Carlong Primary Social Studies - Year 6: Our World Environment
The focus is on Planet Earth: its place in the solar system; its important characteristics, its natural resources and how they are used, its different climatic zones and the way people live in some countries within the different cliamtic zones and, finally, the concept of Earth as a global village. In addition to being an ideal text for Grade 6, it is an important resource for all school libraries, especially as people all over the world have become more environmentally aware and more interconnected. We have made a special effort to obtain fresh information and new photographs to ensure currency.
Look out For:
- Learning objectives listed and Key Words and Concepts highlighted to help both teacher and student to assess achievement
- A chapter summary of the main points of each unit
Notes To Teachers:
This revision of the familiar and respected Carlong Primary Social Studies (CPSS) series is specifically tailored to meet the requirements of the Ministry of Educations Revised Primary Curriculum (RPC) for Grades 4 to 6. This third book in the revised series, Year 6: Our World Environment, is a revision of Carlong Primary Social Studies Book 6: Our World Environment which the Ministry of Education originally had recommended for use in Jamaican primary schools over 10 years ago. The updated text offers a comprehensive treatment of the social studies topics, skills and attitudes needed for Grade 6.
The six units in this book follow the curriculum sequentially and cover all three sub- themes. The content in each unit is organized under the focus questions outlined in the RPC and offers more than 90 per cent coverage of the curriculum
The focus is on Planet Earth: its place in the solar system; its important characteristics; its natural resources and how they are used; its different climatic zones and the way people live in some countries within the different climatic zones; and, finally, the concept of Earth as a global village. In addition to being an ideal text for Grade 6, it is an important resource for all school libraries, especially as people all over the world have become more environmentally aware and more interconnected. We have made a special effort to obtain fresh information and new photographs to ensure currency.
Year 6: Our World Environment presents a wide range of challenging and motivational stimuli, including maps, graphs, charts, line illustrations, photographs and word puzzles. The activities are varied, enquiry-oriented and student-centred, and should engage the student in the application of the wide range of skills that are important for social studies, and for learning generally.
The material responds to the opportunities for cross-curricular integration that exist in the curriculum. There is also much scope for individual, group and project work and the material facilitates cooperative learning. We hope you will encourage your students to make maximum use of these features.
What you will learn in this unit outlines the unit objectives and lists the key words and concepts.
‘Did You Know?’ sections throughout the text provide additional material to broaden the horizons and information base of the students.
‘Let’s Talk’ encourages students to share their feelings and opinions on important issues while developing the disciplines of discourse: listening, presenting and analyzing valid arguments, and indulging in critical thinking.
Yes! I Can Do This! offers an opportunity for students to use technology to acquire or demonstrate social studies skills and attitudes.
What Have You Learnt? summarizes the main points of each unit.
How the book Works
Unit objectives and key words and concepts are outlined at the beginning of each unit; the key words are highlighted in colour throughout the text. Many words that appear in bold black type in the text may be found in a dictionary. A combined glossary and index helps the students to learn words in their appropriate contexts. Sentences or phrases that appear in the text in bold italics indicate important ideas that are integral to an understanding of the main objectives.
Areas of integration with other subjects are highlighted.
Because much of Unit 4 draws on students’ prior knowledge, we have introduced a KWL chart (K - What I Know; W - What I Want to Know; L - What I have Learnt). The KWL. chart will help them to recall what they already know and focus their minds on what they are about to learn. Once the chart has been completed, it will serve as a useful revision tool. Students do not have to write in the textbook. Activities, tables and puzzles can be copied into their notebooks.
Each unit includes a final evaluation exercise that will help teachers and students to assess the students’ understanding of the main ideas. The textbook provides a sound knowledge and skills base for the students’ later assessment at the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) level.
Your Year 6 students will enjoy using this book, and at the end of the year, they will have a sound grasp of the key concepts, skills and attitudes necessary at their level.