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Framing Strategies for Social Studies

In Mrs. Ridlehoover's and Mrs. Krodman's social studies class, we used a graphic organizer that frames information given in text format. Students were paired to read the section entitled Imperial Russia and decided with their partners which were the important details in the section. The assignment is to complete the framing strategy with the details from the reading.

Additionally, on Monday, you are to bring a pocket folder, the WebQuest contract and any information you print from the WebQuest listed on Mrs. Ridlehoover's blog.

posted on: October 12, 2006

Latin American PowerPoint Presentations

Sixth Grade Social Studies students recently presented their Latin American Culture Projects. Each student researched a Latin American region's culture. They did an awesome job with all components of the project.


Alexis begins her presentation on the culture of Mexico.


Here she gives more information.


Eric tells about the different languages spoken in South America.


The people of South America have varied cultures.


Eric tells about the foods of South America.


Courtney's presentation informed us about the culture of the Caribbean.


She shared about the religious cultures represented in the Caribbean.

posted on: March 23, 2006

Cultures of Latin America

Use these sites to help with your research.


Welcome to the Caribbean Culture

The Culture of Mexico

posted on: March 07, 2006

International Day

Friday at Mabry will be a time of celebrating our cultural roots. During Social Studies, students will view a video about cultural diversity. After the video, we will have an international tasting. Please bring in a snack that represents your cultural origins. Students always enjoy this treat. Last year, one student brought in Portuguese cupcakes that were delicious! Lunch will offer a variety of ethnic treats: egg rolls, fried chicken, and quesadillas. In the afternoon, we will be treated to a performance by Soweto Street Beat an African dance troupe. Thanks PTSA for making this performance possible. We are excited about International Day!

posted on: December 12, 2005

Have Baggage WIll Travel

Have Baggage Will Travel:
A Look at our Personal Journeys

· During the late 1800’s, as the United States became a world power, many immigrants arrived looking for work.
· New technology in the 1900’s brought a wave of movement to the west.

When our ancestors set out on their journeys across the ocean or across the country to make new lives, they could only take a few items with them. Some of these items might have been cherished photos, a special toy for a child, valuable jewelry or silver, or a special set of clothing.

Suppose you want to leave Marietta, Georgia, for opportunities in a new location. Which items in your life would you like to take with you? Your challenge is to pack a suitcase with things that you would want to have with you in your new life.
· Place the items in a suitcase.
o You may use an actual suitcase, or you can decorate a box as if it is a trunk. It should have a lid if you use a box.
· On an index card, write an explanation of why you included each item. In your explanation, you should include:
o What the item is
o Why you are packing it, its significance or importance
o How it will benefit you in your new location

How will you be graded? Download the rubric at the bottom of this post
· You must include at least 5 items
· Index cards must be included and have at least all the information requested above
· Effort and creativity

This assignment is due on December 2. Have a safe and fulfilling journey!

Download file

posted on: November 11, 2005

Thanks, Columbus

We have started our study of The United States and Canada. So far we have covered physical geography and are in the midst of climate and vegetation. We have utilized vocabulary concept maps, identified places on and colored maps of North America. Vocabulary cards completed by the students from their concept maps became individual vocabulary Bingo games.

Coming soon...two column notes.

posted on: October 06, 2005

Mind Mapping

No it's not what you think. We didn't open anybody's head and map their brains! Mind Mapping is a strategy used to put written information into a visual format for easy recall. Since today was "Study the Constitution Day" across Georgia, our class attempted to bring visual meaning to a complex subject. With an easily readable abridged version of the constitution, we first read each paragraph then highlighted important words. After some discussion, we decided how to represent the ideas presented in short phrases and/or pictures. Students were creative in their ideas drawing frames around pictures of men's heads to represent the "framers of the constitution". We made it through Article IV and will continue next week. What comes to your mind when you think of justice (fairness)? Students drew two children sharing a candy bar. Tranquility (calm)? Students drew a still lake with a duck. Liberty (freedom)? Students drew the American flag. Our final task will be to use the mind map to create an essay explaining the Constitution of the United States.

posted on: September 16, 2005

If at First You Don't Succeed...

Today we took a vocabulary test over the vocabulary for Section 2 of Chapter 2 in the Geography book. Well, as the title says, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." Tomorrow we will have another quiz over the words. Please study these definitions. Suggestions for studying can be found in a previous post about studying for spelling words. The same principles apply.

posted on: September 08, 2005

Getting Geography

Before someone can go anywhere, they must know where they are. Taking the social studies pre-test seemed a bit daunting to these new sixth graders. Reassuring them that they weren't supposed to know these things, seemed to help them somewhat. By Friday afternoon, they had in fact been exposed to at least two of the ideas that were on the pre-test.

Students received their textbooks and jumped right in. Concept mapping for geography vocabulary was introduced. Together, with my help, the class mapped the word geography finding its dictionary definition, citing ideas that are geography and ideas that are not (synonyms and antonyms,) writing a short scenario applying the meaning of the word, and drawing a picture to demonstrate their understanding.

This week, we will explore the five themes of geography.

posted on: August 14, 2005

The Scoop on Social Studies

Sixth grade social studies is instruction in learning as well as instruction in geography and history. Different types of note-taking strategies are taught as well as strategies for studying and writing. The year begins with a general study of the five themes of geography and pertinent concepts and vocabulary. Study then turns to North America and Canada, followed by Latin America. Europe and Russia round out the primary units of study. Generally, there is time for a fun unit on Australia to end the year.

posted on: August 09, 2005

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