Note:  This spring
(2006), the Social
Studies portion of the
MCAS tests will be in
practice form (will not
count).  It will be
administered  to
grade students
and will cover the
material being taught
this year and in 6th
This year your child will be learning about Geography and
World Cultures
.  You may notice that the Social Studies
Frameworks for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
actually lists this as a 6th grade course.  DO NOT BE
ALARMED!  This is only a
suggestion from the state.  Each
individual district is permitted to create their own pathways,
as long as all of the Social Studies subjects are completed
by High School graduation.  This pathway was chosen by
the High School & Middle School Social Studies teachers,
and Asst. Superintendent Devine.
*Tests and Quizzes (multiple choice / Open Response)-
can the student find appropriate information to support
his/her answer to the key question?
*Homework: Can the student extract information from
the text and our notes, and write a thoughtful response
in complete sentences?
Smartboard & Powerpoint Presentation (click here
for sample), Internet, GOOGLE EARTH SOFTWARE,
Textbook, Notes, Handouts, Globe, pull-down maps, and
Click HERE for map links.
Concepts and Skills, page 32, History and
Social Science Curriculum Frameworks.
*1. Use map and globe skills learned in
prekindergarten to grade five to interpret
different kinds of projections, as well as
topographic, landform, political, population,
and climate maps.
*2. Use geographic terms correctly, such as
delta, glacier, location, settlement,
region,natural resource, human resource,
mountain, hill, plain, plateau, river, island,
isthmus,peninsula, erosion, climate, drought,
monsoon, hurricane, ocean and wind
currents,tropics, rain forest, tundra, desert,
continent, region, country, nation, and
"Looking At The Earth"
Hello Parents!
Mr. P's Class