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Mastering Ohio's Grade 6 Social Studies Test

★ A book that covers every one of the 16 content standards in sixth grade social studies.
★ Short but detailed summaries of the most important information foreach Learning Standard.
★ Student-friendly language accompanied by a variety of illustrations and other visual aids
★ With 500 questions designed in the format of Ohio’s new test, including content statement performance-based and end-of-year questions for every content statement.
★ The perfect companion to our Regions and Cultures activity book,which also fully covers all of Ohio’s learning expectations.

Product Description

This book is only sold in sets of 10.  The price is $129.50 for a set of ten.

For a sample chapter, click here!

The book is arranged by units, covering all four tested strands — history, geography, government, and economics — that will be tested.

Highly focused content summaries in each chapter provide the most essential information your students need to know for each Content Statement.

All of the fundamental social studies skills required by the new curriculum are presented in this book.

For each strand, a unit pre-test allows you to see what your students already know. A unit test then allows you to assess what your students

have learned by the end of the unit.

Every page in the book is perforated, allowing students to easily remove pages to hand in or to exchange with other students in class.

The book is based on the principles of the National Research Council’s How People Learn, the methodologies of Robert Marzano’s Classroom Instruction that Works, and the strategies for teaching content-area literacy in Janet Allen’s Tools for Teaching Content Literacy. In short, every chapter is designed to help your students perform their very best on the test.



A Recent Testimonial:

November 26, 2015

Dear Mr. Stuart Zimmer, Jarrett Publishing Company,

I would like to extend my sincere appreciation and admiration for the resource guide “Mastering Ohio’s Grade 6 Social Studies Test” your company recently published. The resource manual has become an amazing addition to my Social Studies classroom resources.

To begin, I found the resource manual easy to navigate and visually appealing for my sixth grade students. With each content standard stated at the beginning of a section and student goals presented before the presentation of information and activities, students were aware of the very specific content concentrations. In addition, activities were relevant and engaging for all levels of learners. I used the resource manuals as a supplement to my social studies units. Students were able to pull information from our units and apply the information to complete the activities successfully within your resource manuals. Some of my favorite activities included the study cards and the case studies. The study cards allowed for students to continually review terms from past units. With engaging narratives and a variety of perspectives, the case studies opened many terrific classroom discussions.

Most recently, we were provided with a brief look into last year’s Social Studies AIR scores for our former sixth grade students. Our sixth grade Social Studies students scored 25% higher than the national sixth grade average score. Although our sixth grade Social Studies team worked diligently with a variety of resources to prepare for the AIR assessment, your resource manual definitely played a role in helping our students achieve their amazing scores.

I continue to use your resource manual to supplement my content units as a preparation tool for the Social Studies AIR assessment. I would recommend your resource manual to any teacher or administrator.


Mrs. Gayle Horning

Stanton Middle School Sixth Grade Social Studies

Kent City Schools

Kent, Ohio


To see how this book works, let’s explore each of the special learning features of this book:


Each chapter begins by identifying one of the tested social studies standards, also known as “Content Statements.” These Content Statements identify what the Ohio Department of Education wants students to know.


It is essential that your students be able to recognize the specialized vocabulary of social studies. This section of the chapter identifies the key names, words, and phrases they need to know.


Here students will see a list of the skills they will be expected to perform after they have completed the chapter.


In the “main ideas” section of each chapter, students will find a studentfriendly text to show them what they need to know.


In each chapter, students will find a series of study cards. These cards identify the chapter’s most essential content information. These study cards are to be filled out by the students themselves, which will further assist them in assimilating this information. The reverse of each card contains a printed prompt. Students are instructed to cut out these study cards and use them for study and practice. When students review these cards, they will be able to look at the prompt to test their memories.


These special content-area vocabulary sections are based on Janet Allen’s pioneering work, Tools for Teaching Content Literacy. These sections provide a variety of exercises to familiarize students with the key vocabulary found in the social studies content statements, including concept ladders, Frayer Models, concept circles, and categorization exercises.


Some of the questions on the Grade 6 Social Studies Test will ask your students to interpret a piece of data. Knowing how to interpret different types of data is therefore crucial for your students to perform their best on the test. Throughout this book, students will find special “Skill Builder” sections that focus on how to read, understand and interpret a variety of data. These types of data include charts, tables, graphs, pictures, and illustrations.


The first part of Ohio’s new Grade 6 Social Studies Summative Assessment will be the Performance-Based Assessment, or “PBA.” These will be hand-scored graphic-response and constructedresponse assessment items. Each chapter of this book has a section devoted to answering PBA-type constructed-response and graphic-response questions. Each of the questions in the book mirrors what students will find when they take the actual test. Although this is a printed book and not a computer program, the exercises that students answer are analogous to the questions on the test.


The second part of the new summative test will be the machine-scored End-of- Year Assessment, or “EOY.” The type of questions found on the EOY test will consist of short-answer, graphic response, and multiple-choice questions. Your students will find a multitude of these types of questions in every chapter of this book. These questions closely mirror what is on the actual test. As your students grow more skilled at answering a variety of PBA and EOY questions, they will gain confidence in their ability to do well on the test.


Each unit in this book — geography, history, government and economics — opens with a pre-test. Educational research shows that practice with tests of varying scale and intensity can deepen student learning. Taking a test is a threefold mental process: thinking of the sought-after information; bringing it consciously to mind; and finally, storing it. The newly stored memory will be embedded in a host of additional associations, making it easier for students to recall when they face a similar question on the test.


Each of the four units concludes with a comprehensive test on the material explored in that unit. This motivates your students to conduct a thorough review of each unit. By obtaining greater familiarity with different types of test questions that might appear on the test, students will gain greater confidence in approaching the standardized test. In addition, quotations, data and excerpts from longer documents are included in many of the questions throughout the book.


Everyone expects the new Grade 6 social studies test to be challenging. You can help your sixth graders perform their best by providing them with extensive practice with the test format and by a thorough review of the course content. Our final practice test will give them practice covering the entire course. The PBA-type questions on this final are at the same level and complexity as the questions students will find on the actual assessment. The test is worth 20 points, with 4 points on history and government, 10 points on geography, and 6 points on economics.




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