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Old 08-13-2008, 06:28 PM
 
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I'm curious....
Please post your state and your social studies curriculum. I'm interested to see how much we differ across the U.S. I teach in Virginia and cover U.S. History from 1877 to the present. (Not all districts in VA teach this in 6th grade, though.)


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In Indiana sixth grade covers Ancient America (Aztec, Maya, Inca), Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, and the Middle Ages. However, the standards have recently been revised and this is the year we pick new textbooks. I think our curriculum will be changing for 2009-2010. Still those four areas, but will include more modern stuff as well.
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Old 08-13-2008, 07:29 PM
 
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we teach Ancient Civilizations (Early Man, Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient India, Ancient China, Ancient Americas, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome) through Middle Ages. It's hard to get through.

My class doesn't do much with Ancient Americas because there's only one standard that deals with that. We spend the most time on Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Middle Ages - since that's what is covered in most of the standards.
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Old 08-13-2008, 09:26 PM
 
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Our sixth graders study the Western Hemisphere.
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Old 08-13-2008, 09:52 PM
 
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In CA our curriculum is Ancient Civilizations. We start with Early Man, then Kush, Egypt, Nubia, India, China, Greece, Rome, Aztecs, Olmecs, Inca.
This is all I remember so far, and they are in not in exact order.


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Old 08-14-2008, 03:19 AM
 
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In maine we teach different things depending on the district. Mainly though most schools and sitricts teach ancient world history. This is my first year in 6th grade. I have a degree in US History so I am a little worrited about this year...but I know I will survive.
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Old 08-14-2008, 03:19 AM
 
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In Massachusetts, our sixth graders study World Geography. We are responsible for all of the continents except North America.
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West Virginia's is World Regions, which focuses on North America, South America, Western Europe & the Middle East --- from their earliest civilizations through basically present times.
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I'm not a Social Studies teacher (I teach ELA), but I know that in Ohio we teach the Ancient Civilizations to the Middle Ages.
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we do world social studies...each continent's major countries, their histories, and their current lifestyle and government.


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We teach ancient civilizations along with world religions. It is very hard to get completely through. I am going to try teaching civilizations with Interact simulations.
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Old 08-14-2008, 01:58 PM
 
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in Mississippi- Canada, Central America, South America. Everything from Spanish Exploration to modern Day.
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In NC we study South America and Europe, including Russia. Examining the social, economic, and political institutions. They analyze similarities and differences among societies. The primary discipline is geography, especially cultural geography
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not following the standards
Old 08-15-2008, 07:57 PM
 
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Instead of following the standards, because the kids aren't tested on it, our History teacher uses the curriculum called History Alive. He focuses on Mesopotamia, Ancient Greece, Ancient China, Ancient Egypt, and India.
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In my district, 6th grade Social Studies is USA Geography & map skills and then US History - post Revolutionary War up to the Civil War & Reconstruction. The curriculum was rewritten to conform to the Grade 8 Social Studies standards set by the state.
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Old 08-18-2008, 06:38 PM
 
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In Osseo district, northwest of the Twin Cities, Minnesota, we are JUST starting US HISTORY from Reconstruction to Today!!
We had done ancient civilizations for years...Now they have changed.
I am excited but of course with new curriculum, there is more time required to plan, prepare, etc.
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Old 08-21-2008, 11:38 PM
 
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In Alaska (specifically Anchorage) we teach Age of Industrialization through the Decades.
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I am also in Maine.
Old 08-22-2008, 03:48 AM
 
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The past few years 5th grade has been responsible for teaching the beginning of US History, Colonization, through the Civil War. In 6th grade we pick it up with Reconstruction and go to present day.
We have had a group working on the curriculum so changes maybe coming soon.
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Old 08-22-2008, 03:05 PM
 
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Ancient civs, not including Ancient Greece and Rome. We moved those 2 to 7th grade and added Mayas, Aztecs, and Incas. And some map skills.
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Old 08-23-2008, 01:16 PM
 
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I teach Ancient Civilizations. Mesopotamia, Egypt, Rome, Greece, etc.
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Old 08-23-2008, 09:35 PM
 
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we also teach Ancient Civilizations in 6th grade in my district. But, the district I did my student teaching in did Canada and South America.
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Old 08-24-2008, 09:25 AM
 
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6th and 7th have a choice of Ancient Civilizations or Geography. In my district 6th grade does the cultures mentioned on the state curriculum, I also do geography as a daily warm-up. The 7th grade teacher spends most of his time on geography. He does a review of the cultures. Currently we are not tested in SS; however, we do continue to test the 7th grade using the formerly required state test.

I guess this is to protect us for the day that it is required again and we will have the data.
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Old 08-24-2008, 05:06 PM
 
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In Hanover, we teach United States History I (up to 1877). We teach 1877-present in 7th grade.
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Old 09-01-2008, 06:35 AM
 
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In NY I teach maps, deserts, mesopotamia and ALL of the ancient civilizations (greece, rome, egypt, china, india...) PLUS middle ages, world religions, industrialization, immigration, ww1, ww2, the holocaust
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Hi Mrs. Sparks, I teach in a catholic school in PA. Our 6th grade curriculum covers ancient civilizations: mesopotamia, egypt, india, china, greece, rome. This year I'm also including the middle ages and doing a medieval faire. I also teach 8th grade social studies and I cover the civil war to the present. It's tough to get through it all.
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Old 09-01-2008, 05:16 PM
 
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I teach the exact same curriculum here in Iowa as lostlady21. We do a little Geography at the beginning of the year and then work our way from the Stone Age to the Enlightenment
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I would like to hear how you like the simulations. I have been using them the past two years and like them, but you have to be very organized!
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