Mr. Alajoki's Page

Welcome to 6th and 8th grade Social Studies!
To see the latest news and homework from our class click on the Newsletter link!
To see what is going on and when homework was assigned click on the calendar!
In the File Cabinet you can find older links that were already done!
Please check assignment notebooks nightly!
Below you will find important information about class.

Free Time Activities

Natural Wonders Quiz

Take the quiz to test your skills.

Google Earth Natural Wonders Quiz

History Games

Choose from a list of history games by mr.donn.

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Free Rice

Answer quiz questions and donate rice to a third world country

Smarty Pins

Practice your drawing skills with this fun art board.

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Geo Guesser

How good are your geographic skills? Take the geo guesser challenge. Play by yourself or with a friend.

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A Google a Day

Test out your Google search abilities with this challenging game. The faster you answer the question, the more points you earn.

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Typing Practice

Being able to type effectively is an essential life skill. Just a few minutes of practice a day can make a big difference! Each of these websites has lessons and games. Try them all!

History Channel Quiz

The Ultimate History Quiz features thousands of questions about American and global history trivia. Play now to challenge your friends, and see how you stack up to the competition.

National Geographic Kids

Multiple games about numerous geography and history topics.  Explore, play and learn.

A website  that aims to encourage people, particularly school students in the United States, to learn computer science.


Play thousands of free online trivia quiz games. There is a fun quiz about virtually every topic imaginable: Geography, History, Sports, Music, TV and more!


Social Studies Department Grading Scale
Tests and Assessments = 70%
Classwork and Homework =30%
District Grading Scale
A- 92-100
B- 83-91
C- 77-82
D- 65-73
F- 0-64

Social Studies Routines

  • Warrior notes in notebook (notebook check every 2 weeks)

  • Projects (1 every unit)

  • Homework 2-3 times a week

  • Pre-tests before each unit

  • Quizzes during each unit

  • Assessments at the end of each unit

  • Classwork everyday (songs, debates, readers theater, essays, primary and secondary sources, court cases, etc...)

  • Supplemental books weekly

  • CNN Student news

  • Current events magazines

  • Class Blog

  • Partner and group work

6th Grade Social Studies Topics

  • Covers 62,017 years of time approximately

  • Inquiry Based Learning Projects

  • Geography

  • Current Events

  • Early man

  • Culture

  • Mesopotamia

  • Egypt

  • China

  • Ghost Towns

  • India

  • Persia

  • Meso-America

  • Greece

  • Rome

  • Barbarians

  • Medieval Times

  • Renaissance

8th Grade Social Studies Topics

  • Covers everything from 1861 to present day

  • U.S. Constitution Test

  • U.S. Government

  • Current Events

  • Post Civil War

  • Abolishing Slavery

  • Reconstruction

  • Western Frontier

  • Industry

  • Urbanization

  • Immigration

  • Culture

  • Westward Expansion

  • Manifest Destiny

  • Imperialism

  • Expansionism

  • World War I

  • Roaring 20’s

  • The Great Depression

  • World War II

  • Korean War

  • 50’s and 60’s

  • Cuban Missile Crisis

  • Civil Rights

  • Korean War

  • Vietnam Era

  • Cold War

  • War on Terrorism

  • Technological Age

  • Global Society