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Hawks: Social Studies

Woodbury Grade 6 Team Site


6th Grade Topics

Topic 1: 5 Themes of Geography

Topic 2: Archaeology

Topic 3: Prehistory

Topic 4: Agriculture

Topic 5: Mesopotamia

Topic 6: Egypt

Topic 7: Eastern River Valley Civilizations (China & India)

Topic 8: Greece

Topic 9: Rome

Topic 10: Civic Engagement


Mrs. Rowe's Class Expectation

Welcome to Mrs. Rowe's

6th grade social studies class!


What We Study

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.


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Quarter 3 Topics

What factors led to the development of the Egyptian civilization?

  1. Explain the importance of the Nile River to Egyptian society (G)
  2. Explain the importance of religion in the daily lives of Egyptians (G)
  3. Identify and explain contributions/achievements of Egyptians (G/C)
  4. Describe the structure and type of government and political system in Ancient Egypt (C)

To what degree have Chinese societies over time been shaped by geography?

  1. How have dynasties and philosophies shaped the development of China? (G)
  2. Analyze the influence of the physical environment on the development of China.(G)
  3. Explain the impact trade (Silk Road) had on China and other ancient civilizations. (E)
  4. Identify and explain the technologies that influence life today.

What were the most significant contributions of early societies of India to mathematics, science, the arts and technology in the modern world?

  1. Explain the origins of Indian society in the Indus Valley.
  2. Describe Indian achievements.
  3. Describe the caste system

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