Course Syllabus for 6th Grade Social Studies
1st Nine Weeks
I want to welcome you to 6th Grade. I am very excited about the upcoming year. The education of your child is both a privilege and a great responsibility. Working as a team, we will provide a foundation for your child’s educational experience and social development. It is vital to your child’s development for you to become involved in his or her education. I want to work with each of you to ensure that your child becomes an independent and lifelong learner. Please feel free to contact me at anytime.
In my class, the students will be learning about the Eastern Hemisphere. We will be covering people who have lived many years ago, and how they influence our society today.
Topics to be covered:
Geographic Key Terms
Map Practice and Definitions
Chapter1- Early Man
Objectives that will be covered this 9 weeks:
Examine characteristics and development of various societies in the Eastern Hemisphere prior to 1750. (H)
Investigate the history of the following: Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, and Islands of the Pacific (e.g., early man, Greeks, Romans, etc.).
Analyze various Eastern cultures: Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, and the Islands of the Pacific (e.g., religion, language, customs, contributions, etc.).
Apply spatial and ecological perspectives to people, places, and environment using social studies tools (e.g., timelines, maps, globes, resources, graphs, a compass, technology, etc.). (H, G, E)
Locate early civilizations in the Eastern Hemisphere (e.g., river civilizations, Greeks, Romans, etc.).
Analyze the human characteristics of places in the Eastern Hemisphere.
Map the development and spread of religions in the Eastern Hemisphere (e.g., Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, etc.).
Interpret special purpose maps (e.g., climate, vegetation, population, historical, etc.).
Analyze information using social studies tools (e.g. graphs, maps, charts, tables, etc.).
Analyze civic life, politics, and government. (C, H)
Common Core Objectives:
- Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
- Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
- Integrate visual information with other information in print and digital texts.
- Write information/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events.
66% Major Test and Projects
34% Class work, Quizzes, Notebook Check, etc.
Pen or pencil to write with
3 Ring Binder- This needs to be a notebook that can hold paper and handouts when given. The students will be receiving an agenda notebook in the next couple of weeks. This notebook will be sufficient.
There will be a classroom set of textbooks for my class. Anyone that would like to request a textbook for the child to take home must talk to me so I can arrange it. If the student is organized, he/she will be fully prepared for any test, project, or class work.
Come prepared for class daily.
Follow directions the first time given.
Be in your seat when the bell rings.
Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
Be respectful to all in my classroom. Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Most assignments can be completed during the class period. I give plenty of time for the students to complete the work if they stay on task during the period.
Assignments will include (these dates can change due to various reasons):
8/11-Completion of Geographic Key Terms
8/13-Worksheet on Geographic Key Terms
8/13-Project Locating and Identifying Geographic Key Terms
8/19-Geographic Key Terms Test
8/20-Completion of Map Definitions
8/22-Quiz on Map Definitions
8/26-Latitude and Longitude Worksheets
8/27-Map Definition Worksheets
8/29-Map Definition Test
9/2-Completion of Chapter 1 Key Terms
9/5-Chapter 1, Section 1 Reading Comprehension Worksheet
9/11- Video on 9/11
9/15-Chapter 1, Section 2 Reading Comprehension Worksheet
9/19-Chapter 1, Section 3 Reading Comprehension Worksheet
9/26-Video questions on Cave Man
10/1-Chapter 1 Test
Since textbooks stay in the classroom, the only time that I will give homework is to study for a test, and if a student needs more time on a project.
It is the student’s responsibility to make up assignments due to absences. If you are absent you will need to check with me to see what you have missed. I will not ask you for the work. It will be your responsibility to turn it in to me. The best way to take care of make-up work is to avoid having it! Only be absent when absolutely necessary.
In general, tests will be given at the end of each objective or skill. For example, if we have finished a chapter in the book, we will have a chapter test. Students will know days ahead of time when the test will be. Quizzes will be given throughout the chapter to make sure the student is listening and paying attention.
Anyone caught cheating on an assignment or test will receive a “0” for that grade. There will be no make-up assignments or tests given.
I look forward to working with each student this year. I know that we are all working towards the same goal…your child’s success in academics!
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