Social Studies News

Mrs. Bowden's 6th Grade Classroom Updates

A Peek into Our Classroom

Current Unit

We are currently learning about Geography. Over the next several classes, we will be studying Geographic Regions of the United States, the geographic features of the US, and important bodies of water in the United States as they relate to the history we will study this year.

This week, we will set up our notebooks for use in class. As part of the course syllabus, all students were asked to purchase a three subject notebook that they will ONLY use in Social Studies. To see how your child's notebook should look so far, check out my notebook here.
For homework on Friday this week, students will be asked to photograph or draw a picture of a feature they encounter over the weekend or saw this summer. They are to upload this online so that I have a digital version of it. If this will be a problem, please let me know and I'm happy to make other arrangements.

Upcoming Tests/Major Assignments

There will be a test on Geography on October 1.

Students will need to know:

  • Oceans/Continents
  • Latitude/Longitude
  • Geographic Regions
  • Geographic Features
  • Bodies of Water

A study guide will go home next week, and I will send you the answers! However, in the meantime you can review the questions on your student's unit cover sheet (glued in their notebook). As we go over the answers to those questions in class, they are highlighting the correct ones.

How can my child study for your class?

You can always review your child's unit cover sheet (which should be glued at the front of each unit in their notebook). In class, they highlight the correct answers as we go over them (We haven't been answering them in order).

You can also find our content related vocabulary on Quizlet.

Quizlet is a great resource as it allows you to play games, test yourself and review flashcards. Additionally, there is an app available for both Android and Apple devices.

To find my vocabulary flashcards for this unit, go to:

What was the homework?

At ANY time (and for any class), you can log on to our homework boards to find out your child's homework. To access them, go to and select your child's grade and teacher.

You can also opt to receive text message reminders from me by sending a text to 81010 that says @ss6mrsb.

Missing Work and Grades

Power School Grades

You are able to check your student's grade at any time on Power School, which went LIVE today. Essentially, what that means is that as soon as I add a grade and save it on my computer, it updates for you! However, this means I often get questions about things. To help, here are some useful things to note:

  • If a grade is showing up as a "0" and it has NO other information beside it, this is the grade that your child earned on this assignment.
  • If an assignment is a TEST and your child has received a failing score, your child is able to retake that assignment AFTER he/she has had remediation from me.
  • Assignments that have not been handed in will be marked with a "0," but will also have a note beside them indicating it is missing.
  • Assignments that are handed in late often take me some time to grade; however, I will get to them as soon as possible. These will be marked with an "L" to indicate it was late and the correct grade will be given. (5 points are deducted each day an assignment is late.)
  • When possible, if I deduct an extreme number of points, or if something strange happened with your child's assignment, I will input a comment to explain that to you.

Please feel free to email me if you ever have a question.

Missing Work

Many students have not yet handed in their syllabus from the beginning of the year. You are able to view that by going here. If you see that your child is missing the syllabus, please send me an email and let me know you've reviewed it.

Mrs. Bowden

I have been teaching at Byrd for two years, but have been in the county for the last seven. I received my B.A. in History from the University of Mary Washington. I am passionate about creating engaging lessons for your child, and hope to make Social Studies a fun and interesting topic for them.

Please contact me with any questions at any time!