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Middle School Geography of the World: Part 6 - China and South East Asia

Miss Mollie Geography & Social Studies Writing
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(133)
This class (four lessons) spotlights a prominent region in our world: China and its neighbors. Students apply thinking & speaking skills, analyze map features, history, traditions and trade. Small classes*Experienced teacher*No prerequisite

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 8
This class is taught in English.
 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 China  and South East Asia.  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 with evidence, using a variety of thinking skills. 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
 Certified as a Social Studies Teacher in my state,  I 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.  I am grateful to all my students, both in traditional classrooms and on line, for all that they teach me every day. 
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 address in class. These can serve as portfolio projects to demonstrate learning. Estimated time for independent work after each class: 30 minutes. Note that projects are designed to encourage students to explore new ideas and skills. Projects can expand, responding to student curiosity and motivation. We will set aside some class time for students to begin their homework project in class, when possible. 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 in the China. 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 East and South East Asia, 2 independent projects and a Kahoot quiz at the end of this mini-course will demonstrate mastery of skills, terms and concepts. Student score on the Kahoot quiz is also available.
Grades Offered
 3 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 can 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 of the following 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. 

Seterrra https://online.seterra.com/en/vgp/3007 (an online map practice & quiz game)
Encyclopedia Britannica https://www.britannica.com/ (a prominent and well respected research tool )
Ducksters https://www.ducksters.com/  (a social studies resource for elementary and middle school students. Ducksters.com is certified   by the kidSAFE Seal Program.)  Read more at: https://www.ducksters.com/about.php
Mr. Donn  https://www.mrdonn.org/  A site for teachers and students, this site is recognized by the BBC Educational Guide:  ""This is an 
   excellent resource for students and teachers of ancient history."
Smithsonian Science Education  https://ssec.si.edu/  This US Government institution describes the site as "the website of the Smithsonian 
   Science Education Center (SSEC), the only organization at the Smithsonian Institution that is solely dedicated to formal K-12 
Quizlet  https://quizlet.com/  (This is a quiz site that allows us to offer practice quizzes tailored to our topic).
Encyclopedia Britannica
World Atlas
CIA World Factbook
Mr. Donn  https://geography.mrdonn.org/ 
Library of Congress.  Prints and Photographs  http://www.loc.gov/pictures/ 
Smithsonian Open Access. https://www.si.edu/openaccess 
CIA World Fact Book
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
50 min

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

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