Fifth Grade Social Studies
Geography, Maps, and Current Events:
These units are ongoing throughout the year and include a variety of resources such as: Time For Kids, newspapers, timelines, and the Rand McNally Mapping and Atlas activities. One goal is for the children to become proficient at reading a variety of maps. The children will also learn to look at history and current events through the Five Themes of Geography (PHLMR) and understand that events do not stand in isolation, but are inter-related.
The Constitution and United States Government:
This unit begins with a review of the Revolutionary War and concentrates on the creation of a new government. Children are introduced to different forms of government and learn how our Founding Fathers shaped our government. We study the three Branches of Government and visit the County Board of Legislators to participate in a Mock Legislative session to learn first-hand how decisions are made. We read study many pieces of literature on the subject: If You Were There, When They Signed The Constitution, How the U.S. Government Works, and Shh...We're Writing The Constitution. During this unit, the children will dissect the Preamble and create their own classroom Preamble.
This unit is one of intense writing, role-playing, and technological integration. The focus is on the many push/pull factors behind various ethnic groups' mass immigration to the United States, Ellis Island, and the effects of immigration on the United States. Each child will adopt the persona of an immigrant and experience the Turn of the the Century through that person's eyes, by recording events in a detailed diary/journal. We will visit Ellis Island.
Mayan Civilization (optional, time permitting):
This is a unit, that time permitting (due to the Capstone Project), will focus on an ancient civilization to explore, What is Culture? The Mayan civilization comes to life in the video series, Voyage of the Mimi II. The children participate in archaeological studies to understand the past.