Mrs. Wolf
James Martin Middle School
6th Grade Social Studies

Welcome to 6th grade Social Studies. I’m your teacher, Mrs. Wolf. We’ll be together for the 2013-2014 school year. In this course, we’ll come together to help you learn to understand how and why events took place in world history and how we can apply those lesson to events that are occurring today. We will be studying time periods from the beginning of human kind to 1450.

Methods of Instruction
Students will be learning through a variety of different learning instructions. Focus will be placed on collaboration and student led efforts with teacher facilitation. Students will be investigating events that occurred in the past to understand the overall standard. They will then apply these patterns they find to real world topics of today and predict what might happen in the future based on what they had learned about the past.
We will integrate technology with the use of wireless internet, iPads, Chrome Books, computer lab time and in class computer stations. Lectures will be present with a variety of technology including PowerPoint/Prezi presentations, videos, Google Earth etc.
Focus will also be placed on literacy with a variety of reading and writing strategies and an emphasis on common core standards. Vocabulary instruction will take place daily in order to help the students absorb the material.

Material Covered

Our curriculum is thematic and covers concepts such as:

• Invasions
• Movement of people
• Technology
• How characteristics of a place affect peoples’ lives
• Scarcity of resources
• Development of government & law
• Citizenship
• Cultural expression
• Social structure
• Religion’s role in society

The areas of history we teach through these themes include early humanity, Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, ancient India, ancient China, Islamic civilization, Latin American civilization, African trading empires, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance.

Classroom Rules
1. Raise your hand to speak
2. Keep hands feet adn objects ot yourself.
3. Stay seated.
4. Use positive language when speaking to adults and peers.
5. Keep our classroom clean.

1. Warning (signal)
2. Warning (verbal)
3. Seat Change
4. Think Sheet (signed by parent)
5. Parent Contact
6. Possible referral

Plagiarism and cheating have no place in a community of scholars. Have the confidence in yourself to give your original best. This is all that is required of you.

Attendance and Make-Up Work
Upon students return (if work is not requested in advanced) students will have the same amount of days they were absent to make up any missed work. For example, if the student was absent on Monday, then he/she will have Tuesday to make up missed work and it will be due on Wednesday. If a student is absent for Monday and Tuesday, then he/she will have Wednesday and Thursday to complete the work and it will be due on Friday.
Any missed work can be found on my wiki ( as well as the asbent binder found in class.

Formal Assessments (common quizzes, tests, projects) - 65%
Informal Assessments (non-common quizzes, classwork, homework, warm ups, etc.) - 35%

Supplies Needed
4 Composition or Spiral (1 subject) Notebooks
Colored Pencils/Markers/Crayons
1 Folder with pockets
2 Glue Sticks

Recommended (but not necessary)
Pencil Sharpener
Pencil Pouch
Expo Marker (for writing on maps/desks)
Flash Drive

Classroom Wish List
Copy Paper
Loose Leaf Paper
Expo Markers
Hand Sanitizer
Pocket Folders
Composition or spiral Notebooks
Sandwich Bags (for holding students vocabulary words)
Index Cards
Glue Sticks
Colored Pencils/Markers/Crayons

How to Reach Me
See the information on the top of this syllabus. Please email if you have questions, I will get back to you ASAP, usually within 24 hours.