Fifth Grade Social Studies Units

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


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

* 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. (

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

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

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

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



Unit 2 : Colonization and Settlement (7 weeks)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*  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. (

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




Unit 3: American Revolution (6 weeks)


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

*  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. (

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

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

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



Unit 4: Documents of Democracy (5 weeks)


*  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. (

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*  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. (

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