Fifth Grade Social Studies Units

Unit 1: First Americans to the Time of the Explorers (4 weeks)

Standards:

*  I can describe the complex urban societies that existed in Mesoamerica and North America before 1500. (5.4.4.15.1)

* I can identify various motivations of the Europeans for exploring and settling in Asia, Africa and the Americas from the 15th to early 17th centuries. (5.4.4.16.1)

*  I can Describe early interactions between indigenous peoples, Europeans and Africans, and then describe the consequences of those interactions on all of the groups. (5.4.4.16.2)

*  I can explain a historical event from multiple perspectives. (5.4.1.2.2)

*  I can explain the construct of an era and interpret the connections between three or more events in an era. (5.4.1.1.1) 

*  I can explain the concept of profit (relationship between revenue & cost) and describe how this motivates entrepreneurs. (5.2.4.6.1)

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Unit 2 : Colonization and Settlement (7 weeks)

Standards:

* I can create and use various kinds of maps of places in the North American colonies. (5.3.1.1.1)

* I can locate and identify the physical and human characteristics of places in the North American Colonies. (5.3.1.3.1)

* I can explain how geographic features affected land use in the North American colonies. (5.3.4.10.1)

*  I can identify the role of Europeans and West Africans in the development of the Atlantic slave trade. (5.4.4.16.3)

*  I can compare and contrast life within the English, French and Spanish colonies in the North American colonies. (5.4.4.16.4)

*  I can describe ways that both enslaved and free black people maintained and developed their cultural identities. (5.4.4.16.5)

*  I can compare and contrast the taxes and fees collected and services provided during Colonial times with the taxes, fees and services today. (5.1.4.7.3)

*  I can apply a decision- making process to identify an alternative choice that could have been made for a historical event and explain the probable impact of that choice. (5.2.1.1.1)

*  I can describe different uses of income and discuss advantages and disadvantages of each. (5.2.2.2.1)

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Unit 3: American Revolution (6 weeks)

Standards:

* I can identify major conflict between the colonies and England following the Seven Years War, and how these conflicts led to the American Revolution. (5.4.4.17.1)

*  I can describe how the people in the British Colonies governed themselves and how conflicting beliefs about the role of government led to the American Revolution. (5.4.4.17.2)

*  I can identify the major events of the American Revolution that led to the creation of a new independent nation. (5.4.4.17.3)

*  I can compare and contrast the impact of the American Revolution on the different groups within the original 13 colonies. (5.4.4.17.4)

*  I can recreate a historic event to show how civic participation makes a democratic society work for all citizens. (5.1.1.1.1)

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Unit 4: Documents of Democracy (5 weeks)

Standards:

*  I can describe the purposes of the founding documents and explain the basic principles of democracy that are outlined in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the bill of rights. (5.4.4.17.5)

*  I can explain the three branches of government and how the leaders are selected. (5.1.4.7.1)

*  I can describe how governmental power is limited through the principles of federalism, the separation of powers and checks and balances. (5.1.4.7.2)

*  I can describe why the Article of Confederation was replaced with the Constitution. (5.4.4.17.6)

*  I can describe the major issues that were debated at the Constitutional Convention. (5.4.4.17.7)

*  I can identify important people from the American Revolution, and explain how their actions helped to develop our American political culture. (5.1.2.2.1)

*  I can explain specific protections that the Bill of Rights provides to individuals. (5.1.3.5.1)

* I can explain how law limits the power of the government and the governed, protects individual rights and promotes the general welfare. (5.1.4.8.1)

*  I can explain how the first 10 amendments helped in the ratification of the United States Constitution. (5.1.3.5.1)

*  I can identify a problem in our community and analyze it from different perspectives, and create an action plan to address it. (5.1.1.1.2)

*  I can pose questions about a topic in history, examine a variety of sources related to the question, interpret findings and use evidence to draw conclusions. (5.4.1.2.1)

*  I can analyze multiple causes and outcomes of a historical event. (5.4.1.3.1)

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