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Middle School US Geography - How The States Got Their Shapes

In this interactive, discussion based 15 week class, students will hit the virtual road across the US to uncover the geography & history hidden in the map; learning how state boundaries were decided, their geography and planning/budgeting their own trip.
Janelle Hopkins, M.Ed - World History
228 total reviews for this teacher
8 reviews for this class
Completed by 42 learners
75 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 15 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times


Wed, Feb 1, 2023

Feb 1 – May 17, 2023 (15 weeks)
12:00 – 1:15 PM
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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will 
1.  Improve their understanding of US geography through the history hidden in the lines, contours, and culture that make up the U.S. map.
2.  Explain how cultural features, traits, and diffusion help define regions and analyze changes in regions over time.
3.  Identify political boundaries based on physical and human systems.
4.  Explain how human actions modify the physical environment within and between places, including how human-induced changes affect the environment.
5.  Explain ways geographic features and environmental issues have influenced historical events.
**if using an iPad, a second device may be beneficial for kahoots** Paper Pen/Pencil Crayons/Markers/Colored Pencils Printer available to print out resources provided by teacher
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
1 hour 15 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


Janelle Hopkins, M.Ed - World History
Lives in the United States
Secondary Social Sciences
228 total reviews
278 completed classes

About Me

Hey y'all! My name is Janelle and I am a History teacher but not your average History teacher. History isn't just about dates and who did what to whom. History is about discovering the motives behind why a country/civilization/empire did what they... 
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