Unit 4 - Physical Geography & Natural Systems


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 Lesson Details

 Focus Questions and Other Important Info.

 
 
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Introduction to Physical Geography and Plate Tectonics
May 6th

 
 
 


 
3. Video: Physical Systems (student worksheet) (23 min.)
 


 

Plate Tectonics deals with the interactions and processes that occur within the Earth.

Focus Questions / Enduring Understandings

1. What is Physical Geography?

2. How and why do geologists divide Earth's History into specific time periods?

3. Describe the theory of plate tectonics. 
 




 
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Geological History and Plate Tectonics

 
 
 


 
 
 
3. Rapid Recap...what do you remember from yesterday's lesson?



6. Video: Plate Tectonics (10 min.)
 
   Focus Questions & Enduring Understandings

1. What evidence exists that supports the theory of plate tectonics?

2. What patterns exist between plate boundaries with volcanoes, earthquakes and ocean trenches?

3. What are the three types of plate boundaries that exist? How are each different?
 
Homework 
1. Finish Worksheet: Plate Tectonics and Boundaries
2. Finish textbook reading and questions.   
 
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Geological History and Plate Tectonics



 
 
 
 
 

 
3. Brainpop Video: Plate Tectonics (login: bcps  password:brainpop)
 

5. TEXTBOOK WORK: Read pages 88 – 100. Answer questions: 1 – 5 on page 93, and questions 1 – 10 on page 100. Also, define all of the bolded terms in this section.
Focus Questions
1.What plate do we live on?

2. What is a subduction zone? 

3. What parts of Canada were created during the Pre-Cambrian Era?

4. What were some of the most important geological and biological events in each of the eras.

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Geological History and Plate

Tectonics


 
 
 

 
3. Video: Volcano - Nature's Inferno - 60 min. (student worksheet) - ANSWERS


Focus Questions

1. What is pyroclastic flow?

2. Who were the Krafts? 

3. What is the "Ring of Fire"? 
 
 
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Geological History and Plate Tectonics


 
 
 
 

2. Return Unit 1 Assignments (mapping and compass rose) 

 
4. Take up Video questions from last day and check / collect homework.

5. Brainpop Video: Geologic Time 
 
6. Introduce Activity: Geological Timeline of the Earth  (DUE: Day #10)
 
7. Work Period: Geological Timeline of the Earthh (Day #1)
 

          Focus Questions

1.List at least 3 major geological and biological events that occurred during each of Earth's 4 Eras. 

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Geological History and Plate Tectonics

May 13th



 
 
 
3. Return and take up Unit 1 Test (Geographic Skills) 
 
4. Work Period: Geological Timeline of the Earth (Day #2)

 

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Geological History and Plate Tectonics



 
 
 
3. Work Period: Geological Timeline of the Earth (Day #3)

GEOLOGICAL TIMELINES ARE DUE ON DAY #11 
 

- Please bring your textbook to class tomorrow. 

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Canada's Ecozones



 

1. Geographic Photo of the Day

 
3. Rapid Recap - Geological History 



  
          Focus Questions
1.What is an ecozone? How many exist in Canada?

2. Name the 3 ecozones that exist in Ontario. Compare each.

3. What 5 different components make up an ecozone.

4. Name at least 5 other ecozones in Canada.

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Rocks and the
Rock Cycle

 
 
 
 
3. PPT: Rocks and the Rock Cycle (student worksheet)
 
4. Brainpop: The Rock Cycle

 

A Guide to Igneous Rocks

A Guide to Sedimentary Rocks

A Guide to Metamorphic Rocks

The Oldest Rock in the World


More LINKS & RESOURCES about this topic.

 
 
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Canada's Landform Regions


 





           GEOLOGICAL TIMELINES ARE DUE TODAY!

 

4. Video: Rocks and Minerals - 35 min.(student worksheet)




Focus Questions
1.Name the 7 landform regions of Canada in order from west to east.

2. Describe the general topography variations between each of the landform regions.

3. Name the major types of rocks (igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic) that are found in each landform region in Canada.


 
 
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Canada's Landform Regions

May 21st



 


              



5. Start Video: Geologic Journey - The Great Lakes (student worksheet) - 50 min.

Focus Questions






More LINKS & RESOURCES About this Topic.
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The Canadian Shield

May 27th



 
 
 


1. Geographic Photo of the Day
 
 
3. Finish Video: Geologic Journey - The Great Lakes (student worksheet)



 

More LINKS & RESOURCES About this Topic.
 
 
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Glaciers and Glaciation




 


1.  Geographic Photo of the Day
 
 
3. Brainpop: Glaciers 

4. PPT: Glaciers and Glaciation (student worksheet)
 

6. Textbook: Read pages 118 - 126. Answer questions 1 - 6 on page 126 and define all bolded terms. (HW if not completed in class)
 
 
Focus Questions
1.What is a glacier?

2. What are the two general categories of glaciers?

3. Describe the general appearance and formation of moraines, drumlins and eskers.

4. Describe how a glacier advances and recedes.

5. Why is the melting of glaciers worldwide of significant concern for earth scientists?
 
 
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Weather and Climate - Climate Graphs




 


 


 
 

Focus Questions

1.What are the differences between weather and climate?

2. What aspects of weather are we able to measure directly? What instruments are used to do this?

3. List and briefly explain the 6 factors that affect the climate of a region.

4. Which of these factors affects the climate of Guelph?

More LINKS & RESOURCES About this Topic. 

 

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Climate Graphs



 

1.  Geographic Photo of the Day

 




Focus Questions

1. What is an air mass? 

2. What air masses affect the weather of southern Ontario?

3. What is a climate graph? What does it show? 


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Types of Precipitation 



 




.Focus Questions

1.List and briefly describe the 3 ways that precipitation forms.

2. Draw a diagram to describe the mechanisms of how precipitation forms in each
 
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Climate Change
June 3rd





 
 
 

1. Geographic Photo of the Day

2. CBC Online News Journal

3.  3. PPT: Types of Precipitation (student worksheet)

4. Continue working on Canada's Climate Graphs (DUE: Next Day)


  
Focus Questions

1.Distinguish between "Global Warming" and "Climate Change".

2. 

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Climate Change Canada







1. Geographic Photo of the Day

2. CBC Online News Journal




 

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Geographic Literacy Activity #1  "Fire and Ice"




 


 


 
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Soils and Vegetation




 



3. Soils and Natural Vegetation worksheet (using your textbook pages 145 - 155) - ANSWERS 

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OMIT for Spring 2013

 
National Parks Summative Activity

 
 
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OMIT for Spring 2013

 
                         National Parks Summative Activity

 
 
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OMIT for Spring 2013


 

National Parks Summative Activity

2. 
Unit 2 Review Package

 

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OMIT for Spring 2013






 

                          

2. Final work period for Unit 2 Summative and / or Unit 2 Review Package




                     
 
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Unit Test #4
June 7th




  
1. Unit #4 Test - Physical Geography & Natural Systems

Prepared Long Answer Question

Write a well written long answer ( ~ 300 – 500 words) describing the overall messages that were given in the film “Six Degrees Could Change the World”. Use specific examples, statistics and factsfrom this film to support or conflict with your personal opinion of the theory of global climate change. Finally, outline and describe some specific measures that we can take to help combat climate change (if you believe that it is actually occurring). (10 marks)