Social Studies

In social studies, we will compare and contrast many ancient civilizations. We will the identify American ideals through the analysis of American documents and explore the concept of democracy. We will spend the year searching ancient civilizations for a comparative study.

What are the PERGS? What are the political, economic, religious, geographical, and social structures of the United States today? What influence did ancient civilizations have on the settlement of our country, its constitution, and how our country is today?

Our 6th grade historians, political scientists, economists, geographers, and sociologists will embark on an investigation of the past and its relevance to today!

Check out the Mesopotamian cylinder and clay tablet in its envelope!!!

Mesopotamia was a civilization that existed over 4000 years ago!

Click hear to see a cuneiform cylinder!

Click here to see a clay tablet in its envelope!

Did the Mesopotamians keep records of transactions such as sales and rentals?
What kind of records did they keep on marriages and adoptions?
Mesopotamian Contracts

Click here link for samples of translated transactions and records.

Go on a virtual trip in ancient times!!

Essay on Mesopotamia

Choose three cultural universals to use in your essay.

Visit the links on this page and see the rubric. Be ready to take notes!

Culture Universal - those things that all people learn to do, though they do them differently from one place or time to another, including all of the following:

art how people express their ideas, thoughts and feelings, through writing (literature), storytelling, painting, music, dance, etc
economics work: how things are made (Jobs & Tools), distributed (Trade and Money) and used
social structure/daily life education, class system, judicial system, families, food/clothing/shelter
family a group of people who love and care for each other, share common needs and concerns, and call themselves a family

Types of families:

  1. Nuclear - father, mother and children
  2. Extended - nuclear family plus grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.


how people express information, ideas and opinions to others, communication (sign, body, spoken, written, etc.


housing, public buildings, unique design


location, region, place, interaction with the environment, movement/migration


politics, power and how people use it to make decisions for themselves and others

religion and mythology

how people explain the unknown, and how they act on those beliefs -- values, world view, myths, legends


tools, discover, inventions (economics)

Various Links for later this year:


Ancient Egypt Geography--Google site

Ancient Egypt Geography--The British Museum

Ancient Egypt Geography--Ducksters

Ancient India Geography--Google site

Ancient India Geography--The British Museum

Ancient China Geography-- The British Museum

Ancient China Geography--Ducksters

Ancient China Geography--Google site

Ancient Greece Geography --The British Museum

Ancient Greece Geography --Google site

Ancient Greece Geography--Crystalinks