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6th Grade Showcase - The Continents Showcase
  • Unit Question - How are humans responsible for the environment?
  • Historical Context - Geography, Human Geography, Natural Resources, & Natural Art
  • Final Assessment – The Continents Showcase

                           How are humans responsible for the environment?
 

Subject Area Common Core Standards:

Unit Assessment

The Continents Showcase will be held on 
Thursday, November 16th at 6:00 p.m.

This unit is an integrated approach to student exploration of earth/environmental science, geography, human geography, and the humanities, while using the arts.  Students will work closely with their History, Science, Library teachers and guest artist.  Students will be required to create and present one visual art project during the 6th grade Showcase.  Students will select one of the seven continents:  North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Antarctica.  Students will, individually, start researching their continent; specifically, the uniqueness of the terrain and its natural resources. Then investigate how these natural resources are acquired, used, and the environmental impact that has resulted from the acquisition and use of these natural resources.  

The Continents Showcase Packet 

Download, save, and review the complete Continents Showcase packet, including individual 

Task assignments, rubrics, and example MLA citations here:


Due Dates & Description of Task Assignments:

Students will be required to answer the following Unit Questions in the attached Tasks (see The Continents Showcase Packet above):

  • Continents Selection Form with Parent Signature returned to Mr. Streit:  September 27-28 [Block Schedule]

Students will be required to answer the following Unit Questions in the attached 
Task Assignments (see The Continents Showcase Packet above):

Directions: Answer the following unit question. Each task should be at least a ½ page in length, but probably longer than a page. If you need more space than provided below, then just go for it! Each task assignment should be word processed (typed on your computer) and cited in MLA format underneath the Work Cited area and turned into the appropriate teacher. See the task assignment for further details and grading details.


Humanities Essential Unit Questions – Returned to Mr. Streit
• Task #1 - due October 3-4 (Block Schedule)
What natural resources does your continent have or used to have before they were depleted (List at least 10)?  What natural resources does your continent have that other continents do not?  [NOTE:  Try to focus on one or two examples] Pick two countries on your continent. Where do they get some of the natural resources they need, but don’t have? 

• Task #2 - due October 5-6 (Block Schedule)
What major natural geographic features (mountain ranges, lakes, rivers, deserts, etc.) are on your continent, and what are their names? Pick one ancient (early) civilizations on your continent. What role did these natural geographic features have on the development of the ancient (early) civilizations in the region? [NOTE:  Example - Mesopotamia formed between two rivers, the Tigris and the Euphrates. The rivers caused the land between them to be fertile, and gave the people of Mesopotamia rich farmland. This allowed multiple civilizations such as the Babylonians, Akkadians, and Sumerians to flourish and specialize because they had a surplus of food. Eventually, language, art, and early science and math developed.] [NOTE:  What have scientist discovered and learned about the history of our world, specifically that of the Ice Ages and/or patterns of climate change, through their research in Antartica?]

• Task #5 - due October 26-27 (Block Schedule)
Pick one modern-day country on your continent. How are natural resources used (economically and politically) within the country? How have these natural resources impacted or influenced politics, economics, and relationships with other countries within or outside of your continent?  [NOTE:  Try to focus on one or two examples]

• Task #6 - Classwork
Learning Geography (classwork):  We will be updating a world map as students learn where geographic features and countries are.  See The Continents Showcase Resources under Geography & Natural Resources below.  

Science Essential Unit Questions – Returned to Mrs. Becker
• Task #3 - due October 13-16 (Block Schedule)
Pick two natural resources that are being depleted on your continent. Explain what each is used for, how it is extracted/obtained, and what consequences have resulted from both the production and/or use of your natural resources. 
Then answer the question: What is the price the environment is paying in our quest for natural resources?
[NOTE:  Example - In North America, the quest for natural gas has led to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. In Oklahoma, fracking machines get natural gas out of the earth by injecting water into subterranean rocks at a high pressure, fracturing the rocks, and allowing access to underground pockets of natural gas. The water used in this process is then disposed of and is often injected underground. In Oklahoma, this process of wastewater injection has led to a significant increase of earthquakes—623 magnitude 3 or higher in 2016 alone.]

• Task #4 - due October 19-20 (Block Schedule)
What environmental or governmental organizations are working to prevent future devastation and support possibilities of restoration in your continent to compensate for the production and use of the natural resources you focused on in #3? What are those organizations doing specifically?  [NOTE:  Example - Americans Against Fracking is a national coalition that advocates for bans on fracking and the export of natural gas produced through fracking. The group is composed of numerous smaller groups that want to get rid of fracking all together. At this point, they are not advocating for restoration, only for a complete ban.]
Meet Our Artist

Mrs. Eileen Walsh will be visiting, teaching, and supporting our Hawthorne Arts Partnership and the 6th Grade Continents Showcase on following dates:

Artist Schedule & Lesson Plans:

Session 1:        October 13(A)-16(B) [Mr. Streit's Room]
  • Artist introduction, inquiry Question, discussion of natural resources, explanation of arts integrated project

Session 2:        October 27(A) [Mr. Streit Room] & 31(B) [Mrs. Becker's Room]

  • Brainstorming ideas for the story based on the natural resources and their depletion= BEFORE and AFTER
  • How are we as humans responsible for the environment? How can we work to be responsible for helping to stop the depletion of the natural resources for the continent?
  • Begin making list of natural resources needed for creating the visual art that tells the story/ Assignment: begin to bring in natural resources in a bag with student’s name on the front and which class section 6A or 6B

  • Begin sketching the story out – generate ideas out on paper

Session 4:        November 2(A/B) [North Basement]

  • DUE: Natural Resources
  • Begin adhering natural resources to the drawing

Session 5:        November 7(A/B) [North Basement]

  • Create the visual story with the natural resources

Session 6:        November 10(A/B) [North Basement]

  • Continuing creating the visual story with the natural resources

Session 7:        November 13(A/B) [North Basement]

  • Continue creating the visual story with the natural resources
  • Finish visual stories
  • Students who have completed both visual stories will work on the Showcase display items.
  • Create the setting (taping the Continents) for the Showcase & Rehearsal

The Continents Showcase Resources:


Discovery of the Arts: 


Geography & Natural Resources: 

Research your Continent: 

Citations (MLA Format):