Friday, 30 October 2015

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationship, Spatial Significance, and Patterns and Trends

Inquiry question: 
What is spatially significant about the shipping lanes? What is where?
Why do the shipping lanes follow the pattern that they do? Why there? 
How will sulfur dioxide impact the interrelationship of people living near the shipping lanes? Why care?

Thursday, 29 October 2015

China ends one-child policy, will allow two children for all couples

Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Patterns and Trends, and Interrelationship.

Inquiry questions: How might this policy impact of local and global demographic patterns and trends? 
How might different geographic perspectives viewed this policy change?

How might this population policy impact the interrelationship with humans and the environment?

BEIJING — The Globe and Mail

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Whale-watching boat tragedy caused by freak wave, say investigators

Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Spatial Significance

Inquiry questions: What is the spatial significance of the area that could have contributed to the formation of a rogue wave?

 in Tofino 

Monday, 26 October 2015

Earthquake rattles remote areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan, at least 263 dead

'Our top priority is to help those affected because of the earthquake,' Pakistani official says

The Associated Press Posted: Oct 26, 2015 5:39 AM ET
Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective, Interrelationship
Lesson idea: Map out location of the epicentre and add in communities. Is there any relationship? 
Inquiry question: Why might people live in an area that has the potential for such large earthquakes? What might be done to ensure such devastation is minimized in  the future? 

Friday, 23 October 2015

News / Atkinson Series

Temporary foreign workers help drive Fort McMurray’s 24-7 economy

Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Interrelationships, and Patterns and Trends

Inquiry question: How might the increased number of foreign workers impact local communities? 

Source:  Toronto Star

Curriculum connection Strand D: Changing Populations, Grade 9 Geography
These maps show the immigration patterns to the GTA since before 1941

 Concepts of Thinking: Patterns and Trends, Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective, and Interrelationships
Inquiry Question: Where are people settling? Why are people settling there? Why would be care where people are settling in the GTA?

Immigration maps

The following maps and charts are based upon data obtained from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, which covers 2001-2011. The data contains records of applications to immigrate to Canada, including year, country of birth and immigration category. Please refer to our glossary for a description of all these categories, and to our welcome page for more information about the maps and charts.
This map shows the total applications received, by country of birth.

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective, Patterns and Trends

Inquiry Question: Where is Canada receiving the most immigration applications from? Why are these countries send so many applications? Why should Canada be looking at these applications?

Immigration timeline

Concept of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective, Patterns and Trends 

Lesson idea: create a spatial journal using the information from the time line to facilitate the analysis of the information.

Inquiry question: What are patterns appear? How does location (spatial significance) impact Canada’s Immigration History? How could Geographic Perspective impact Immigration Policy?

Eco-friendly architecture in the Alps hits new heights

Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance

Inquiry Questions:  How can these resorts be considered Eco-friendly? Why would these buildings be built in such remote areas?

Lesson idea: map out where these resorts are located to create a spatial journal.

What is Where? Why There? Why Care?

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Justin Trudeau begins first full day as Canada's prime minister-designate

 in Montreal and  in Calgary
Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective

Lesson Idea: Minds On-What Is Where? Why There? Why Care? 

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Canada’s wealthiest 86 people now own as much as the 11.4 million poorest.

Concepts of Thinking:
Geographic Perspective, Patterns and Trends

Lesson idea: examine the different view points, values, and beliefs of the different stack-holders. How could the world (authors) view on Canada be changed? How might this view be changed? Should this view be changed?
Identify bias in the media? Why is bias important?

 Conservative leader and Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper listens to a question during a campaign event in Ottawa, Canada, August 16, 2015. Canadians go to the polls in a national election on October 19, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie Photograph: Chris Wattie/REUTERS 
For other articles regarding Canada from Martin Lukacs

Friday, 9 October 2015

Hamas leader in Gaza declares intifada as deadly attacks continue

Peter Beaumont is the Guardian's Jerusalem correspondent.

Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends

Lesson idea: Determine and then Analyse the values and beliefs of the different stakeholders from this article. Use the Issue Analysis Chart. Follow this story and create a spatial journal to document it for further analysis later

Campaign Notebook: Where the local races matter

The Globe and Mail
Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance, 

Lesson idea: Follow WHERE THE LEADERS ARE going and create a spatial journal. Input the information into the pop up.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Doctors Without Borders: we received no advance warning of US airstrike

Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance, 

Lesson idea for World Issues: Identify the different stakeholders' values and beliefs. Map out the location of the stakeholders(countries involved). Analyse the results.

What Is Where? Why There? Why Care?
Now What?

Monday, 5 October 2015

World Bank: 'extreme poverty' to fall below 10% of world population for first time

Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Pattern and Trends, Spatial Significance

Lesson idea: 
1) Make predictions where in the world extreme poverty may be found. 
2) Create a  Spatial Journal of the countries and make a note of their living conditions i.e. extreme poverty. 
3) Analyse the map. What patterns do you see? How does this compare to your predictions. How can you account for the discrepancies, if there
were any?
4) Create a Story Map to communicate your results.

Is there any other information that could help the analysis i.e. How many people live poverty, not extreme poverty? Is this number going up or down? How does the World Bank come up with these numbers? Is the World Bank the best organization to determine poverty levels around the world? Why publish this number and the total poverty numbers?

Thursday, 1 October 2015

For TDSB Grade 6-12 Geography/Social Studies teachers are invited to a three session module to train, and support the revised curriculum, using spatial technologies to enhance the geographic inquiry process and the concepts of thinking. This module is suited for teachers who plan to implement these approaches during semester/term one.
Click on the link below to register.

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