Month: February 2016 (page 1 of 2)

InS 8: Globalization of Yokohama

We have been looking at ways that Globalization affects Culture.

In the next project, we will collect primary and secondary sources to uncover the influence globalization has had on Yokohama.

First, let’s discuss good note taking skills

  • How do you take notes when teachers talk?
  • How do you take notes when you read?
  • What specific strategies do you use?
  • What is the problem with cut and paste?
  • How do you keep track of your sources?
  • How do you know what’s important?
  • Once you have all of your notes, how do you make sense of them?
  • How do you begin writing your essay?

A few examples and ideas

Modified Cornell Note Taking for Research Papers


Keep it, Junk It

If you want more ideas:

Then, we will begin working on part 1 of the Yokohama Globalization Project.

Due Friday March 4th

IB11: The Value of Oceans: Pollution

IB learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the sources and distribution of pollution in the oceans.
  • Discuss the implications of the pollution of oceans by the disposal of radioactive material, oil and chemical waste.

1: Here is the worksheet for the lecture.

2: As you watch the videos,create a brain frame diagram on the source(s) and consequences of each type of ocean pollution

  • Oil – We will cover oil in more depth in the Hazards Unit next semester.
  • Radioactive Material
  • Chemical Waste
  • Plastic


The Pacific Gyre Garbage Patch

Oceanos de poluição – Vida marinha em perigoOceanos de poluição – Vida marinha em perigoCurta: EcosurfBacalhau é encontrado com lata de alumínio no sistema digestivo.Vídeo: Max Christensen K 148 Jamik

Posted by Ecosurf on Friday, January 29, 2016

Part 1 at 18:00

Part 3 at 6:40

Nuclear Waste

Chemical Waste:

Marine pollution:

Part 3: On the shared Google doc, give a brief timeline and explain the source, distribution and implications of one of the following case studies:

  • Radioactive waste disposal in Russia
  • The London Dumping Convention
  • “Plastic Soup” of waste in pacific Ocean (great garbage patch)
  • Nuclear Waste dumping off the coast of Somalia

You will present your CS to the class on Friday


IB HL: Financial Flows

IB Outcome: Examine the importance of loans, debt repayment, development aid, remittances, foreign direct investment and repatriation of profits in the transfer of capital between the developed core areas and the peripheries.

Discuss the statement, using your knowledge from unit 2, Disparities in Wealth and Development and Optional Theme F: The Geography of Food and Health

Make a copy and complete this Google doc.

If you are done early, read Guinness p. 57 – 73


IB11 Coasts: Summative Assessment: Sustainable Management of Fisheries

Write a 5 to 8 paragraph essay  (750 words max) answering the following question. You will be graded on the Paper 2 IB essay  markband.

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

This CS will double up with your core topic 3 CS on conservation strategies. IB outcome:

Evaluate a strategy at a local or national scale aimed at reducing the consumption of one resource.


Evaluate: Make an appraisal by weighing up the strengths and limitations

Possible case studies:

  • Sea of Cortez – (recommended)
  • South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative
  • Canadian Sustainable fisheries framework (SFF)
  • Any other with teacher consent
Your essay must include:
  • A clear outline
  • A title
  • A thesis statement (underlined)
  • A clear definition of sustainability
  • A clear description of the management strategy
  • At least 10 vocabulary terms directly related to this unit, underlined and defined either in the text or in a footnote
  • maps
  • Graphs
  • Varying perspectives on the issue
  • 3 – 5 sources mainly coming from jstor, Ebsco or Questia
  • MLA, in-text citations
  • Max 750 words


RIO +20 UN conference on sustainale development

My Diigo library


Tragedy of the commons:

Limits to economic growth:

Sustainable Fishing:

IB11: The Value of Oceans

Homework Discussion:

  • Examine the spatial and temporal consequences of overfishing. 
  • Explain “fishing down the food chain” -name the fish at the top and bottom of the food chain in the sea of Cortez
  • What was the role of Japan in overfishing in the Sea or Cortez? America?
  • How has overfishing influenced socio-economic problems in Kino, Sonora?
  • Explain the benefits and drawbacks of fish farms in Sonora.
  • Discuss the trawler vs pangas debate. What conclusion does Vance reach?
  • What solutions were found in Puerto Adolfo López Mateos?
  • What is the Mexican government doing? How successful were they?

Write notes of our socratic seminar here

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

As you watch one of the videos:

  • Consider the various needs oceans fulfil 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.

Overfishing Visually Explained

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
  • Clearly state wether each resource is found on the continental shelves, in the open oceans or on the ocean floor

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

Homework: Read Codrington up to p. 243 (if you haven’t already done so.)

I will be absent today

Hi guys,

I will be absent again today.

Grade 8, work on your Globalization Product Placement. Remember to clearly explain how you have considered both cultures in your new product. Explain how your choices take into account specific cultural traits. 

Grade 9: Work on your Social History project. You should have your three sources by now. Start researching your topic in depth in order to created good, thought provoking questions for your interview. 

Have a nice day,

Mr M

IB HL: Financial Flows Case Study: Jamaica and the IMF

IB outcome: Examine the influence of governments, world trading organizations and financial institutions (such as the World Trade Organization, International Monetary Fund and World Bank) in the transfer of capital.

Part 1:

In groups

Research one of the following organization: WTO, IMF or World Bank and present the organization’s:

  • History: 1 paragraph
  • Official goal of the organization
  • Aid and loan statistics: How much do they loan and to which country?
  • Explain three benefits of their involvement on the world financial system
  • Explain three criticism of their involvement on the world financial system

Part 2: Jamaica and the IMF

As you read Windsor and watch the documentary, take detailed notes on:

  1. Causes of Jamaica’s economic problems. Classify them as external and internal
  2. Major players
  3. The IMF’s Structural Adjustment Program (SAPs) on Jamaica
  4. The Role of the WTO
  5. Currency Devaluation – Theory, cause and consequence
  6. Other external factors influencing Jamaica’s Economy
  7. Free Trade Zones
  8. The effect of the removal of trade barriers on Jamaica’s economy
  9. The Jamaican Banana industry

You will have a paper-3-style in-class essay on this case study after the break.

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)



See also: Carbon Cycle explained, and Keeping up with Carbon


  1. Draw a labeled diagram explaining the carbon cycle
  2. Describe the chemical process of ocean acidification
  3. Explain the effect of ocean acidification on crustaceans
  4. Explain the effect of ocean acidification on humans

In class, open book essay

  1. Write a 25 minute, 10 point, essay on the following IB style Question:

Examine the role of oceans as a store and source of CO2

Make sure to include a thesis statement, three arguments and a clear conclusion.

Also, include all of the following vocabulary terms:

  • Carbon sink
  • Solubility
  • Carbon cycle
  • Oceanic conveyor belt
  • Carbon transfer
  • Acidification


Homework for the break:

Watch The End of the Line, read Erik Vance’s Emptying the World’s Aquariums and read Codrington up to 243


InS 8: Gobalization product placement

We have been discussing globalization and its influence on culture, economics, people, international relations, the environment etc.

What is the impact of globalization on you?

So Where’s Home? A Film About Third Culture Kid Identity from Adrian Bautista on Vimeo.


Comapanies, aware of the power and possible economic benefit of doing business globally, have tried to sell their products worldwide, with varying levels of success. They’ve realized that you can’t sell a product the same way in every country.

  • What factors may affect the way you sell a product in a different country?
  • Can you think of a product that you use that would not sell in another culture? Why?
  • How can a company adapt their product to other cultures?
Glocalization is the practice of conducting business according to both local and global considerations.
For the next projectm you will be asked to glocalize a product that is relevant in your culture.

Project: Globalization Product Placement

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

IB Outcomes: Explain the atmosphere–oceanic interactions associated with ENSO.

Explain the El Niño and La Niña phenomena and their climatic, environmental and economic effects


Begin the video below at 1:17

Case study:

Groups of 2, you have the whole period to complete all questions.

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

1. Answer the following questions using  graphs and short paragraphs:

1. What is El Nino? Draw a labeled diagram of the oceanic and atmospheric conditions of El Nino.

2. What is La Nina? Draw a labeled diagram of the oceanic and atmospheric conditions of La Nina. (differentiati it from normal conditions)

3. What causes El Nino?

4. What happens to the South Pacific Ocean during an El Nino event?

5. What happens to the Atmosphere during an El Nino event?

6. How does the Pacific Ocean thermocline change during an El Nino event?

2: Using a named,  recent major El Niño event, draw a table explaining the climatic, environmental and economic effects of El Nino

3. Using a named,  recent major La Nina event, draw a table explaining the climatic, environmental and economic effects of La Nina

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