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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 
Wednesday, 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 it’s 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):

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?  What natural resources does your continent have that other continents do not? [NOTE:  Try to focus on one or two examples] Where do the countries in your continent get some of the natural resources they need, but don’t have?  [NOTE:  Try to focus on one or two examples]
• Task #2 - due October 6-7 (Block Schedule)
Explain the natural geographic features specific to your continent.  What role did these natural geographic features have on the ancient (early) civilizations and/or modern civilizations?  [NOTE:  Try to focus on one or two examples]
• Task #5 - due October 27-28 (Block Schedule)
How are these natural resources used (economically and politically) within the countries of your continent?  [NOTE:  Try to focus on one or two examples]  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.  

Science Essential Unit Questions – Returned to Mrs. Becker
• Task #3 - due October 13-14 (Block Schedule)
What is the price the environment is paying in our quest for natural resources? Choose three specific natural resources that are being/have been depleted. Explain what each is used for, how it is extracted, and what consequences have resulted from both the production and use of your natural resources. 
• Task #4 - due October 19-20 (Block Schedule)
What environmental 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?
Meet Our Artist

Meet our guest artist Mrs. Ellen Tritschler from the Chicago Arts Partnership in Education (CAPE).  Mrs. Tritschler will be visiting, teaching, and supporting our Hawthorne Arts Partnership and the 6th Grade Continents Showcase on following dates:

Mrs. Ellen Tritchler's Tentative Schedule & Lesson Plans:

Session 1:        Wednesday, October 5th [Mr. Streit's Room]

  • Artist Introduction, Inquiry Question, Discussion of natural resources, Explanation of arts integrated project

Session 2:        Friday, October 7th [Mr. Streit'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

Session 3:        Wednesday, October 12th [Mr. Streit's Room]

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

Session 4:        Monday, October 17th [Mr. Streit's Room]

  • Complete drawings and transfer drawing to a board
  • There will be two visual stories: the before and the after

Session 5:        Friday, October 21st [Mrs. Becker's Room]

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

Session 6:        Wednesday, October 26th [Mrs. Becker's Room]

  • Create the visual story with the natural resources

Session 7:        Friday, October 28th [North Basement]

  • Continuing creating the visual story with the natural resources

Session 8:        Wednesday, November 2nd [North Basement]

  • Continue creating the visual story with the natural resources

Session 9:        Monday, November 7th [North Basement]

  • Finish visual stories
  • Students who have completed both visual stories will work on the Showcase display items

Session 10:      Monday, November 14th [Auditorium & North Basement]

  • 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):