Sixth Grade
Common Core Social Studies

Updated as of 10-2013

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Historical Thinking

and Skills

  1. Events can be arranged in order of occurrence using the conventions of B.C. and A.D. or B.C.E. and C.E.

  1. PDF file covering History  Is that question B.C. or A.D.






Early Civilizations


2. Early civilizations (India, Egypt, China and Mesopotamia) with unique governments, economic systems, social structures, religions, technologies and agricultural practices and products flourished as a result of favorable geographic characteristics. The cultural practices and products of these early civilizations can be used to help understand the Eastern Hemisphere today

India  Resources

  1. The Story of India

  2.   Mr. Donn's India Resources

Egypt Resources

  1.   Egypt

  2.   Ancient Egypt

  3.   History

  4.  Explore Ancient Egypt

  5.  Achievements and Challenges of Ancient Egypt

  6. Ancient Egypt Interdisciplinary Lessons

  7. Mr. Donn's Ancient Egypt Resources

  8. Ancient Worlds Workshop - Egypt

  9. Pyramid Builders

  10. Egyptian Adventure map

  11. Tomb of Ramesses IV  360 tour

  12. Video Tour of Egypt

  13. Pyramids of Giza

  14. Pyramids & Temples of Egypt

China Resources

  1.   Ancient China Resources

  2.   China Unit Resources

  3.  Mr. Donn's Ancient China Resources

  4. Great China Wall   360 tour

 Mesopotamia Resources

  1.   Various Mesopotamia Lessons

  2.   University of Missouri Mesopotamia Resources

  3.   Geography of Mesopotamia (printable PDF)

  4.   Mr. Donn's Mesopotamia Resources

  5.  Mr. Dowling's Mesopotamia Sit

Videos on Egypt and China



Spatial Thinking and Skills

3. Globes and other geographic tools can be used to gather, process and report information about people, places and environments. Cartographers decide which information to include and how it is displayed.

4. Latitude and longitude can be used to identify absolute location.


1.      Mapmaking Guide (printable PDF)


2.      Mapmaking lesson


3.      The Global Grid System (printable PDF)


4.      Latitude and Longitude and Mapmaking (link also listed in 5th grade)


5.      Several Latitude and Longitude resources (link also listed in 5th grade) 


Places and Regions


5. Regions can be determined, classified and compared using various criteria (e.g., landform, climate, population, cultural, or economic).


1.      Where in the World Would You Like to Live?


2.      Regions of the United States: A Geographic Perspective


3.      Mr. Donn's Regions Resource Page


Human Systems


6. Variations among physical environments within the Eastern Hemisphere influence human activities. Human activities also alter the physical environment.


7. Political, environmental, social and economic factors cause people, products and ideas to move from place to place in the Eastern Hemisphere in the past and today.


8. Modern cultural practices and products show the influence of tradition and diffusion, including the impact of major world religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism).

1.      Geography of the Eastern Hemisphere Unit


2.      Physical Geography of the Eastern Hemisphere Review (printable PDF review document)



1.      Full Unit on Migration (printable PDF)


2.      History of Immigration Lesson - 1850-present


3.      Arab Immigration lesson



1.      World Religion lesson (printable pdf)


2.      World's Major Religions Webquest


3.      Mr. Donn's World Religion resources





Civic Participation and




9. Different perspectives on a topic can be obtained from a variety of historic and contemporary sources. Sources can be examined for accuracy.



1.      Engaging Students with Primary Sources (printable PDF lesson)


2.      Changing Perspectives lesson


3.      Washington Presidency (printable PDF lesson)



Roles and Systems of




10. Governments can be categorized as monarchies, theocracies, dictatorships or democracies, but categories may overlap and labels may not accurately represent how governments function. The extent of citizensí liberties and responsibilities varies according to limits on governmental authority.



1.      Lesson on Government Types (printable PDF lesson)


2.      Resource for Types of Governments


3.      Scholastic Resource on Types of Governments




Economic Decision Making and Skills

11. Economists compare data sets to draw conclusions about relationships among them.

12. The choices people make have both present and future consequences. The evaluation of choices is relative and may differ across individuals and societies.



1.      Supply and Demand Math Data lesson


2.      Interactive Supply and Demand Data site



1.      Staying Afloat Financially in the 21st Century


2.      You're Going to College


3.      Give and Take



13. The fundamental questions of economics include what to produce, how to produce and for whom to produce.

14. When regions and/or countries specialize, global trade occurs.


1.      What, How and For Whom to Produce?


2.      NOT Your Grandma's Lemonade Stand


1.      Why Nations Trade


2.      Globalization lesson



15. The interaction of supply and demand, influenced by competition, helps to determine price in a market. This interaction also determines the quantities of outputs produced and the quantities of inputs (human resources, natural resources and capital) used.


1.      Supply and Demand (printable PDF lesson)


2.      Its About Supply and Demand


3.      Fill'er Up


Financial Literacy

16. When selecting items to buy, individuals can compare the price and quality of available goods and services.


1.      Best Deal


2.      Sand Art Brownies