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Elementary Elementary Social Studies Grade 5

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The Social Studies suite utilizes a personal approach to introduce students to community and citizenship. By providing scaffolded instruction from Kindergarten through 5th grade, students develop a firm understanding of important concepts and skills related to history, geography, and economics. The integration of recurring characters and challenges to overcome keeps students engaged and progressing. Finally, students will analyze grade-appropriate passages to reinforce reading comprehension and writing skills. In Kindergarten, students learn about community and are offered an introduction to history, geography, and economics. In First grade, students develop an understanding of citizenship in the home, school, and community. Second grade focuses on the geography of North America, the impact of immigration, and the foundations of American citizenship. Third grade includes a closer look at American history and civics. This includes studying regions with the United States and the physical and cultural characteristics of Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean Islands. In Fourth grade, students explore the important people, places, and events that shaped the state in which they live. In Fifth grade, students focus on American history through 1850 from Native Americans through exploration, colonization, and early American history.

Segment One

Module 01 - Early North America

  • Hunting for Physical Features
  • Ancient North American Civilizations
  • From Woodlands to Plains
  • From Southwest to Pacific Northwest

Module 02 - European Exploration

  • Exploration Across the Atlantic
  • Spanish Exploration
  • English Exploration
  • After the Discovery

Module 03 - The Settlement of North America

  • The Thirteen Colonies
  • The New England Colonies
  • The Middle Colonies
  • The Southern Colonies
  • Comparing the Colonies

Module 04 - American Revolution

  • Leading up to the Revolution
  • Revolution Grows
  • So It Begins
  • Independent Ideas
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • War Continues
  • War Ends
  • Effects of the War

Segment Two

Module 05 - Founding a Nation

  • A New Country
  • Introduction to the Constitution
  • The Constitution Basics
  • Ratification
  • The Bill of Rights
  • The Constitution as a Living Document

Module 06 - Growth and Westward Expansion

  • Louisiana Purchase
  • War of 1812
  • Early Explorations of the West
  • Settling the West
  • Technology in Westward Expansion
  • Effects of Westward Expansion

Module 07 - Social Studies Today

  • The United States Today
  • Solving Problems
  • Good Citizens