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CGF3M Forces Of Nature: Physical Processes And Natural Disasters – Grade 11 (University/College)

Course Details

  • 3. Grade 11

PREREQUISITE: Issues in Canadian Geography, Grade 9, Academic or Applied

GRADE: 11 (University/College)

AVAILABILITY: Blyth Academy Online

THE ONTARIO CURRICULUMCanadian and World Studies


Course Overview

In CGF3M online, students will explore physical processes related to the earth’s water, land, and air. They will investigate how these processes shape the planet’s natural characteristics and affect human systems, how they are involved in the creation of natural disasters, and how they influence the impacts of human disasters. Throughout CGF3M online, students will apply the concepts of geographic thinking and the geographic inquiry process and use spatial technologies to analyze these processes, make predictions related to natural disasters, and assess ways of responding to them.

UNIT ONE
Geography and Mapping Overview

Essential Question: How can spatial analysis tools such as GIS and Remote Sensing be used to analyze geographic processes?

In this unit, students will have the opportunity to identify concepts and examples related to the five themes of Geography and utilize the Geographic Method for inquiry tasks. Students will learn to understand how Earth acts as an open and closed system and then apply geographic location and mapping techniques through the use of Geographic Information Systems.

UNIT TWO
Atmosphere

Essential Question: How does the atmosphere, as well as the dynamic relationship between the Earth and the Sun influence life processes throughout Earth?

In this unit, students will focus on the atmosphere and will have the opportunity to understand the dynamic relationship between the Earth and the Sun and identify and analyze the properties of heat transfer and albedo. Students will learn to differentiate the functions and characteristics of different zones of the atmosphere and discover different controls impacting temperature.

UNIT THREE
Hydrosphere

Essential Question: How does the process of the hydrological cycle impact weather patterns?

In this unit, students will focus on the hydrosphere with an emphasis on weather. Throughout the unit, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate the development of clouds and fog and identify the processes in which they form. Students will begin to understand the concepts and changes related to changes of state as it relates to condensation in the atmosphere and how that impacts weather. Students will analyze weather patterns utilizing weather maps and applying information related to weather systems. Students will also identify the processes related to the development of extreme weather, and the impact to the physical and human environment.

UNIT FOUR
Lithosphere

Essential Question: What are the implications and resulting landscapes from the processes of the Rock Cycle and Plate Tectonics?

In this unit, students will focus on the building and development of the earth and its components. Throughout this unit, students will have the opportunity to gain an awareness of geologic time and geologic history and understand the processes involved in the creation and modification of rock types. Students will identify the dynamics of plate tectonics and the impact the process has on shaping landscapes and analyze the development of volcanoes and differentiate volcanic characteristics. Students will also analyze the conditions creating earthquakes, and the impact earthquakes have, as well as identifying the epicentre of an earthquake.

UNIT FIVE
Weathering and Erosion

Essential Question: How do global citizens play their role in reducing the impacts of natural disasters on human populations?

In this unit, students will focus on the atmosphere and will have the opportunity to understand the dynamic relationship between the Earth and the Sun and identify and analyze the properties of heat transfer and albedo. Students will learn to differentiate the functions and characteristics of different zones of the atmosphere and discover different controls impacting temperature. They will also learn how to assess the role and effectiveness of various options for reducing impacts of natural disasters on human populations.

Please consult our Frequently Asked Questions Page or the Exam section within your course for more details on final exams and the exam fee. More information can also be found in our Student Handbook.

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