Mr. Johnston

1st Period BBT 10

-Students have been made aware that Tues. Dec.2nd will be the start of presentations for our Business and Multimedia unit and as such, some students may need to work at home at completing some elements.  All materials are available at


2nd Period Social Studies Gr.9

-Test on Ch.5.  All notes and reviews are available in my webpage feed.


3rd Period Social Studies Gr.8

-Test on Ch.5.  All notes and reviews are available in my webpage feed.


5th Period Canadian Geography 120

-No homework; however Module 3 Assignment Part A due Friday, Nov.28th as laid out in Calendar description to right side of wepage.

NOTE: The Gr. 8 Atlantic Canada Chapter 5: What is Culture" test will be held Wed. Nov.26th.

Chapter 5: What is Culture?

Test Review

·         Be able to give a definition of culture and explain the different elements that make up culture.

·         What is the difference between a genetic trait and a cultural trait?

·         Know what an anthropologist is.

·         What are the common characteristics that are found in all cultures according to George P. Murdock? (p.68 in textbook)

·         Be able to list/describe what physical needs and emotional needs are.  Also, if given a scenario like on p.70, be ready to describe what needs are being met by that situation.

·         What is the difference between material and non-material culture?  What category do values fit in?  Be ready to divide a list AND explain why you did so of cultural characteristics into material and non-material.

·         What is traditional culture vs. popular culture?  Explain from where we get popular culture.  How can popular culture sometimes come into conflict or tension with our traditional culture?

(eg: for First Nations, it would be popular culture to speak English but many homes still try to promote their First Nations language)

·         What is an agent of socialization?  It is an institution or organization which passes culture onto the next generation.  Be prepared to list a few agents of socialization and explain how they pass on culture.

·         What are three methods for resolving conflict?  Why do you think we studied those in a chapter called “What is Culture?”


NOTE: The Grade 9 Canadian Indentity "Chapter5: Responses to Geographic Influences" test will be on Wednesday, November 26th.

Chapter 5: Responses to Geographic Influences

Test Review

·         What is Australia’s general location in the world?  Southern hemisphere, eastern hemisphere.   South of the equator but not so much that it would experience cold climates like in Canada.

·         Know, and be able to name, all 5 landform regions of Australia.  Be able to draw similarities between these regions and Canada’s regions. ie: Eastern Uplands are ancient fold mountains like the Appalachian region in Canada. OR Western Craton is ancient shield rock similar to the Canadian (Precambrian) Shield.

·         What is the population of Australia?  How does it compare to Canada?  What is pop.density of Australia? (2.6people/km2) and how does this compare to Canada?

·         What is the population distribution of Australia?

·         Be prepared to name the 3 climate zones of Australia and tell me where they are located within the country.  How do these zones compare to Canada?  Are there ones they have that we do not?  Are there ones we have that they do not?

·         When did Europeans first arrive in Australia? What kind of people first arrived in Australia?  Who was there before they arrived?

·         Be able to describe life for Australia’s aborigines pre-contact with Europeans.

·         Be prepared to compare/contrast Australian Aborigines experience w/ Europeans to North American natives experience with Europeans

·         What was the White Australia Policy?  How does this compare to Canadian immigration practices of the past?

·         What are artesian wells and aquifers and why are they important to the economy of Australia?


1st Period. BBT 10

-There are some students who should be finishing up assignments & units from modules in which they have gotten behind.  Whereas we are now working on our Business & Enterprise module, students should be finished every unit Activity and Assignment for the Core Skills Module and all 6 challenges from the Communications & Multimedia module.


2nd Period. Social Studies 9 - Canadian Identity

- questions 1, 2 on p.90

- questions 1, 2 on p.91

- Read pp.91-92 on "The Have Nots"

- question 1 p.92

- question 1 p.93


3rd Period. Social Studies 8 - Atlantic Canada

-on page 78, answer questions 1 & 2


4th Period. Canadian Geography 120

-students were handed out their Module 3 Assignment.  Part A of this Assignment is due next Fri.Nov.28th by 3pm. In case you lose the assignment or are looking to work on parts of it while at home, it is available as an attachment to this note.

- On Monday, we will begin looking at non-Indigenous settlement of Canada and we will be receiving notes on this.  There will not likely be time for working on the first part of this Module's Assignment in class.

These are the first part of the notes for Unit 3 and have the links to the webpages where you will find your readings for the six indigenous regions of Canada.  These are to be all read by Mon. Nov.17th.

1st Period = BBT10

-No homework

2nd Period = Soc.Studies 9T

-Study for your test.  Review can be found on my teacher page.

3rd Period = Soc.Studies 8M

-We started Ch.5 on culture today.  Make sure to get notes from classmates (only about 6 lines) and answer questions 1&2 on p. 69

5th Period = Can. Geog.120

-No class today because of presentation but I still expect that you have read to the end of Subarctic peoples and will begin reading about the Plains Peoples.  These 6 Indigenous Regions webpages summaries need to be read by Mon.Nov.17th.  If you do not have access to the webpages at home, I will put a copy of the notes in my documents section; look there!!

Reminder: Test will be Friday, November 14th.

Chapter 3: Canada’s People

·       Know all your definitions (they are the bolded/italicized words in notes)

·       What is population distribution vs. population density?  Be prepared to explain.

·       Population of Canada? Pop.Density of Canada?

·       What is the difference between site and situation factors?  Be able explain and give examples of each.

·       Why did settlements begin where they did in each of the regions of Canada (see 2 bullets below for regions)?

·       What is the difference between urban and rural?  Where do most of Canada’s pop. live?  How has it changed over time?

·       What are Canada’s five regions? Atlantic, Central, The Prairies, British Columbia, the North. (p.52 in textbook)

·       What are the physical/cultural attributes of each?  What are the political/economical attributes of each?  (p.52 in textbook)

·       What is the core vs. peripherary?  What happens in each?  Where is the core of Canada?  Why is it the core?

Chapter 4: Migration: People on the Move

·       Push vs. Pull factors è What are they?  Examples of each?  How have they affected Canadian immigration

·       First Nations è When did they get here?  What are the theories about their arrival?

·       Who controls immigration? The Federal gov’t does

·       Know what a melting pot is vs. a multicultural mosaic.

·       How has our policy of immigration changed over time?  Look at examples of where we have not been accepting of different groups.

·       What is the difference between an immigrant and a refugee?

·       How many immigrants should Canada accept?  How many refugees should Canada accept?  Be prepared to argue both of these questions (good points can be found on p.66 of textbook)

·       Know the idea of emigration (the idea of leaving a country).  With this, know the concept of the “brain drain.”  Is this something we should be worried about?  Why or why not? (p.70 in textbook)


·         For Wed.Nov.12th, students should come prepared having read to the end of the section on the Subarctic First Nations Peoples (this would mean both Subarctic and Eastern Woodlands).  The appropriate webpages have been provided in your notes. 

1st Period. BBT10

No homework


2 Period. Social Studies 9 - Canadian Identity

A.      Read pp.77-79 on “Australia’s Climate” AND answer Review & Reflect #s 1,2,3

B.      Read pp.79-80 on “Australia’s People” AND answer Review & Reflect #’s 1 and Apply and Extend #’s 1,2


3rd Period. Social Studies 8 - Atlantic Canada

       A. p.62, Read Focus on an Issue re: Africville

       B. Answer questions 1 a&b, 2 a&b  (question 1 was started in class)


4th Period. Can. Geo. 120

        Test on Module 2, Canada's Physical Geography.  It will be open book and students can use their notes, their assignment, or the sample key assignment that I have provided here on this website.


1. No homework, but students will have homework soon if they are not keeping up with their Business & Enterprise project found at


Gr.9 Soc.Stud.

1. p.74, Review & Reflect #'s 1,2 and Apply & Extend #'s 1,3

2. p.75 Review & Reflect #'s 1,2 and Apply & Extend # 1


Gr. 8 Soc. Stud.

1. No homework.  However, check w/ Mr. Johnston to see the video that you missed in today's class.



1. Assignment is due this Friday!! (that being said, with a dance Thurs. night and Soccer provincials Fri., budget your time wisely so that the assignment gets into me on time to be marked this weekend)

Gr.8 Social Studies

1. Read pp. 61-63 of the textbook in preparation for tomorrow's discussion of African-Canadian Communities & Twentieth Century Immigration to Atlantic Canada.


Gr.9 Social Studies

1. No homework - check w/ classmates for notes missed today



1. No homework.


Canadian Geography 120

1. Students must have Module 2, Assignment 1 finished and submitted by Fri.Oct.31st.

NOTE: There is an excel sheet on my teacher webpage to assist in the construction of you climographs for question #8.

Here is a climograph generator, courtesy of Dr.Herr from  Use this to create your climographs question 8 in your latest assignment.

Grade 8

1. Read pp.57-60 on Early European Settlement, The Acadians, and Settlers of British Origin

2. Examine map on p.57.  Answer ques.1-3 in "Focus on Figure 4.9" on p.57


Grade 9

1. Allowed students to complete what was unclear from Friday's work.  That means the following must be done:

Review & Reflect p.70 #'s 1 & 3

Apply & Extend p.70 #'s 1 & 2

Handout sheet on Outmigration (just the questions that come right below the chart where its written Table 4.3; DON"T do the Exploration questions on the bottom half of the page)

1. Read arguments for AND against immigration and refugee immigration on p.66.

2. Answer ques. #1 & 2 on p.67 Review & Reflect (expecting a paragraph, 3-5 sentences, for each)


Included at the end of this, but not advertised widely, are the notes for Chapter 4.

In preparation for tomorrow's test, here are the answers to the questions from Module 1, Assignment 2.

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