Dear Student and Family,
Welcome to 6th grade social studies! We have an exciting year of social studies learning in store for us. In order to help you prepare for this undertaking, I have written the following guidelines for a successful year.
1. Materials Needed: You will need the following materials every day unless otherwise noted:
2. Grading Breakdown: Each quarter, you will be graded on the following percentages:
3. Respect Policy: All students are expected to treat their teachers, classmates, and themselves respectfully in every sense of the word.
No bullying of any kind will be tolerated.
Each student will listen to, and respect the opinions of other students.
No one willinterrupt a classmate while he or she is speaking.
4. Preparation: All students are expected to be prepared for class each day. This means coming to class with your notebook, textbook (as needed), as well as pencils or pens. This also applies to complete homework and being ready to participate in the day’s activity.
5. Homework: Students are required to copy the posted homework into their agenda notebooks as it is assigned four times per week. Homework will be handed in at the beginning of every class period on the following day, unless otherwise stated. Late work is accepted for a short time with the loss of 10 points each day that it is not handed in. You have up to SEVEN school days in which to turn in any assignment. After that it will not be counted. In case of excused absences, however, homework is due the day following your return to school. When in doubt about the homework assignment, check the assignment area of my white board or call a reliable classmate. If you have a legitimate reason for not completing an assignment (family visit, holiday, etc) you should bring a note from home.
6. Contact Info: Please feel free to get in touch with me outside of school if you have any questions. I check my email often at home, and will try to get back to you within 24 hours on a weeknight and 48 hours on a weekend.
Twitter: This year I will be using twitter in my classroom to continue communication with students and parents/guardians. Using this tool, I will provide information on projects, on-going events in class, and other exciting 6th grade activities. I will attempt to take a picture of the homework for students each day, however I will insist that students write down their homework in their assignment notepads each day.
Our social studies class will be studying the History of Our World. We will focus mainly on four major ancient civilizations including the Fertile Crescent (ancient Mesopotamia), ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, and ancient Rome.
One of the first topics that we will study is prehistory--the period of time before people recorded events in writing. As you go through your daily activities, look for opportunities to “piece together” history with your child.
Our social studies class will also be taking a closer look at the geography of the civilizations we are studying. We will study how geography affected the ways civilizations developed. The next time you travel through your community, discuss with your child how physical geography can impact how a town or city develops.
Message to Parents/Guardians
In the weeks ahead, your child may be talking about projects and activities assigned in social studies. Please taketime to support your child’s learning through discussion and involvement. I hope you will enjoy sharing in this exciting educational journey with your student. Please encourage your child to study hard and reach their academic goals.