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?_Geography Write a Radio Commercial




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Westray Mining Disaster

Mining has been an important industry throughout Nova Scotia's history. But mining is a dangerous job and many Nova Scotia miners have lost their lives in mining disasters. On this site you can learn about the 1992 Westray Mine disaster, including details on how it happened and the rescue efforts.

Nova Scotia's Forests

At this Web site you can learn more about Nova Scotia's forests and the forestry industry in the province. What kinds of trees are in Nova Scotia's forests? What does the forestry industry do with the trees? You'll find the answers to these and other questions on the site.


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Web Activity

?_Geography Write a Radio Commercial


1. Visit the Nova Scotia's Forests Web page.

2. Read the information about the forests and forestry industry in Nova Scotia.

    When you've finished reading the first page, click on the "2" under the heading

    "Forestry" to read the second page.

3. Read again the first paragraph under the heading "Softwoods and hardwoods."

    Use the information in this paragraph to construct a pie graph showing the

    percentages of the following kinds of forests: soft wood, hard wood, mixed



    Follow the steps below:

Step 1: Add the percentages of hardwood and mixed wood forests. Subtract the total from 100. This will give you the percentage of softwood forests.
Step 2: If you don't have software for creating pie graphs, start by tracing something round to create a circle. Mark the centre of the circle.
Step 3: With a pencil, lightly draw lines to divide the circle into four equal sections. Each of these sections represents 25% of the pie graph. Use these sections to estimate how big a section you need to draw for each kind of forest. For example, softwood forests make up a little more than 50% of the forests, so you need a section a little larger than half the circle to represent softwood forests.
Step 4: Colour your pie graph, using a different colour for each kind of forest.
Step 5: Create a legend to show what kind of forest each colour represents.
Step 6: Label the percentage represented by each coloured section on your pie graph. Then give your pie graph a title.

4. Use information from the site to create a 30-second radio commercial that might

     be produced by the Nova Scotia forestry industry. The purpose of the

     commercial is to make Nova Scotians aware of the importance of the

     province's forests and the forestry industry. Remember that your commercial

     can only be 30 seconds long, so include only the most important information

     that helps you achieve your purpose. Make sure you state information using

     your own words. Tape record or orally present your commercial to the class.