Spheres & Interactions

Community Mapping Pt 4:

  • Observe and report back on:
    • Examples of hydrosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere, biosphere (at least one each)
    • Examples of interactions between each:
      • hydro ↔ litho
      • hydro ↔ atmos
      • hydro ↔ bios
      • litho ↔ atmos
      • litho ↔ bios
      • atmos ↔ bios
    • Positive or negative effects on humans?


Human Interactions

Community Mapping Pt3:

  1. Observe, record, and report on:
    • Observations of  humans interacting with the environment (adapting, modifying, depend)
    • Who benefits or loses from these interactions?

Read “Rediscovering Geography” – Chapter 3, page 34-36

Canada’s Political Parties

Political Spectrum Test


Find a speech/interview from the party leader of the party you side with (or a minister)

  1. Give the context of the speech (where, when, why)
  2. Summarize the speech
  3. What do they say that reveals if they are left or right wing? (provide the quotes and timestamps)
  4. Do you agree with their statements? Explain why or why not
  5. Post the above to your blog (& embed the video) and present to the class

Movement and Scale

Community Mapping Pt 2:

  1. Observe, record, and report back on:
    • Examples of movement (goods, people, ideas)
    • What are the local, regional and world effects of the movement you see? (scale)
    • How would you define your region? Explain.
    • Likes and dislikes?

Read “Rediscovering Geography” – Chapter 3, page 32-34


Legislative & Executive Branches


  • Evidence: Are the different positions (MP, Senator, PM, Cabinet, GG) compensated appropriately? Explain why or why not.
  • Continuity and Change: What are the provincial equivalents of MPs, Senators, PMs, Cabinet, and GG called?
  • Ethical Judgement: What should be done with the Senate? (abolish? reform? keep? Find at least two arguments). Find a political cartoon about the Senate and explain the message.


Legislative and Executive Branches PPT – download

Virtual Visits: House of Commons, Senate

Physical and Cultural Place – Community Mapping

Community Mapping

  • Observe, record, and report on:
    1. Natural and human built ecosphere
    2. Human interactions (sociosphere)
    3. Culture/systems (technosphere – things that guide our behaviour)
    4. What makes your region unique/ different from the others? How would you define your region?
    5. What are you happy and unhappy with that you’ve seen? Explain why.

Homework: Read “Rediscovering Geography” – Chapter 3, page 30-31

Physical Place and Contour Maps

5 Themes of Geography – Place


a) Download the Cypress Hiking Map

b) Figure out the following:

  1. What are the contour intervals of this map?
  2. What is the scale ratio of the printed map when viewed at 100%?
  3. What kind of valley does Cypress Bowl sit in?
  4. What kind of valley does the Trans Canada Trail go around?
  5. What is the highest elevation the ski lifts can take you to?
  6. What is the approximate elevation of the top of Raven Ridge chair lift? (figure out the partial elevation)
  7. Create a profile drawing of a straight line from the bottom of Eagle Express chair lift to Eagle Bluff.
    • Find the slope of each section of your profile drawing.
  8. Which slope is steeper, western cliff of Eagle Bluff or western cliff of Donut Rock? What are the two slopes and what is the difference?
  9. Rank the trails based on difficulty: Baden-Powell Trail, Trans Canada Trail, Old Strachan Trail, Hollyburn Mountain Trail, Howe Sound Crest Trail, Sunset Trail
  10. How would you define location vs place regarding this map?