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Welcome to Middle School Geography of the World - Have Fun With That!

Miss Mollie Geography & Social Studies Writing
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(133)
Join this experienced geography teacher for a full course, 2 semesters, of middle school geography with humor, custom made Kahoots, interactive maps & analytic skills. Stay with with us for the whole course or drop into selected topics.

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 8
Intermediate Level
This class is taught in English.
Students will demonstrate thinking skills:  chronology, statistical analysis, map interpretation,  source analysis. and constructing effective arguments using evidence.

National Geography Standards addressed in this class:

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.
Homework Offered
Homework assignments will be made available for students interested in extending their learning. Some examples include map practice, research projects, art projects or short writing assignments where students establish a claim and defend it with evidence from sources.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Various assessment methods are used: such as: Evaluate discussion Evaluate homework assignments Score on Kahoot game quiz
Grades Offered
Students receive a report at the end of each unit showing attendance, completed projects and teacher comments. Students complete a Kahoot concept game at the end of each unit which serve two goals: review and formative assessment. Grades can be provided upon request.
Optional:  For Kahoot games, students may use two screens.  With a PC, students can use two tabs.  Alternatively, students can use their normal screen for OS classes,  plus another smart device like a phone or tablet.  If the second screen is not available, students can still play our Kahoot game.
Homework assignments are provided and encouraged but are not required for participation.  For source material, students may access one or more of the following sites. These sites offer 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 provided in our classroom.  No membership or sign up is required to access the links provided in class.

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 )
Britannica For Kids
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).
History For Kids https://www.historyforkids.net/about-us.html     This site is designed to serve K-8 age range. Privacy statement asserts that no personal information is collected unless user voluntarily provides it to secure a service. 

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... 
Group Class


1x per week
50 min

Completed by 32 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 10-14
1-6 learners per class

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