Week of Oct. 28 - November 1


This week students will be learning about how Spain's dominance gave rise to Encomiendas (lands granted with specific permission to control the native peoples who lived on the lands). This is very important as these new societies gave rise to colonies supporting enslaved peoples, or the rise of slavery in the Americas . 


Lesson 3; Life in New Spain

Vocabulary Review


No homework is assigned this week for Social Studies. All projects will be done in class. 


Week of Jan 6 - Jan 10


This week students will begin to learn about the 13 Original Colonies. The colonies will be segmented into three regions: New England, Middle, and Southern.  Students will learn the origins of each colony and the chief products it produced. Students will  complete a map of the 13 colonies and watch a series of videos for each region. 


Map - 13 Original Colonies

New England Colonies 

Middle Colonies 

Southern Colonies

 

No new homework is assigned.  


What is PBL? 


It stands for Project Based Learning. In a nutshell PBL is where students find a solution to a question using investigation in order to solve a real world problem

Watch this video



How will this look in 5th Grade?  FUN!!!!



The major themes this year will be of Cultural Diversity and an American National Identity. This includes:


  • Early Settlements (colonies)
  • Indigenous Life in New England (cultural patterns)
  • Grievances (French & Indian War)
  • American Revolution


Students will use inquiry and investigation in the areas of history, civics, economics, and geography.


Fifth Grade Social Studies Standards


Here is a list of social studies skills students learn in fifth grade! These skills are organized into categories, and you can move your mouse over any skill name to preview the skill. To start practicing, just click on any link. IXL will track your score, and you will get immediate feedback as you practice!


IXL Social Studies

Week of Oct. 7 - 11


This week students will: 


1. Finalize their job applications for a position on Christopher Columbus's ships. The components of their final presentation will include: 1) a typed letter of interest, 2) a hand drawn picture of themselves in the role OR a green screen photo of themselves superimposed onto an image related to their profession.


2. Begin to read about the Spanish Conquistadors and the powerful explorer Hernando Cortes. Students will learn how worlds collided between Spanish and Aztec civilizations. 


HOMEWORK:   No homework assigned this week.


Week of Feb 18 - Feb 21

This week students will learn about the causes, effects, and aftermath of the French & Indian War. This war is often described as the war that "made America". It was a turning point in colonial thinking toward the Crown of England and it gave rise to strong leadership such as George Washington and the Declaration of Independence. 


Students will be viewing a documentary titled, "The War That Made America".  There will be several in-class activities, journals, and reading passages. From here we will begin our journey into the American Revolution.


VIDEO Series


Homework:  Read "The French and Indian War" - answer multiple choice questions


Students will continue to draft their Student Led Conference presentations.


Week of March 16  - March 20


**Online Supplemental Learning While School is Closed** New material will be covered in class when school resumes.

 
When school opens we will return to our series of Liberty Kids videos.  You may watch the episodes below if you would like to. 


​Episode #4 - Liberty or Death


Liberty Kids Worksheet


Current Events 

Week of September 9 - 13


We will begin our year by looking at the nonfiction text features of our Social Studies textbook, "The United States".


Here is a list of common text features.  Our first graded assignment will be to use the textbook to locate several of these text features. We will use the TEXT FEATURE SCAVENGER HUNT.


We will also learn how to read maps (using a cardinal rose and map scale). Students will become more familiar with the map of the United States


In the coming weeks we will learn about European explorers and the effects of colliding civilizations. Students will also learn how to navigate a map using lines of longitude and latitude. 


Week of Oct. 21 - Oct 25


This week students will continue learning about Spain's colonization of the Americas.  In class this week we will discuss the explorer Hernando Cortes and the Spanish conquistadors. We will use the video links below and discuss how the sequence of events in the early to mid 1500's led to the establishment of New Spain and Mexico City.


VIDEO on Cortes 

Videos on New Spain: colonization 

Tales of Conquest: Cortes and Montezuma

About Hernando Cortes


No homework is assigned this week for Social Studies. All projects will be done in class. 


Week of Dec 9 - Dec 13


Due to snow days last week, students did not have time to cover all of last weeks material. So this week, students will begin by designing their own Jamestown Colony triangular forts. They will  color and design the layout of the marketplace, armory, bulwarks, guardhouses, storage centers and of course the church.  


Next, we will learn who Pocahontas was and how important she was during the "starving time" for the colonists. 


Students  will also learn about the importance of the Mayflower Compact and how that document governed the new Plymouth colony.


Video 1 - Mayflower Compact

Video 2 - Pilgrims


Week of Nov 25 - Nov 27 - Happy Thanksgiving to all!


This week students will continue to  learn about an epic naval battle that changed history -- the Defeat of the Spanish Armada!

​In class we will watch a two-part video series.


​Video Series


No Homework assigned. 


Week of Dec 16 - Dec 20 -  Happy Holidays to All!


This week students will learn about the importance of the Mayflower Compact and how that document governed the new Plymouth colony. Students will complete a Mayflower Journal as if they were one of the passengers seeking life in the New World.  We will also review how tobacco crops changed the lives of the settlers by creating a source of wealth through commerce. 


Mayflower Journal Entry 


Week of March 2  - March 6


This week students will finish the French & Indian War and will learn about a series of laws that the British government imposed on the colonists limiting their freedom. These laws came to be known as "The Intolerable Acts".


Homework: Some Laws Are Intolerable - read passage and answer the questions.


Week of Jan 2 - Jan 3 -  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!


A very short week to start off the New Year!    As we begin a new year (and a new decade) we look back at the pilgrims of 1620. They began a new life in the America and it was not easy for them. Harsh winters, lack of food and shelter and lack of communication with native tribes.  The Pilgrims found an ally (friend) with a Native American by the name of Squanto. Squanto spoke both languages and he had lived in England too! (It's good to have friends!). Squanto taught the Pilgrims how to survive. This week we will learn more about the first colonies by reading a series of passages


Our Social Studies Textbook

Week of Feb 10 - Feb 14

This week students will learn about two important historical figures of early Colonial America: 


Elizabeth Lucas Pinckney - a young, female pioneer of agriculture. 

video 1

John Peter Zenger- his trial was a major event in terms of writing the U.S Constitution and Bill or Rights. 

video 1     video 2       video 3


Homework: Read "Trial of John Peter Zenger" - answer the questions. 


Students will continue to draft their Student Led Conference presentations.


Week of March 9 to March 13


This week students will begin learning about the events leading up to the American Revolution.  We start the week by reading about the Stamp Act of 1765.  These series of laws and taxes were known as the Intolerable Acts. 


​Next, students will be watching a series of animated videos called Liberty Kids. These are award-winning animated videos showing the events of the American Revolution in chronological sequence from the Boston Tea Party to the signing of the U.S. Constitution. 


Students will be required to complete a review worksheet and a 3-2-1 Quick Check with every video they watch. This week's episodes include: 


Episode #1 - The Boston Tea Party 

Episode #2 - The Intolerable Acts

Episode #3 - United We Stand


Homework:  No new homework is assigned. Classwork will be graded. 


Week of Jan 13 - Jan 17


This week students will be constructing a timeline of the 13 original colonies. The timeline will include important dates, names of founders, and events that shaped the new world between the dates of 1607 - 1732. Once the timeline is complete, students will use it to complete a Google quiz.


No homework is assigned this week for Social Studies. All projects will be done in class. 


Week of Nov 18 - Nov 22


This week students will learn about an epic naval battle that changed history -- the Defeat of the Spanish Armada!

​In class we will watch a two-part video series.


​Video Series


Homework:  Read "Defeat of the Spanish Armada" - answer the multiple choice questions. 


Please see our new "Distance Learning" page for all online lessons and plans during the school's closure.

Week of Dec 2 - Dec 6


This week students will learn about the Jamestown Colony and discover the lifestyle of the early English colonists. Students will complete a Jamestown Map and view several short videos on this important time in our history. 

Video 1

Video 2


Next, students will discuss the character of Pocahontas and her importance to the colonists. We will watch a BrainPop video on Pocahontas and discuss how the tobacco industry began to change not only the lives of English settlers but also how it led to the first established system of government. Next week, we will explore the Mayflower, the Pilgrims and the emergence of the 13 original colonies. 


Read "American Government - The Mayflower Compact" - answer multiple choice questions. 


Week of Sept. 23 - 27


Chapter 4 - Lesson 1 Vocabulary Preview - In this unit students will learn about European explorers living in the early 1400's. We begin with the voyages of Christopher Columbus and describe the first encounters with the Taino. We also look at the significance of the Columbian Exchange and its causes and affects. 


Students will create a pocket folder of early European explorers. Each folder will contain important facts and activities specific to each explorer. The completed folders will count as an assessment grade. This week's lesson will include:

1. Setting up the pocket folder 
2. Reading, "
About Christopher Columbus".
3. Understand the 
different routes that Columbus made in his search of the Americas.


It is important that students know what is going on in current events. My homeroom will start the day by watching a student-friendly version of current events from all over the globe. It is a fun and engaging way of learning about the news. Click on the icon to the right to see the day's latest current events. 

Week of Oct. 14 - Oct 18


This week students will:


1 Nautical Instruments: Early explorers did not have the luxury of going to Bass Pro or Cabela's for nautical instruments but they did have some great tools to help them find their way across the oceans. Students will learn how to read the latitude and longitude grid system and they will locate different places on the globe using the coordinates. Next, students will assembly their own astrolabes (for measuring the height of objects) and a compass (for cardinal directions).


​2. This week students will be learning about Spain's colonization of the Americas. This was a very important time in history as European countries began conquering lands and competing for world power. The result of these conquests lead to colonies by Spain, France, and eventually England. In the next chapter we begin to discuss the rise of English colonies. In class this week we will discuss the explorer Hernando Cortes and the Spanish conquistadors.


HOMEWORK:   No homework assigned this week.  


In class we are using the Scott Foresman Social Studies text: The United States


Unit 1: Early Life, East and West

Unit 2: Connections Across Continents 

Unit 3: Colonial Life in North America 

Unit 4: The American Revolution 

Unit 5: Life in a New Nation

Week of Sept. 30 - Oct. 4


This week in Social Studies.


1. Student Council Elections (Monday) - Students will put democracy into action by voting for the homeroom representative of Student Council.  Candidates will give their speeches and voting will take place. 


2, Write a Letter of Application:  Columbus's ships are about to set sail and he needs a crew of trusty sailors!  Students will learn about the many different roles on a ship (see job details). Students are to choose ONE job they would like to apply for and write Columbus a letter expressing their interest. The letter will have three paragraphs.


HOMEWORK:   Read "Life on an Explorer's Ship" - answer all multiple choice questions and choose ONE of the open ended essay questions. ​


Week of Sept. 16 - 20


No Social Studies homework will be assigned this week. 


This week students will begin to review our geography skills including how to navigate a map using a cardinal rose and a map's scale bar. Lessons will include cardinal directions, map scaling, and lines of latitude and longitude.  


In class activities will consist:of:

BrainPop video 

Learning about Latitude and Longitude 

 


NOOK.COM

Week of Feb 21 - Feb 28


Students will finish watching the documentary on The French & Indian War (see Video Series link below). Next, students will color in before-and-after maps showing the lands claimed by Great Britain, France, and Spain. The maps will also include territorial dispute lands along the Ohio River Valley.  Once we conclude our maps and our discussions we will begin to focus on the numerous tariffs (taxes) that the King of England placed upon the colonists --- that will lead to what will become a revolution!


Homework: No homework is assigned this week for Social Studies. All projects will be done in class.


Week of Jan 21 - Jan 24


Students will begin learning about the specific jobs and occupations of early colonial times. Students will draft trading cards and learn the importance of each job, product, and service.  A short video will also be viewed on colonial jobs. In class students will complete an apprenticeship application to apply for a colonial job of interest. The application will be a writing activity as they make up the education, special skill sets, and training needed for the job they choose. 


No homework is assigned this week for Social Studies. All projects will be done in class. 


Week of Jan 27 - Jan 31


This week students will ...

1. Finalize their Apprenticeship Applications.

2. Read and learn about the triangular trade routes that existed between the colonies, Africa, and Europe. We will explore the different products each of the 3 sections of colonies exported and imported. 

3. Complete a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting the economies of New England, Middle, and Southern Colonies. 


No homework is assigned this week for Social Studies. All projects will be done in class. 


Week of Feb 3 - Feb 7

This week students will learn about an important historical figure of early Colonial America: 


Benjamin Franklin - a famous writer, inventor, scientist, statesman, and writer of the Declaration of Independence. 

video 1       video 2    


Additionally, this week one of our Social Studies periods will be used for students to work on their Student Led Conference presentations. Please see "Student Led Conferences" on the bottom of the homepage for more details. 


No homework is assigned this week for Social Studies. All projects will be done in class.


Week of Nov 4 - Nov 8


This week students will be learning about conflicts between England and Spain over colonizing the Americas.  Students will begin the week by reading "America's Lost Colony" and they will learn and discuss all about the colonists who disappeared in 1587. We will also view a video on this historic event.


Students will complete a vocabulary preview of the new chapter


No homework is assigned this week for Social Studies. All projects will be done in class. 


Week of Nov 11 - Nov 15


This week students will continue to learn about  England's first attempts to colonize the Americas.  Students will finish watching the VIDEO on the disappearance of Roanoke Colony.  Then students will complete a chapter vocabulary preview using Google Classroom. 


This week, our Social Studies period will include: Veteran's Day Assembly (Monday) and World Kindness Day (Wednesday). Classroom activities are planned for both events. 


Homework:  Read "Colonization and the Revolutionary War - Roanoke: The Lost Colony" - and answer the questions.