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U.S. Geography-The Connection Between Landforms and People

This course focuses on identifying major mountain ranges and bodies of water in the Unites States. We will also learn how these landforms affect the people who live in the U.S.A. and how we, the people, affect the landforms.
Elizabeth Davis
85 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 3 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
60 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 8 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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Class Experience

Students will learn:
To identify major mountains and mountain ranges: (Rocky, Appalachian, Sierra Nevada, Cascade, and Coast Mountains, and Mt. McKinley)
To identify the Great Lakes, the Great Salt Lake, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Pacfic and Atlantic Oceans
To identify 41 rivers, including the Mississippi, Missouri, Columbia, and Colorado River.
How the geography of America affected and affects our nation's settlement and industry.
How we, the people in America, have affected the waterways and mountains around us.
I love geography, especially seeing the connection between cultural geography (people) and physical geography (landforms, weather, etc.). I also enjoy seeing these topics displayed on a map. I have a Master's degree in Geography with a concentration in Geographic Information Systems. I also have a total of 7 years of secular teaching/tutoring experience in Geography, Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, and English as a Second Language (not simultaneously). 
In class we will locate each water body or mountain on the map. Your child will need to take time outside of class to complete their personal map and memorize the locations of the landforms we learn. We will display our completed maps at the end of the course. Throughout the course, we will practice locating landforms we previously learned.
We will have at least one assignment, that includes writing a few sentences, to demonstrate the learner's understanding of the study of geography.
Each learner will also complete a final project, including a one page paper, a visual aid, and a presentation. This will demonstrate their understanding of how physical geography affects people and/or vice versa. 
Bring a printed copy of your teacher provided map to every class. Bring a pencil and paper to each class Have the ability to access, see, and use the internet while in class. We may need to look at maps while we talk about the USA and its landforms. The teacher will share her screen whenever possible and not limited by copyright restrictions.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Informal assessments:
The beginning assignment regarding their understanding of geography will be informally assessed. Each student will present one sentence (of the few they wrote) in class, to show they understand and can apply the definition of and concepts in geography. 
Each student will be informally assessed at the end of each week. They will receive a written comment weekly regarding something they can work on and something they have sucessfully accomplished.  
Formal assessment:
The final project's content, effort, and presentation will be assessed with written comments sent to each student in a personal message via Outschool. The project will have a rubric so the student will be clear regarding expectations.
2 hours per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
This course, as with any geography or history course, may cover things that have positive and negative aspects. This course will focus on identifying physical landforms and showing the connection between these landforms and the people in America. Each student will be encouraged to use their critical thinking skills to consider the connections of the topics we discuss. In addition to landform identification, we will discuss the ways the physical geography has affected us positively and negatively and the ways we have affected the physical geography positively and negatively. The Mississippi River, for example, has provided America with a cheap, effective way to transport goods and services for many years. However, our use of the river has changed it. There are many positive and negative aspects related to such a study. When discussing the connections between people and geography, things concerning slavery, war, westward expansion, pollution, etc. are mentioned. Our class will address these subjects as factors in the connection between physical and human geography. The students will always have the freedom to voice their thoughts regarding any positive or negative aspects between people and landforms. Any discussion concerning any matter in this class will be handled politely with each student given the time to speak their mind as it is related to the course and as our time allows. Each student will be encouraged to channel-specific interests into research for their final project. 
The student will receive a map to print off before the course begins. It will assist them with labeling, identifying, and memorizing landform locations. 
We will use a stream flow website ( connected to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to see the flow of rivers and how they are connected to one another.
I may recommend some books or website if they would like to further learn about a topic we study.
They will need to use the internet or books that they have in their home to do research for their final project.


Elizabeth Davis
Lives in the United States
85 total reviews
105 completed classes

About Me

My name is Teacher Liz and I love teaching! I especially love teaching about and with maps! Did you know that you can map almost anything? As long as there is a location, any item or idea can be mapped. Maps are used in many different areas of... 
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