History comes alive in my classroom, where my 6th graders explore a wide range of ancient civilizations. Students will spend the year participating in various lessons, including designing their own sarcophagus, exploring the mystery of King Tut, writing Greek myths, playing the Jewish game of Dreidel, learning about Aztec sacrifices, and discovering the fascination of medieval times, just to name a few!
This class will also read a variety of historical fiction novels that explore the civil rights movement (The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963) and the Holocaust (Number the Stars). Other 6th grade novels include Maniac Magee, Old Yeller, Tuck Everlasting, A Christmas Carol, A View from Saturday, and Where the Red Fern Grows. They also spend a lot of time working on geography and map skills. Our religion curriculum covers the life of Jesus, the Bible, and living our Catholic faith. They will participate in various service projects throughout the year.
- 5th grade social studies students spend the year learning about explorers to the Americas, the American colonies, the Revolutionary War and the beginnings of our country. States and capitals, as well as geography and map skills, are also a focus for this year.
- 7th grade social studies students will get a review of what they learned in 5th grade, but with much greater detail and information. They will spend a few months in the spring focusing on the birth of our country, our Constitution, and the early years leading up to the Civil War.
- In 8th grade religion, a lot of time is spent on what it means to follow Christ, especially focusing on the development of their personal faith before heading off to high school. They will also participate in a variety of service projects during the year. In the fall semester, a few days each week will be spent on honing geography skills, including map skills. They will complete an endangered animals project, and visit the geography/geology department at NWMSU. In the spring, those days will be spent reviewing economic terms and learning how to manage a checkbook.
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