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Social Studies

In sixth grade, students will focus on geography, history, and culture in global regions. Students will analyze regional, physical, and cultural characteristics of places. The analysis will show how these factors influenced people who lived there and how the people and characteristics have changed over time.

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Inquiry Anchor Standard

Constructing Compelling Questions

SS.6.1. Explain how disciplinary concepts and ideas are associated with a compelling question.

Constructing Supporting Questions

SS.6.2. Identify the relationship between supporting questions and compelling questions in an inquiry.

Gathering and Evaluating Sources

SS.6.3. Gather relevant information from primary and secondary sources using the origin and authority of the source to guide the selection.

SS.6.4. With teacher direction, evaluate the credibility of primary and secondary sources by determining their relevance and intended use.

Developing Claims and Using Evidence

SS.6.5. With teacher direction, identify evidence that draws information from multiple perspectives and sources to support claims, noting evidentiary limitations.

SS.6.6. With teacher direction, develop claims and counterclaims while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both.

Communicating and Critiquing Conclusions

SS.6.7. With teacher direction, construct arguments using claims and evidence from multiple sources.

SS.6.8. With guided practice, construct responses to compelling questions supported by reasoning and evidence.

SS.6.9. Present original arguments based on credible sources using a variety of media to authentic audiences.

SS.6.10. With teacher direction, analyze the disciplinary arguments of peers’ for credibility.

Taking Informed Action

SS.6.11. Explain the challenges and opportunities people face when taking action to address problems, including predicting possible results.

SS.6.12. Apply a range of deliberative and democratic procedures to make decisions and take action in classrooms, schools, and communities.

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Content Anchor Standard

Behavioral Science

Examine Factors that Led to Continuity and Change in Human and Group Behavior

SS.6.13. Identify what makes up a culture and examine how people acquire their cultural beliefs and value systems.

Recognize the Interaction Between Individuals and Various Groups

SS.6.14. Explain how groups form in our society, and how groups, as well as the individuals within those groups, can influence each other.


Assess the Global Economy

SS.6.15. Distinguish how varying economic systems impact a nation and its citizens.


Create Geographic Representations

SS.6.16. Utilize and construct geographic representations to explain and analyze regional, environmental, and cultural characteristics.

Evaluate Human Environment Interaction

SS.6.17. Analyze and explain the cultural, physical, and environmental characteristics of places and regions and how this affects the life of the people who live there.

Analyze Human Population Movements and Patterns

SS.6.18. Explain how changes in transportation, communication, and technology influence the movement of people, goods, and ideas in various countries.

Analyze Global Interconnections

SS.6.19. Explain how global changes in population distribution patterns affect changes in land use in particular countries or regions.


Analyze Change, Continuity, and Context

SS.6.20. Analyze connections among historical events and developments in various geographic and cultural contexts.

Compare Perspectives

SS.6.21. Explain how and why perspectives of people have changed throughout different historical eras.

Justify Causation and Argumentation

SS.6.22. Explain multiple causes and effects of events and developments in the past.

Iowa History

SS.6.23. Compare Iowa’s geography, natural resources and climate to other regions of the world.

Financial Literacy

Develop Financial and Career Goals

SS.6.24. Explain how personal financial decisions are influenced by an individual’s interpretation of needs and wants.

Create a Saving and Spending Plan

SS.6.25. Demonstrate how to allocate income for spending, saving and giving.

Analyze Credit and Debt Levels

SS.6.26. Explain how debit cards differ from credit cards, gift cards, and savings accounts.

Evaluate Savings and Long Term Investments

SS.6.27. Identify the advantages and disadvantages of various savings tools.

Measure Risk Management Tools

SS.6.28. Describe how to protect one’s identity from common threats.

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Iowa Social Studies Standards Document

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