Unit 1

This unit is designed to introduce students to the eight themes that will feature prominently in Sixth Grade Social Studies. Activities will focus on relating culture; conflict and change; gain from trade; governance; human environmental interaction; location; movement/migration; production, distribution, consumption; scarcity; and time, change, continuity, to students. By the end of the unit, students should demonstrate that they are comfortable with the enduring understandings and can apply them to practical, everyday situations.

Week of August 5th, 2019 - August 9th, 2019

This week we will focus on the overview/ introduction of the eight themes and then look in-depth at the themes of : conflict and change, location, and migration / movement. Scholars will be asked the following questions throughout this week:

  • What are the different Social Studies themes and why are they important?
  • How do I experience the connecting themes at school and in my community?
  • How does conflict lead to change within societies?
  • How does location affect a society?
  • How are societies affected by the movement or migration of people and ideas?

Week of August 12th, 2019 - August 16, 2019

  • This week we will complete our Unit on the enduring understanding of Social Studies.

We will cover: culture; production, distribution, consumption; scarcity; Human Environmental

Interactions; gain from trade; governance; and time, change, continuity. Scholars will be asked to answer the following questions throughout this week:

  • How does society reflect diverse cultures?
  • How do one’s beliefs shape a society?
  • Why do people trade?
  • How do trade barriers impact a country?
  • How does scarcity impact our choices?
  • What is the cost of making choices?
  • How can progress cause problems?
  • How does one gain from trade?
  • Why should countries trade?

This is the last week of our first Unit so a summative or "final" for the Unit will be assigned on Friday. Students will be tasked with creating a "What is Social Studies" poster. A Rubric for the assignment will be sent home this week, with the summative due tentatively on August 19th.

Unit 1 Final Project Rubric.



Introduction to the "Essential Understandings of Social Studies". We will open the unit by going over each of the eight understandings in broad terms and will then focus in on a different understanding each day for the remainder of Unit 1.


Change and Conflict


Movement and Migration: