During the first week back in 6th, I cover the 5 themes of social studies, basic map knowledge, basic map skills, primary and secondary source analysis guidelines, and the connection between archaeologists, the artifacts they uncover, and how this contributes to history.
This quick 9 slide power point includes the role of archaeologists, what artifacts are, and it also has students think at a greater depth of knowledge on the topics of technology and the artifacts they will leave behind.
Guided notes allow for greater engagement from students and they also help to keep students on task and organized. By mixing in free response questions and activities, students are not simply being lectured to; they are active participants in their learning.
I hope that this is helpful to you!