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Middle School Geography of the World: Part 3 - Russia @ the Heart of Eurasia

Miss Mollie Geography & Social Studies Writing
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(133)
Russia is that huge complex country, from the Czars to the USSR to today. Build powerful, effective speech skills, master physical, political, cultural & economic ideas (Communism).*Small Classes*Experienced Teacher*No prerequisites

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 8
 The goal of this class is to provide students with skills and challenge them to apply these skills to increase their understanding of the world beyond their own experience, specifically in the region of the Russian Federation.  Students will demonstrate mastery of over 20 concepts related to landforms, political and physical maps, history highlights and the economy. They will practice with research and analysis to make sense out of the knowledge they acquire.  Students will also sharpen their ability to form hypotheses and defend them, using artful thinking techniques. These concepts are embedded in middle school geography learning standards.

Students will demonstrate thinking skills:  chronology, statistical analysis, source analysis. and constructing effective arguments using evidence.

National Geography Standards addressed in this course:

4	The physical and human characteristics of places	    Places and Regions
5	That people create regions to interpret Earth's complexity	Places and Regions
9	The characteristics, distribution, and migration of human populations on Earth's surface	Human Systems
11	The patterns and networks of economic interdependence on Earth's surface	Human Systems
13	How the forces of cooperation and conflict among people influence the division and control of Earth's surface	Human Systems
15	How physical systems affect human systems	       Environment and Society   
18	How to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future.	The Uses of Geography
 I am certified as a Social Studies Teacher in my state, and have taught Social Studies (including World Geography) for over 18 years, primarily at the Middle School level.  My classes have had lots of fun and engagement with World Geography, delving into the wonders of 'oh so slightly' familiar cultures, as well as cultures that are dramatically different from the West.   Students sparkle when engaging in special projects, conversations, Kahoot Challenges, interactive games and other teaching practices designed to help our students  enjoy becoming a master of their own learning. Master's Degree (Public Policy), Bachelor's Degree (History), Teaching Certificate (State of Maryland) :  Social Studies, History, Middle School Language Arts, 30 credits beyond Master's Degree.
Homework Offered
Students can choose from a menu of topics and formats to complete modest independent projects. Projects are designed to give students an opportunity to practice skills we addressed in class. These can serve as portfolio projects to demonstrate learning. Estimated time for independent work after each class: 30 minutes. We will set aside some class time for students to begin their homework project in class. In this way, students can easily ask clarifying questions as they proceed. We also encourage students to practice with an online interactive puzzle game to review the names and locations of countries bordering Russia. They should also review the key terms list each week to prepare for our dazzling Kahoot in Week 4.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
A student-completed map of the Russian Federation, 2 independent projects and Kahoot quiz at the end of this mini-course will demonstrate mastery of skills, the list of terms and concepts. Student score on the Kahoot quiz is also available.
Grades Offered
 2 files available upon enrollment
Handouts and homework guidance will be provided through Outschool communication. It will be helpful to print out the handout provided for our first class. This is a map activity that students will use in our first class. In Week 4, Students should have two screens for the Kahoot game quiz, if possible. Our quiz game is to provide review and evidence of learning--in an entertaining game format. The device you normally use for online classes will display the questions and choices through Outschool. A second smart device, a smart phone or tablet, works well. Using this second device, learners will sign in to www.kahoot.it, enter the PIN number provided in class and then they are ready to enter their answers in our Kahoot. Results will be displayed in the Outschool classroom screen after each question. If a second device is not available to enter answers, students can participate by signing into Kahoot on their Outschool computer with a second tab (split screen OS/Kahoot if you are techie) or with a simple paper & pencil, and keep their own tally of results.
Homework assignments are provided but are not required for participation.  For source material, students may access one or more  sites. These sites provide  useful resources and give our students an opportunity to practice map skills, gather research information and extend their learning.  For on-line best practice,  students should use the link to a resource that is provided in our classroom.  No membership or sign up is required to access the links provided in class.  Best practice also recommends responsible adults to monitor student on-line activity. 
CIA World Factbook Maps  https://www.cia.gov/the-world-factbook/static/1c51b75f0974399446a7c1a067fa8974/europe_pol.jpg 
Encyclopedia Britannica https://www.britannica.com/ 
Library of Congress.  Prints and Photographs  http://www.loc.gov/pictures/ 
Smithsonian Open Access. https://www.si.edu/openaccess 
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(133)
I am  thrilled to be a teacher, helping my  students become independent, self confident learners. Thanks to my childhood experience in  the lap of Mother Nature,   I know that our students need self confidence. When I needed to navigate a small... 
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for 4 classes
1x per week, 4 weeks
55 min

Completed by 15 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 10-14
1-6 learners per class

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