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6th Grade Social Studies

World Geography:  The Western Hemisphere 

    Syllabus 2021-2022

Team 6B: Mrs. Thatcher                                    Email: [email protected]           

Room: C5                                   


This class we will concentrate on the countries that make up the Western Hemisphere. Throughout the first semester of this course, we learn about: tools of Geography, the Earth’s physical and human geography, cultures of the world, and the world’s political and economic systems.  In the second semester, we will apply knowledge gained from the first semester to help us focus on the countries in North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

What to Expect:

First Nine Weeks

Foundations of Geography:

Tools of Geography, Mapping Skills, Elements of Physical & Human Geography 

Second Nine Weeks

United States and Canada:

Five Themes of Geography, Seven Essential Elements of Culture, Physical & Human Characteristics of United States & Canada, Diversity & Exchange, United States & Canada past & present.

Third Nine Weeks

Mexico, Central America, and the Antilles:

Physical & Human characteristics of Mexico, Central America, & the Caribbean, Countries’ Past & Present, Diversity of these Countries.

Fourth Nine Weeks

South America:

Physical & Human Characteristics of South America, Countries’ Past & Present.

Classroom Expectations & Procedures

=        Be responsible: Come to class on time and with all your supplies (paper, pencil and homework).

=        Be on-track: Go to the bathroom during passing period, be in your seat working on bell work when the bell rings, use your time wisely, and complete and turn in your assignments on time.

=        Be considerate: Respect all rules, others and self.

=        Be kind: Have a good attitude

=        **All school-wide rules stated the student handbook will be observed in this classroom.  Likewise, discipline procedures will follow those stated in the student handbook.**



When you are absent from a class, it is your responsibility to get your make up work. Extra copies of assignments will be made available to you in the Makeup Work Files. You are responsible for asking a classmate for the bell work that you missed. For an explanation of a missed assignment, schedule a time with me outside of class.

Grading Policy

  • Daily Work/Homework- 100 points
  • Quizzes – 100 points
  • Exams - 200 points
  • Projects- 200 points   


Students will be given the opportunity to redo assignments below a 70%. 

Late Policy

  • First day late:                         -20%   (Highest grade is an 80%)

**Students receive full credit on one day late if completes it during Finish Line during lunch/recess.**

  • Up to two weeks late:              -30%   (Highest grade is a 70%)

**After two weeks late: the only way to receive a grade is in the Last Chance Study Hall at end of 9 weeks. This will take place during the school-wide intramural tournament.**

***I will not accept an assignment once I have posted 9 weeks grades.*** 

Grades will be routinely posted on Parent Portal and be made available for both students and parents to see. I will post weekly assignments and announcements on my teacher website. The link to the website is http://www.mustangps.org/JanaThatcher.aspx If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call or email me.  Please read through the syllabus and be sure that you and your family understand what is expected in my classroom. I look forward to getting to know each of you and your families!