I am excited for my second year teaching at the Park! This year in 6th grade we will be covering U.S. History up to 1865.

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UPDATE: April 22, 2020 and onward!

Students should be checking Microsoft Teams. Team called GPMS- Social Studies with Ms. Steck (all classes)
Office Hours on Teams: Thursdays 8:30-10:00am
Instruction on Teams: Fridays 12:00-1:30pm

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UPDATE: March 13, 2020 - As of this date our class has completed the New Nation Unit (Obj 7) . On Friday, Mar 13, 2020 I handed out the next unit packet, Westward Expansion. No work was assigned from the new unit.

Sixth Grade U. S. History I  SOL Objectives


US I 2 – Geography – Completed Q1 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 Q1 Early October 2019

3a - Archaeological Discovery

3b - Native American Settlements

3c – Native American’s Adapt to the Environment

US I 4 – European Exploration - Completed Q1/2 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 Q2 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 Q3 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 Q3 March 10 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 March 13 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

US I 9 – Civil War - Unit not yet started

9a - Issues that Divided a Nation

9b - Effect of State’s Rights & Slavery Issues

9c - Confederate & Union States (emphasis on geography concepts)

9d - Role of Key Players in Civil War

9e - Critical Developments in the War (emphasis on geography concepts)

9f - Perspectives of Civil War