Year 9

MAY 2009 – Year 9 Exams

The Year 9 Exams will be held in the week before half term. Please make sure you revise all your notes carefully (it is only the Olympics that will not be tested) and listen to the advice given to you by your teachers on what to revise. To help you test yourself you can make use of the following powerpoint (answers appear when you have answered all the questions)

FEBRUARY 2009 – HOMEWORK – Life in the Rainforest Essay
ESSAY – Life in the Amazon Rainforest (2 Week Homework – Due: Friday 13th March)
Task: Write an essay about the lifestyles of indigenous tribes in the Amazon Rainforest, Brazil. There are many different tribes living in the Amazon, including the Kayapo; Tikuna; Caboclos and Yanomami Indians. Your task is to write an essay about the lifestyles of some of these people. You can choose one or more tribes and write about their lives in the Amazon Rainforest. You should consider the following:

Homes
Culture (Food / Dress etc.)
Hunting / Agriculture
Education
Traditions
What threats are there to the tribe?

You may wish to structure your essay using sub-headings from the list above (either for one tribe or several)

Where do I get my information?
1. You have looked at the Kayapo tribe in class (notes in book) and you can use the Places books in the Geography Department to find out more information
2. You can use your video notes on i) Tikuna and Caboclos and ii) Yanomami.
3. You can do some of your own research to find pictures etc.. to help you write your essay (see weblinks below)

Websites for Information:

People of the Rainforest (with information on various tribes) -
http://www.rainforestlive.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=377
Kayapo Tribe
http://www.sil.org/americas/brasil/langpage/EnglKPPg.htm
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/AnS/Anthro/Anth210/kayapo.htm
http://www.cesa10.k12.wi.us/Ecosystems/rainforests/tribes/Kayapo/index.htm
http://indian-cultures.com/Cultures/kayapo.html
Tikuna
http://indian-cultures.com/Cultures/ticuna.html
Yanomami
http://www.amanakaa.org/yanomami/about.htm
http://www.crystalinks.com/yanomami.html
http://www.survival-international.org/yanomami.htm
http://www.socioambiental.org/website/pib/epienglish/yanomami/yanomami.shtm

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YEAR 9 – DANTE’s PEAK HOMEWORK – NOVEMBER 2008

Write a movie review of the Dante’s Peak movie – entitled

“Dante’s Peak – Scientific Fact or movie fiction”

  • start with a brief summary of what the film is about – i.e. it’s basic plot
  • which parts of the film are scientifically accurate and therefore could realistically take place in real life?
  •  which parts of the film are movie fiction – i.e. are too far fetched to really happen – discuss these points.
  • end with a brief evaluation of how good you thought the film was – give it a rating out of a possible 5 stars and justify your choice!

The following websites may provide some helpful ideas: A Geological Guide Book to Dante’s Peak – This guide is a scientific analysis of Dante’s Peak which looks at how accurate the volcanic scenes in Dante’s Peak really are. Dante’s Peak – Wikipedia – this site gives an overview of the plot of the film Dante’s Peak FAQ – This website contains a section on “Movie Fact or Fiction” – scroll down to middle of page

film.jpg

Here is the trailer again as a quick reminder of what you have watched in lessons…

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YEAR 9 EXAMS – JUNE 2008

You can use the following revision powerpoint to test yourself – the answers to the questions are on the slides at the end.

HOMEWORK – Life in the Rainforest Essay

ESSAY – Life in the Amazon Rainforest (2 Week Homework – Due: 21st April 2008)
Task: Write an essay about the lifestyles of indigenous tribes in the Amazon Rainforest, Brazil. There are many different tribes living in the Amazon, including the Kayapo; Tikuna; Caboclos and Yanomami Indians. Your task is to write an essay about the lifestyles of some of these people. You can choose one or more tribes and write about their lives in the Amazon Rainforest. You should consider the following:

  • Homes
    Culture (Food / Dress etc.)
    Hunting / Agriculture
    Education
    Traditions
    What threats are there to the tribe?

You may wish to structure your essay using sub-headings from the list above (either for one tribe or several)
Where do I get my information?
1. You have looked at the Kayapo tribe in class (notes in book) and you can use the Places books in the Geography Department to find out more information
2. You can use your video notes on i) Tikuna and Caboclos and ii) Yanomami.
3. You can do some of your own research to find pictures etc.. to help you write your essay (see weblinks below)

Websites for Information:

 
 

 

People of the Amazon Rainforest (with information on various tribes) - 

Kayapo Tribe

Tikuna

Yanomami

 
 

 
 HOMEWORK (Easter Holidays)
Set:  Wednesday 19th January   Due: Thursday 11th April

250121818_b47acc9485_m.jpgDesign your own Rainforest Animal – remember to think about the following (you must include a description of your rainforest and a explanation of its adaptations!)

  • Where in the rainforest does your animal live (e.g. canopy)
  • What size / colour / shape is it?
  • How does it catch its prey?
  • How is it adapted to living in its surroundings? (think about conditions on the rainforest)
  • How does it protect itself from predators in the rainforest
What do I need to produce?  You can either make a model of your animal or draw a labelled sketch. You then need to provide a written description of your animal and an explanation of the adaptations that it has to enable it to survive in the rainforest!
Image: ‘Tucán de la selva misionera
www.flickr.com/photos/25083668@N00/250121818  

HOMEWORK (Week Beginning 21st January 08)

Set: Thursday 24th January – Due: Monday 4th February 

DEVELOPMENT – WATER AID
wa_logo.gif Pretend you are working for the charity WaterAid - you are the marketing / promotions manager and you have been asked to devise a new promotion campaign to raise awareness of the problems associated with poor access to water and you how as a charity, with the help of donations from the public can help people in Ghana. You have a choice, you can create a poster, leaflet, TV Advert (e.g. using Movie Maker) or whatever you feel would best suit the job description! 

ASIAN TSUNAMIS – Year 9 Poetry

I have been very impressed with your creative writing work on the Asian Tsunamis and shortly some of your work will be added to the display in N16. I have also chosen a few examples of your poems to share on here. Well done to all!

TSUNAMIS (By Adam)

The sight was terrifying from people looking on,
Horrific; people thought their life’s were ending
Extra ordinary Scenes

Tidal waves raced towards land;
Shocked people looked on to see their homes destroyed.
Unpredictable devastation occurred;
Noise like jet planes.
At 10 o’clock in the morning 26th December 2004
Mysterious wave recedes;
Indian ocean was where the wave began.

THE TSUNAMIS (By Amy)

The unbearable fight for life
Perhaps not wanting life,
To be away from the terror
And truth reminisced

 

 

Thunderous roaring
Awoke the sleeping,
Curious demons of destruction
Swallow the island

As torrents of water engulf the earth
People cling to pillars of hope,
And confusion.
Alone.

Dare to look back,
Dare to remember.
Flashbacks takover the living;
But then – all is dark.

 

 

 

Back to reality,
Surveying the loss;
Grief and depression,
Shouting no more.

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

But weeping, weeping for family;
Weeping for those lost,
Weeping for the occasional cry,
Of a hurt human..

“I love you
What are we going to do?”

KOBE EARTHQUAKE - YEAR 9 – KS3 ASSESSMENT (Nov 2007)

Click here to access research resources to support you with your Kobe Enquiry – these include:

  • Copies of the assessment sheet
  • Research Links
  • Mark Scheme

 Remember the Kobe earthquake final deadline is THURSDAY 13th DECEMBER

You MUST hand in both your final piece and your research sheet! 

Week 7 – Week Beginning – Monday 15th October 2007

Wednesday 17th October – Dante’s Peak – the final part….

Homework Week 7

Set: Wednesday 17th October 2007 Due in: Thursday 1st November 2007 Task: Write a movie review of the Dante’s Peak movie – entitled

“Dante’s Peak – Scientific Fact or movie fiction”

  • start with a brief summary of what the film is about – i.e. it’s basic plot
  • which parts of the film are scientifically accurate and therefore could realistically take place in real life?
  •  which parts of the film are movie fiction – i.e. are too far fetched to really happen – discuss these points.
  • end with a brief evaluation of how good you thought the film was – give it a rating out of a possible 5 stars and justify your choice!

The following websites may provide some helpful ideas: A Geological Guide Book to Dante’s Peak – This guide is a scientific analysis of Dante’s Peak which looks at how accurate the volcanic scenes in Dante’s Peak really are. Dante’s Peak – Wikipedia – this site gives an overview of the plot of the film Dante’s Peak FAQ – This website contains a section on “Movie Fact or Fiction” – scroll down to middle of page

film.jpg

Here is the trailer again as a quick reminder of what you have watched in lessons…

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Week 6 – Week Beginning – Monday 8th October 2007 Wednesday 9th October: Volcano Homeworks Although I haven’t had chance to write up individual feedback yet on your volcanoes there were some great examples so I have put some photographs together in a little movie which you can below, so you can see some of the work you have produced (there is even music!). I am hoping to be able to put more examples of your work in the future – so keep an eye on the blog! Monday 8th October: Geography at the Movies Having watched the Superman “Volcano” episode last lesson we are going to continue with our work on “Geography at the Movies”. This lesson we are going to watch extracts from the movie “Dante’s Peak” Here is the trailer from the movie: So could you identify the scientific fact from the scientific fiction? We will be thinking about what is realistic and what is not at the beginning of Thursday’s lesson. On Thursday we will be following up our work on Dante’s Peak and thinking about why people still continue to live near volcanoes when they can be such dangerous and hazardous environments to live in! See if you can think of any reasons before Thursday’s lesson! These are the questions you have been asked to consider in particular:

  1. What types or tests / monitoring do the scientists do to check the level of volcanic activity – list what you see.
  2. What are the hazards for people living in Dante’s Peak?
  3. Why don’t the council follow the USGS advice to evacuate the town?
  4. Describe three things in the film that are scientifically reasonable or likely to happen.
  5. List three things in the film that based on your understanding of volcanoes and volcanic environments you think are scientifically inaccurate.

There are a number of other disaster movies which involve volcanoes, including the aptly titled “Volcano” starring Tommy Lee Jones. Although the special effects are good – the “Scientific Fiction” in this film is a lot more obvious! Watch the volcano trailer here (New York Times – Movies) ——————————————————————————————

REMINDER! – Don’t forget – your MOUNT PINATUBO HOMEWORK IS DUE IN MONDAY 5th OCTOBER!

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Week 5 – Week Beginning – Monday 1st October 2007

Homework – continue with Mount Pinatubo presentation – to be handed in Monday October 8th.

Introducing……. Geography at the Movies

Click on the play button on the video below to find out more about what you are doing this week: —————————————————–

Geography at the Movies!

Science Fact or Science Fiction? Having spent the last few weeks understanding what volcanoes are like and why they happen – we are going to spend a couple of lessons this week and next week looking at how volcanic events are portrayed in films. Natural disasters such as volcanoes are often used as the basis for films and cartoons but how accurately are these natural disasters portrayed? Can you tell the difference between science fact and science fiction? We are going to watch extracts from two Hollywood productions: 1. Superman “Volcano” Cartoon – this 8 minute cartoon dates back to 1942 – but what is scientific fact and what would not happen in real life? 2. Dante’s Peak – this Hollywood blockbuster, uses special effects to provide a realistic visual portrayl of a volcanic eruption – of course being a Hollywood action adventure it has a sub-text romantic storyline, but the story is dominated by a seismologists battle to convince a small sleepy town that the mountain they have lived around for years is about to blow its top! The film plays out the fight for survival as the volcano finally erupts! You will hear see and hear lots of the key ideas we have covered over the past couple of weeks – but how familiar have you really become with volcanoes – what could be scientific fact and what is Hollywood fiction – your job over the next couple of lessons – is to find out just that! ————————————————————————— Remember – your Volcano Model Homework is due in on Thursday 27th September - see some examples from previous years here – don’t forget - ADD LABELS to your model! —————————————————————————-

Week 4 – Week Beginning – Monday 24th September 2007

Homework Week 4 (this is a 2 week homework) Set: Wednesday 19th September 2007 Due in: Monday 8th October 2007 TASK: Imagine you are working for the Tourist Information Office in Angeles City, east of Pinatubo. Your brief is to produce a source of information for Tourists visiting the region, informing them about the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo. You have been given the freedom to produce this information in whichever way you feel will be the most appropriate / eye-catching / educational for the tourists. What could you produce? Be inventive – the following are just some possible ideas – by all means come up with your own!

  • A Powerpoint presentation to be displayed on a plasma screen in the tourist office.
  • A design for an exhibit on the eruption to be displayed in the tourist office (you could sketch out the design but concentrate on what captions you would include to tell the story of the eruption (causes and effects))
  • An eye-catching information leaflet for tourists to take away (think about the shape / colour / presentation)
  • A story-board for a documentary about the eruption to be shown on a TV in the tourist information office.

Remember, whatever you decide to do, as good geographers you must make sure you include: facts and figures; labelled diagrams and photographs, and you must write information in your own words. What ever you decide to do – think about including the following information i. maps to show the location of the Philippines and Mount Pinatubo ii. an explanation explaining the cause of the eruption (think about activity at plate boundaries – a diagram may help) iii. the effects of the Pinatubo eruption on people and the environment (see if you can consider both long and short term effects) iv. a glossary of key terms to help tourists understand what happened. v. Illustrations that help to capture tourists interest RESOURCES Classwork:

bullet Video Notes (from Savage Earth) – completed in Class
bullet Information Sheet – given in Class

Weblinks: Mount Pinatubo – related links http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Volcanoes/Philippines/Pinatubo/framework.html Mount Pinatubo eruption (description) http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Volcanoes/Philippines/Pinatubo/description_pinatubo.html Mount Pinatubo – 1991 eruption – “The Sleeping Giant Awakens” http://park.org/Philippines/pinatubo/ Summary Case study Pages – Mount Pinatubo (Georesources) http://www.georesources.co.uk/pinatubo.htm The 1991 eruption of Pinatubo http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/1997/fs113-97/ Benefits of volcano monitoring/ prediction far outweigh the costs http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/1997/fs115-97/ The Philippines – information about level of development: http://www.globaleye.org.uk/secondary_autumn2001/eyeon/people.html TIME GIVEN: 2 weeks homework A CASE STUDY OF A VOLCANIC ERUPTION – MOUNT PINATUBO USGS - Mount Pinatubo PhotographVolcanoes may be active, dormant or extinct. There are over 700 active volcanoes in the world (including volcanoes such as Mt Etna, Mt St Helens, Mt Pinatubo), these are defined as volcanoes that have erupted within historical time and are likely to erupt again. Those that are not currently active but may indeed erupt again in the future are described as dormant. Those volcanoes that have erupted in the past, but are unlikely to erupt again are described as being extinct. This week we are studying one of the world’s active volcanoes – Mt Pinatubo which is situated in the Philippines. Mount Pinatubo has erupted at various times in the recent past – including the 1991 eruption in which around 800 people were killed. There are some amazing images of the Mount Pinatubo eruption here.

Image courtesy of USGS/Cascades Volcanoes Observatory

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Week 3 – Week Beginning – Monday 17th September 2007

Homework Week 3 Set: Wednesday 19th September 2007 Due in: Thursday 27th September 2008 Task: Create a model of a volcano (make sure you add appropriate labels to identify the key features) (see some examples from previous years here) AN INTRODUCTION TO VOLCANOES This week we have begun our study of volcanoes and how they form. Remember – volcanoes are openings in the earth’s crust through which magma escapes as lava. So how do volcanoes work? Remember, volcanoes may occur at both constructive and destructive plate boundaries. This week we have explored the structure of a volcano and its key features (see diagram) The features we have looked at include: main vent; crater; magma chamber; secondary cone; ash cloud; lava bombs; lava flow; pyroclastic flow. How many can you remember? Can you identify them on the diagram? To find out more about volcanoes and how they work see this excellent animation from the BBC. Watch this excellent animation by students at Parkside School in Cambridge which shows how volcanoes occur at these boundaries! It also starts to think about different types of volcanoes such as Shield Volcanoes and Composite volcanoes and some of the main features of a volcano such as secondary vents, lava bombs etc.

 

World Volcanoes This youtube video clip shows some of the worlds main volcanoes – there is some great footage here of these spectacular phenomena. Over the next few weeks you will be finding out more about volcanoes, how they work and the hazards they pose to humans who live close to them!

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Week 2 – Week Beginning – Monday 10th September 2007

PLATE TECTONICS – UNDERSTANDING PLATE BOUNDARIES Well you have made a fantastic start to the year! I have been impressed with your enthusiasm in class and there have been some superb questions being asked which shows you are really thinking about what we are doing – keep it up!! As you will have already heard in the news, this unit is already very topical with this weeks major earthquake in Sumatra. So how much can you remember from this week’s lessons? Test yourself on the different layers of the earth by matching up these key terms and definitions In today’s lesson we looked at the four different types of plate boundaries – remember what they are called?

  • - Destructive Boundaries (e.g. in South America – forming the Andes!)
  • - Constructive Boundaries (e.g. the Mid-Atlantic Ridge – Iceland is located on this boundary!)
  • - Conservative Boundaries (e.g. the San Andreas Fault – California)
  • - Collision Boundaries (e.g. like that forming the Himalayas)

But can you remember what happens at each boundary? Try this quiz and match up the name of the boundary and what happens at each. Homework Week 2 Set: Thursday 13th September 2007 Due in: Monday 17th September 2007 TASK: Carry out some research and find out the names and dates of 5 earthquakes and 5 volcanic eruptions (you should already have at least one earthquake to add to your list!) and list them in your book. ———————————————————————————————–

Week 1 – Week Beginning – Monday 3rd September 2007

Welcome back Year 9! After a summer filled with fascinating, yet terrifying geographical events around the world including hurricanes, floods and earthquakes hopefully you are bursting with questions and looking forward to learning more about the amazing world we live in! Year 9 geography will certainly help you to gain a better understanding of both physical and human geographical processes as well as the impact that humans have on the physical world. ——————————————————- PLATE TECTONICS Introducing Plate Tectonics! Our first topic we will be studying this year is Plate Tectonics in which you will learn about the causes of earthquakes and volcanoes and the impact that they have on people living in hazardous environments such as these. Before we can understand how earthquakes and volcanoes occur though we need to know a little bit more about the structure of the earth! The following video clip from America, gives a good reminder about what we have talked about in class regarding the four main layers of the earth (crust, mantle, outer core and inner core). It also provides some answers to the questions that we don’t always get chance to discuss in detail in class – how do we actually know what the earth is like inside? The video also covers some of the other key ideas we have discussed so far – watch, learn and try and remember! This site from the USGS summarises the different layers of the earth for you

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