Welcome to the 6th Grade and Social Studies

This year we will cover the first part of U. S. History up to 1865.  We start with Geography, cover the Pre-Columbian period in North America and the early part of U. S. History up through the end of the U. S. Civil War.

E-Mail: kirranjp@pwcs.edu

Understanding the past can help lead your way into the future.

UPDATE: Mar 13, 2020 - As of this date our class has completed the New Nation Unit (Obj 7) .   On Thu, Mar 12, 2020,   
 I handed out the next unit packet, Westward Expansion.  A copy of the Unit Plan and Study Guide was sent via School Messenger for review purposes.  No work was assigned from the new unit.

UPDATE: Mar 24, 2020 - I am currently using School Messenger to send out info and work students can complete to help their grade.  Please double check your e-mails to keep track of work.  Info I have sent out includes the ability to correct wamups on Obj 7a, 7b and 7c and an extra credit on-line assignment for the New Nation Test.  

UPDATE: Mar 27, 2020 - I am going to try and use ZOOM with students PRIOR to Spring Break.   Watch this video to understand how to get the ZOOM app and to be prepared to work in ZOOM.  

UPDATE: Apr 14, 2020
  All meeting and work will be posted on Microsoft Teams and sent out via School Messenger.  Students can access Teams from the “waffle” when they log on to their e-mail.  The name of our team is “GPMS-6th Grade (Mr Kirrane's Social Studies Team-All Classes)”   I am using Microsoft Teams because that technology will be supported next year, Zoom will not.

Office Hours for Social Studies are on Thursday from 8:30 – 10:00 and I will be on live from 8:30 – 9:30. There will be a Meeting in Microsoft Teams that students can join and talk with me or students can also send me an e-mail at any time.  I am available Mon- Fri, 8 am to 3 pm to answer questions.

Instruction Time for Social Studies are on Friday 12:00 – 1:30. A lesson will be posted on Friday and will also be sent via School Messenger.  The lesson will NOT be live but will be recorded so if students cannot log on at that time, it will still be available for them to view and work.  I will be available at that time to answer any questions after students have viewed the lesson.

As a reminder, the end of the 3rd Quarter was extended to Apr 24.  Please check your grades to see if you have assignments you can redo.  Information and attachments have been sent out in previous e-mails.

If you have any questions, please e-mail me!!   

Sixth Grade U. S. History I  SOL Objectives


US I 2 – Geography – Completed September 2019

2a - Locate seven Continents and five Oceans

2b - Eight Geographic Regions (This objective is embedded throughout the course of study)

2c - Eleven Bodies of water (This objective is embedded throughout the course of study)

2d - Recognize Key Geographic Features

US I 3 – Native Americans – Completed Early October 2019

3a - Archaeological Discovery

3b - Native American Settlements

3c – Native American’s Adapt to the Environment

US I 4 – European Exploration - Completed Late October 2019

4a – Reasons for European Exploration

4b - Cultural Interaction

4c - West African Traders (emphasis on economics concepts)

US I 5 – Colonial America – Completed Mid December 2019

5a - Events & Conditions Leading to Colonization

5b - Compare Life in 3 Colonial Regions (emphasis on both civics and economics concepts)

5c - Compare Life in 3 Colonial Regions (Economics – Specialization and Interdependence)

5d – Social positions in Colonial Life

5e – Economic and Political relationships between the Colonies and England

US I 6 – American Revolution Completed Mid February 2020

6a – Dissatisfaction/Road to Revolution

6b - Political Ideas that shaped the Declaration on Independence

6c - Key Events & People in Revolution

6d - Reasons Colonist Defeated Great Britain

US I 7 – New Nation – Completed 10 Mach 2020 – Still Open for work with grades

7a - Articles of Confederation (Weaknesses and outcome)

7b - Development of the Constitution, includes Ratification Process and Bill of Rights

7c - Accomplishments of the First 5 Presidents


US I 8 –Westward Expansion – Unit Plan distributed 12 March 2020 – Material not taught yet

8a - Territorial Expansion (Emphasis on economics concepts)

8b - Geographic and Economic Influences on Settlers

8c - Impact on Native Americans (Trail of Tears)

8d - Impact of Inventions

8e - Abolitionist and Suffrage Movement