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Sixth Grade Social Studies Lesson Plans

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6th Grade Social Studies Lesson Plans
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Chapter 1: "Ancient Hebrew Civilization"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
History of Judaism: Explain the origins of Judaism as the first religion based on the concept of one god. Analyze the significance of monotheism and the concept of moral laws for humanity. Discuss the Hebrew Bible as the source of the teachings and central beliefs of Judaism. Explain the role of beliefs such as the observance of law and the concepts of righteousness and justice. Discuss how the ideas of the Hebrews are reflected in the moral and ethical traditions of Western civilization. Yahweh and the Code of Morals nonscored 6179
Words to Live By nonscored 6180
Lesson Quiz: History of Judaism quiz
Chapter Test: Ancient Hebrew Civilization

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Chapter 2: "Early Civilizations of India"
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LA# Worksheet
Indus River Valley: Describe the physical setting and location of the river system that supported the ancient civilization of the Indus River Valley. Describe the significance of the Aryan invasions of the Indus civilization. A City in the Sand nonscored 6155
Mystery of the Buried Ruins nonscored 6157
Lesson Quiz: Indus River Valley quiz
From Brahmanism to Hinduism: Investigate the major beliefs and practices of Brahmanism in India and how they grew into Hinduism. The Long Life of Hinduism nonscored 6158
A Blending of Beliefs nonscored 6156
Lesson Quiz: From Brahmanism to Hinduism quiz
The Caste System: Investigate the social structure of the caste system. A Caste Life nonscored 6159
From Priests to Untouchables nonscored 6163
Lesson Quiz: The Caste System quiz
Buddhism in India: Summarize the life and moral teachings of Buddha. Describe how Buddhism spread in India, Ceylon, and Central Asia. Describe the growth of the Maurya Empire and Emperor Asoka''s political and moral achievements The Enlightened One nonscored 6165
The Story of Siddhartha nonscored 6160
Lesson Quiz: Buddhism in India quiz
Contributions of India: Identify important artistic and intellectual contributions of the civilizations of India, including Sanskrit literature (Bhagavad Gita), medicine, astronomy, and mathematics. The Gifts of India nonscored 6161
Lesson Quiz: Contributions of India quiz
Chapter Test: Early Civilizations of India

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Chapter 3: "Early Civilizations of China"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Emperor Shi Huangdi: Summarize the achievements of the emperor Shi Huangdi when unifying northern China under the Qin dynasty. The First Emperor nonscored 6164
Remembering the First Emperor nonscored 6167
Lesson Quiz: Emperor Shi Huangdi quiz
The Han Dynasty: Examine the contributions of the Han dynasty that led to the development and expansion of the empire. Explain the significance and location of the ''''silk roads'''' of the Han and Roman empires. The Han Dynasty nonscored 6168
Into the Hands of Han nonscored 6166
Lesson Quiz: The Han Dynasty quiz
The Tang Dynasty: Describe the reunification of China under the Tang dynasty. Examine the reasons for the spread of Buddhism in China, Korea, and Japan during Tang China. Describe the agricultural, technological, and commercial developments during the Tang and Sung periods. An Age of Achievement nonscored 6170
The Golden Dynasties nonscored 6173
Lesson Quiz: The Tang Dynasty quiz
Chinese Discoveries: Examine the historical influence of Chinese discoveries such as tea, the manufacture of paper, the compass, woodblock printing, and gunpowder. Reviewing China's Fabulous Treasures nonscored 6171
The Treasures of China nonscored 6169
Lesson Quiz: Chinese Discoveries quiz
Chapter Test: Early Civilizations of China

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Chapter 4: "Rome"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Rise of Rome: Describe the location and rise of the Roman Republic. Investigate the following mythical and historical figures: Aeneas, Romulus and Remus, Cincinnatus, Julius Caesar, and Cicero. The Rise of Rome nonscored 6141
Rome Rising nonscored 6142
Lesson Quiz: Rise of Rome quiz
Features of the Government: Explain significant features of the government of the Roman Republic: written constitution, tripartite government, checks and balances, and civic duty. The Roman Republic nonscored 6143
Reviewing the Roman Republic nonscored 6144
Lesson Quiz: Features of the Government quiz
Reasons for the Growth: Describe the political and geographic reasons for the growth of the Roman territories and empire, including the use of currency and trade routes. Describe the roles of Julius Caesar and Augustus Caesar in Rome's transition from republic to empire. Expanding the Empire nonscored 6145
The Great Roman Empire nonscored 6146
Lesson Quiz: Reasons for the Growth quiz
Jewish Migration: Describe the migration of Jews in the Mediterranean region and their conflicts with the Romans. Searching for a Home nonscored 6147
The Long Road Home nonscored 6150
Lesson Quiz: Jewish Migration quiz
Origins of Christianity: Summarize the origins of Christianity in Jewish prophecies, the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, and the contribution of St. Paul the Apostle to the spread of Christian beliefs. Early Christian History nonscored 6151
The Beginnings of Christianity nonscored 6148
Lesson Quiz: Origins of Christianity quiz
How Christianity Spread: Describe how Christianity spread in Europe and other Roman territories. Christianity and the Empire nonscored 6149
Christianity and Rome nonscored 6152
Lesson Quiz: How Christianity Spread quiz
Roman Legacy: Explain the legacy of Roman art and architecture, technology and science, literature, language, and law. The Legacy of Rome nonscored 6153
Pieces of the Past nonscored 6154
Lesson Quiz: Roman Legacy quiz
Chapter Test: Rome

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Chapter 5: "Civilizations of Islam"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
The Arabian Peninsula: Describe the climate and physical features of the Arabian Peninsula and its surroundings. All About Islam nonscored 6172
Reviewing Islam nonscored 6174
Lesson Quiz: The Arabian Peninsula quiz
Spread of Muslim Rule: Explain the spread of Muslim rule by military conquest and treaties. Discuss the blending of cultures in the civilization and the acceptance of Islam and Arabic. The Empire of Islam nonscored 6175
Looking Back on the Islamic Empire nonscored 6177
Lesson Quiz: Spread of Muslim Rule
Muslim Contributions: Identify the contributions that Muslim scholars made to later civilizations in science, geography, mathematics, philogosphy, medicine, art, and literature. A Thousand and One Arabian Gifts nonscored 6176
Did Aladdin Really Have a Magic Lamp? nonscored 6043
Lesson Quiz: Muslim Contributions quiz
Chapter Test: Civilizations of Islam

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Chapter 6: "African Civilization"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
West African Civilization: Locate the Niger River and the vegetation zones of forest, savanna, and desert. Relate these features to the trade in gold, salt, food, and slaves, as well as to the growth of the Ghananian and Malian empires. Traditional West African Civilization nonscored 6077
Reviewing Traditional West African Civilization nonscored 6080
Lesson Quiz: West African Civilization quiz
Effects of the Caravan Trade: Describe the caravan trade across the Sahara and its role in changing religious and cultural characteristics of West Africa. Reviewing the Caravan Trade nonscored 6081
Crossing the Sahara Desert nonscored 6078
Lesson Quiz: Effects of the Caravan Trade quiz
Written & Oral Traditions: Summarize the importance of written and oral traditions in African history and culture. African Storytelling nonscored 6079
Reviewing African Storytelling nonscored 6082
Lesson Quiz: Written & Oral Traditions quiz
Chapter Test: African Civilization

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Chapter 7: "Settling the Western U.S."
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LA# Worksheet
Development of the West: Describe the role of mining and the transcontinental railroad in the development of the West. Boomtowns and Blue Jeans nonscored 6001 alertanswerkey
Review Boomtown and Blue Jeans nonscored 6002
Lesson Quiz: Development of the West quiz
The Plains Indians: Identify the Native American nations that lived on the Great Plains. Describe the culture of the Plains Indians. The Horse and the Buffalo nonscored 6003
Reviewing the Horse and the Buffalo nonscored 6004
Lesson Quiz: The Plains Indians quiz
Settler & Native American Wars: Explain why wars broke out between settlers and Native Americans. Name the battles that took place on the plains. Describe how the government ended wars. Broken Promises nonscored 6005
Review Broken Promises nonscored 6006
Lesson Quiz: Settler & Native American Wars quiz
Life on the Plains: Describe how cattle ranching became a big business. Describe how farmers adapted to life on the plains. Boots and Saddles nonscored 6007
Along the Chisholm Trail nonscored 6008
Lesson Quiz: Life on the Plains quiz
Farming in the Late 1800's: Explain why farmers faced hard times in the late 1800s. Discuss how farmers organized to help themselves. My Home Is Called a "Soddie" nonscored 6009
Reviewing My Home is Called a "Soddie" nonscored 6010
Lesson Quiz: Farming in the Late 1800's quiz
Chapter Test:: Settling the Western U.S.

quiz Test
Chapter 8: "Industrial Revolution"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Importance of Railroads: Explain why railroads grew after the Civil War. Describe their impact. Railroads Change the Nation nonscored 6011
Reviewing Railroads nonscored 6012
Lesson Quiz: Importance of Railroads quiz
Steel & Big Business: Explain how steel became a big industry. Describe how business leaders helped build American industry. Explain why some people criticized big business. The Nation Industrializes nonscored 6013
Reviewing the Industrialization of the Nation nonscored 6014
Lesson Quiz: Steel & Big Business quiz
Inventions of the Time: Describe how the telephone was invented. Name the discoveries and inventions of Thomas Alva Edison. Explain how Henry Ford created a new way to make cars. Inventions Bringing Change to America nonscored 6015 alertanswerkey
Reviewing: Inventions Bring Changes to America nonscored 6016
Lesson Quiz: Inventions of the Time quiz
Work in the Factory: Describe how factory work changed in the 1880s. Describe how workers tried to improve their lives. Explain why violence broke out between workers and owners The Workers' Changing World nonscored 6017
Reviewing the Workers' Changing World nonscored 6018
Lesson Quiz: Work in the Factory quiz
Chapter Test: Industrial Revolution

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Chapter 9: "Immigration to America"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Coming to America: Explain why and how millions of people immigrated to America. Discuss how native-born Americans reacted to the newcomers. "Gold in the Streets" nonscored 6019 alertanswerkey
Reviewing Streets of Gold nonscored 6020
Lesson Quiz: Coming to America quiz
Growth of American Cities: Explain the growth of American cities. Identify the different populations that lived in the cities. Describe attempts at urban improvement. Back in the "Good Old Days" nonscored 6021
Reviewing Back to the "Good Old Days" nonscored 6022
Lesson Quiz: Growth of American Cities quiz
Changes in the Late 1800's: Describe how cities changed in the late 1800s. Name the sports that Americans enjoyed. Describe how music influenced American life. The Changing World of Cities nonscored 6023
Reviewing the Changing World of Cities nonscored 6024
Lesson Quiz: Changes in the Late 1800's quiz
Chapter Test: Immigration to America

quiz Test
Chapter 10: "United States 1877-1914"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Women Fight For Their Rights: Describe how women won the right to vote and gained other opportunities. Describe the role of women in bringing about Prohibition. Women Fight for Their Rights nonscored 6025 alertanswerkey
Women Fight for Their Rights—A Review nonscored 6026
Cast Your Vote nonscored 66952
Help Me Jane nonscored 66953
Lesson Quiz: Women Fight For Their Rights quiz
Presidents Roosevelt & Wilson: Describe how Theodore Roosevelt became president. Identify the reforms that Roosevelt supported. Discuss Woodrow Wilson's policies as president. Teddy Bear President nonscored 6027
Reviewing the Teddy Bear President nonscored 6029
Lesson Quiz: Presidents Roosevelt & Wilson quiz
Fighting for Equality: Describe how life for African Americans worsened in the 1890s. Discuss how African-American leaders fought discrimination. Identify the problems faced by African, Asian, Mexican, and Native Americans. We are Equal nonscored 66954
Fighting for Equaltiy—A Review nonscored 6030
Fighting for Equality nonscored 6028
Lesson Quiz: Fighting for Equality quiz
Chapter Test: United States 1877-1914

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Chapter 11: "The U.S. as a World Power"
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LA# Worksheet
Overseas Expansion: Explain why some Americans called for overseas expansion in the late 1800s. Describe how the United States gained Alaska. Explain how the United States increased its influence in the Pacific. American Expansion nonscored 6031
Reviewing American Expansion nonscored 6032
Lesson Quiz: Overseas Expansion quiz
The Spanish-American War: Explain the importance of Latin America to the United States. Identify the causes of the Spanish-American War, and explain why American opinion was divided regarding the peace treaty. The Spanish-American War nonscored 6033
Reviewing the Spanish-American War nonscored 6034
Lesson Quiz: The Spanish-American War quiz
The Panama Canal: Describe how the United States built the Panama Canal. "Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick" nonscored 6035 alertanswerkey
Reviewing "Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick" nonscored 6036
Lesson Quiz: The Panama Canal quiz
Invasion of Mexico in 1916: Discuss the policies of the United States toward Latin America. Explain why the United States invaded Mexico in 1916. The "Big Stick" in Latin America nonscored 6037
Reviewing U.S. "Big Stick" Policies in Latin America nonscored 6038
Lesson Quiz: Invasion of Mexico in 1916 quiz
Chapter Test:: The U.S. as a World Power

quiz Test
Chapter 12: "Investigate Your State"
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LA# Worksheet
Native American Artifacts: Describe Native American artifacts that have been found in your state, and write an essay describing these peoples' lives. Native American Artifacts nonscored 6125
Lesson Quiz: Native American Artifacts quiz
Native American Homes: Conduct research to determine which type or types of Native American homes were used in your state. Include a detailed description of each type. Native American Homes nonscored 6126 alertanswerkey
Native American Homes quiz
Your Major Officeholders: Identify your state's major officeholders, such as governor, lieutenant governor, state senators, and local representatives. Write your local representative a letter that expresses your views on a current local or state issue. Your Opinion Matters! nonscored 6127
Lesson Quiz: Your Major Officeholders quiz
Branches of Local Government: Create a chart depicting the branches of your local community government. Include the names of current officeholders. Local Government nonscored 6128
Lesson Quiz: Branches of Local Government quiz
Chapter Test: Investigate Your State

quiz Test
Chapter 13: "Characteristics of Your State"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
National & State Landmarks: Collect postcards and travel information depicting national and state landmarks in your state. Write to tourism boards, or research online sources, for information on the landmarks. Use this information to create your own travel brochure that encourages others to visit your favorite landmark. Landmarks in Your State nonscored 6130
Lesson Quiz: National & State Landmarks quiz
Major Industries: Investigate the major industries of your state. Explain how these industries may be related to the availability of natural resources. Identify key people who were instrumental in the formation of each industry. Put Your State on the Map! nonscored 6178
Lesson Quiz: Major Industries quiz
Chapter Test: Characteristics of Your State

quiz Test
Chapter 14: "Maps/Globes/Geographic Tools"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Advantages & Disadvantages: Identify the advantages and disadvantages of globes and maps. The Great Escape! nonscored 6039
Reviewing the Great Escape nonscored 6040
Lesson Quiz: Advantages & Disadvantages quiz
The Global Address System: Locate the North and South Poles in relationship to the Arctic and Antarctic Circles. What's Your Address? nonscored 6041
Reviewing What is My Address? nonscored 6042
Lesson Quiz: The Global Address System quiz
Weather Patterns: Examine weather patterns in relation to the formation of desert ecosystems of the Middle East. A Desert Adventure nonscored 6105 alertanswerkey
Reviewing a Desert Adventure nonscored 6106
Lesson Quiz: Weather Patterns quiz
Chapter Test: Maps/Globes/Geographic Tools

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Chapter 15: "Political Science"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Characteristics of Citizens: Describe a citizen as defined in the Constitution, and explain how Americans are citizens of both their state and the United States. Describe the three ways to become a citizen of the United States. Constitutional Citizenship nonscored 6086
Rights, Responsibilities, and Privileges nonscored 6083
Lesson Quiz: Characteristics of Citizens quiz
American Principles & Values: Identify values and principles Americans share, as set forth in such documents as the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. Explain why it is important to the guarantee of human rights that Americans understand and act on their shared political values and principles. Reviewing the Declaration and Constitution nonscored 6088
Let Freedom Ring! nonscored 6085
Lesson Quiz: American Principles & Values quiz
Private Life & Civic Life: Differentiate between private life and civic life. Create a plan for participating in civic life. Reviewing Private and Civic Life nonscored 6087
Private and Civic Life nonscored 6084
Lesson Quiz: Private Life & Civic Life quiz
Chapter Test: Political Science

quiz Test
Chapter 16: "U.S. Political System"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Political Party: Describe what a political party is and what it means to be a party member. Examine the functions performed by political parties, and explain how they are organized. What Is a Political Party? nonscored 6089
Reviewing Political Parties nonscored 6091
Lesson Quiz: Political Party quiz
Presidential Election: Explain how presidential candidates are selected. Summarize the presidential election from nominating conventions to general elections. Reviewing the Road to the Presidency nonscored 6092
Road to the Presidency! nonscored 6090
Lesson Quiz: Political Party quiz
Chapter Test: U.S. Political System

quiz Test
Chapter 17: "Economic System"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Influences on Income: Explain how physical geography, specialization, and trade influence the way people earn income. Explain how increased specialization and trade make countries wealthier yet more interdependent. Explain why international trade requires a system for exchanging money between and among nations. Talking about Trade nonscored 6096
Reviewing International Trade, Specialization, and Interdependence nonscored 6100
Lesson Quiz: Influences on Income quiz
Decisions in a Market Economy: Explain how economic decisions are made in a market economy by describing the relationships among economic factors (such as scarcity, choice, opportunity cost, money, goods and services, price, and supply and demand). Reviewing a Market Economy nonscored 6098
How a Market Economy Works nonscored 6094
Lesson Quiz: Decisions in a Market Economy quiz
Different Economic Systems: Describe different economic systems: traditional, command, and market. Compare how each system determines what will be produced, for whom, and how production will be accomplished. Traditional, Command, and Market Economies: What Are They? nonscored 6093
Reviewing World Economies nonscored 6097
Lesson Quiz: Different Economic Systems quiz
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Define gross domestic product (GDP). Compare and contrast the level and sources of GDP in countries of the Eastern world and the United States. Reviewing Gross Domestic Product nonscored 6099
Grasping the GDP nonscored 6095
Lesson Quiz: Gross Domestic Product (GDP) quiz
Chapter Test: Economic System

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