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Super Hero Ants & Friends' Favorite Ecosystems-- Buggy Geography

Super or villain bugs, let's look at ants and other bugs using the five themes of geography to understand how bugs and humans interact in various ecosystems.
Miss Mollie
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Completed by 1 learner
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50 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 5 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

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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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 We will i(1) identify locations on the world map where specific types of insects are active, (2) describe the related ecosystems, (3) analyze how the particular insect moves and interacts with the ecosystem, and  (4) the entire region. (5) Finally we will explore how humans are affected,  as a result. On the flip side, we will look at how humans are affecting these insects.    Students will strengthen their understanding of the world map.

National Standards Addressed:
1.    How to use maps and other geographic representations, geospatial technologies, and spatial thinking to understand and communicate information--The World in Spatial Terms
3.     How to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth's surface	--The World in Spatial Terms
6. 	How culture and experience influence people's perceptions of places and regions--Places and Regions
8. 	The characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems and biomes on Earth's surface--Physical Systems
14.   How human actions modify the physical environment--Environment and Society
15.   How physical systems affect human systems	--Environment and Society
16. 	The changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resources--Environment and Society
18. 	How to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future.--The Uses of Geography 
Teacher qualifications:  I am certified as a Social Studies Teacher in my state, and have taught Social Studies (including World Geography) for over 18 years.  My classes have had lots of fun and engagement with Kahoot Challenges and other techniques for bringing fun to the classroom while building student skills.  Highlights of Education:  B.A. History, Master's Degree Public Policy, 30 credits beyond Master's including Education, Geography, History and English Language Arts.  Teaching Certificate:  Social Studies, History, English Language Arts, Special Education Endorsement.
 Students will have some homework choices that include both art-type projects and more traditional reading & writing assignments.  When possible, we will start homework in class so students have an opportunity to ask clarifying questions, and have confidence in their work plan.  
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Handouts will be provided in digital form before each class. These are meant to be printed out if possible, for use in class as hands-on activities. Colored pencils or crayons Pencil Ruler Folder to keep classwork in Last class: We will play Kahoot, using the on-line game show style quiz platform. This is a familiar, fun site for many students. Using the main Out School screen for the quiz questions, students use a second 'smart' device to log into the site, acquire their game pin number and enter an answer to each question. The Kahoot site immediately updates points reflecting all players. If a second 'smart' device is not available, they can use a second tab on their primary device or can use paper and pencil to keep track of answers.
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Homework Assignments
We encourage students to complete the homework assigned. Projects will include art-type options to process visual information,  in addition to more traditional types of brief independent assignments.   When possible, students may start their homework before the end of class, giving them an opportunity to clarify their ideas .
Quiz - Kahoot:  We will have a game style quiz as part of our last class to summarize thoughts.  A paper version of this quiz will be provided as a handout at the last  class.  This can be used for review, or as a completed artifacts for a student portfolio.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Examples of Sources for this Curriculum 

Albee, Sarah.  Bugged:  How Insects Changed History.  Bloomsbury/Walker, 2014..
CIA World Factbook
MacNeal, David.  Bugged:  the insects who rule the world and the people obsessed with them. St. Martin's Press, 2017. 


Miss Mollie
Lives in the United States
Certified Teacher: Social Studies, Language Arts; Experienced Classroom & Virtual; Mom
90 total reviews
106 completed classes

About Me

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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