Christopher Mitchell
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Absolute and relative location are two basic, important geography tools that all students must master. Why not teach students these vital skills in a fun, active way? This assignment will do just that! Absolute location, of course, requires
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This is a five-page packet that provides detailed instructions for the world cultures theme park project. In this project, students will apply information they know about world cultures and then create a theme park reflecting those cultures in a
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This is the create-a-country project which requires students -- upper elementary, middle, or high school -- to demonstrate fundamental geography skills. I mention it is a scalable assignment. Simply, there are different versions of this two-part
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This is a research project about ancient Egyptian pharaohs that requires students to role-play as Egyptologists-in-training. Students may choose one of these eight pharaohs: Akhenaten, Cleopatra, Hatshepsut, Khufu, Ramesses II, Seti I,
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These worksheets are good tools for teaching students about the fifty states and their capital cities. In this packet, you will find the following worksheets and visual aids: (1) State Capitals – Students must find all 50 state capitals and write
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I have used this successfully with ninth grade English/language arts students to begin a research project, but I believe it would also work best with students in the middle school grades. Students will be able to identify criteria (authority,
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This 50-page visual dictionary/workbook assignment gives students an opportunity to learn up to 50 landforms and bodies of water in a fun, completely visual way. Give your students the 21st geography skills they will need in an increasingly
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This PowerPoint presentation is titled "The Great Wall of China - Let's Take a Tour!" I will create and upload a series of interactive PowerPoint presentations similar in structure and style to this one to help upper elementary and middle school
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Consider purchasing this quick vocabulary assignment to introduce your elementary or middle school students to some basic geography terminology about landforms and bodies of water. You might even use it as a vocabulary quiz. The choice is yours! I
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Are you looking for a way to introduce a discussion about the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights into your planning? Looking for a way to teach "Constitution Day" in your Social Studies curriculum? This assignment will do the trick. Students
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Here's a fun, challenging way to teach global awareness and one of the five themes of geography: place. The "A-to-Z Countries" and "A-to-Z World Cities" assignments require students to find a country or world city for each letter of the alphabet.
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The following 25 prompts worked wonderfully in my 6th and 7th grade language arts classes, but I believe they are applicable to the upper elementary classroom as well. The Common Core writing standards require students to: “Write narratives to
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This recently revised and heavily updated packet is titled "Let's Explore America! Use a Map to Find American States, Cities, Landforms, and Bodies of Water." It includes seven assignments you can use to teach essential geography skills. Please see
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Consider purchasing this bundle of four 25-question assignments that you can use as a set of daily activities, a set of bell ringer assignments, or as a single research assignment. There are 100 questions to use in your classroom. All answers are
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This is a bundle of six map skills assignments for Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Pacific Islands, North America, and South America. Each is titled respectively "Let's Explore! Use a Map to Find Countries, Capital Cities, Landforms, and
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This assignment introduces students to the six American standard time zones: Eastern, Central, Mountain, Pacific, Alaska, and Hawaii-Aleutian. Students read a short, original non-fiction story about time zones. Next, they answer 15 questions
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This is an extensive 12-page lesson plan packet using Star Wars to teach biomes. I have used all seven Star Wars films to teach students about biomes with great success. (I recently updated the packet to include two scenes from The Force
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The "Endangered Animals Television Commercial" Project allows students to demonstrate their knowledge about endangered animals in a unique way. In small groups or individually, students will select an endangered animal for research. They will
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This assignment is titled "Let's Explore Canada! Use a Map to Find Canadian Provinces, Territories, Cities, Landforms, and Bodies of Water." This assignment includes 20 questions that require students to analyze a map of Canada for boundaries and
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This is a challenging geography/map skills assignment for upper elementary and middle school students that teaches students how to properly use cardinal directions (north, east, south, west) and intermediate directions (northeast, northwest,
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

For six years, I taught both Language Arts and Social Studies to 6th and 7th grade students at Milton Middle School in Milton, WV. Prior to my placement at Milton, I taught basic writing courses for Marshall University and Ashland Community and Technical College. These days, I work with students on research projects at a large high school in Tennessee.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I would describe my teaching style as "21st century facilitator." As a true facilitator, I believe students should be responsible for their own learning and be more independent. I strive to allow my students to reach these goals by designing dynamic lessons, heavy on technology, with real world applicability. When I design my lessons, I stress this real world aspect, because I believe students must understand the basic purpose of a lesson before they will consider the message behind it. "Why do we need to learn this?" and "How will this help us in the future?" are two questions I always try to address in the planning stages. Designing relevant lessons makes for powerful learning. Also, as a facilitator, I emphasize group projects with peer-to-peer tutoring and learning groups. Activities are a big part of my curriculum, and I try to vary the instruction often to allow creativity.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I was a "Teacher of the Year" Nominee for the 2008-2009 school year in my district. That same year, I was awarded "November's Teacher of the Month" in our local newspaper, The Herald Dispatch.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I earned a B.A. in Secondary Education and an M.A. in English from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. I graduated with high honors both times. I also hold an M.S. in Information Science from the University of Tennessee.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I love reading, writing, researching, and Cincinnati Reds baseball.