Month: January 2015 (page 2 of 2)

IB HL Changing space—the shrinking world

Examine the relative changes in the speed and capacity of one of the following types of transport responsible for the flow of goods, materials and people.

Read Codrington p. 568 to 573

  • Air (Cordington)


  • world map of the major air routes
  • Important technological changes in aviation
  • Top ten hubs (2 dates)
  • Graphs depicting speed and capacity changes
  • Major events in the development if China’s Aviation network (this will be your first CS)

InS 10: Intro to Energy Unit

The next unit will be about energy production, consumption and conservation.

Part 1:

First, what is climate change?

What are green house gases?

In groups, answer the following questions:

1. Is there any doubt that the climate is changing

2. Is there any doubt in the existence of the green house effect?

3. What are the main greenhouse gases?

4. What evidence is there to support the claim that the gases mentioned in Q3 are greenhouse gases?

5. Which of the green house gases is most abundant?

6.  What major human activities are the main causes of greenhouse gas increase?

7. Which nations are the biggest GHG producers?

Part 2:

Measure your carbon footprint, fill out the questionnaire and see how you rate.

Part 3:


What does the WWF say about how you could become more energy efficient?

What other things can you do?

Research ways to save energy in a typical home and how much they predict you will save.


IB11: Famine Case Study

IB outcome: Examine the variety of causes responsible for a recent famine.


The World Food Program requires 3 factors to be evident before a famine is declared:
1. At least 20 percent of the population has fewer than 2,100 calories of food a day;
2. Prevalence acute malnutrition must exceed 30 percent of children; and
3. The death rate must exceed two deaths per 10,000 people, or four child deaths per 10,000 people per day.

Temporary Hunger: A short term need for food, triggered by physiological responses caused by food deprivation.

Starvation/Chronic Hunger: A state of extreme hunger which results from a shortage of appropriate food for a prolonged period of time.

Introduction to Famine in Ethiopia:

As you watch the video, take notes of the variety of causes of Famine in Ethiopia. Divide your answers in S.P.E.E.D. sections:

The famine of 2003 in Ethiopia was the worst famine since the mid-1980s. About one fifth of the population was left without food and tens of thousands of people died as a result of starvation and malnutrition.

In groups, complete a detailed case study for each of the following sub topics on Ethiopia’s Famine in the year 2000s:

  • Remember to focus all your answers on the impact of these factors on food security and famine



  • Consider:
    • Ethiopia’s varied ethnic groups
    • Ethiopia’s various religion
    • Health – Sanitation, access to freshwater,
    • Education
    • Access to healthcare
    • Traditional agricultural systems and land repartition


  • Consider: 
    • Role of Government
    • Selling and leasing of land to Chinese, Saudi and Indian TNCs (see above)
    • Ethiopia’s Debt, Debt 2
    • The role of the IMF
    • Government subsidies and the impact of IMF
    • Government denies there is a famine and lack of cooperation with NGOs
    • Benefits of Aid
    • Technology and infrastructure



  • Consider:
    • Remember our Hazards unit on drought (causes, speed of onset, duration etc)
    • Ethiopia’s geographic location, physical features and climate
    • Recent drought
    • Recent crop failure
    • Soil degradation due to agriculture
    • Reduction in biodiversity due to agribusiness
    • % of arable land


You will have today and Thursday’s class to research. You will present your findings on Friday.

You will then have an in-class essay to write about your CS. Date TBA

IB HL: KOF Index

Today we discussed the KOF index.


1: Can the KOF indexes help identify the global core and periphery?

2: Codrington, p. 560 # 1, 2

3: Read the Florida article and answer the following question

  1. How is Florida’s understanding of globalization different from the KOF index?
  2. To which of the 4 globalization theories would Florida fall into? Explain your answer.

InS 8: Development Infographic final project

We have been discussing development and the various visual ways to portray our understanding of inequality.

Here is your final summative assessment of the unit.

Write your topic, region and hyperlink your research log here: 8B 8C

Welcome back! Work to do during my absence!

Hi guys,

Welcome back to school. I hope you all had a wonderful break, full of rest and fun with your family. I am still in Canada for my paternity leave, but I will be back on January 25th.

Here is your work for the time I will be away:

  • InS Grade 8 B and C: You will work on your Infographic project. Due on Friday January 22nd
  • Grade 9 InS: You will crete and conduct a cognitive experiment. Ms Leatham will guide you through the project.
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

Feel free to email me if you have any question. I should answer you promptly.

Be nice to Ms Leatham! Make me proud!

See you soon,

Mr McKeown


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