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Grade-5 Social Studies Course Outline

Grade-5 Social Studies Course Outline

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This course is aligned with Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for 5th grade social studies. The students will first review the needed map skills to successfully complete the source. The class focuses on the history of early America. It also provides a chance for students to practice reading about and discussing current events. The students will learn about native American civilizations, including early ones such as the Maya, Inca, and Aztec civilizations. They will then learn about European explorers, including Vasco da Gama and Christopher Columbus. Next the students will learn about the 13 original colonies and the steps that the colonies took towards revolution. They will review the major battles of the revolutionary war, and will learn about the Treaty of Paris, and the impact the war had on the country. The students will learn about how the government of the United States was formed and how the constitution was written. Next, they will learn about how the nation grew through things such as the Louisiana Purchase and the idea of manifest destiny. The students will learn about the growth of industry in the young country and the impact of slavery. Finally, the students will learn about how government is set up in the United States today, with the three branches of government and the system of checks and balances. They will also learn about their rights and responsibilities as a citizen of a country.


1- Introduction

  • Introduction
  • Course Description
  • Pretest
  • Assignment: Pretest
  • Understanding Plagiarism
  • MLA Formatting MSWord 2007
  • MLA Documentation updates
  • MLA Citation
  • MLA Incorporating Sources

2- Geography

  • Map Skills Introduction
  • Types of Maps
  • Latitude and Longitude
  • Physical Features of North America
  • Assignment: Current Events
  • Assignment: Map Skills

3- Native American Civilizations

  • Introduction
  • Getting to America
  • People of the Americas
  • Maya Civilizations
  • Inca Civilizations
  • Aztec Civilization
  • Assignment: Aztec, Inca and Maya Research
  • Culture Regions of the United States
  • The Northwest Coast Region
  • The California Intermountain Region
  • The Southwest Region
  • The Plains Region
  • The Eastern Woodland Region
  • Worksheet: Native American Civilization
  • Assignment: Current Events #2

4- European Explorers

  • Exploration and Navigation
  • Navigation Tools
  • Quiz: Tools of Exploration
  • Ships
  • Prince Henry the Navigator
  • Vasco da Gama
  • Dutch and English
  • Christopher Columbus
  • Columbus Returns
  • Four Journeys
  • Essay: Ships
  • Assignment: Timeline and Route of Explorer
  • Assignment: Current Events #3

5- Colonies

  • The Beginnings of Jamestown
  • Captain John Smith
  • The Beginning of Democracy
  • A Colony at Plymouth
  • Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • Freedom of Religion
  • Assignment: Hardships of Colonization
  • New England Colonies
  • The Middle Colonies
  • Colonial Way of Life
  • The Southern Colonies
  • Southern Colonies and Slavery
  • Triangular Trade and Slavery
  • 13 Colonies Review
  • Handout: 13 Colonies Map
  • Assignment: 13 Colonies Map
  • Quiz: Colonies
  • Assignment: Current Events #4

6- The Road to Freedom

  • Introduction
  • The French and Indian War
  • New Problems
  • The Boston Massacre
  • Essay: Boston Massacre
  • The Boston Tea Party
  • Events That Led to War
  • The Call for Independence
  • Abigail and John Adams
  • Assignment: Time Line of Road to Freedom
  • Assignment: Current Events #5

7- The American Revolution

  • Introduction
  • The Long Fight
  • Washington and the American Army
  • The Victory at Trenton
  • Help Arrives from Europe
  • Winter at Valley Forge
  • Charleston Falls to the British
  • The Last Battle: Yorktown
  • The Treaty of Paris
  • The Impact of War
  • Midtest
  • Assignment: Midtest
  • Essay: Freedom
  • Worksheet: The American Revolution
  • Assignment: Current Events #6

8- The New Nation

  • Introduction
  • Choosing a Government
  • The Articles of Confederation
  • Northwest Terrotiry
  • The New Nation Faces Problems
  • Writing the Constitution
  • The Great Compromise
  • The Federal System
  • Ratification of the Constitution
  • The Bill of Rights
  • Handout: Bill of Rights
  • Essay: Bill of Rights
  • Assignment: Bill of Rights
  • George Washington
  • Quiz: New Nation
  • Assignment: Current Events #7

9- A Growing Nation

  • Introduction
  • The Growing West
  • The Louisiana Purchase
  • An Amazing Journey
  • Assignment: Lewis and Clark Journal
  • The War of 1812
  • The End of the War of 1812
  • The Missouri Compromise
  • Slavery and Plantations
  • Nat Turner’s Rebellion
  • The Trail of Tears
  • Worksheet: A Growing Nation
  • Assignment: Current Events #8

10- Westward Expansion

  • Introduction
  • How the United States Grew
  • Traveling West
  • Pioneer Life
  • Essay: Pioneer Life
  • New Trade Routes
  • Texas Independence
  • Manifest Destiny
  • Essay: Manifest Destiny
  • War with Mexico
  • California, Here I Come!
  • Assignment: Current Events #9

11- Technology and Slavery

  • Introduction
  • Factories
  • The Railroad Boom and the Steamboat
  • Canals, Roads, and Railways
  • The Growth of Cities
  • Assignment: Industrial Revolution
  • Escape from Slavery
  • When Cotton Was “King”
  • The Compromise of 1850
  • Worksheet: The North & the South, 1820-1860
  • Lincoln and Slavery
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Assignment: Biography of an Abolitionist
  • Assignment: Current Events #10

12- Democracy Today

  • Government Then and Now
  • Three Branches
  • Executive Branch
  • Judicial Branch
  • Legislative Branch
  • Assignment: 3 Branches of Government
  • Checks and Balances
  • Essay: Checks and Balances
  • How a Bill Becomes a Law
  • Assignment: Current Events #11

13- Rights and Responsibilities

  • Your Rights
  • Voting Rights
  • Voting for Minorities and Women
  • Assignment: Voting Timeline
  • Bill of Rights
  • Amendments to the Constitution
  • Essay: Amendments
  • Citizenship
  • Citizens and Aliens
  • Immigration
  • Duties and Responsibilities
  • Quiz: Rights and Responsibilities
  • Post-test
  • Assignment: Post-test
  • Assignment: Current Events #12

14- Course Evaluation

  • Handout: Course Evalulation
  • Assignment: Course Evaluation
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