NEW!! Intro to World Geography$80
About this course
Recommended Ages: This class is ideal for students ages 9-14. Younger academically gifted students will be accepted.
Start Date: October 1. Class runs for 6 weeks. Students have 2 weeks after the last class is posted to complete the course. No live classes- do the lesson plans on YOUR schedule.
Space Available: 80% full
This six-week course provides students with a general overview of the geography of the different regions of the world. The focus of the course is on physical geography; but aspects of political geography, human geography, environmental geography, and more. Each week will take the student to a new region of the world where they will explore arid deserts, lush rainforests, high mountains, and low valleys. Throughout each lesson, we will be examining how those different environments have shaped society and culture. Come join us on this tour through the geography of the world!
This is class is not recommended for most children under 9 (but we trust that you know your child’s abilities better than we do!). There will be only one level for this course.
LESSON PLANS: This is a 6 week class. Students have 2 weeks after the last class is posted to complete all work. Weekly lesson plans are posted on Tuesdays by 5pm Pacific Time. There is no “live” component to this class, which allows students to work at their own pace. This is a great option for busy students who need to work on their own schedule, and students who live all over the world and can’t easily coordinate time zones.
Lesson plans are a combination of power point, graphics, video, and audio. Each slide is fully narrated for students who prefer to hear material read to them. There is no textbook for this course.
DISCUSSION: There are weekly discussions about the lesson plan with the instructor. We also offer an “open talk” forum where students can have fun getting to know their classmates!
ASSIGNMENTS: Most weeks, students get to choose from a list of exciting and fun hands on projects to let them really dig deep into topics in the lesson plan that interest them the most! The goal is to allow students to explore the topic while allowing their creativity to flow. We encourage out of the box thinking! Generally projects can be submitted in any format of the student’s choosing…written, presentation, poster, stop motion animation, minecraft, song, skit…we’ve seen it all!! Check out our facebook page for examples of student projects. All students receive instructor feedback on submitted work.
QUIZZES: Online quizzes are available each week as a tool for students to see how well they understand the material. Format is generally multiple choice, matching, true/false, and fill in the blank.
GRADES: All students will have access to our online learning system where they can view their lesson plan and assignments, take optional quizzes, access our discussion boards, submit assignments, and view instructor feedback on those assignments. You have the option of having your student’s assignments graded or not. In a given semester, you choose whether you want all or none of that student’s classes to receive grades (for example, if they are taking 3 classes, all 3 classes must be either graded or not graded). You can change the option the following semester. Graded students will be required to take the weekly quiz and will receive a number grade for their assignments in addition to feedback. They will also receive a final report card that you can print and keep for your records. Please note: All quizzes and some homework assignments that require an online “quiz” like entry will receive a grade.
TIME: In general, expect 1-1.5 hours to work through the lesson plan each week, and an additional 2-5 hours working on assignments (it really depends what assignment your child chooses to do and how they manage their time).
Week 1 – Introduction to Geography and the Geography of North America
We will begin the class by going over what geography is, why it is important to study, and how it is used. There will also be a discussion of the various types of geography and the ways they differ. After our introduction, we will start the semester with a look at the landscapes of North America and how they shaped the people both pre and post-colonization.
Week 2 – South America and the Caribbean
The second week of the course moves southward to the high peaks and the lush river basins of South America and to the tropical islands of the Caribbean. Much like North America, we will be focused on studying the effects of the geography on people both pre and post colonialism.
Week 3 – Europe
This week we move across the Atlantic and into Europe. We will discuss the varying climates of the European continent and how they shaped the development of the people overtime. The geographic factors that led to Europe’s economic and political dominance will also be discussed. Finally, we will look into how the geography of Europe influences people today.
Week 4 – Asia
Just after the midway point of the class, we will be looking at the geography of Asia. From the highest mountains on the planet to some of the most arid deserts and the large, important river systems, the geography of Asia is as interesting as it is varied. As the most populous continent, examining how the geography shaped those populations is an especially important component of this week’s lesson.
Week 5 – Africa
From Asia, we will move down to Africa. Much like the other continents, Africa has quite a varied geography, ranging from some of the largest deserts on Earth to tropical forests and snowy mountains. This week will look at how the geography of Africa has played a role in shaping the many differing groups on the continent from Egypt to South Africa.
Week 6 – The Arctic, Antarctica, and Oceania
Did you know that the largest desert in the world is located in Antarctica? This week presents a focus on this often forgotten continent, as well as a look into the geographies of New Zealand and Australia. The section on Oceania will focus on how geography shaped the region pre and post-colonialism, while Antarctica and the Arctic will be looked at as they have changed over time and what that change means for our future.
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