The Natureverse

Can a 12-year-old learn to balance the entire world’s ecosystem while just trying to fit in at her new school? Only Mother Nature knows.

BECOMING MOTHER NATURE SYNOPSIS

When the tumult that seems to follow 12-year-old Chloe Lovejoy wherever she goes becomes too much for her cringey mom in Cleveland, Ohio, her mother sends her halfway across the country to live with her quirky Grandma Ivy in Morro Bay, California. As tempestuous Chloe struggles to adjust to a new city, new kids and a new school, Grandma Ivy reveals her deepest secret: she is Mother Nature, and Chloe is next in line for the awesome job, which must remain secret at all costs. But before Chloe’s training can even begin, tragedy strikes and the remarkable role is thrust upon her. As Chloe struggles to balance the pressures of her complicated personal life, she must learn to handle the immense power and responsibility of balancing the forces of nature. But there is someone else who covets the superpower, and is close to uncovering her secret.

The Natureverse series is popular in 3rd to 5th and 6th to 8th grade level classrooms, and each of the seasons – Becoming Mother Nature and Cupid and the Reaper (10 episodes each season) – can be taught independently. Becoming Mother Nature is used in classrooms as part of an ELA and Natural World curriculum.

Genres: Adventure, Superhero
Themes: Identity, Duty, Responsibility, Family
Av. Episode Length: 12-20+ minutes
No. of Episodes: 10 eps (3+ hours)

OVERVIEW OF CLASSROOM RESOURCES

Hey Educators! You’re excited to use Becoming Mother Nature in class, and maybe you’re asking yourself where do I start or what’s the best way to listen? The answer is that thousands of teachers across North America use Gen-Z Media podcasts in dozens of different ways for multiple grade levels, classroom-wide, for breakout groups, to reward learning, and as homework. To the right, you’ll find customized materials that support a flexible and powerful staged approach to engaging with the podcast, which also aligns with common standards. And they’re free!

The Listening Guide offers a simple and effective way to guide your students through themes of story and character development, help guide their search for clues and evidence, and encourage their development of bigger ideas. It is available in both digital and printable versions, and is designed to be simple and intuitive to use. The accompanying video demonstrates ways to use the Listening Guide in more detail.

The Explore Board is a resource for students both before they start listening to the podcast and while listening. The Explore Board resource, customized to each podcast, introduces students to concepts, themes and topics of the podcast and helps them hone skills for deeper learning engagement with the podcast. Because you may have specific ideas you want your students to explore while listening, the Explore Board can be easily edited so that you can tailor it to fit student and classroom needs. A separate video, “Workflow Options,” and accompanying text instructions on the “Where Do I Start” page lays out the simple steps for modifying and sharing the Explore Board and other resources. Microsoft users, there are instructions in that video for you too, explaining how to convert these resources to OneDrive.

The Choice Board is a resource for students to use after they have finished listening to the podcast. The Choice Board, customized to each podcast, takes a deeper dive into major themes, concepts and topics introduced in the podcast. The Choice Board features a combination of anchor assignments and lighter exercises, so you’ll find helpful direction and support for every student. Like the paired Explore Board to support student engagement before and during listening, the Choice Board can also be easily edited so that you can tailor it to fit student and classroom needs. A separate video, “Workflow Options,” and accompanying text instructions on the “Where Do I Start” page lays out the simple steps for modifying and sharing the Choice Board and other resources. Microsoft users, there are instructions in that video for you too, explaining how to convert these resources to OneDrive.

Here is a handy link to a PDF of Standards associated with Becoming Mother Nature classroom engagement.

To listen to Becoming Mother Nature with captions visit our YouTube Page

CUPID AND THE REAPER SYNOPSIS

Meet thirteen-year-old Mondo Ramirez, a hopeless romantic in Savannah, Georgia, who rarely thinks of consequences. But when his elaborate 8th grade promposal goes awry, Mondo accidentally kills the Grim Reaper, inheriting the Reaper’s magic cloak and scythe, not to mention the responsibility of guiding souls to the afterlife.

Meet Marcus Aronson, Mondo’s logical and socially challenged schoolmate, who has never accepted or understood his parents’ decision to divorce. Marcus sought out Cupid himself, convincing the winged archer to hand over his arrows, his title, and the responsibility of the amazing job. Armed with research, algorithms and a huge pair of wings, Marcus is determined to change the way people fall in love. Marcus and Mondo are as different as, well…love and death. At its heart, Cupid and The Reaper is a buddy-adventure story of these two mismatched and unlikely heroes, as Marcus and Mondo learn to work together and harness the powers of life, death and love to fight off a mysterious supernatural force that seems to emanate from their school. When Chloe shows up to join the fight, will she see them as friends.. .or foes? And what happens when Mondo can no longer conceal his secret identity as the Grim Reaper?

The Natureverse series is popular in 3rd to 5th and 6th to 8th grade level classrooms, and each of the seasons – Becoming Mother Nature and Cupid and the Reaper (10 episodes each season) – can be taught independently. Cupid and the Reaper is used in classrooms as part of an ELA and Myths and Mythology curriculum.

Genres: Adventure, Superhero
Themes: Bravery, Sacrifice, Friendship, Acceptance
Av. Episode Length: 12-20+ minutes
No. of Episodes: 10 eps (3+ hours)

OVERVIEW OF CLASSROOM RESOURCES

Hey Educators! You’re excited to use Cupid and the Reaper in class, and maybe you’re asking yourself where do I start or what’s the best way to listen? The answer is that thousands of teachers across North America use Gen-Z Media podcasts in dozens of different ways for multiple grade levels, classroom-wide, for breakout groups, to reward learning, and as homework. To the right, you’ll find customized materials that support a flexible and powerful staged approach to engaging with the podcast, which also aligns with common standards. And they’re free!

The Listening Guide offers a simple and effective way to guide your students through themes of story and character development, help guide their search for clues and evidence, and encourage their development of bigger ideas. It is available in both digital and printable versions, and is designed to be simple and intuitive to use. The accompanying video demonstrates ways to use the Listening Guide in more detail.

The Explore Board is a resource for students both before they start listening to the podcast and while listening. The Explore Board resource, customized to each podcast, introduces students to concepts, themes and topics of the podcast and helps them hone skills for deeper learning engagement with the podcast. Because you may have specific ideas you want your students to explore while listening, the Explore Board can be easily edited so that you can tailor it to fit student and classroom needs. A separate video, “Workflow Options,” and accompanying text instructions on the “Where Do I Start” page lays out the simple steps for modifying and sharing the Explore Board and other resources. Microsoft users, there are instructions in that video for you too, explaining how to convert these resources to OneDrive.

The Choice Board is a resource for students to use after they have finished listening to the podcast. The Choice Board, customized to each podcast, takes a deeper dive into major themes, concepts and topics introduced in the podcast. The Choice Board features a combination of anchor assignments and lighter exercises, so you’ll find helpful direction and support for every student. Like the paired Explore Board to support student engagement before and during listening, the Choice Board can also be easily edited so that you can tailor it to fit student and classroom needs. A separate video, “Workflow Options,” and accompanying text instructions on the “Where Do I Start” page lays out the simple steps for modifying and sharing the Choice Board and other resources. Microsoft users, there are instructions in that video for you too, explaining how to convert these resources to OneDrive.

CLASSROOM RESOURCES

To listen to Cupid and the Reaper with captions visit our YouTube Page