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 27:  Friday, March 16, 2018

Students started Ch. 10 Sodbusters with the chapter comprehension and key terms.  They also began planning a Minnesota town.  Students will take a quiz Thursday or Friday next week.

End of Week 26:  Friday, March 9, 2018

Can you believe we had a snow day Monday?  This week we finished Ch. 9 The U.S. Dakota War with a review and test.  

End of Week 25:  Friday, March 2, 2018

Students quickly tackled Ch. 9 by completing the comprehension worksheet.  They also worked in groups to compare how the Dakota, traders, missionaries and settlers viewed different parts of the war.  Look for a test next week, Thursday, March 15.

End of Week 24:  Friday, February 23, 2018

Students took the Ch. 8 Civil War test and visited the seventh grade History Day projects.  We also started Ch. 9 U.S.-Dakota War.

End of Week 23:  Friday, February 16, 2018

Our focus this week has been on the key people involved in the Civil War and looking at the enrichment activities in the book.  Next week we will take a test over the chapter.

End of Week 22:  Friday, February 9, 2018

This week we focused on Minnesota's role in the Civil War.  Students took notes and completed a timeline of the war.  

End of Week 21:  Friday, February 2, 2018

Catholic Schools Week was so much fun!  We started Ch. 8 the Civil War with the chapter comprehension.  Next week, we will be learning more about Minnesota's role in this fight.

End of Week 20:  Friday, January 26, 2018

Tuesday was a snow day!  Can you believe it?  The rest of the week we learned about the changes in Minnesota as it entered statehood.  Students played Kahoot to review for the Ch. 7 test on Friday.  Next week, our school celebrates Catholic Schools Week.

End of Week 19:  Friday, January 19, 2018

Monday we remembered Martin Luther King Jr. and all he did for Americans.  Tuesday and Wednesday students spent time in groups planning what they would take to Minnesota, if they were moving here in the 1850s.  Thursday students presented their proposals.  Students had a pop quiz on Friday and then took notes over Ch. 7.  

End of Week 18:  Friday, January 12, 2018

Congratulations to our National Geographic Bee winners who will be competing with students from other classes during Catholic Schools Week.  We also started Ch. 7 Minnesota's Newcomers this week.  Next Monday is Martin Luther King Day.

End of Week 17:  Friday, January 5, 2018

Happy New Year!  Students finished and presented their Treaty Timelines to the class.  We learned how the state of Minnesota took shape geographically and the impact on the Dakota and Ojibwe people.  Friday we started the National Geographic Geography Bee!

End of Week 16: Wednesday, December 20, 2017

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  When we return we will finish Ch. 6 Land Changes Hands, the treaty project and start the National Geographic Bee.

End of Week 15:  Friday, December 15, 2017

Students are learning how Minnesota acquired it's boundaries through various treaties with the Dakota and Ojibwe.  Each student is responsible for a section of a timeline about the treaties.

End of Week 14: Friday, December 8, 2017

Students finished Ch. 5 The Fur Trade with a test and started Ch. 6 Land Changes Hands.  As we started this chapter, students learned about how American Indians and Americans differed in how they made agreements.  Students completed the chapter comprehension worksheet.

End of Week 13:  Friday, December 1, 2017

During this four day week, students participated in a fur trade simulation and followed up with a response writing.  On Friday, students completed a map assignment with locations of trading posts.  There will be a test next week.

End of Week 12:  Tuesday, November 21, 2017

In these two days students focused more on the fur trade with a special activity.  We also talked about Thanksgiving in Minnesota.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

End of Week 11:  Friday, November 17, 2017

This week students tried wild rice and real maple syrup in an effort to connect with Ojibwe culture.  Students completed Ch. 4 with an essay about Ojibwe life during the different seasons and started Ch. 5 The Fur Trade by completing the comprehension worksheet.  Students also went to chapel mass on Thursday.

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.