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 10: Friday, November 10, 2017

Our focus this week has been Ojibwe life in each season.  Students worked in groups to complete art work representing how life activities change for the Ojibwe.

End of Week 9:  Friday, November 3, 2017

This week students started learning about the Ojibwe people.  We started our Ch. 4 Comprehension worksheet as well.

End of Week 8 Friday, October 27, 2017

Students finished learning about Ch. 3 Early Dakota and took a test on Friday.  Students did very well.  Next week sixth graders will share their family oral history stories on Thursday and Friday.

End of Week 7 Tuesday, October 17, 2017

This was a short week due to MEA break.  Students are continuing to learn about the role of oral history in Dakota life and their values.

End of Week 6 Friday, October 13, 2017

Students started Ch. 3 about the earliest Dakota people by completing the chapter comprehension worksheet and taking notes.  With a partner students acted out some of the important values in Dakota culture.

End of Week 5 Friday, October 6, 2017

This week students completed Ch. 2 Evidence from the Past by taking notes, reading about an archeology dig and playing Kahoot.  Students also had an opportunity for a group activity to review the changes in Minnesota's climate and geography.  They took a test on Friday.

End of Week 4 Friday, September 29, 2017

Students are in the middle of Ch. 2 and completed the Chapter 2 Comprehension worksheet.  We also took notes and discussed glyphs.  Look for a test at the end of this week or early next week.

End of Week 3 Friday, September 22, 2017

I enjoyed meeting parents at the Parent Information Night on Tuesday.  Thank you for all who could attend.  In class the focus of this week was learning the difference between primary and secondary sources.  With a partner students learned more about me by analyzing "artifacts" of my life.  Students also took a quiz and the results are in Educate.

End of Week 2 Friday, September 15, 2017

This week we reviewed the 9/11 tragedy and learned about Minnesota's Red Bull troops that helped fight terrorism.  The rest of the week we worked in groups to fill in a Minnesota map with examples economic, civic, geographic and historical terms related to Minnesota.  Students also took notes on some key terms.  Students really enjoyed the NET retreat on Wednesday.      

End of Week 1 Friday, September 8, 2017

The sixth graders are off to a great first year of middle school.  This week we went over the syllabus and class routines.  We completed a "Getting to Know You" assignment and received our textbooks.  It is going to be a great year.

Back to School

I hope everyone has had a great summer with lots of fun visiting some of Minnesota's great parks and other sites.  I look forward to seeing you and hearing about your summer.  Welcome to Middle School; it will be a great year! 

As far as school supplies for the 2017-2018 school year, students will need a notebook, colored pencils, part of an expandable folder, pens, scissors & glue.  



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.