This week in social studies our students will be analyzing and evaluating selected cultures of Southwest Asia. During our tour students will learn about the cultures of six countries in Southwest Asia (Turkey, Syria, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Iran) through pictures, video and discussion while collecting data on four cultural elements (ethnic groups, languages, religions, and major cultural sites) for each country. Next week our students will conclude the tour with a writing assignment in which they compare and contrast the cultures of these countries.
This week our students will finish evaluating cultural characteristics of the United States as we prepare to focus on our primary sixth grade emphasis: other cultures around the world. A final assignment related to our own culture(s) will be due next Tuesday (Sept 30): Students have a handout entitled “Worksheet #2: Everyone Has a Culture – Everyone is Different” (attached below). They should carefully consider the nine questions presented and answer them in order to clearly represent their own personal culture as a final touchstone before we begin touring the rest of our world.
Most of our week will center on laying a geographic foundation for our first major unit: our studies of Southwest and Central Asia. The students will compose mental maps of the region and work together in class to analyze geographic materials to better understand the culture, resources and landforms that shape the region of Southwest and Central Asia. Blank physical and political maps are attached below for practice at home.
Wednesday, September 17 will be the 227th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution. This week in social studies the students will honor what is now known as Celebrate Freedom Week by analyzing and evaluating the role of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution in shaping our country. We will also continue to lay a foundation for our world studies this year by composing our own description of American culture.
Welcome to a new school year. I am so excited to have the opportunity to study and learn more about our world with another group of sixth graders! Now that our site is up and running let me take just a moment to introduce myself. My name is Blake Lindsey and I have been teaching sixth grade social studies at Mary Orr Intermediate since 2000. I earned BA, BS and MA degrees from Abilene Christian University in the areas of History and Exercise Science. My wife, Lianne, and I have a son, Andrew, who is in elementary school and a daughter, Amy, who can't wait to be in school just like her big brother. I share the magazine link at left simply because I know as a parent that many of you may wish to have a more complete picture of your student's social studies classroom.
This year in social studies we will travel through both time and place as we study the cultures, history and geography of our world. Through these studies we will develop an appreciation for the diversity of our planet and the role we play in creating a better future. Please check here often for updates and resources related to our studies and feel free to email anytime if you ever have any questions about our studies: BlakeLindsey@misdmail.org.