population
  2. Discuss the theories of Thomas Malthus and Paul Ehrlich. Give your opinion towards the accuracy of their theories.
  3. Explain the anti natalist policies of India.
  4. Suggest a plausible outcome of the population explosion. Justify your opinion.

Share your answers with me as a Google Doc

2. Read Codrington p. 28 to  37

3. As you watch this video, answer these questions:

If you have time, watch this video

IBDP Core, Unit 4: Ecological Footprint


Make sure to save your notes from this unit the the proper folder.


Mathis Wackernagel: Creator of The Ecological Footprint

1. As you watch the video, come up with your own definition fo Ecological footprint:


EF calculations take the following resources into account, and is calculated in terms of space: hectors per person. (Acres in the US)

  • Arable land
  • pasture land
  • forests
  • oceans
  • infrastructure
  • energy costs

2. In your groups, find out how EF is measured.

3. Using this website  and the map below, identify international variations in EF size. 



4.What is Earth’s optimal biocapacity?

5. What is the average ecological footprint per capita of Earth?

6. Define Earth’s EF deficit.

7. Evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of using the ecological footprint as an indicator.

8. Now, calculate your own ecological footprint using one of the following online calculator. 

What part of your life habits were most responsible for you ecological footprint?

Part 2:

You will debate the opposing views of Neo-Malthusian (not Malthus himself…he was way off!) and Anti-Malthusians.

  • You are responsible for research
  • The class will be divided in 2 teams and will pick 3 or 4 speakers per team
  • The others can pass notes and diagrams during the discussion.
  • Topics to consider
    • Ecological footprint
    • Limits of Growth
    • The relationship between scarcity, price and long-term commodity trends
    • Increasing standards of living
    • Population projections
    • Environmental projections
  • Include case studies when possible

InS 10: Kamakura Kokomae Coast Field Trip Assignemt

See here for assignment and TSC

Data Collection Sheet

IB Geo 11 – Natalist Policies

In the past few weeks, we have been discussing the impact of recent changes in birth rates and death rates worldwide. Noticing the close relationship between population growth and economic development, governments have become increasingly involved in their people’s fertility. (Since they cannot really control mortality!)

In groups, you will answer one of the following question and share it with the rest of the class. You may present your responses however you see fit, but you will have to share the document with the entire class.

You will have today’s class and the next double block to complete this assignment.

It is expected that you will all have a good understanding of each of these topics.

**Pay close attention to the IB command terms in bold. They will guide you in understanding what is expected of your  responses.

1. China’s One Child Policy:

  • Show your calculations and state China’s total dependency ratio, older dependency ratio (ODR) and Youthful Dependency ratio (YDR)
  • Using historical background, explain the reasons that pushed China to adopt the One Child Policy
  • Using images and graphs, evaluate China’s One Child Policy, its benefits and drawbacks.
2. Cambodia’s population policy:
Use the Cambodian Government’s Ministry of Planning Website to help you with your answers
  • Using a triangular graph, state Cambodia’s total dependency ratio, older dependency ratio (ODR) and Youthful Dependency ratio (YDR)
  • Using statistics, explain the current situation facing Cambodia’s growing population.
  • Using images and graphs, evaluate Cambodia’s population policy, its benefits and drawbacks.
3. Japan’s pro-natalist policy
Having strong Japanese speakers/readers in this group is strongly encouraged
  • With the help of a population pyramid,  state Japan’s total dependency ratio, older dependency ratio (ODR) and Youthful Dependency ratio (YDR)
  • Using statistics, explain the issues facing Japan’s ageing population.
  • Using images and graphs, evaluate Japan’s population policy, its benefits and drawbacks.
4. Examine the impact of ageing and youthful populations
  • Using the resources below, clearly explain the pros and cons of both ageing and youthful populations. You may present your answers in a table.
  • Create a detailed outline answering the question above.


IB11: Summative Assessment 1

We have been discussing population growth and the impact of population structures on a country’s society, environment and economy. Looking at population pyramids, we can not only see the issues facing the country at the moment, but even predict future problems that may arise because of it’s natural increase.

Project 1:
Population Pyramid Project

Analyze the population structure of 2 countries. One MEDC and one LEDC. If you are/thinking of going to Cambodia this year, it must be your choice of LEDC.

– Explain the problems (social, environmental, economic etc) resulting from the current population structure
– Predict the future population structure of the country, based on it’s current growth rate and population policies
– Contrast the differences between your MEDC and LEDC country

To answer those questions, create your own population pyramids, based on recent data that you have retrieved from the US Census Bureau Database or the CIA World Factbook

The project should be presented as an annotated graphic, where all points of information are referenced to in the pyramids. You should have at least six different points of information, each of which is no more than 3 sentence long.

Include a bibliography, MLA style of any sources used.

You will be graded using the IB rubric for papers 1 and 2, which you can find on p. 55 and 56 of your IB Geography guide. (AO1, AO2, AO4)


Coastal Processes and Erosional Landforms, First summative assessment

Using this reading, create a poster, booklet or online document explaining, with the aid of diagram or set of diagrams, the formation of:

  • Cliffs
  • Wave Cut Platforms
  • Caves
  • Arches
  • Stacks
  • Stumps
  • Bays
  • Headlands.

Your resource should also include how erosion and/or deposition processes produced the landform. To do so, explain the 4 processes of erosion and produce fully annotated diagrams. The four processes are:

  • Attrition
  • Corrasion
  • Corrosion
  • Hydraulic action

Examples of each landform with at least one photograph and/or map of it’s location from anywhere in the world

  • Links to the sources of information of your images/maps/photographs should be cited
  • You may use your own photographs


TSC, Criterion A

IBDP: Population = Births – Deaths

In groups use the IB Geography command terms to answer the questions below:
For each of the graphs in the slideshow above
  • describe the overall trend and the graph
  • explain the reason for the trend of one region
  • identify any anomaly

Homework: Read Codrington p. 9 to 13 and watch this video. Be ready to discuss both at the beginning of class on Thursday. 

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