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Virtual Class Trips

By John Calvert
This unit was designed on a wiki with rural, urban, and suburban virtual class trips. Teachers can follow the six weeks of 25 lessons on the teacher pages:
  • Week 1: Natural Resources
  • Week 2: Urban Communities
  • Week 3: Rural Communities
  • Week 4: Suburban Communities
  • Week 5: Compare Communities
  • Week 6: Performance Task
Students can choose different communities and use Google Maps and street views to travel through those communities to answer questions.


Created in 2011

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Snapshot
Grade Level(s):4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Curriculum Areas:Technology
Geography
History/Social Science
English/Language Arts
Themes/Keywords: Communities
Field Trips
Rural
Suburban
Urban


Vocabulary
renewable, resources, scarcity, reuse, recycle, conserve, landfill, compost, pollution, urban, suburban, rural, Neighborhood, community, panorama, apartment, skyscraper, traffic, crowd, subway


Essential Question(s)
1. How can you tell that a community is urban, suburban or rural?
2. What common needs do people have in urban, suburban and rural communities?
3. How does where people live affect how they live?
4. How do people living in different communities use their resources, like land and water?

Discussion Question(s)
1. How are the types of natural resources different?
2. How can we conserve renewable natural resources?

Extension and Activities
1. Divide students into groups. Have each group pick one city from each of the categories and take the virtual trips. Compare the differences of the locations. Apply what they learned to where they live. Are they rural, suburban, or urban? Create a presentation of their town or city answering the same questions as the cities/town they learned about. Present what they created to the class or parent group.


"I used My eCoach for a few years as my classroom website and for surveys and quizzes.

Two years ago, the district asked us to learn to use moodle because it is linked to student's grades, etc... At first, the moodle class page was separate, but needed to be accessed by student username and password. Many students forgot passwords or changed them or couldn't get on because of other reasons. This year there is a link within the students portal site to a moodle classroom page. (They still need their username and password.) This link was not to the webpage I had made earlier, but to a new one. I switched all the information over to the new because I was told the parents would be able to access it from their portal site, also. This was not true. I then switched back to My eCoach and found it so easy to use!

The parents and students both can keep up with assignments because they do not need to remember passwords! This past week, I put together an online test in portal-moodle because I was told it would grade the test and link the grade to my gradebook. What a disaster! The transferred grade was not correct and I am dealing with many e-mails from students who could not submit their finished tests. I believe I will try the on-line quiz in My eCoach next time and just copy over the grade.

I am still only using a small portion of what is available in ecoach, but am looking forward to trying all the new things that Barbara and her team have developed over the past year or so."


Susan Brown
High School Science Teacher
Osceola High School - Pinellas, Florida






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