Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Follow what's going on at the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. Find other news sources on this, too, and please think about it and bring it up in class.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

thinking about heritage

SS10 students are embarking on their heritage projects... many of the current SS11 students have done this, maybe they have advice to offer (ask one!!). Think about the end product, a presentation to class that gives us a glimpse at the important things that "inform" your past. Namely:

1. a graphic representation (like a family tree, a picture-poster, a slideshow)

2. an interview with an elder (family or not) about their experiences in the past

3. share a story, life-lesson, heirloom, ethnic food, heritage skill, artistic performance, or symbolic object

Please be willing to pace it slow so we can ask questions and enjoy your inquiry." Looking for a starter on family research? Google genealogy, family tree, etc., or take a short cut to Rootsweb and plug in your oldest known relative as a starter. If you can't turn anything up after a few searches, move on, and start researching cultural background.

You could also try searching for specific places, histories, flags, maps, icons, images, landscapes, ideas, documents, foods, arts, etc. tied to the culture/s you are researching. Leave a comment here if you find a site worth sharing with the others that could help with the Heritage project.


Friday, November 13, 2009


Let's face it, you're learning stuff!!! As we erode, transport, and deposit our way through the unit on FORCES, pick a topic from the list that you wish to study in more detail...

Mass Wastage, Rivers, Groundwater & Karst, Glaciation, Deserts, and Coastal Landscapes

Design a project around your choice: a focus on an aspect (e.g. caves & caving, floodplains & flood control), understand a process (e.g. wind erosion, wave action), or study an area (e.g. river landforms in northern BC).

Whatever you do, put your "self" into it -- perform, re-enact, talk, build, mashup, create, display, bake, sing, decorate, demonstrate, find a way to "embody" what you know.

Assessment: rigorous/well-researched content, creative/embodied presentation

Due: have your work done for Friday Nov. 27. We'll present that day (or earlier if you are ready) and on Monday Nov 30.

Leave a comment: what do you think you'll do?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Pacific Northwest Webquest

Assignment: write about and analyze a topic from BC or Pacific Northwest history... legends, phenomenon, people, events

Share your results here as a comment... paste tyour well-written and edited response, your favorite link (NOT Wikipedia) and leave your first name and last initial only (esp. Morgans and Ashleys!)

The full assignment description is available on the class handout, temporarily located here

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Economy Webquest

You've got some lab time to "gather evidence" as you seek answers for your questions about economic issues. Try SOME of the links below, keep track of where you went and what you did (your "economy" group can make use of this) and leave a comment below describing what you learned from this activity (leave just your first name, too).

1. Economic Impact & Ecological Footprint -

2. Understand Canada's Economy -

3. Read an article - or or or find your own article on the "Economic Crisis" or another aspect of economy

4. Watch a video - or google video search your own (pick search words carefully)

5. Look at graphics on the Mortgage Crisis: How the Housing Market went wrong -

6 Get the main ideas on the Canadian parliamentary dispute over the fiscal update -

7. Read a "radical" thinker's views on the American Election & Economy - or find some other alternate theories about how the world's problems are connected

8. Manage an "economy" --> Badger Kingdom -

9. Want more fun? See how well you know your world...

Heritage Projects

If you didn't get a chance to read my feedback on your projects.... do so here. Feel free to leave a comment, too.