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Thematic Resources

Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, Greece, and Rome
Overview: Set in ancient time, this year explores the central theme of what it takes to triumph over personal obstacles. Some of the challenges are unique to ancient times, but the characteristics demanded of the individuals are timeless. The characters make tough choices and use their judgment and resourcefulness to overcome hurdles and reach solutions. They must choose honesty, loyalty, and sacrifice their own gain.

To triumph over personal obstacles, the generalizations students will draw from the readings are:

  • Have a strong belief or conviction to do the right thing regardless of other’s opinions.
  • Take courage from supporting adults or good friends who offer good advice and encouragement.
  • Keep focused on the goal or solution to stay on track and persevere.

Helpful Links for the Entire School Year

Thematic writing schedule using LoL packets differs from the traditional 6th-grade lesson plan grid. If you are using Daily 6 Trait Writing in addition to LoL, assign D6TW pages during weeks where there are writing no assignments.

  • Goals and Action Plan
  • Generic Novel Projects
  • Journal Prompts
  • Journal Prompts by the Month
  • Khan Academy is a free online math resource that has an extensive video library. Khan Academy works with any math curriculum. Just sign in using your Google account and search for the current math topic your student is studying. Sixth-grade math will be listed under Arithmetic and Pre-Algebra sections. Visit the About web page to get full value out of this online program.
  • Discovery Education , also known as United Streaming is a website with over 50,000 video clips. You will need to log into Discovery Education before clicking on the recommended video links below. This is a subscription that Valley Oaks supports at no cost to you. To get started just go to the website, enter the school passcode 99A9-3DE1, then enter the required fields. Curriculum Packets
  • All packet links on this web page can be viewed or printed on Google Docs with no login necessary. Some packets are very large and will take a while to download. Feel free to print only the pages needed.

Tip: Packets can be overwhelming, but are a great resource for hands-on activities, projects, field trips, writing prompts, and book lists.Scan through the packet first, then get together with your student and pick 2 or 3 activities that will be meaningful and fun.

Year Long Ancient Civilization Packets:


Weeks 1-4 Mesopotamia

Books with Literature Packets:
Tuck Everlasting packet
Hatchet packet

Other Suggested Reading:
Sequels to the book Hatchet
Kids Discover Magazine – Mesopotamia (available at our school)

Writing:
Autobiography Assignment
Discovery Education – Writing an Autobiography

Websites:
Social Studies:
Discovery Education – Geography Basics: Globes, Maps, and Graphs
Discovery Education – Mesopotamia: From Nomads to Farmers

Science:
Discovery Education – Science Investigations: Earth Science

Math:
Khan Acadamy

Projects:
Begin an Ancient Civilizations Timeline. Continue to add to this timeline throughout the year.
Ancient Civilizations Mesopotamia packet

 

Weeks 5-8 Ancient Egypt and Kush

Books with Literature Packets:
The Golden Goblet packet (great read aloud)
Mara Daughter of the Nile (great read aloud)
Pyramid packet

Other Suggested Reading:
Tales of Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egypt (Eyewitness Book)
Kids Discover Magazine – Ancient Egypt (available at our school)

Writing:
Response to Literature – Language of Literature Textbook pages 89-94 and packet pages
Discovery Education – Responding to Edgar Allan Poe

Websites:
Social Studies:
Discovery Education – Living History: Living in Ancient Egypt
Discovery Education – Elementary Video Adventures: Great Egyptians

Science:
Discovery Education – Student Toolbox: Science Fair

Math:
Khan Acadamy

Projects:
Timeline continues (see weeks 1-8 for instructions)
Ancient Numbers Packet
Ancient Egypt Activity Packet

 

Weeks 9-11 Ancient Israel

Books with Literature Packet:
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe packet

Other Suggested Reading:
Kids Discover Magazine – Rocks (available at our school)

Writing:
Personal Experience – Language of Literature textbook pages 176-181 with packet pages
United Streaming – Discovering Language Arts: Style, Structure, and Tone

Websites:
Social Studies:
Discovery Education – Religions of the World: Judaism

Science:
Discovery Education –Basics of Geology: All about Rocks and Minerals

Math:
Khan Acadamy

Projects:
Timeline continues (see Weeks 1-8 for instructions)

 

Weeks 12-14 Early India

Books with Literature Packets:
Tusk and Stone packet (great read aloud)

Writing:
Original Poem – Language of Literature textbook pages 236-241 with packet pages

Websites:
Social Studies
Discovery Education – Religions of the World: Hinduism

Science
Discovery Education – What’s Inside the Earth: An Introduction to the Earth’s Interior, Crust, and Mineral Resources

Math
Khan Acadamy

Projects:
Timeline continues (see Weeks 1-8 for instructions)
India and China Packet

 

Weeks 15-17 Early China

Books with Literature Packets:
Between the Dragon and the Eagle packet

Other Suggested Reading:
Confucius the Golden Rule
Ancient China (Eyewitness Book)
Kids Discover Magazine – Ancient China (available at our school)

Writing:
Character Sketch – Language of Literature textbook pages 298-310 with packet pages

Websites:
Social Studies:
Discovery Education – China From Past to Present: Life in the Ancient Capital Cities
Discovery Education – China From Past to Present: Traditional Religions and Beliefs

Science:

Math:
Khan Acadamy

Projects:
Ancient China Activity packet
India and China packet

 

Weeks 18-19 Ancient Americans

Books:
Kids Discover Magazine – Mayans (available at our school)

Writing:
Staging a Scene – Language of Literature textbook pages 355-364 with packet pages

Websites:

Math:
Khan Acadamy

Projects:

 

Weeks 20-27 Ancient Greece

Books with Literature Packets:

 

Other Suggested Reading:
Dateline Troy
Wishbone Classics: The Odyssey
The Children’s Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy (great read aloud)
D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths (great read aloud)
The Librarian Who Measured the Earth
Ancient Greece (Eyewitness Book)
Archimedes and the Door of Science
Kids Discover Magazine – Ancient Greece (available at our school)

Writing:
Problem-Solution – Language of Literature textbook pages 430-434 with packet pages

Websites:
Social Studies:
Discovery Education – Elementary Video Adventures: Ancient Greece
Discovery Education – Living History: Living in Ancient Greece
Discovery Education – Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece

Science:
Discovery Education – Enviro-Tacklebox: Module 4: Forces in the Environment: Erosion on the Move

Math:
Khan Acadamy

Projects:
Ancient Greece Thematic Unit (available soon)

 

Weeks 28-35 Ancient Rome

Books with Literature Packets:
The Bronze Bow packet (great read aloud)

Other Suggested Reading:
City A Story of Planning and Construction
Ancient Rome (Eyewitness Book)
Kids Discover Magazine – Ancient Rome (available at our school)

Writing:
Short Story – Language of Literature textbook pages 430-434 with packet pages

Websites:
Social Studies:
Discovery Education – Living History: Living in the Roman Empire
Discovery Education – Myths and Legends of Ancient Rome

Science:

Math:
Khan Acadamy

Projects:
Ancient Rome Thematic Unit

 

Weeks 36-39 Christianity

Books with Literature Packets:
Summer of the Monkeys packet
My Side of the Mountain

Writing:
Research Report – Language of Literature textbook pages 430-434 with packet pages

Websites:

Social Studies:

Science:

Math:
Khan Acadamy

Projects: