Welcome the the

2018-2019 School Year

We are having a WONDERFUL year!

January 8-11

Welcome back....Christmas Break was tooooo short, right?

We are taking our Benchmark Test (doesn't count...only for looking at growth) on Thursday

Our new unit of study is GOVERNMENT, more specifically Latin American Governments

December 17-19

TEST TUESDAY (See study guide under the Latin America tab at the top of this page)

November 26- November 30

We are starting a new unit over Latin America. Students will need to know certain political features and physical features of Latin America.







Gulf of Mexico, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Sierra Madres, Panama Canal, Andes Mountains, Amazon Rain forest, Amazon River, Atacama Desert,

November 12-16

DBQ (Document Based Question)...this will be a *test grade*

October 29-November 2th

We are continuing our lessons over the Rise of Nazism and the Cold War. There will be a TEST this Friday! Please check the EUROPE Tab at the top of my web page. There are PowerPoints that will help you study.

October 22-26

We are now learning about the following historical events:

Conflict and Change in Europe:

  • Aftermath of WW1
  • Rise of communism
  • Treaty of Versailles
  • Rise of Nazism
  • Holocaust
  • collapse of the Soviet Union
  • end of the Cold War

October 8-October 12

We finished our Project Based Learning Journals last week and will be starting new Economic concepts this week. I will try to give a quiz this week over the following terms:


  • literacy rate
  • standard of living
  • human capital
  • physical capital
  • GDP
  • GDP per capita
  • natural resources
  • entrepreneurship

October 1-4

This will be a short week but filled with TONS of information.

We are learning about the European Union and factors that influence growth.

September 24-28

This week, we are learning about Germany, UK, and Russia's economies. We will also analyze benefits and barriers of voluntary trade in Europe.

Words to know:

  • traditional
  • command
  • market





September 17--21

TEST this FRIDAY! Please use your Interactive Notebooks and study guide to help you!

September 10- September 14

QUIZ over political and physical features of Europe.

This link may help you study:

This week, we will study the environmental issues that face Europe.

Acid Rain=Germany

Air pollution=UK

Nuclear disaster=Ukraine


The quick video FOR GROUP ROTATIONS 9/6/2018:


September 4- September 7th

This week, our kids will be studying the PHYSICAL (rivers, mountains, plains, etc) and POLITICAL (countries) features of Europe.

Please check their Interactive Notebooks for maps and new vocabulary words.

August 27-August 31

We will be having a BIG TEST this Friday (August 31).

Our focus this week is the basics of ECONOMICS...please study your INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOKS!

August 20-August 24

This week, we will be discussing the basics of Government. Tuesday, we will be reading Wonder and Wednesday is the Hearing and Vision screening...

SOOOOO....we will be super busy all week!

Look over your interactive notebooks EVERY day!

August 13-17

Our first test will be THIS Friday. Please study everything in your interactive notebook. Know your continents and oceans, longitude and latitude as well as your directions!

August 7-10

We are learning Cardinal/Intermediate Directions this week. Next week, we will study the continents and oceans!


2017-2018 School Year



April 23-27 and April 30-May 4


April 9- April 13

Welcome Back! It was a wonderful Spring Break!

Our new unit of study is CANADA!

This week we are working our hearts out to get tons of grades in the grade book. The next 6 weeks will be flying by and we need as many grades as possible in the grade book! PLEASE express the importance of turning everything in these next few weeks!


March 26- March 30

Test Tuesday



March 19-23

We are reviewing ECONOMICS but adding new information, too! Be sure you know the different economics in Latin America, NAFTA, literacy rate, GDP, Standard of living, and trade barriers.


March 12-16th

We decided to combine the Government test with the Economics test! BUT....we may still give a quiz before the week is over :)

We are now studying the ECONOMICS of Latin America!


March 5-March 9th

Test will probably be March 9th (Friday). This will cover Latin American Government. We will start Economics after the test!

Please check your interactive notebooks for notes and foldables.


February 21-23

Welcome back from Winter Break!

We will have a test February 23rd over Latin American History! Check the Latin America tab at the top of this page to find the Study Guide and PowerPoints used!

We will begin studying Latin American Government next!

February 12-16

We are still studying Latin America!

Our test is scheduled for February 23rd

The Field Trip WAS AWESOME!

January 29-February 2

Tuesday is TEST day!

We will be moving on to Latin America's conflicts and changes (plus their cultural characteristics)

this site is cool...check it out: https://www.studystack.com/flashcard-1102226

January 22-26

This week we are working on a notecard project as well as the LOCATION, CLIMATE, NATURAL RESOURCES, and TRADE of Mexico, Brazil, and Cuba :)

January 16-19

Quiz over Physical and Political Features WEDNESDAY

Environmental issues of Latin America Thursday and Friday


Can you believe that half the school year is ALREADY over?!! We have studied Europe and Australia and are about to explore


January 9-12

Physical and Political Features of Latin America:

  • Amazon, Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, Pacific Ocean, Panama Canal, Andes Mountain, Sierra Madres, and Atacama Desert
  • Cuba, Mexico, Panama, Colombia, Chile, Brazil


December 11-15

Test this Friday! Study Guide answers are in the Australia section of this website.

November 27-December 1st

Australia! We will have a quiz on Wednesday over everything we have learned thus far. I have added items to the Australia top bar thing!

November 13-17

We are starting a new unit:


We will be learning about the physical features of Australia and it's history!


November 6-November 10th

We are almost FINISHED with Europe! YAAAAAAAY!

We will have a test on Friday. Students received the study guides on Monday. The ANSWER KEY is in the Government and Economics section at the top of this page.

October 30-November

Our focus this week will be the European Union and Specialization.

We will also continue our discussion on ECONOMICS and GOVERNMENT

October 23-27


We will have a TEST on Friday!

October 16-October 20

We are officially ending our unit over European History! We are ending with the Cold War on Tuesday.

Wednesday begins our next unit covering European Government, specifically comparing the governments of the U.K., Germany, and Russia.

October 10-October 13

This week we are learning about the Cold War. Students will be creating a Google Slide presentation on their Chromebooks and putting items inside their Interactive Notebooks. Please look over your I.N. every night. There may be a pop-quiz soon!

Dr. Spires VSU students will be here on Thursday to use the BREAK-OUT BOXES!!!!

September 25-29


We are finishing up our 'essay writing' DBQ~

The kids have a Study Guide to begin studying for the big test Friday.

September 18- 22

We are starting the document based question "How Did the Treaty of Versailles Help Cause World War II?"

Students will be writing an essay and learning how to use PRIMARY and SECONDARY documents and use them in their writing.

September 11-15 Hurricane Irma

Please finish the packet that was given out on Sept 8

September 5-8

We will have a quiz over Political and Physical Features of Europe on WEDNESDAY! We will also begin discussions concerning Environmental Issues, location, climate, and population distribution of Europe.

August 28-September 1

Test Wednesday over Government and Economics

We will start Europe after our test! We will begin with countries and physical features (rivers, mountain chains, etc).

Sample test question:

Sample: The United Kingdom Customs Service has found toxic lead-based paint in toys imported from a Chinese toy-making company. These toys are intended for sale in the United Kingdom. Exposure to the paint over a long period of time could be fatal to children under 6 years old.

What type of trade barrier would guarantee that no child in the United Kingdom would be exposed to the deadly lead-based paint?

Study Guide August 2017 ANSWERS

Which BEST describes the primary function of the North American Free Trade Agreement?

● Create rules and regulations

● Eliminate Tariffs

● Remove restrictions and custom barriers

Which is not a barrier of trade?

● investments

Which is a form of government in which all citizens are allowed to participate?

● Democracy

What is a government that is controlled by one supreme ruler such as an absolute monarch?

● Autocracy

Which economic system is primarily based on the roles and production of the culture’s ancestors?

● Traditional

In order to put pressure on the government of Cuba to change its ways, the United States has laws that forbid Americans from traveling to or trading with Cuba. These laws have been in effect for decades and have stopped billions of dollars in trade between the two countries.

The U.S. laws discussed in the box above are an example of which economic action?

● Embargo

In this type of democracy, the leader works with the legislature.

● Parliamentary

Mexico’s president is elected by the people. The regional governments (states) retain a degree of self-government and the powers of the central (national) government are restricted. Ultimate power rests with the voters who choose their government representatives. What type of government does Mexico have?

● Presidential

Which type of government is most likely to abolish all opposing political parties, the direct election of leaders, and free speech?

● Autocracy

What are 3 economic questions asked when studying the similarities of a traditional, command and market economy among nations of the world?

● What goods/services will be produced?

● How will goods/services be produced?

● Who will consume the goods/services?

When a country has a market economy, which of these statements correctly defines this system?

● Companies produce goods of their choice and consumers decide whether to buy the goods.

Which term best describes an economic system in which the people—not the government—own land, factories, and businesses?

● Market

Describe a market economy

● People control based on supply and demand

What is NAFTA?

● The North American Free Trade Agreement

What is a basic way citizens of a democratic nation can influence the government?

● Voting

Draw the economic continuum.

List the 5 themes of Geography




Human-Environment Interaction


What is half of a sphere?

· hemisphere

The Earth is divided into 4 hemispheres.

What are they?

Northern Hemisphere

Southern Hemisphere

Eastern Hemisphere

Western Hemisphere

Draw a compass rose showing the cardinal and intermediate directions.

Draw a globe identifying the Equator and the Prime Meridian and one latitudinal and one longitudinal line.

*Look over identifying Lat. & Long. on a map.

August 21-25

Monday 1/2 day for the Solar Eclipse

This week we will be touching on:

Government: Autocratic & Democratic

Economics: Traditional, Command, Market

Trade Barriers: tariffs, quotas, embargos

August 14-18

We are having a quiz over all items in our Interactive Notebooks!

Please look under the THEMES tab at the top of this webpage. You will find PowerPoints that will help you study.

Welcome to Mrs. Beth Baker's 6th grade website for Pine Grove Middle! You will find many important pieces of information here, including when we will have tests, study guide answers, Google Slides, websites to check out, etc.