Social Studies – 6th grade Social Studies lesson plan

 

Unit 1: Geographical Concepts and First Civilizations

In this unit scholars will learn about how geography impacts the developments of civilizations. Scholars will also learn how physical and political boundaries of civilizations, empires, and kingdoms similar and different, and how can people determine world migration patterns and trends. Scholars will be able to explain how the availability or scarcity of different resources affects cultural development and also what role did the development of tools and agriculture play in the development of early civilizations. This sets the stage for the unit to follow where students begin to explore ancient river valley civilizations.

Textbook Chapters:

Chapter 1: What does a Historian Do?

Chapter 3: Early Humans and the Agricultural Revolution

Chapter 4: Mesopotamia

Watch Acellus Videos (Geography Review)

Assignments (to be completed in your folder or composition book).

  1.  Why Geography is important (Write a paragraph). 
  2. In your folder, write six things Historians do.
  3. Watch the Continents and Oceans video.  Continents and Oceans rap

(Using the blank world map in your folder, label the continents and oceans, and for extra credit color your map, with different colors representing the continents.)

4.  Write a paragraph identifying the latitude and longitude of one place you want to visit and the state you live in.

5.  Answer the following in a complete sentence, “What hemisphere do you live in?”

6.  Answer the following question in a complete sentence:  What is your climate zone and what are the characteristics of it?

7.  Write a paragraph explaining each of the five themes of geography.

Watch Acellus Videos (Archaeology)

8.  Complete the archaeolgy project using project materials provided in class.

9.  Read the article on https://read.activelylearn.com, on primary and secondary sources and answer the questions that follow.

Watch Acellus Videos (Mesopotamia)

10.  Complete a timeline time line of your life.

11.  Complete the Cuneiform writing assignment.

12.  Write a paragraph answering the following question:  how would Hammurabi’s laws be beneficial today?)

13.  Read the article on https://read.activelylearn.com, on Mesopotamia and answer the questions that follow.

14.  Complete the Assessment, using the test code given by the instructor,

http://www.classroomclipboard.com/600419/Home/Test/59CBBA50840A42B88B6B3795B66ECDB1

Unit 2: Ancient River Valley Civilizations

In this unit, scholars will learn about how physical and cultural geography shape human advances. Scholars will learn about ancient civilizations and why they developed in river valleys. Scholars will also be able to identify social, political, and economic characteristics of early civilizations. This sets the stage for the following unit where scholars will learn about the great empires of Rome and Greece.

Textbook Chapters:

Read Chapter 5: Ancient Egypt and Kush

 

Watch Acellus Videos (Egypt & Nubia)

Assignments

  1. Complete the social pyramid handout in order and write a paragraph describing the social order.)
  2. Discuss the Sphinx with your instructor and answer the questions in your folder.
  3. Complete the hieroglyphics/cartouche project in your portfolio.
  4. Visit the Live Science page and learn about the first female Pharaoh, Hatshepsut. (Write two paragraphs comparing Hatshepsut to a modern day female politician of any country.)
  1. View the Biography page of King Tut on the History Channel website. (Write 2 paragraphs on what you learned, including the tomb discovery.)
  2. Complete the ancient marketplace project, creating an object that would typically be sold at a market in Egypt.
  3. Read the article on https://read.activelylearn.com, on Khufu, Khafre, Menkaure, Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom, and New Kingdom.  Answer the questions that follow.
  4. Watch Acellus Videos (China)
  5. Chapter 10: Early China
  6. Chapter 9: Ancient India
  7. Watch Acellus Videos (India)
  8. Watch the Hinduism in a Nutshell video.
  9. Watch the caste system video. (Write a paragraph on what you have learned.)
  10. Watch the Four Noble Truths video. (Write a paragraph on what you have learned.)
  11. Watch the One Minute Apologist break down Buddha’s Eightfold Path. (Write a paragraph on what you have learned.)
  12. Complete the Assessment, using the test code given by the instructor, http://www.classroomclipboard.com/600419/Home/Test/3061B56608DF4217BB9B8DF0DC927BE8

Unit 3 Ancient Greece and Rome

In this unit scholars will examine how new civilizations reflected needs of society. Scholars will study the roots of democracy and Republican forms of government as well as the achievements of ancient Greece and Rome. This sets the stage for the following unit where scholars will explore how these empires traded goods as well as ideas, religion, and culture.

Textbook Chapters:

Chapter 7: The Ancient Greeks

Chapter 8:  Greek Civilization

Chapter 11: Rome:  Republic to Empire

Chapter 12: Roman Civilization

Watch Acellus Videos (Ancient Greece and Rome)

Assignments

  1. Create a comparison chart comparing and contrasting Athenians and Spartans.
  2. Write a paragraph on the Greek Columns and include where you can find these columns in modern buildings.
  3. Complete the comparison chart on United States, Ancient Greek, and Ancient Roman government.
  4. Go to https://read.activelylearn.com and complete articles on Athens/Sparta, Alexander the Great, and Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire.  Answer the questions that follow.
  5. Complete Assessment, using the test code given by the instructor,
    >http://www.classroomclipboard.com/600419/Home/Test/D2F254370AE548A0930D11A77D99C8DC       

    Unit 4: Spread of Culture and ReligionIn this unit, students will examine how trade routes exchanged more than just goods (ideas, religion, cultural diffusion). This sets the stage for the following unit where students will learn about the impact of the trading routes with Africa and Asia.

    Textbook Chapters:

    Chapter 6: The Israelites

    Chapter 13: The Rise of Christianity

    Chapter 14: Islamic Civilization

    Chapter 17: Imperial China

    Watch Acellus Videos (Monotheistic Religions, Islamic Empires, China, and Japan)

    Assignments

    1. Using your i-pad, answer the questions on Judaism.  Viewing of excerpts of The Bible Miniseries, with emphasis on Christianity.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Esu8WRGB8Dk  (Answer the questions provided based on the video.)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=of10E8OFdkk (Answer the questions provided based on the video.)
    2. Watch the video on the 5 Pillars of Islam.  Complete the handout in your folder based on the video.
    3. View the comparison chart of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Complete the chart in your folder based on the chart.
    4. Complete the proverb assignment in your folder.
    5. Go to https://read.activelylearn.com and read the articles on Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.  Answer the questions that follow.
    6. Complete the Assessment, using the test code given by the instructor,      http://www.classroomclipboard.com/600419/Home/Test/0C1014AEE01B442691EA7A7BC20A98F6
      Unit 5: Civilizations in Africa and AsiaIn this unit students will learn about how trading empires grew because of advancing civilizations. (African and Chinese Civilizations) This sets the stage for the following unit where students will understand the cause leading up to the Medieval Age, and the growth into the Renaissance.

      Textbook Chapters:

      Chapter 15: African Civilizations

      Chapter 17: Imperial China

      Chapter 18: Civilizations of Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia

      Watch Acellus Videos (Africa and China) 

      Assignments

    7. Read the articles on https://read.activelylearn.com on West African empires and Shang & Mandate of Heaven.  Answer the questions that follow.
    8. Explore the wonderful world of currency with your instructor, see and touch real currency. (Complete the handout provided and write a paragraph on your experience.)
    9. Watch the video on the Mandate of Heaven. (In your own words, describe the Mandate of Heaven in no more than three sentences.)
    10. Read the article on https://read.activelylearn.com on the Terracotta Army and answer the questions that follow.
    11. Complete the African Mask or Asian Fan Art project in your folder.Complete the Assessment, using the test code given by the instructor,

      http://www.classroomclipboard.com/600419/Home/Test/64AE104FC3FB4DA2959E2D7E4A987DC7

       

       

      Unit 6: Medieval Europe and the Renaissance

      In this unit, students will learn how changing ideas led to the “modern world”.   (Feudalism in the region, the Christian Crusades, the Magna Charta, the Black Death, the Renaissance, and the Protestant Reformation.)

      Chapter 19: Medieval Europe

      Chapter 20: Renaissance and Reformation

    12. Watch the video on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. (Create a chart using the information learned in the video.)
    13. Complete the European Coat of Arms project in your folder.Read an article on www.activelylearn.com on Martin Luther and The Reformation.  Answer the questions that follow.
    14. Complete The European Royal Families assignment in your folder.
    15. Read the article on https://read.activelylearn.com on The Black Death and answer the questions that follow.
    16. Using what you have learned on European artifacts, create or re-create an artifact for display.  Write a paragraph on what you have learned.
    17. Complete the Assessment, using the test code given by the instructor, http://www.classroomclipboard.com/600419/Home/Test/57B24F35B5A34626B1267F2B70F66F30
    18. Complete your Ancient World Letter assignment in your folder.
    19. Complete the Final Assessment, using the test code given by the instructor, http://www.classroomclipboard.com/600419/Home/Test/9CDA3D03B17247798046DD9CA89FC25C
      We made it!! *Throw confetti*