WelcomeWelcome to 6th Grade Social Studies! Our first unit of study will cover GEOGRAPHY. Geography is the study of the world, its people, and the landscapes they create. The Five Themes of Geography help us organize our studies of the world. The Five Themes of Geography are:
3. Human-Environmental Interaction
I know our journey together will be exciting and filled with adventure.
Common Core & State - Essential Standards
Coming into this unit, students should have a strong foundation in:
3. Human-Environmental Interaction
I know our journey together will be exciting and filled with adventure.
Common Core & State - Essential Standards
- 6.G.2.2 - Construct maps, charts and graphs to explain data about geographic phenomena (e.g., migration patterns and population and resource distribution patterns).
Coming into this unit, students should have a strong foundation in:
At the end of this Unit students will understand that…
- 6. G 1.1 - Physical features and human characteristics of a place influence the development of civilizations, societies and regions (for example…locations near a river or mountain, trade for resources and sharing of culture).
- 6. G. 1.2 - The factors (scarcity of resources, conquests, desire for wealth) that influence the movement of people, goods and ideas and the effects (disease and trading) of that movement on societies and regions over time.
- 6. G. 1.3 - World regions have distinguishing characteristics (e.g., physical features, culture, political organization and ethnic make-up).
- 6. G. 1.4 - How and why civilizations, societies and regions have used, modified and adapted to their environments (e.g., invention of tools, domestication of plants and animals, farming techniques and creation of dwellings).
Essential/Guiding Question(s) for this Unit of Instruction:
Essential Vocabulary For this Unit of Instruction:
Students will know...
- Geography is the study of the world's people and places.
- Geography uses many tools to study the main branches of geography - human and physical.
- Geographers organize the study of geography into the 5 Themes of Geography (Location, Place, Movement, Human Environment/Interaction and Region).
- The theme of Location describes where something is.
- Absolute Location is a specific location (address, longitude and latitude coordinates).
- Relative location is a general description.
- The theme of Place refers to the area's landscape, the features that define the area and make it different from other places (example…land, climate and people).
- The theme of Human -Environment Interaction examines how people interact with their environment and how people and their physical environment affect each other.
- The theme of Movement examines why and how people move.
- The theme of Region divides the world into regions to help study places much more closely and make comparisons among regions.
- Cartography is the science of mapmaking. A cartographer is a map maker.
- Latitude is a map feature that measures the distance north or south of the equator.
- Longitude is a map feature that measures the distance east or west of the prime meridian.
- A map is a flat drawing that shows all or parts of the Earth.
- The Prime Meridian is an imaginary line that runs through Greenwich, England (0 degrees longitude).
- The equator is an imaginary line of latitude that circles the globe halfway between the North and South Poles.
- A globe is a spherical, or ball-shaped, model of the entire planet.
- The world's people have many cultures, which differ from place to place and change over time. Culture is a set of beliefs, values and practices that a group of people has in common.
- Scarcity is the basic economic problem that arises because people have unlimited wants but resources are limited.
Daily Lesson Plans for Cultures Unit:
Monday 8/29 - Essential Questions: What does a successful sixth grader look like?
First Day of School Schedule: ALL Teachers will follow the same first day schedule:
7:35- 8:01 - Homeroom
8:01-8:41 - Introductions & Pass out information papers
8:43 - 10:09 - Electives 1 and 2 - Teachers will walk students to electives and then monitor students when elective teachers walk them back.
400 Pod - 10:11-10:37 Lunch
10:39-11:39 - Homeroom
11:40 - 12:20 - 400 POD to Multi-Purpose Room (Principal,Assistant Principals,SRO,Guidance Counselor,Mrs.Rau)
12:20 - 1:30 - 400 POD tour school
1:30 - 2:45 - Back to homerooms/Finish any activities (Locker assignments,Agenda Scavenger hunt. All students should be aware of transportation and how they are getting home.
Homework: Please make sure students have supply list (binders, dividers, pencil pouch) for AVID notebooks and complete and return the many forms your homeroom teacher has given you today.
Tuesday 8/30 - Essential Question: What do collaborative groups look like in Mrs. Mann's Social Studies classroom and how should they function throughout the school year? (This is a two day lesson and today will just be Day #1)
As the kids enter the classroom I am going to have them take out the many forms that they took home to get signed last night and place them in the Homeroom box. Today is the first day for the Social Studies Curriculum. Today we will Set up the Social Studies section of our notebooks for our first Geography 101 Unit. We will pass out and label the Table of contents for our notebook. Next we will pass out Entry #1 - Social Studies Policies & Procedures. We will go over the syllabus in detail and we will go over the procedures for working in a collaborative group. Please read and share this information with your parents. Today we will begin Day #1 of a two day Bog Man group activity in an effort to practice collaborative groups. Students will not finish everything on Day #1.
Classroom interactive link: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/tolland-man.html
Homework: Get Entry #1 - SS Policies & Procedures signed and return tomorrow.
Wednesday 8/31 - Essential Question: What do collaborative groups look like in Mrs. Mann's Social Studies classroom and how should they function throughout the school year? (This is a two day lesson and today will just be Day #2
Students will enter the class and immediately open their notebooks to the Social Studies section and turn to the back of Entry #1 - their signed Social Studies Policies & Procedures sheet .Students will pull the back page off and set it on their desk. Agendas should be out and open. I will give students credit for having this done.Students without homework will get a note in their agenda and have to sign the infraction log in our classroom. Students may turn this in the following day for partial credit. Our Warm-up Today will be to pick up where we left off on our Bog Man Window Notes Activity.
Afterwards We will also complete a plus delta chart and take a look at how our groups did. Things we liked and things we need to improve on.
*If time towards the end of class we will transition into an active reading strategy that we will be using this year called CROPQVM. We will practice this active reading strategy with a What is a Historian Article.
Thursday 9/1 - Essential Question: How can using an active Reading strategy like CROPQVM help a reader better understand what they are reading?
Today we will begin class with a ticket in activity - Students will pick up a small slip of paper with a CROPQVM review Question. After answering their question they will write a number between 1-4 on the back. Students should not write their names. We will then collect these papers and have someone in class pick one. Whatever number is picked are the ones that we share. This is a quick way for me to see a variety of students retention of information from the previous lesson. Next we will practice annotating an article together and then annotating another article independently. This goes along with our What is a Historian Activity. We will check over our annotations in class using a think-pair-share activity. If time we will go ahead and pre-view and begin discussing a good note taking and study skills activity called Cornell Notes.
Friday 9/2 - Essential Question: How can I successfully study for a test without making additional work for myself?
Today I am going to introduce the kids to a great note taking strategy called Cornell Notes. This form of note taking has a study and review system already built into it so kids can experience success when preparing for tests without creating additional work for themselves. We first begin class by watching an informational video about Cornell Notes and then practice this note taking system using a 5 themes of Geography slide show.
Homework: None - we did not finish this lesson on Friday due to the early release and inclement weather.
Monday 9/5 - Labor Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL :) Enjoy your day off school and spend some time with your family.
Tuesday 9/6 - Today we will spend the first 20- 30 minutes of class writing a review of what we did in class last week.The kids will do this with a very specific set of words and some visual around the classroom on the boards. Next we will update our SS Binder Table of Contents. . The second half of class will be spent taking Cornell notes on the Five Themes of Geography. I will model this for the kids and we will come up with the first few questions and summaries together. Entry #5 & 6 - Cornell Notes
Wednesday 9/7 - Pick up with Cornell Notes - the five themes of Geography. Today we will spend the first few minutes reviewing the different sections of Cornell notes and what they are used for. Next we will finish taking our notes and the kids will be given question stems to use for coming up with questions to go along with the notes that they take in class today. Kids can work in pairs of two to write their questions. What doesn't get finished in class will be homework.Entry #7 - Blooms Question Stems
Homework: Finish section A - the questions to go along with your Cornell Notes.
Thursday 9/8 - Flip Chart Activity with Content Vocabulary. Entry #8 & Entry #9 - Create a flipbook for your 1st set of terms. When finished grab a study buddy and practice the terms together.
Friday 9/9 - Longitude and Latitude PPT Presentation with Cloze Notes.
Homework: Finish Entry #8(Hmwk) Using your 3 pt written response system and study using Entry #5(Hmwk) & Entry #6(Hmwk). Quiz #2 next Monday 9/10.
Monday 9/10 - Place Entry #8(Hmwk) in the homework box. Discuss different standards of Beauty - via pictures Tiland - Neckrings (Karin People) Tatoos & Ritual branding done in the name of beauty. Chinese foot binding. Take quiz #2. Kids will pick up Entry #9(Hmwk) to complete following their quiz.
Homework: Entry #9(Hmwk)
Tuesday 9/11 - Check Entry #9(Hmwk) - Understanding dates. Discuss HEI in action - Show Magdeburg Water Bridge E-Mail. Pass out Entry #13(Notes) & complete in class with a partner - Think- Pair Share. Pass out Entry #10(Hmwk) - The Magdeburg Water Bridge Wksht.
Homework: Entry #10(Hmwk) - The Magdeburg Water Bridge Wksht
Wednesday 9/12 - Check Entry #10(Hmwk) What is a Historian Common Core Lesson Entry #14(Notes) - In class Activity - Weekly Quiz grade for this week.
Homework: Begin reviewing vocabulary & cultures lessons - Unit test on _________
Thursday 9/13 - Pass out Entry #1(Skills) - Cultures Unit Application Project - The five themes of Geography or the Six Cultural Patterns - go over the directions of the Project. Project is due on Monday 9/20. Cultures Unit RAFT Writing Assignment. Pass out Entry # 2 (Skills) use any remaining class time to get started on RAFT assignment.
Homework: Begin reviewing vocabulary & Cultures Lessons - Unit test on ____9/20_. Cultures Application project is due on 9/ 21. RAFT Writing Assignments due on 9/18.
Friday 9/14 - Workday for RAFT Writing Assignments. Today you must create your three rough drafts. Monday we will be typing in the computer lab.
Homework: Begin reviewing vocabulary & Cultures Lessons - Unit test on Thursday of next week. Cultures Application project is due on 9/ 21. RAFT Writing Assignments due on 9/18.
Monday 9/17 - Today we will be typing in the computer lab. You will have one period so bring your flash drive or be prepared to e-mail your unfinished work to yourself. I would recommend using a flash drive.
Homework: Begin reviewing vocabulary & Cultures Lessons - Unit test on __9/20_______. Cultures Application project is due on 9/ 21. RAFT Writing Assignments due on 9/18. Constitution activity.
Tuesday 9/18 - Check constitution activity. Have your RAFT Writing Assignments sitting on the corner of your desk. Pass out information regarding application project.
Homework: Culture Application Project - due 9/21 Unit test on Thursday 9/20
Wednesday 9/19 - Geography activity - find latitude and longitude. Kids will be working together in small groups for this.
Homework: Unit test tomorrow - study, study, study!
Thursday 9/20 - Unit Test - Bring a book to read after the test or you may work on your Cultures application project.
Homework: Application project is due tomorrow.
Friday 9/21 - Half day schedule - share projects in our shortened class periods. Blue Day Today.
Monday 9/24 - Pass back test. World Map Activity in class - The World Political (Entry #3 & #4 in Skills)
Homework: Finish map if not finished in class
Tuesday 9/25 - Check Maps in class. Latitude & Longitude activity - Students demonstrating proficiency - Countries & capitals of North America - Entry #5(Skills) and students needing remedication work with Mrs. Mann - Latitude & Longitude (Super teacher - Entry #5(Skills)
Homework: Finish Map if not finished in class.
Wednesday 9/26 - No School
Thursday 9/27 - What is An Historian? - Entry #14 (Notes)
Homework: Entry #14 (Notes) if not finished in class
Friday 9/28 - Ancient American Lesson - Common Core lesson - Who were the first Americans? Guiding questions - Entry #6(Skills) Who were the first Americans article - Entry #7(Skills) Kennewick Man Collaborative annotation Entry #8(Skills)
Monday 10/1 - Finish Who Were The First Americans Lesson
Homework: As you read - Americans activity - Entry #9(Skills)
Tuesday 10/2 - The Aztecs - Entry #10 (Skills) - CROPQVM p. 550 in text - add to your map. Today we will learn about the Aztec civilization by annotating while using an active reading strategy called CROPQVM & successfully completing article related questions. Focus on Predictions and Main ideas.
Homework: Entry #10(Skills) if not finished in class.
Wednesday 10/3 - The Mayans. We will begin by checking Entry #10(Skills) - The Aztecs. p. 118 - 122 Red Text - Model notetaking strategy when reading a text. Pass out Entry #11 (Skills) ysteries of the Mayas - Large focus on questions, opinions/ visualizations
Homework: Entry #11(Skills) if not finished in class
Thursday 10/4 - The Incas. Begin by checking Entry #11(Skills) Pass out Entry #12 (Skills) - Incas CROPQVM with a focus on Reactions, Predictions, Visualizations
Homework: Entry #12(Skills)
Friday 10/5 - Fertile Crescent. Begin by checking Entry #12(Skills) - The Incas. Pass out Fertile Crescent Cornell Notes - Entry #13(Skills). Complete sections A & B in class - this will be your ticket out the door today - Quiz grade. Pass out Entry #14(Skills) - new vocabulary words.
Homework: Entry #11 (Hmwk) Study flipbook - quiz on 10/8
Monday 10/8 - ist Period -Fertile Crescent Video (preview questions & view questions) - Entry #14 Notes and take quiz. 2nd Period - Fertile Crescent Cornell Notes
Homework: Sections A & B of Cornell Notes - Study Flipbook terms - Entry #11 (Hmwk)
Tuesday 10/9 - Ticket Inn Activity - Check several HMWK assignments - Entry # 11(Hmwk), Entry #13(Skills) and Entry #16 (Skills) Ch 5-1 Pgs 116 - 119 Mesopatamians activity Entry #16 (Skills) - Agenda and notebook checks while the kids are working.
Homework: Entry #16(Skills) if not finished in class
Wednesday 10/10 - The Effect of Environment on Mesopotamian Culture - CROPQVM active reading assessment. Entry # 17(Skills) Vocab words for Friday's quiz- Entry # 18(Skills)Term& Definition Wksht
Homework: Term & Definition Wksht - Entry # 18(Skills)
Thursday 10/11 Begin Ancient Egypt Unit
Homework: None other than study for your quiz tomorrow
Friday 10/12 _ Quiz Today - Fertile Crescent
Monday 10/15 - World Map. Horrible Histories Ancient Egypt video - Discovery Education - 20 minutes. Women in Ancient Egypt - Entry #19(Skills)
Homework:Entry #19 (Skills)
Tuesday 10/16 - 1. Notes - Entry #17(Notes) Map - Entry #16(Notes) Entry #15(Hmwk)
Homework: Entry #15(Hmwk) Study your ancient Egypt Flipbook
Wednesday 10/17 Check Entry #15(Hmwk) King Tut Common Core lesson
Homework: Entry #16(Hmwk) Ancient Egyptian Life(Great Pharaoh Tutankhamun) and Entry #17 S.S. Ancient Egypt Vocab #1
Thursday 10/18 Pyramids & links - Ancient Egyptian Life (Wonders of Egypt: The Great Sphinx writing activity) - Entry #19 (Hmwk) and Entry #18(Hmwk) - Ancient Egyptian Life Wonders of Egypt: The Great Pyramids)
Homework: Entry #18(Hmwk)
Friday 10/19 Early Release - 12:45 SS Weekly quiz and Heiroglyphics activity - Entry #18(Notes) Egyptian Alphabet (Heiroglyphics) and Entry #19(Notes) - Heiroglyphics sheet activity
Homework: Entry #19 (Notes) Social STudies quarter exam next Tuesday - use your studyguide to review - the exam will cover cultures, geography, fertile crescent and Egypt
Monday 10/22 - The Mystery of who killed/ murdered King Tut
Homework: Revie your studyguide - Social Studies Quarter exam tomorrow
Tuesday 10/23Homework: Social Studies Quarter Exam
Wednesday 10/24 - Women in Egypt Review game
Thursday 10/25 - Egyptian Hieroglyphics Mini lesson
Homework: Entry #22(Hmwk)
Friday 10/26 - The Pyrimids and vocabulary quiz
Monday 10/29 -Entry #8 Fertile Crescent quiz Entry #9 Ancient Egypt vocab quiz - 1st and 2nd periods spot check Entry #25(Skills) and Entry #22 (Hmwwk) About the Nile Table Activity - leveled questions
Homework:About the Nile Assignment - Entry #23(Hmwk)
Tuesday 10/30 - Poetry techniques - Egyptian Themes Cinquains/ Acrostic poems/ Narrative poems/ alphabetical/ Free Verse
Homework: Finish poem poster
Wednesday 10/31 - Teacher Workday No School
Thursday 11/1 - Clean out Binder - Begin Ancient Greece Notebook Set up - (pass out The Presidential Election Article
Homework: Presidential Election Article
Friday 11/2 - Ancient Greece Interactive Notes - Entry #1(Notes) Pass out Entry #1(Hmwk) - Grade Tracker Entry #2(Hmwk) Vocab list #1
Homework: Entry #3(Hmwk) - Flipbook for Vocab #1 Ancient Greece)
Evidence of Student Learning
G. 1.1 - 1.3- Regional and Global Population: It's A Growing Concern (Sample Performance Task - GA State Standards) https://www.georgiastandards.org/Frameworks/GSO Frameworks/World Geography Unit 5 Sample Performance Task.pdf
6.G.1.4- Domestication of Plants and Animals: Students will research the ancestors of modern plants and animals. Resources include a PowerPoint, article, and excerpts. Next, they will write a biography of the plant/animal and a list of pertinent information while completing in the Baseball Card Project
6.G 2.1-2.2, 6 H.1.1, G.2.2- Cartographer's Challenge - Project - Applying 5 Themes of Geography: Students will design and create an imaginary country and apply the geographical themes of location, place, region, movement, and human-environment interaction. A written description will be provided for each theme. A modified version is available.
6 G.2.1-World Map and Map Features Quiz
Instructional Learning Experience
Teaching Primary and Secondary Sources a lesson from the George W. Bush Presidential Library
- Click Here to access unit overview and resources on Geography.
- Prentice Hall Textbook Companion - Map Master - This teacher resource has many mapping activities with a variety of skills.
6. G. 1.2 - Explain the factors that influenced the movement of people, goods and ideas and the effects of that movement on societies and regions over time (e.g., scarcity of resources, conquests, desire for wealth, disease and trade).
- Prentice Hall "Foundations of Geography" Lesson Plan: Making an Immigration Map: Students will choose one group of people and learn when and where they migrated. Students will make a map that identifies the people and shows where they moved. Students will include information about how many moved, when they moved, and how many returned home.
- Why do People Move? Slide Share "The Basics of Geography: Interaction and Movement" Activity - Students view the slideshare presentation and complete the questions/prompts that are included.
6 G 1.3 Compare distinguishing characteristics of various world regions (e.g., physical features, culture, political organization and ethnic make-up).
- Learn NC Lesson - To Market, to Market ~ A Photograph Analysis - To market, to market: Photograph analysis: In this lesson, students analyze photos of markets from around the world to gain an understanding of the similarities and differences between geographically distant places, to learn about the economic and cultural significance of markets, and to improve visual literacy skills.
- Discovery Education Social Studies Tech Book Lesson: Human Geography - Analyzes how people interact with the environment, including how they adapt to-and also change-the surrounding land.
- Discovery Education Social Studies Tech Book Lesson: How Do Geographers Use Maps to Solve Problems - Students will distinguish among the different types of maps (i.e., political, physical, and thematic), define the word region and explain how grouping information regionally helps geographers understand patterns, as well as develop mental maps to understand the location of world regions and important physical features.
- Discovery Education Video and Lesson: The Five Themes of Geography - Video explains each theme of geography and provides real-world examples. The lesson plan that accompanies the video outlines a collage activity to be completed in collaborative groups.
- Look What's in My Closet Common Core Lesson - Students will begin their study of geographic themes, concepts, and skills through this activity focused on the effects of globalization on their own daily lives. Students will utilize world maps, online primary sources, and their own possessions.
- Interactive Atlas #2000 (from SAS® Curriculum Pathways®) - Students will view maps of the world that identify location and place, choose features from the human or physical environment to view, generate customized maps and draw tools to add information to maps.
- Charting the Columbian Exchange - Teacher will provide students with a list of animals and plants without noting if they are New World or Old World. Students will research the origination of these items. A chart or narrative (student choice) can be created to present their findings. Consider using various formats such as a Discovery Board, Edu-Creations Presentation, Excel Spreadsheet, Edmodo or power point. Follow up questions should be developed to guide students in making connections about this period in history.
- What is a Historian PDF and Word - Students will examine Herodotus, the "Father of History," and compare him to other historians ancient and modern to determine what historians are and how they do their job.
- Discovering World Geography by Making a Globe (from Discovery Education) PDF and Word - This lesson plan will help students understand Earth's continents and other major features of geography.
- PowerPoint: Introduction to Geography - Social Studies
- PowerPoint: Introduction to Geography - The Earth
- PowerPoint: Introduction to Geography - Culture
- PowerPoint: Introduction to Geography - One World, Many Views
Cornell Notes Video - What are they? Why do they work? How do I use them?