2012 2013 Syllabus Wangia by i8D420cV


									                                     Mrs. Wangia
                             6 Grade Social Studies Syllabus

I.        Grading Scale
          Test, Quizzes, and Projects                       50%
          Homework                                          25%
          Class work                                        25%

II.       Units to be Studied – The Western Hemisphere
         Unit I Foundations of Geography
          o Introduction to Your Textbook and Reading Informational Text
          o Geographic Concepts Overview
          o Five Themes of Geography
          o Geographic terms
          o Investigate the World
          o Physical Geography of Earth- Land and Water
          o Physical Geography – Weather, Climate, and Vegetation
          o Physical Geography – Natural Resources and Land Use
          o Human Geography – Population and Migration
          o Human Geography – Economic Systems and Political Systems
          o My Side of the Mountain (Literature)
          o What is Culture?
          o Culture and Society
          o Cultural Change
         Unit II United States of America and Canada
          o Map it out and Investigate the United States and Canada
          o The Physical Geography of the United States and Canada—Land and Water
          o The Physical Geography of the United States and Canada—Climate and Vegetation
          o The Physical Geography of the United States and Canada—Natural Resources and Land
          o Diversity and Exchange between the United States and Canada
          o The United States and Canada Today
          The United States of America
          o Map It Out and Discover the Fifty United States
          o The Northeast
          o The South
          o The Midwest
          o The West
          o A Selection from Childtimes (Literature
          o Map It Out and Travel Across the “Forgotten Giant”
          o History of Canada
          o Canadian Mosaic
          o Bringing Together Two Cultures—Ontario and Quebec
          o The Breadbasket of Canada—The Prairie Provinces
          o British Columbia
          o The Atlantic Provinces
          o The Northern Territories
       Unit III Latin America
       An Introduction to Latin America
       o Map It Out and Investigate Latin America
       o The Physical Geography of Latin America—Land and Water
       o The Physical Geography of Latin America—Climate and Vegetation
       o The Physical Geography of Latin America—Natural Resources and Land Use
       o The Surveyor (Literature)
       o The Mayan, Aztec, and Incan Empires
       o The European Conquest of Latin America
       o Independence in Latin America
       Mexico and Central America
       o Map It Out and Discover Mexico and the Countries of Central America
       o Cultures of Mexico and Central America
       o Rural and City Life in Mexico
       o The Importance of Land in Guatemala
       o Panama and the Canal
       The Caribbean
       o Map It Out and Discover the Countries of the Caribbean
       o Cultures of the Caribbean
       o Cuba and Communism
       o Building a Democracy in Haiti
       o Puerto Rico—The 51st State?
       South America
       o Map It Out and Discover the Countries of South America
       o Cultures of South America
       o The Rainforests of Brazil
       o The Many Cultures of Brazil
       o Peru Moves into the Future
       o How Does Chile’s Physical Geography Effect the Economy?
       o The Power of Oil in Venezuela

III.   Homework Policy
       Students will receive homework 1-2 nights per week. Homework must be complete to
       receive full credit.

       *Homework and grades will be posted regularly on SchoolMax. Information will be sent
       home to parents in September on how to access student grades and homework from

IV.    Projects
       Students will have 4 major projects during the school year. The major projects will include:
       Hispanic Heritage Month Project, Black History Month Project, Community Service
       Project, and Latin America Project. In addition, students will receive several mini projects
       each quarter. A detailed description of each project along with the guidelines and rubrics
       for scoring projects will be provided on the date that each project is assigned. Students will
       be allowed to use their IPADs, School Mac books, the school library and classroom
       resources to work on their project. Time may not permit for students to complete their
       projects in school, so students may need to finish them at home.
V.    Student Service Learning
           Student service-learning (SSL) is a teaching method that combines meaningful service to
           the community with curriculum-based learning. Students improve their academic skills by
           applying what they learn in school to the real world; they then reflect on their experience to
           reinforce the link between their service and their learning.

            Prince George’s County Public School students must engage in a minimum of seventy-five
            student service-learning hours in order to successfully meet the service-learning graduation
            requirement. To ensure that students are able to meet this requirement, service-learning has
            been infused into the science and social studies curricula for grades 5-10 for a total of fifty-
            one hours. Social Studies courses provide a total of twenty-eight curriculum-infused
            hours. Additionally, students must complete twenty-four independent hours of service

            The sixth grade Social Studies course, World Cultures and Geography I: The Western
            Hemisphere, has four student service-learning hours infused within the course.

     VI. 6th Grade Social Studies Norms and Routines
              Bathroom – Students will not be permitted to use the bathroom during Mod 1 or the first
                15 minutes and last 15 minutes of each remaining Mod. Students are encouraged to use
                the bathroom in between classes to avoid disruptions during instructional time.
              Entering the Classroom – Students must enter class quietly, go directly to their seats,
                and stand silently behind their chair until they have been permitted to sit and begin
                opening procedures.
              Class routines-
                    o Come to classed prepared with Social Studies notebook, Agenda Book,
                        Principal’s Book of the Month or library book, due Homework or Projects, a pen
                        or pencil, focused and ready to learn
                    o Trash may only be thrown out upon entering and exiting the room
                    o Once class has begun no irrelevant discussions
                    o Stay on task and complete all class work
                    o Thoroughly clean and organize your space and push in your chair before leaving
                        the room

     VII.   Field Trips
            Some of the field trips that the 6th graders will be attending this school year include: Air &
            Space Museum, Museum of the American Indian, Museum of American History,
            Newseum, and the National Zoo all located in Washington, D.C. Also, we will be having
            our annual incentive trip to Laurel Skating Center.
            Every year our students have the privilege of going to North Bay Adventures, a fully paid
            for, week long, overnight camp located in Northern Maryland. This is and educational and
            character development program with a focus on science. During the day, students are in
            hands on, out door experimental science classes that meet Maryland State Science
            Standards. Throughout the day students also participate in numerous recreational activity
            aimed at challenging students to take risk and overcome fears. Character development is
            infused within every lesson and activity including mealtime. In the evening students attend
            a North Bay Live show, which is entertaining, educational, and aimed at building students’
       character and motivating them to make better choices. This trip is completely paid for by
       the state of Maryland. All students are expected to attend.

VIII. Behavior Policy
      a. Class Rules
              i. Be Prompt
             ii. Be Prepared
            iii. Be Polite
            iv. Be Positive
             v. Be Productive

       b. Consequences for not following the rules
              i. 1st infraction Student is given a verbal warning
             ii. 2nd infraction Student is separated from their group
            iii. 3rd infraction Student is assigned lunch detention
            iv. 4 infractions Parent is notified

       * Other consequences include student/teacher conference, parent/teacher conference, a
       referral to guidance counselor and/or administrator, a possible suspension.

       c. Rewards for following the rules
               i. Opportunity to become Student of the Week
              ii. Praise
            iii. Positive note or call home
             iv. Special prizes or privileges
              v. Opportunity to participate in end of the quarter celebration
             vi. Respect from others
            vii. Opportunity to attend numerous field trips

IX. Extra credit
       For extra credit, which will be used to replace a missing or low homework or class work
       grade, students may complete a current events assignment. Students must read a newspaper
       or magazine article about a real person or event and identify the 5 W’s (who, what, when,
       where, & why). After identifying the 5 W’s, students must write a summary about the


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       Grading Scale –
       Binder Check                                   50%
       Participation & Homework                       25%
       Class work                                     25%

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