Grade 6 Social Studies

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1 Grade 6 Social Studies Social Studies Grade(s) 6th Course Overview This course focuses on the five Wisconsin Model Academic standards for Social Studies: Geography, History, Political Science and Citizenship, Economics, and Behavioral Sciences. Scope And Sequence Timeframe Unit Instructional Topics Unit: Geography Geography History Political Science and Citizenship Economics Behavioral Science 1. Geographical Representations 2. Natural Resources 3. Changes in Community 1. Resources 2. Significant Events 1. Documents 1. Economic Concepts 2. Economic Issues 1. Values and Beliefs 2. Cultures 3. Institutions Course Details In this unit students will learn about geography through the study of the relationships among people, places, and environments. Duration: Topic: Geographical Representations Approximate the general location and directions of the Mediterranean area Calculate scale and distance between selected places Conceptualize relative location and direction Describe the purpose of distinguishing characteristics of a selected map Use data and a variety of symbols to read and create thematic maps and graphs Duration: 6 Day(s) Topic: Natural Resources Analyze natural resources based on physical geographic differences Duration: 3 Day(s) Topic: Changes in Community Explain how a culture's beliefs are reflected in their architecture Explain how ancient cultures adapted to the physical features of their environment in which they lived Identify major technologies and discoveries Investigate and explain the cause of a short term physical change Investigate the effect of a short and long term physical change Recognize current global issues Unit: History Duration: In this unit students will learn about the history of Wisconsin, the United States, and the world, examining change and continuity over time in order to develop historical perspective, explain historical relationships, and analyze issues that affect the present and the future. Page 1

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3 Grade 6 Social Studies Social Studies Grade(s) 6th Topic: Resources Identify the differences between primary and secondary sources Duration: Topic: Significant Events Identify significant events and people of ancient cultures Understand short and long term consequences of historical events Duration: Unit: Political Science and Citizenship Duration: In this unit students will learn about political science and acquire the knowledge of political systems necessary for developing individual civic responsibility by studying the history and contemporary uses of power, authority, and governance. Topic: Documents Define democracy and its origin Duration: 7 Day(s) Unit: Economics Duration: In this unit students will learn about production, distribution, exchange, and consumption so that they can make informed economic decisions. Topic: Economic Concepts Define supply and demand Describe how supply and demand influences a competitive market Describe inflation and deflation Topic: Economic Issues Advocate for actions to positively affect the environment Analyze cause and effect relationships between natural resources and economic patterns Identify example of the government and how they provide for the people Identify various economic issues Unit: Behavioral Science Duration: In this unit students will learn about the behavioral sciences by exploring concepts from the discipline of sociology, the study of the interactions among individuals, groups, and institutions; the discipline of psychology, the study of factors that influence individual identity and learning; and the discipline of anthropology, the study of cultures in various times and settings. Topic: Values and Beliefs Page 3

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5 Grade 6 Social Studies Social Studies Grade(s) 6th Apply necessary skills to peacefully resolve a conflict Describe and demonstrate the meaning of self-control and empathy Describe how your role, status, and social class may affect your individual identity Explain how a person's skills, interests and aptitudes affect learning Identify conflicts caused by differences in beliefs Identify factors that affect individuals' decisions Understand the multiple factors that affect individual learning Topic: Cultures Apply the information that cultural beliefs influence the values of the people Describe how ancient civilizations contribute to the present culture Describe the cultural contributions of racial and ethnic groups Explain how cultural differences can cause misunderstandings in society Explain how cultural differences within a culture help enrich a culture Identify the artistic expressions of a culture Duration: 4 Day(s) Topic: Institutions Advocate to solve a perceived societal problem Demonstrate an understanding of how cultural and individual differences affect individual and group interactions Evaluate the characteristics of an effective group Explain the benefits of cooperation interdependence Explain the risks involved in being interdependent Explain the similarities and differences among and within groups Identify how different groups, societies, and cultures meet similar wants and needs Understand that a variety of factors contribute to the ways in which groups respond to their environment Understand that there is "strength in numbers" Duration: 4 Day(s) Page 5

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