Mr. Croteau - 6th Grade Social Studies
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.
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.
How does geography help define humans understanding of the world?
How do archeologists discover what happens in the past?
How do we know what we know about the past based on artifacts?