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Wood River Middle School Social Studies Grade 6 course covers the geography, history, government, citizenship, economics, and current events of the Western Hemisphere. Students will learn and apply research, decision-making, interpersonal, and critical thinking skills.
Geography: map skills & 5 themes
Learning about people, places and environments will lead to a deeper understanding of our world.
- Mapping Labs
- Create Google Drawing illustrating and applying the 5 themes of geography to the chosen country.
Economies and Governments
Different governments and economic systems affect societies around the world
- Participate in economic simulations.
- Make an illustrated mini-book including vocabulary and descriptions of different forms of governments
Our neighbors to the north can teach us that being open-minded and multicultural helps a country to thrive.
- Provincial and territorial research paper
- Design a political map with territories, provinces, and capitals.
Organization and distribution
of power can affect how societies grow and change.
- Create a presentation comparing two early civilizations and orally present.
- Aztec flag project
Different perspectives can cause conflict and hinder equity.
- Analyze social injustices through reading "Esperanza Rising" and watching Cesar Chavez documentary.
- Analyze Mexico’s murals as art form and way to communicate history.
Central America and the Caribbean Islands
Learning about different cultures will help students be open-minded and appreciate differences.
- Create a postcard describing the culture of a country
Textbook & Website:
- TCI Geography Alive! Regions and People
- Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
- Fatty Legs by Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
Anything not done during class time will be homework. Points might be taken off for turning in late.
Supplies needed for class:
- looseleaf paper, pencil, colored correcting pen, a highlighter
- a folder designated to Social Studies and labeled as such
- color pencils and/or markers
- Agenda at all times
If a student is absent:
- Always have parents request a “pre-excuse” from the office if you know you will be absent more than two days.
- Check Google Classroom
- Check the board and write in agenda
- Ask classmates and at the end check with me before class starts (before school, during lunch, and after school works perfectly)
Evaluation & Grading:
Extra credit is offered each semester. Students are at an age where they need to start understanding that they are part of a community and can make a difference. They are to do community service for local non-profit organizations. Students must bring a signed note from the organization with a brief description of service performed, time worked, and it must be signed by the person in charge (preferably not a parent).
Students should strive to develop the following character traits:
Inquirers Knowledgeable Thinkers Communicators Principled
Open-minded Caring Risk-takers Balanced Reflective
****Feed your brain by reading every night! Don’t leave it hungry!****