Social Studies Assignments

I will try to keep assignments organized by showing concepts and assignments in bold.
Concepts that they need to know will have bullet points (the big circle there) next to them. Your child needs to know these things.
Assignments will have an *asterisk (the little star there) next to them with a due date attached as well.
Check means that you should check with your kid to see if they know it!



1st Quarter

Our first few weeks are a review of maps in general and introduction of these four map reading and making skills.

•The Cardinal directions {North, South, East & West}
Using a key or legend to understand the symbols on a map
Using the scale on a map to know how far things are apart in real life.
Understand what Latitude and Longitude are and why we use them.

for practice with lots of these concepts click here.

Check with your kid to see if they can explain all of these things if not, they might need a little help after school or at home. 

Next we will be learning the 7 Continents and 5 Oceans. 

For a drag and drop game click here.
Drag and Drop Continents and Oceans.

Check to see that they can name all of the continents and oceans on any map. The game above should be a good indicator of how well they know them. 

* Make your own Continent *due 9/11/15
Students will create their own continent with landforms listed below. Students should name each of the landforms on their map. (misty mountains, pernicious peninsula, etc...).  
They will need a legend with at least 6 items, a compass rose, and a title for their map.

Here are the landforms that they will need on their map. 
Delta 
Desert 
Mountains
Peninsula
Coast
Bay
Rivers
Strait
Isthmus


* Map Unit Final  9/18/15
This will be over these 4 key map skills and will also include knowing the 5 Oceans and 7 Continents
•The Cardinal directions {North, South, East & West}
•Using a key or legend to understand the symbols on a map
•Using the scale on a map to know how far things are apart in real life.
•Understand what Latitude and Longitude are and why we use them.
knowing the 5 Oceans and 7 Continents




How we study History
The next unit we are studying is early humans and Prehistory.

Check with your kid to see if they can explain what prehistory is and how we can study it. 
Here is a quick guide
Prehistory - Time before humans began writing.
Archaeology - The study of the past through artifacts and fossils.
Fossil - A plant or animal preserved in stone
Artifact - An object made by humans, usually from the past. 
Oral Tradition - A story passed on by mouth from generation to generation. 

* Teach an adult Foldable *due 10/02/15
Students created a foldable with four vocabulary words on it. They need to teach it to someone over 18 and return it with the adults signature. The four words are Prehistory, Fossil, Artifact, and Oral Tradition. 



Hunter Gatherers to Early Farming
We study the early hunter gatherers 

 

* Hunter Gatherer Project * due 10/9/15

Students have the choice of creating a drawing, story, or, model to show their understanding of the lives of early hunter gatherers. This will be graded on the rubric (grading guide) below. All projects will receive two grades based on the blue highlighted section which checks their facts and on their specific type of project. Anything less than a 3 will need to be redone.

Just a reminder, students are welcome to check out a book any time.

5

4

3

1

Your Project has at least 4 items from technology, jobs and food. It also shows their group size and accurate houses.

Your Project has at least 3 items from technology, jobs and food. It also shows their group size and accurate houses.

Your Project has at least 2 items from technology, jobs and food. It also shows their group size and accurate houses.

Your Project has less than 2 items in technology, jobs and food. Missing one or more of the five categories

Your Drawing is fully colored, has no stick figures and shows careful planning.        Full Page

Your drawing has no stick figures and shows

careful planning.

       Full Page

Your drawing has no stick figures but doesn’t show planning.

       Full Page

Your drawing includes stick figures and was rushed or is a first draft.

Your writing has very few errors and the story or journal shows careful planning. It is typed or written in ink.

        3 or more ¶

Your writing has a few errors and the story or journal shows careful planning.


         3 or more ¶

Your writing has quite a few errors and the story or journal does not show careful planning

         3 or more ¶

Your writing has quite a few errors and is probably a first draft.

Your model is clear to others without a lot of explanation. It shows careful planning and understanding of Hunter Gatherers     

Your model needs a bit of explanation for others to understand. It shows careful planning and understanding of Hunter Gatherers

Your model needs quite a bit of explanation for others to understand. It does not show careful planning or understanding of Hunter Gatherers

Your model is confusing without quite a bit of explanation and your model is missing several elements.



Check with your kid to see if they can tell how farming changed how humans lived. Have them explain domestication and how that gave them a lot more food. They should identify that surplus lead to people having extra time to invent, create, and learn new things. 
They should also know these words:
Domestication - Taming something wild to make it more useful to humans. i.e. Taming wild sheep. 
Surplus - Having extra, or more than you need.
Technology - A tool, machine, or method that makes life easier.



Mesopotamia 
We start to see the beginnings of civilization here in Mesopotamia. The different cultures that lived here were among the first to invent irrigation, government, writing and the idea of an empire.

We will be lightly touching on several of the people who had control of the area at one time or another. Specifically the Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians and Assyrians.


Check with your kid to see if they have completed their map of Mesopotamia. They were given time in class to complete the map. Here is a link to print out the map. Below are the instructions for the map and an online map as well. 



Online Map to help find and put in all of the items above. 
*Students will need to know where all of these things are on a blank map of Mesopotamia


* Hammurabi's Code * due 10/26/15
Students need to rewrite examples of Lone Star's 4 R's as Hammurabi would have written them. Here is a link to the slides that have his laws. 
They need 1 law each for Readiness, Respect, Relationships, and Responsibility. 





 




Hunter Gatherers to Early Farming
We study the early hunter gatherers 



Hunter Gatherers to Early Farming
We study the early hunter gatherers