1st Six Weeks Period
1st week; Both the 7th and 6th grade classes will discuss location on the globe and identify Greek, Phoenican, Arab, and East discoveries about latitude, longitude ,and to find the size and shape of the Earth. Activities will include the construction of a simple Quadrant navigation device and discussion of the the ways ancient mariners used this device to find crude latitude fixes using the North Star and the Southern Cross as navigation beacons. Students will also watch a film by PBS on the curvature of the Earth,: ways that the relative circumferences of the earth and moon were figured by the ancient Greeks: and will understand how the development of accurate mechanical time pieces enabled easy calculation of longitude. Time zones and rotation of the Earth will be discussed Both grades will be introduced to terminology such as Prime Meridian: Equinox: Tilt of the Earth :Etc..Both Grades will view a film on Clean in line with contemporary history.. These are contained in the 6th, 7th , and 8th grade Social studies and Science TEKS.
2nd week of Period 1
Students will study and model how elevation and terrain effect the formation of rivers world-wide. Texas History will study the river systems in Texas in relation to elevation and the major river systems in North America. A River System model will be constructed by both the 6th and 7th grade classes that shows how gravity and elevation have an affect on landforms. 6th graders will also study North American river systems and large river systems in other parts of the world such as the Nile , Amazon, Indian subcontinent river systems, and major river systems in China. Both classes will be able to identify differences in elevation in relation to a U.S. map.
Contemporary History: Film on Cold PBS Cross-curricular 6th-8th Science TEKS
3rd week of period 1 Labor day
Students in both 7th and 6th grade classes will identify the major natural regions of Texas and the U.S The 6th grade class will identify large deserts, plains, forests , as selected . 7th grade and 6th grade will practice mnemonic songs and drills about Texas. Both classes will start Map sets.. 6th grade will start construction of Caravel ship model in preparation for discussion of Norse , Phoenician, Portuguese, and Spanish exploration of the New World.. Contemporary History.: PBS film on light.
4th Week of Period#1 Celebrate The Constitution Week _Students will compare and contrast the U.S. and Texas Constitutions in relation to governmental form and aspects of the U.S. and Texas Bill of Rights
5th week of period 1. END of Period 1
Six weeks test project construction: 7th Clay relief map showing the major rivers, natural regions, 6th Natural regions of North America and South America
2 Grading Period
Week #1. Students in both the 6th and 7th grade classes will discuss prehistory populations in North America after the last Ice Age. Hunter gatherers will be discussed at the Clovis Point level and at the Folsom Point level. Disappearance of large animals will be discussed as well as technological developments. A PBS film on Folsom point cooperative hunts of Bison on the Great Plains will be discussed and demonstration of the development of the atalatl , and the cultural spread of the bow and arrow, Historic development of the agricultural tribes will include the Pueblo peoples and the forest-farmers of East Texas as well as the Mississippian cultures Students will assess how how historic Native tribes in Texas were affected by the later acquisition of the horse from the Spanish. Friday a PBS film on Proto- Puebloan development will be discussed.
Week#2- Students in both the 6th and 7th grade will discuss the Spanish and Portuguese exploration and colonization of North and South America.
Students in both classes will learn and recite the major Spanish explorers of North America and in South America. Students will also develop a timeline for the major settlements for the Spanish. Contemporary History : PBS film on sound.