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.

Week ending Friday, May 19, 2017

After finishing Ch. 15 Boom to Bust, this week the sixth graders started learning about World War II and Minnesota's role to help the war effort.  We created a timeline of very key events and finished the chapter comprehension.  

Week ending Friday, April 28, 2017

The sixth graders started learning about World War I this week.  They completed Ch. 14 Chapter Comprehension, took notes and analyzed a World War I poster.  Friday is mid trimester.  

Week ending Friday, April 21, 2017

I hope everyone had a nice break and a Blessed Easter.  This week we learned about Ch. 13 The Common Good.  During this time period Minnesota enacted many Progressive reforms.  Students took notes, completed a worksheet and watched a video clip about the Great Hinckley Fire.  They had an essay quiz on Friday.  Monday we will start Ch. 14 World War I.

Week ending Friday, April 7, 2017

Students finished Ch. 11 and took a test this week.  We looked through and discussed many aspects of Ch. 12 Immigrants, Labor & Cites.  We summarized this chapter and worked on a group activity Friday.  

Week ending Friday, March 31, 2017

Seventh graders have learned quite a bit about lumberjacks, the flour milling business and iron mining this week.  Students have completed a recipe card for one of the industries, a journal entry for a miner or a lumberjack and reviewed key terms for the chapter.  Look for a test next week before Easter break.

Week ending Friday, March 24, 2017

This week we finished Ch. 10 Sodbusters by analyzing a political cartoon, watching a video clip on James J. Hill and finally a test on Thursday.  Friday we started Ch. 11 Flour, Lumber and Iron!

Week ending March 17, 2017

We've now entered third trimester!  Students are well into Ch. 10 Sodbusters with their "Creating a Town" assignment due on Friday.  We also graded their chapter comprehension assignment and took notes this week.  There will be a test Wednesday or Thursday next week.

Week ending March 10, 2017

After finishing the chapter, students created a storyboard assessment of the U.S.-Dakota War.  Toward the end of the week, we started Chapter 10 Sodbusters with the chapter comprehension and class discussion.  Friday marked the end of second trimester, so all missing work and test corrections were due.  

Week ending March 3, 2017

The sixth graders spent the beginning of this week presenting their projects on a Minnesota county.  Everyone did a fabulous job and our class now has some new places to visit.  Friday we focused on the different viewpoints of the U.S.-Dakota War.

Week ending Friday, February 24, 2017

Students have completed their chapter comprehension worksheet for Ch. 9 and visited the 7th grade History Day exhibits this week.  Friday, students had their last project work day.  Students will present their projects on a Minnesota county on Monday, February 27. 

Week ending Friday, February 17, 2017

Students finished their Civil War unit and started Ch. 9 U.S.-Dakota War.  Thursday students had a work day for their Minnesota County project which is due Monday, February 27.  

Week ending Friday, February 10, 2017

This week students wrapped up Ch. 8 Minnesota in the Civil War by completing their timeline, taking notes and working as a group to analyze some Civil War paintings.  There will be a test Tuesday, February 14.

Week ending Friday, February 3, 2017

Happy Catholic Schools Week!  We kicked off the week in social studies with Meghan and Kathryn as the 6th grade representatives in the Geography Bee.  Later in the week students continued our study of Minnesota in the Civil War with a video about Minnesota regiments, their chapter comprehension and some notes.  Students spent Thursday and Friday working on their timeline.

Week ending Friday, January 27, 2017

Today is mid trimester and this is a good time for students to reflect on their success.  In class this week students took the Ch. 8 test on Tuesday and we started learning about Minnesota's role in the Civil War.  All students looked up at least 3 soldiers on Minnesota's First Infantry and shared their story with the class.  In addition to learning about the Civil War all students should be working on their Minnesota County project due in February.  Next week we will have chapel mass.

Week ending Friday, January 20, 2017

Students wrapped up the week reviewing the process of becoming a state and settling in Minnesota.  Students worked in groups to pack for the long journey to the new state called Minnesota!  There will be a test on Tuesday of next week.

Week ending Friday, January 13, 2017

We started Ch. 7 Minnesota's Newcomers.  We discussed why people came to Minnesota and completed the chapter comprehension.  Students have also started their project on a county in Minnesota.  They had a couple of work days in class and now all work will be completed at home.  

Week ending Friday, January 6, 2017

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a wonderful break.  This week students participated in the National Geographic Geography Bee.  Meghan and Kathryn will be the sixth graders participating in the finals. 

Week ending Friday, December 16, 2016

Students finished Ch. 5  with a test on Tuesday and then we started Ch. 6 Land Changes Hands.  We will be learning about the treaties the Dakota and Ojibwe signed with the U.S. government officials to create modern day Minnesota.  Students will learn the realities of these treaties and how many of the details were altered.


Week ending Friday, November 18, 2016

Students started Ch. 5 The Fur Trade this week.  We completed the chapter comprehension and geared up for the trade activity on Friday.  Students had to decide what trade items would bring the best pelts.  We will find out who is the best trader! 

Week ending Friday, November 11, 2016

This week we reviewed and took a test over Ch. 3 and Ch. 4 about the Dakota and Ojibwe people.  After the Veterans Day program students wrote a letter to the new president.  

Week ending Friday, November 4, 2016

Our focus this week was how Ojibwe life changes with the seasons.  We had an opportunity to compare pure maple syrup with other types of maple syrup.  Finally students compared the Ojibwe and Dakota cultures.  There will be a test next Tuesday.

Week ending Friday, October 28, 2016

This week we started Ch. 4 Early Ojibwe.  We completed the chapter comprehension worksheet and added the vocabulary to our notes.  At lunch, students had an opportunity to sample wild rice.  

Week ending Friday, October 14, 2016

We are learning about the Dakota and their culture with special emphasis on their values.  Students completed the Chapter Comprehension worksheet, took notes and performed vocabulary skits.

Week ending Friday, October 7, 2016

After learning about the changes in Minnesota's landscape thousands of years ago and the earliest people in the area, students played Kahoot on Wednesday and took a test on Thursday.  Friday we cleaned out folders and started Ch. 3 about the Dakota.

Week ending Friday, September 30, 2016

Chromebook's were the highlight of this week!  Monday students took their school pictures and with the remaining time we worked on their Chapter 2 Comprehension and completed it on Tuesday.  Wednesday our time was devoted to checking out their Chromebooks and Google Drive.  We also took notes this week on Minnesota's earliest people. 

Week Ending Friday, September 24, 2016

This week we finished Ch. 1 and took a quiz about the differences between primary and secondary sources. We also started Ch. 2 learning about the earliest people to live in the Minnesota area.   Students also attended chapel mass on Tuesday and took a reading portion of their NWEA test during class.

Week Ending Friday, September 16, 2016

The 6th graders are really getting into a routine now.  We are rolling!  This week they've had their first assignment, taken notes and completed a mini project about being a Minnesotan.

Week Ending Friday, September 9, 2016

Welcome 6th graders!  We're off to a great start this year.  This was spent getting to know each other and reviewing syllabus.  We had time to even play a game.  



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.