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Social Studies

Summer Book Club: Yellow Ducks Overboard! 28,000 Bath Toys Lost at Sea

In this four-week multi-disciplinary summer book study, students will read "Moby Duck: The True Story of 28,000 Bath Toys Lost at Sea" and explore oceanography, environmentalism and geography through literature study and discussion.
Lisa Malick
40 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 3 learners
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55 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 4 weeks
10-14
year olds
3-6
learners per class
per learner - per class

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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
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Class Experience

Class One: Going Overboard (pp. 7-27)
       -Literary theme: "Incredible journeys of inanimate objects". Symbolism of yellow ducks and media's portray of fiction v reality. 
Class Two: The First Chase (pp. 28-74)
       - Close Reading: Science focus- The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  Review National Geographic Resource Library article "Great    Pacific Garbage Patch".  Create hands-on demonstration of a gyre/laysan albatross eating plastic using ladybug camera. 
Class Three: The Second Chase (pp. 75-145)
     -"Contamination" Socratic Seminar.   Students may prepare examples from Moby-Duck and other sources to discuss questions about how the world's oceans have become more contaminated. 
Class Four: The Third Chase (pp. 146-190)
      -Social Studies skill- "Tragedy of the Commons" (e.g., pg 185 in "The Third Chase") 
Class Five: The Fourth Chase (pp. 191-230) Close reading and discussion- "Vintage Ducks" and the effects of industrialization on the environment (Close reading- p. 221-222)
Class Six: The Fifth Chase (pp. 230-264) Toy Factories- tour through photography of toy factories in industrial countries. 
Class Seven: The Last Chase, Part I (pp. 264-308). What is the solution? How can we have healthier oceans? 
Class Eight: The Last Chase, Part II (pp. 308-370). Present solutions, final thoughts on book. 
I am a 6-12 grade history/social studies and ELA teacher.  I have taught several integrated courses and see the benefit in integrating subject matter, rather than presenting it in bits and pieces we teachers like to call subjects.  Living steps away from the ocean, understanding the environment and the ocean currents are a way of life, and I am looking forward to integrate these areas into a novel study for your learner! 
I encourage all interested learners to enroll in the class, however I understand the entire book may be a little daunting for some younger learners.  I will scaffold the reading and offer close readings and summaries so all students may enjoy and understand the most important social studies, science, and ELA concepts from the book club.  
Learners who are looking for a different, slightly challenging book will enjoy reading the book in its entirety.  Early high school (13-14 year old students) should be able to handle the book, however I know many talented younger students who would love to give it a try!  
Required: Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,000 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them. By Donovan Hohn. https://www.amazon.com/Moby-Duck-Beachcombers-Oceanograp-Environmentalists-Including/dp/0143120506
Learners will actively participate in every class.  They will also have an opportunity to present a solution to creating healthier oceans and a healthier planet during the final class. 
1 hour 50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,000 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them.  By Donovan Hohn.
https://www.amazon.com/Moby-Duck-Beachcombers-Oceanograp-Environmentalists-Including/dp/0143120506

Teacher

Lisa MalickMA Teaching, BA Modern European History, BA Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
40 total reviews
41 completed classes

About Me

Hello!  I am a 6-12 English and History/Social Sciences certified public school teacher in Florida.  I have been teaching for twelve years, including four years in the synchronous online environment.  Although I love teaching middle and high... 
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