Passport to the World: Europe

From: $70.00 / month for 5 months

Grades: 5th–7th

Live Class: Thurs 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET

Dates: Jan 3–Apr 29

Price: $299

Instructor: Lisa Reissig

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Course Description

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This is the first semester of a planned six semester course of study for 5th-7th graders.

Grab your passport and a suitcase, and let’s travel! This semester course will incorporate both geography and culture. We will recognize important characteristics of each continent, read and create maps, identify countries, and learn key geographical terms. However, we aren’t just going to learn about the geography, we will try to experience the culture of many countries as well. Oh…did I forget to mention? You will be writing about your experience in a travel log, so bring a camera and notebook. Your readers are waiting.

Main objectives:

Develop independent map-reading skills and atlas usage

To become familiar with physical features of the world

To increase understanding of geographical terms

To gain exposure to other cultures (music, food, language, art, holidays)

To practice research skills

To instill a love of learning through a variety of activities including some hands-on activities

To practice writing

Who should take this class?

Any middle schooler who wants to learn wants to learn more about other countries and who likes a hands-on approach to learning.


I believe communication is important for success in an online learning environment. I encourage both students and parents to let me know as soon as possible if there are any questions or concerns. I want to see everyone be successful, and keeping an open line of communication is essential. Please email me so I can best serve you and your student. Students can email me with questions about any assignment. If needed, we can set up a time for additional help.


Required Texts

Since this course does have a research students will need access to the following:

NOTE: All of these resources can be used for multiple semesters.

Outline Maps (Uncle Josh’s outline map book or CD available at

Student atlas (if you have one that is up to date that is fine to use, if not, here are some recommendations Rand McNally Student Atlas 0528018957 OR National Geographic Student World Atlas 978-1426334795

Geography Through Art, Jeffus and Aramini 9781931397582

Access to internet sites to research (I will give some family-friendly encyclopedia sites)

International recipes- you may wish to use the library or internet or this book has recipes Eat your Way Around the World, Jamie Aramini 9781931397360


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Instructor Bio

Lisa Reissig

Bonjour!  I’m Lisa Reissig, and I’m excited to be a part of Aim Academy.  I started to learn French at the age of twelve, and I’ve loved it ever since- the language and the culture.   I have a BA in French from Wheaton College (IL), and an MA in Instructional Systems Design from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.    I’ve spent time studying in France as well as traveling to Montréal and Québec City.

For the past twenty-five years, I’ve had the experience of teaching elementary through high school French in both brick-and-mortar schools as well as online schools.  I’ve homeschooled my daughters which has been a great teaching position!  I hold a TEFL certificate enabling me to teach English to people from all over the world.   I love being able to share my passion for language to students in a creative, engaging, and caring manner.

I currently live on Maryland’s Eastern Shore with my husband, two daughters, and black cockapoo dog.   When I’m not teaching, I like to cook, cross-stitch, watch baseball, and eat chocolate, the world’s best food.


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