Forces of Nature - Physical Geography (CGF 3M1)

This course is being taught as a blended course. Regular lessons will be taught in class approximately 60% of the time.  Students will have access to an ipad or desktop computer to complete the online components (modules) approximately 40% of the lessons. Mr. Durk will be in class to guide you through the modules and you will also be able to work with peers on many of these activities.

Click here to watch a series of videos that explain the concept of "blended learning" and the digital environment.

To log in to the UGDSB LMS, the student usernames are the same format as they login to the network with (2 from first name + 3 from last + last 4 of their OEN), and their password is their OEN if they have never logged in before.  You can always reset their password too from the "Classlist" tool. 

Course Evaluation 

Online Modules 
(Class Activities / Assignments / Discussions) (20 x 2% each)          40%  

NOTE: There are a total of 25 Online Modules (activities / assignments), but only your top 20 will count towards your overall mark in the course. Modules with an * beside them are MANDATORY however. Remember that you are responsible for all content in ALL modules (even the ones that you drop or decide not to complete). Modules will be evaluated based on completion and the quality of your responses (if applicable - see checklist below).

Unit Tests (4 x 5% each)                                                                       20%   
Video Journal  Evaluation 
(Videos you watch during modules or in class)                                     5%
Final Culminating Project (June)                                                           15%   
Final Exam (June)                                                                                   15%  

K: Knowledge and Understanding
I: Thinking and Inquiry
C: Communication
A: Application

CGF 3M1 - Physical Geography

Unit 1: Planetary Systems and the Biosphere (24 days)

 Module #1: Ice Breaker*

Module #2: Solar System Origins

Module #3: Earth Within a System and the Moon's Effects

Module #4: Earth's Spheres

Module #5: Biogeochemical Cycles and World Biomes (Webquest)

Module #6: Case Study: The Tropical Rainforests

Unit 2: Structures of the Earth (26 days)

Module #7: Structures of the Earth (Webquest)

Module #8: Introduction to Geologic Time

Module #9: Rocks and Minerals

Module #10: Plate Tectonics, History and Evidence

Module #11: Earthquakes

Module #12: Volcanoes

Unit 3: Earth Processes (20 days)

(this unit has been shortened due to time constraints)

Module #13: Weathering / Erosion and Mass Movements

Module #14: Glaciers and Glaciation

Module #15: Case Study: Three Gorges Dam Debate (Part 1)

Module #16: Case Study: Three Gorges Dam Debate (Part 2)

Module #16: Fluvial Actions (Rivers) 
Wave Action and Coastal Features 

Modules #17: Case Study: The Alberta Oil Sands (OMIT - Fall 2016)

Module #18: Niagara Falls Geomorphology (OMIT - Fall 2016)

Unit 4: Weather and Climate (24 days)

Module #19: Climatology Basics

Module #20:
Climate Zones and Influence on Climate

Module #21: Ocean Currents and El Nino / La Nina

Module #22: Hurricanes and Tornadoes

Module #23: Weather Forecasting

Module #24*: Climate Change Debate (Part 1)

Module #25*: Climate Change Debate (Part 2)

Final Culminating Project - Fall 2016 - 15% (6 days) 

Physical Geography Online Textbook

The Physical Environment: An Introduction to Physical Geography
Video Library (CGF 3M1)
CGF 3M Field Trips  (2 days) 

June 2016