The Primary Source September Edition


The sixth grade will be spending the next month or so studying early river valley civilizations such as the Sumerians and Babylonians in Mesopotamia and the Egyptians and Assyrians in northern Africa.   During this time we'll learn about the rise of civilization itself and how we moved from hunting and gathering to farming and herding.

Egypt gets pretty interesting with the discovery of King Tut and our research on his fate and alleged curse upon those disturbing his tomb!



Kansas boring? Not in the least!  There are some very interesting facts about the early days of Kansas such as the fact that much of Kansas was under a saltwater sea, or that we once had horses similar to today's imports from the early Europeans.  In fact, they originated here before migrating to Asia to evolve to their current state.

The students will be studying this information in depth while using primary sources to formulate theories and complete projects based on evidence that they uncover about the state!



Lewis and Clark!...need I say more?  The 8th graders will become very familiar with the factors leading up to the Louisiana Purchase such as Jefferson's idea of a larger, more powerful country and Napoleon's loss of Haiti.  These factors as well as others led to the unprecedented journey by Lewis and Clark known as the Corps of Discovery.  We will take a very hands on approach to the actual expedition by writing our own journal entries based on journals by members of the trip.  Our journals will of course be complete with drawings and authentic looking paper....


This website is used as a way for students to utilize the internet as a learning tool.  There are so many ways that Social Studies can be fun and interesting when presented in the right way and I believe this modern technology is the perfect way for all students to learn.  This site will consist of:

  • Interesting and helpful Social Studies sites of all kinds
  • Documents to download for projects
  • Media such as movies, pictures, and songs to reinforce people, places, and events
  • Text book information and chapters
  • Maps and files of electronic maps for free mapping software
  • Links to free software and safe downloads to assist with learning
  • Economics tools and documents
  • Useless tidbits of information that middle schoolers love
  • Anything else I come across that I feel will help the kids make connections and spark their interest.



I won't ever get completely done with updating this site so check back often to see what has changed and what's new!

Mr. Sabala

Middle School Social Studies






Catholicism Around the World

Click on the map to make it work. This shows the percentage of Catholics in each country of the world.  The larger the country appears on this map, the more of the world's population of Catholics it contains.

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Michael Sabala
MS Social Studies

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