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Woodbury Grade 6 Team Site

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Mr. Croteau - 6th Grade Social Studies

colin.croteau@sau57.org

6th Grade Social Studies Topics

  • 5 Themes of Geography
  • Archaeology/Prehistory
  • Agriculture
  • Mesopotamia
  • Egypt
  • Eastern River Valley Civilizations (China & India)
  • Greece
  • Rome
  • Civic Engagement  

What We Study in 6th Grade

Grade 6 Summary:

Students develop foundational knowledge regarding patterns of change over time and ways people view, construct, and interpret history. The curriculum is organized chronologically and thematically. In grade 6, students study regions of the world by examining physical geography, nations in the region today, and selected ancient and classical societies before 1000 CE. Regions for grade 6 are: Eastern Asia, Europe, North Africa, India, and the Middle East. Students investigate guiding questions such as “How does where you live influence how you live?” and “How have complex societies differed from one another across time and regions?” Additional supporting questions appear under each topic. The questions are included to stimulate teachers’ and students’ own questions for discussion and research.

Looking Back/Looking Ahead

Grade 6 Social Studies builds on the foundational knowledge of civics/government, economics, geography, and history, gained in Grades K-5. Social studies skills move from basic to more sophisticated and are used in combination to access and comprehend social studies content. In 6th grade, students learned about how where people live determines how they live. Students also study the development of complex societies with a focus on geography and government. Students in grade 7 will build on their 6th grade learning by concentrating on the development of religions, the Middle East and the fall of the Roman Empire. A focus on culture continues to be examined as well as the Renaissance and Reformation Europe.

Quarter 1- Topics

How does geography help define humans understanding of the world?

  1. Identify and locate physical and political regions on a map. (G)
  2. Construct, use, and analyze maps to show different physical and human characteristics of a place.(G)
  3. How do people use maps to understand the physical and cultural world? (G)
  4. Identify, explain and give an example of the five themes of geography. (G)
  5. Analyze the ways in which cultural and environmental characteristics vary among various regions of the world. (G)
  6. How does geography, both physical and human, affect people, places, & regions?  (G)
  7. What factors influence people to move? (G)

How do archeologists discover what happens in the past?

  1. Classify the kinds of historical sources used in a secondary interpretation  (H)
  2. Detect possible limitations in the historical record based on evidence collected from different kinds of historical sources. (H)
  3. Explain how and why perspectives of people have changed over time (H)

How do we know what we know about the past based on artifacts?

  1. Compare and contrast the difference between the Paleolithic and Neolithic Ages.
  2. Identify the need for communication beginning with cave paintings through written language.