Complete Unit Plan based on the Learning By Design model for teachers teaching 6th Grade Social Studies, especially in the State of Texas. Includes objectives, vocabulary, daily breakdown, and Unit 1 Exam. Unit is designed to take 20 instructional days or one month.
Students need a context in which to place future social studies knowledge. Students need to understand that they have a place in the world and how place is directly and indirectly related to other places. This unit aims to provide the foundation for that context, beginning by examining the individual and community level and expanding to introduce students to the concepts of cities, counties, states, countries and continents. Students will learn or relearn the continents and oceans and demonstrate that understanding in many different ways and on a daily basis for the rest of the school year.
Students will learn basic Earth science including climate zones, the Earth’s rotation, axis, orbit, seasonality, etc… so that they are able to explain patterns such as days, seasons, and years. They will be able to identify the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Hemispheres, the Equator, the Prime Meridian, and time zones.
Students will develop strong map skills which are central to this unit and which will be employed throughout the school year.
Students will study maps including thematic maps that show, for example, population density or educational attainment in the United States.
Students will practice map-making by mapping their classroom, their school, and their community using a variety of methods.
The unit will conclude with a culminating event in which students will present their maps to family, friends, and community members.