6th Grade Social Studies


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Welcome to Minnesota Studies

Mrs. Koch's class 




Sixth graders learn about Minnesota history, geography and culture in social studies.  The textbook is Northern Lights Stories of Minnesota's Past, published by the Minnesota Historical Society.


End of Week 18:  Friday, January 11, 2019

The sixth graders began learning about European Americans settling in Minnesota territory and then eventually the newly created state in 1858.  By reading about St. Paul's first public school teacher, Harriet Bishop and Hans Mattson, a new settler near Red Wing, students learned how Minnesota's population exploded and the struggles with settlement.

End of Week 17:  Friday, January 4, 2019

Happy New Year!  This week students participated in the National Geographic Geography Bee.  Congratulations to Charlie M. and Karenna M. who will be the 6th grade finalists to compete in the all school bee. 

End of Week 16:  Friday, December 21, 2018

Students worked in group to learn about the main treaties used to acquire land for the state of Minnesota.  We took time to celebrate with Christmas songs with a Minnesota twist.

End of Week 15:  Friday, December 14, 2018

We continued this week with a quiz over Ch. 6 Land Changes Hands.

End of Week 14:  Friday, December 7, 2018

This week we started a new chapter, "Land Changes Hands".  Students investigated the different perspectives of Native Americans and new settlers in Minnesota in regards to land, resources and money.  

End of Week 13:  Friday, November 30, 2018

The sixth graders completed a fur trade activity in the lunchroom this week and read the chapter investigation.  There will be a test on Monday.

End of Week 12:  Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Students continued to work on the fur trade post.  On Tuesday we joined the second graders to make a wigwam.

End of Week 11:  Friday, November 16, 2018

This week students started Ch. 5 The Fur Trade.  Students completed a chapter comprehension and learned jobs of the fur trade along with what makes a trade effective.

End of Week 10:  Friday, November 9, 2018

Students continued to learn about the Ojibwe culture by tasting real maple syrup and wild rice.  Students composed an essay about the seasonal activities of the Ojibwe people.  They also learned about Snow Snake.

End of Week 9:  Friday, November 2, 2018

Sixth graders focused on the Ojibwe culture and activities in each season.

End of Week 8:  Friday, October 26, 2018

Students finished Ch. 3 Early Dakota and started Ch. 4 Early Ojibwe this week.

End of Week 7:  Tuesday, October 16, 2018

This was a short week due to conferences and a fall break.  Students shared their story and read the investigation at the end of the chapter.

End of Week 6:  Friday, October 12, 2018

Students started their first social studies project by choosing one of their own family stories and telling it to the class.  The idea is to teach a lesson to the class using oral history just as the Dakota did hundreds of years ago.

End of Week 5, Friday, October 5, 2018

Students finished Ch. 2 with a test on Wednesday.  Now we are learning about the Dakota people and their culture.

End of Week 4, Friday, September 28, 2018

We continued our study of Ch. 2 this week by learning about the changes in Minnesota's landscape.

End of Week 3, Friday, September 21, 2018

Students finished Ch. 1 and took a quiz this week.  We started Ch. 2 and compared the "glyphs" in our school with the petroglyphs near Jeffers, Minnesota.

End of Week 2, Friday, September 14, 2018

Students started applying the different aspects of social studies:  economics, history, civics and geography to Minnesota.  We also bookmarked sites in their Chromebooks.

End of Week 1, Friday, September 7, 2018

Welcome back!  This week we established routine, got to know each other and looked through our text books!  We are off to a great start.



The Minnesota Historical Society is offering free MN History Passes for all sixth graders.  This means students that complete the necessary forms will receive free entrance to state historical sites.  This does not apply to field trips or to families.  I think it is wonderful and I've attached the link http://education.mnhs.org/6th-grade-minnesota-history-pass.