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Sixth Grade Social Studies Curriculum

I. Curriculum Overview Sixth grade Social Studies is an integral part of Eastern ChristianÕs mission to encourage students to respond to Christ in their own lives, and throughout the lives of others in this world. Sixth graders are GodÕs image bearers, and are therefore challenged in Social Studies to consider their role at school, at home and in the world. The world, created wonderfully by God, has been plagued by sin in the forms of hate, racism, abuse, arrogance, disease, disrespect, intolerance and brokenness. As children of God, made in His image, given hands, feet, and mouths, Eastern ChristianÕs sixth graders begin to become prepared with the factual and spiritual knowledge to recognize this brokenness and to carry out the good news of Jesus Christ. Sixth grade Social Studies encompasses many aspects of the Eastern Hemisphere. Students will gain a basic knowledge of the geography and political divisions of the Eastern Hemisphere along with a review of important map skills. Students will be exposed to the cultures, religions, histories, governments and economies of this region and will be able to compare and contrast them to each other, and to the Bible. Sixth graders are encouraged to be active and informed citizens of their communities, and of the world. Students will be challenged to recognize history as well as current events and place them into perspective with their individual Christian responsibilities in this world. II. Units Covered at Grade Level from September to June and Assessment Techniques and Learning Tools used for each unit A. Quarter 1 1. Map skills - a brief review of map skills is important to recall old skills and introduce new ones as maps and reading them are integral during the study of 6th grade Social Studies. shape of the earth latitude and longitude scale and elevation map projections Assessment Techniques and Learning Tools vocabulary quizzes maps worksheets/workbook pages/ study guides wipe-off maps latitude/longitude B-I-N-G-O review sheet test 2. Ancient Civilizations - Middle East & Egypt; Ancient India & China origin of civilization Mesopotamia Egypt - pyramids, gods and goddesses, paper 1

Egyptians Ancient Israel Cities on the Indus River Buddhism and Hinduism Early China Civilization - Emperors, Confucius, legends Assessment Techniques and Learning Tools vocabulary quizzes worksheets/workbook pages/study guides maps lists Characteristics of a Civilization Poster paper making Ancient Egypt booklet videos compare/contrast ancient and current religions to Christianity Religions of the subcontinent poster review/review games quizzes tests B. Quarter 2 1. Geography of Western Europe continent - physical features, natural resources, climate people, population Assessment Techniques and Learning Tools vocabulary quizzes maps map quizzes worksheets/workbook pages webs Western Europe Map Project 2. Three Revolutions in Western Europe Science, Industrial, Political Assessment Techniques and Learning Tools group packets - information shared with the class 3. World Wars I and II; Holocaust nationalism W.W.I and aftermath W.W.II - historical and what followed changing of the map Holocaust Assessment Techniques and Learning Tools *Language Arts integration vocabulary quizzes 2

K-W-L chart worksheets/workbook pages/study guides/historical outlines maps lists/graphs videos compare/contrast VeteranÕs bulletin board guest speakers review/review games quizzes Final Language Arts/Social Studies W.W.II/Holocaust Project 4. Western Europe Today a closer look at the countries of Western Europe today Assessment Techniques and Learning Tools Western Europe Today Posters C. Quarter 3 1. Geography of the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe vast lands of Eastern Europe Nationalities Assessment Techniques and Learning Tools maps map quizzes vocabulary quizzes worksheets/workbook pages/outlines/study guides videos review/review game test 2. History of Russia and Eastern Europe Middle Ages in Russia and Eastern Europe Czars Russian Revolution Assessment Techniques and Learning Tools maps charts vocabulary quizzes worksheets/workbook pages/outlines/study guides videos skit timeline Czar bookmarks review/review game test 3

3. The Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe Today Communist rule The collapse of the U.S.S.R. Poland and Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic) Southeastern Europe Assessment Techniques and Learning Tools maps map quizzes vocabulary quizzes worksheets/workbook pages/outlines/study guides review/review game test D. Quarter 4 1. Geography of the Middle East and North Africa peoples land and resources 2. Middle East and North Africa History -Islam Today -Countries -Conflicts Assessment Techniques and Learning Tools (for #1 and #2 above) maps map quizzes vocabulary quizzes worksheets/workbook pages/outlines/study guides journaling religion study/comparison to Christianity charts/graphs videos review/review game test 3. Geography of Africa South of the Sahara land and resources people 4. Africa South of the Sahara History -West and East Africa -Arrival of Europeans Today -West, East, Central, South Africa -Apartheid 4

Assessment Techniques and Learning Tools (for #3 and #4 above) maps map quizzes vocabulary quizzes worksheets/workbook pages/outlines/study guides journaling African games charts/graphs videos review/review game quizzes Africa Project/Fair (individual country studies) 5. Australia Geography and the present-day: Australia New Zealand The Pacific Islands Assessment Techniques and Learning Tools maps map quiz vocabulary quizzes boomerangs worksheets/workbook pages/outlines/study guides Australian postcards videos review/review game test 6. Asia (time dependent) Geography of south and east Asia History of south and east Asia South and East Asia Today Assessment Techniques and Learning Tools maps quizzes/tests videos memoirs III. Student Outcomes; cross-referenced with New Jersey State Content Standards for Social Studies A. NJ Core Curriculum Content Standard for Social Studies 6.1 (Civics) All students will demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the foundation, values and principles of American democracy and the rights, responsibilities, and roles of a citizen in a democratic society. By the end of 6th grade, students will . . . . 1. understand the function of law and the importance of laws for the individual 5

rights and for the common good of all people through the comparison especially of different forms of government to that of a democracy. 2. have a deeper understanding of the effects of prejudice, racism and discrimination through the study of the Era of Great Wars. 3. compare/contrast different forms of prejudice, racism, and discrimination to current events and their own lives and how to prevent it. 4. compare and contrast different types of governments, including a democracy and communist government. 5. have examined the importance of political leadership, service, and being an informed citizen of America. 6. understand that the world consists and has consisted of different types of nations, leaders, and governments. 7. be able to give examples of current issues and problems throughout the world, involving the United States, of foreign policy issues and problems. 8. understand what it means to be a citizen of the United States with certain political, economic, individual and spiritual rights. 9. understand the importance and functioning of elections in the United States. B. NJ Core Curriculum Content Standard for Social Studies 6.3 (World History) All students will demonstrate an understanding of the impact of political and economic forces, geography, social structures and culture on the history of the world from prehistory to the contemporary world. By the end of 6th grade, students will . . . 1. explain how the physical environments of certain areas gave way to the development of civilizations. 2. be able to demonstrate knowledge of ancient river valley civilizations including Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Indus River Valley, China, and the civilizations of Africa during the Ancient Period to 500AD. 3. be able to understand the geographic, political, economic, cultural, religious and social structures of the early civilizations in Egypt and Mesopotamia during the Ancient Period. 4. understand the beginnings of Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism and also be able to contrast them with Christianity during the Ancient Period. 5. identify the geography, religion, ethnicity and traditions of the societies and economies in different parts of Africa during the Middle Ages to 1400 AD and in modern times. 6. understand the Middle Ages in Eastern Europe and the rule of the czars in Russia. 7. understand the scientific revolution, industrial revolution and political revolutions of Western Europe during the Age of Revolutionary Change (1750 1914). 8. be able to analyze the foundations and consequences of the Russian Revolution and the creation of the Soviet Union during the Era of Great Wars (1914 1945). 9. be able to analyze the causes and worldwide consequences of the Great Depression and the rise of the totalitarian government. 10. be able to explain the worldwide causes, events of, and effects of W.W.I and W.W.II which led to the Nuclear Age. 6

11. be able to describe the Holocaust, and compare/contrast the Holocaust to other examples of genocide. 12. be able to name significant/infamous leaders of the past and present. 13. be able to identify conflicts and conflict resolutions in the Middle East. 14. understand the fall of Communism in the Former Soviet Union. C. NJ Core Curriculum Content Standard for Social Studies 6.4 (United States History) All students will demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the geographical, political, social, cultural, and economic history of the United States. By the end of 6th grade, students will . . . 1. be able to explain the impact of the Great Depression, W.W.I, and W.W.II on the United States. 2. be able to give examples of actions taken during W.W.II to contribute to the war effort in Europe. 3. be able to explain the impact of JapanÕs bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. 4. be able to explain the impact of the war on Japanese Americans. 5. be able to describe the Manhattan Project and Einstein and Oppenheimer. 6. describe the founding of the United Nations. 7. be able to talk about the involvement of the US in Iraq, the War on Terror, and involvement in other countries around the world. D. NJ Core Curriculum Content Standard for Social Studies 6.6 (Economies) All students will acquire an understanding of key economic principles and their relationships to individuals, institutions, and governments. By the end of 6th grade, students will . . . 1. understand that good decision making allows for career choices, earning capacity, and the accumulation of wealth. 2. understand what a market economy is. 3. identify basic terms associated with international trade: imports, exports, tariffs, free trade. 4. the effects of inflation on the US economy during W.W.II. 5. compare/contrast the economic rights of US citizens to other countries. E. NJ Core Curriculum Content Standard for Social Studies 6.7 (Geography) All students will acquire and apply geographical understanding through the study of spatial relationships among places, people and the environment. By the end of 6th grade, students will be able to. . . 1. know the shape of the earth to be spherical. 2. recognize and use maps, globes, graphs, charts, diagrams, latitude, longitude, scale, and elevation. 3. identify different types of map projections. 4. use an atlas. 5. compare and contrast different areas of the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. 6. explain how regions change over time and see the addition and/or dissolving of countries across the world throughout history. 7. explain patterns of population, trade, and economic development. 8. analyze how the physical environment affects world conflicts. 9. locate and be familiar with the countries and geographical landforms and 7

features of Europe, Africa and Asia. 10. understand the effect of climate on a continent. F. NJ Core Curriculum Content Standard for Social Studies 6.8 (Sociology and Anthropology) All students will acquire an understanding of how diverse societies and their cultures have contributed to the human experience in local, regional and world contexts. By the end of 6th grade, students will . . . 1. be able to explain how differences in cultural values, economics, culture and geography affect individual behavior. 2. identify examples of ways in which people have behaved in cruel or inhumane ways (e.g., the Holocaust, slavery, Iraq, North Korea, terrorist attacks in the Middle East and throughout the world including the September 11, 2001 attacks in NYC.) 3. analyze viewpoints that have led to prejudice, racism, discrimination and genocide. 4. analyze the ways in which people in different regions and settings have worked to prevent and work against prejudice, cruelty, inhumane treatment and discrimination. Additional Assessment Techniques and Learning Tools All units of study include textbook reading in and outside of class The Eastern Hemisphere, Silver Burdett Ginn, 1997 GodÕs World magazine Channel One News Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Resources World Explorer Eastern Hemisphere, textbook Media Center Resources Internet (Revised 3/06 Ð NB)

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