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"A-B-C" Introduction Unit Layered Curriculum

Mrs. Kathy Cassioppi, RESA 6th Grade Social Studies, Rockford, Illinois

Grading Scale:

A = 180 Basic Points + "B" Project + "A" Project (at least 60 Points/Project)

B = 160 Basic Points + "B" Project (at least 60 Points/Project)

C = 140 Basic Points

D = 120-139 Basic Points; F = 0-119 Basic Points

ALL Introduction Unit Activities and Projects are due: Friday, September 19, 2003.

Section I Basic Points: Basic Understanding v = Required Activities Choose from the following activities to earn Basic Points. In order to receive a "C," a student must earn 140 Basic Points.
Points Earned Maximum Basic Points Activities
v 15 1. Take these "A-B-C" Introduction Unit Layered Curriculum Point Sheets home and have your parent/guardian write a positive note on the last page of these Point Sheets, indicating they have read it and understand what you are to do and sign it in ink.
v 15 2. Complete the Social Studies Notebook (SSNB) on the Introduction Unit. You will turn your SSNB in at the end of the unit.
v 20 3. Take test "How to Enter Social Studies Class." If you complete the "skeleton" in order, with all the correct steps of the class procedure, writing in all capital letters and in colors, and with a symbol for each, you will earn 20 points.
v 10 4. Complete worksheet "Student Stats." Turn in on time to Mrs. Cassioppi.
20 5. Invite your parent or guardian write about you "In A Million Words or Less" by Friday, September 12. They may either send it to school with you or email it to Mrs. Cassioppi at RESA (
10 6. Complete the worksheet "My Social Studies Report Card." Draw a picture that illustrates your first Social Studies Report Card for this school year. Use color and words to complete the illustration. Turn in to Mr. Snickers' basket.
10 7. Complete the worksheet "How I Learn Best." Turn in to Mr. Snickers' basket.
15 8. Complete a "Destination: Character Word Search." Use at least 20 words from "Destination: Character" in your RESA Agenda. It begins at the end of the Agenda. Be sure to include a key and spell the 20 words correctly. Have an adult solve it and sign their name. Turn in to Mr. Snickers' basket.
35 9. Complete "Destination: Character" in your RESA Agenda. It begins at the end of the RESA Agenda. You will need to show this to Mrs. Cassioppi before school, after school, or before lunch so that your points will be recorded correctly.
5/15 10. Write your Social Studies work/assignments in your RESA Agenda for 5 days to receive 5
10 11. Complete "My Challenge" worksheet. Draw a picture or cartoon about the Social Studies class rule that is your biggest challenge in the 6th grade this year and show you being successful following the rule. This drawing or cartoon must be in color. You may use words to label your illustration. This picture should communicate clearly your ideas. Turn in to Mr. Snickers' basket.
10 12. Complete "Words I Like to Hear" worksheet. Draw a stick figure of yourself listening to words, phrases, or expressions that you like to hear. You need to include at least 6 positive
15 13. Complete "My Day" Worksheet. Start by using the Power Picture about Mrs. C's Day that you copied in your SSNB in class to help you, create a Power Picture about your day. Your Power Picture should use capital letters, colors, and symbols. Turn in to Mr. Snickers' basket.
25 14. Visit the Internet in the classroom, public library, or at home: and Email Mrs. C. a list of at least 6 ideas Mrs. Cassioppi should add to either of these web sites. Be sure to include why these should be added.
15. Write in any "Extra Bonus Points" here.
Section II "B" Level: Application and Problem Solving Select one project. In order to receive a "B," a student must earn 160 Basic Points and successfully complete a "B" project with at least 60 "B" Points.
Points Earned Maximum "B" Points Projects
100 16. Create your personal time line, "Sixth Grade Sensation" Student Time Line Project. Start by making a list of important times in your life. Begin with your date of birth and go to the present. On this list include 12 important events in your life. Some examples are when you got your first tooth; when you walked or started preschool; your first haircut; births of brothers or sisters; when you learned to ride a bike or learned to read; when you broke an arm or a leg or got braces; when you went of vacation or did special church things; or when you moved or got a pet. You may present your class in order to receive the maximum points. Mrs. Cassioppi will explain this project in class and show some examples completed by former sixth graders.
100 17. Create a parallel time line comparing important events in your life with those of a friend or a family member. Start by reading pp. 48-49 in the Social Studies textbook to understand what a parallel time line is. Make sure that your time line has a bar for each person and a title. Include at least 6 national or world events that have occurred during the years represented. Follow the steps on p. 49 to help you make your time line.
100 18. Conduct "Family Interviews" to discover global connections and improve communication skills. Start by reading "How to Conduct an Interview" on page R6 in the Social Studies textbook. Select three family members to interview and gather information on the worksheet that is provided in the container in the back of the room. The family members do not need to be living with the student. The interview may be completed over the telephone as well as in person. You will report your findings to the class. You may use your worksheet to help you present to the class. You will also use a class map to show where your family members were originally from.
Section III "A" Level: Critical Thinking Select one project. In order to receive an "A," a student must earn 180 Basic Points and successfully complete a "B" project with at least 60 "B" Points and an "A" project with at least 60 "A" Points.
Points Earned Maximum "A" Points Projects
100 19. Create a poster representing "Why Do We Study Social Studies?" Start by reading pages 19-21 in the Social Studies textbook. Wait for Mrs. Cassioppi to explain in class why we study Social Studies with a Power Picture in your SSNB. Use the Power Picture in your SSNB and the SS book to guide you. The poster must be neat, have illustrations, use color, and show effort and quality. You may use pictures from magazines or newspapers or photographs, as well as your own drawings, to illustrate the ideas in the SSNB Power Picture and the SS book. It should not look like the Power Picture in the SSNB.
100 20. "Why Do We Study Social Studies?" Start by reading "How to Conduct a Survey" on page R6 in your Social Studies textbook. Survey 6 adults (including teachers) and 6 students your age and ask them their opinion. Then form your own opinion. Give an oral presentation to the class to explain the results of your survey and your own opinion. You may use notes but your presentation needs to be at least 2 minutes long so you will need to practice at home.

Required Activity (from first page):

Parent/Guardian Positive Note:

Student Name _____________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Signature (in ink, please) _______________________

Date _____________________________________________________

Contact Phone # ___________________________________________

(Positive Note, Signature, and Contact Phone # are worth

15 Basic Points for the student when written in ink.)

ALL Introduction Unit Activities and Projects

are due: Friday, September 19, 2003.