6th - Ancient Civilizations Social Studies
Course Content & Sequence Text: Teachers’ Curriculum Institute: History Alive!
The Ancient World The 6th Grade Ancient Civilizations course is based on the State of California Social Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards. This course will create a deeper understanding of history by studying the peoples and events that ushered in the dawn of the major Western and nonWestern civilizations. The course will cover ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, India, China, Greece, and Rome. Students will develop higher levels of critical thinking skill by considering various aspects of these civilizations such as; art, religion, social structure, government, cities, economics, geography, and systems of writing. Students will also analyze interactions among the various cultures, emphasizing their enduring contributions and the link between contemporary and ancient worlds. Students will progress through the standards using a variety of strategies to expand their reading comprehension, writing, and analyzing skills. There will be several projects and activities throughout the year that will enhance the learning experiences related to each civilization.
6th - Science
Course Content & Sequence Text: Focus on Earth Science
We will be investigating areas of life science, engineering and technology, physical science and human impact as outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). NGSS span grades sixth through eighth. These were created by the Science Expert Panel of teachers and scientists with the overarching goal of improving science education in American schools to meet the needs of 21st century learners. The NGSS support performance expectations at each grade level and are aligned to the Common Core English and Math Standards. Students will investigate through patterns; structure and function; and system models across disciplines. Students will make connections and discoveries that will better prepare them as 21st Century Scientists. With that said, we will start off the year learning ways to think about science from the point of view of scientist. Thinking like a scientist is one of the most important things you will practice as you embark on your scientific journey this year. The course will cover organization of living things, earth systems, weather, organisms/populations and earth and human activity.