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Mr. Meiners

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Middle Ages Videos!

Gothic Invasion of Rome:



Castle Design:



A Knight’s Attire:



Horrible Histories:









Ancient Egyptian Water Technology!

Image courtesy of ancientvine.com:  check out the web site for more great historical 3-D images! 






Here is a video of a working shadoof (shaduf):


Making a shadoof:



6th Grade Social Studies Curriculum Alignment

  • Ongoing Lessons
  • Thematic maps, graphs, charts, and databases that represent different world regions. G6. 4SS. C1. PO5
  • Interpret a graph, table, or chart that displays historical data. G6.1SS.C1. PO5
  • Describe the difference between a primary and secondary source. G6. 4SS. C1. PO5
  • Map exercises for each new region (geography, climate, etc) G6. 4SS. C1. PO5
  • PPT ongoing each new region will have data and geographic information. G6. 1SS. C1. PO2
  • Use resources to identify the connection between current and historical  events. G6.2SS.C9.PO2
  • Identify how information resources and unlimited human wants cause people to choose something and give up others. G6.5SS.C1.PO1
  • Determine how scarcity, opportunity costs, and trade-offs influence decision-making. G6. 5SS.C1.PO2

1st Quarter – August 9 – October 13

1. Describe how archeological research adds to our understanding to the past. G6. 1SS.C1.PO8 (ongoing)

  • Each new region will include archeological artifacts, findings
  • Cultural aspect of each region
  • Vocabulary (artifact, archeology, fossil)

2. Describe how hunting and gathering societies change as a result of farming. G6. 1SS.C1. PO2

  • Paleolithic and Neolithic Era
  • Reintroduce archeology and artifacts
  • Vocabulary
  • (Hunter-Gatherer, agriculture, specialization, domestication, surplus, food surplus)

3. Determine how farming methods, domestication of animals, division of labor, and geographic factors influenced the people of Mesopotamia (Fertile Crescent) G6.2SS.C2.PO2

  • Geography (crops, agriculture)
  • Culture, religion, and writing
  • Rise of City States (Sumer)
  • Rise of Empires (Babylon, Assyria)
  • Code of Law (Hammurabi)
  • Vocabulary (silt, aqueduct, cuneiform, scribe, city, state, polytheism, empire)

4. Determine how farming methods, domestication of animals, division of labor, and geographic factors influenced the people of Egypt. G6. 2SS. C2. PO2

  • Geography (Nile River, crops, agriculture)
  • Kingdoms (Upper, Lower Egypt, Pharaohs)
  • Culture, Religion, Government (social structure)
  • Technology (medicine, mathematics, astronomy)
  • Vocabulary (delta, mummification, pyramids, hieroglyphics, papyrus)

2nd Quarter- October 17 – December 22

Determine how farming methods, domestication of animals, division of labor, and geographic factors influenced the people of the Indus Valley. G6. 2SS. C2. PO2

  • Geography (Indus Plain, Himalayas, crops, agriculture)
  • Harrapan Culture
  • Religion
  • Empires/Government
  • Technology (mathematics, architecture)
  • Vocabulary (subcontinent, architecture, reincarnation, Hinduism, Buddhism, caste system)

5. Determine how farming methods, domestication of animals, division of labor, and geographic factors influenced the people of China. G6. 2SS. C2. PO2

  • Geography (Huang He Valley)
  • Shang Dynasty
  • Religion and education
  • Technology
  • Vocabulary (loess, gorge, steppe, dynasty, chariots)

6. Compare the forms of government of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and China. G6. 2SS. C2. PO2

3rd Quarter – January 9 – March 15

7. The Birth of Greek Civilization G6. 2SS. C2. PO7

  • Geography (Land of Greece)
  • Development of different forms of government in ancient Greece. (monarchy, oligarchy, and democracy)
  • Scientific advancements in ancient Greece
  • Cultural advancements
  • Economic changes
  • Vocabulary (peninsula, harbor, polis, acropolis, agora, citizen, monarchy, oligarchy, democracy, drama, philosophy, assembly, jury, Hellenism)

8. Roman Republic and Empire G6. S2. C2. PO9. PO10

  • Origins of Rome (geography, Romulus and Remus)
  • Roman Republic
  • Roman Empire
  • Muslim religion and the extensive trade and banking of the Arab Empire
  • Interest in science and the Arab Empire’s role in the translation and preservation of Greek and Roman Literature.

4th Quarter – March 19 – May 23

9. Middle Ages and Renaissance G6.S2. C3. PO1, 2, 3, 4, 5

  • Fall of Rome
  • Charlemagne
  • Catholic Church (crusades, education, government, inquisition, spread of Christianity)

*Quarter 4 may also be used to re-teach or move into the Renaissance and Age of Exploration

This syllabus may be changed according to state standards and student retention.

Thank you,

Mr. Meiners


“NOVA” Builds a Trebuchet!






Making Paper in the Han Dynasty

paper processing


Ancient China Websites To Visit

The Terracotta Army






Food Storage

Ancient: http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=silos-of-the-past-new-find-reveals-2009-06-24

Middle Ages: