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History-Social Science in Sixth Grade

Parents - what your child is expected to learn in sixth grade

What You Need to Know: 

Sixth-grade history-social science focuses on the earliest human history through ancient times.  This grade level is a dramatic departure from students’ k-5 studies, which had focused on local, regional, and then national history.  Students in sixth-grade world history and geography learn globally and chronologically about the lives of the earliest humans, the development of tools, the foraging way of life, agriculture, and the emergence of civilizations.  The civilizations that sixth-grade students learn about are Mesopotamia, Egypt, ancient Israel, the Indus River valley, China, Mesoamerica, and the Mediterranean basin. As students learn about early human and ancient history, they focus on geography, environmental issues, political systems and power structures, citizenship, freedom, morality, and law.  Some of the questions that students in sixth grade consider are:

  • How did the environment influence human migration, ancient ways of life, and the development of societies?
  • How did the major religious and philosophical systems (Judaism, Greek thought, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism) support individuals, rulers, and societies?
  • How did societies interact with each other?

Between April and June:

Between April and June, sixth-grade students might:

  • Look through this set of sources about Ancient Hebrews (6.2).
  • Look through this set of sources about the impact that Greeks, Persia, and Egypt had upon the Romans (6.7).
  • Prepare a virtual presentation about the significance of ancient Egyptian artifacts housed at the British Museum.
  • Compare Athens and Sparta using educational materials from PBS.  Have your child create an infographic, virtual poster, or artistic representation to represent the comparison.

Lessons and Source Sets:

Ancient Hebrews (6th grade primary source set)
Mesopotamia, Kush, and Egypt (6th grade primary source set)
Religious Influences on the Roman Empire (6th grade primary source set)