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5th Grade Social Studies Curriculum

5th Grade Social Studies YEAR-LONG Curriculum Bundle

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  • 100+ engaging presentations in both PowerPoint and Google Slides formats
  • 250+ immersive student exercise assignments in both PDF printable and Google Slides formats
  • Teacher Answer Keys for EVERY resource
  • 15+ Reading Comprehension Activities each one with an accompanying Q&A worksheet
  • 10+ Individual & Team Projects all with instructional material and suggested teacher guidelines
  • 190+ links to supplemental videos on YouTube
  • Presentations featuring BUILT-IN Discussion Based Questions (DBQ)
  • Guided Notes Handouts for EVERY lesson for students to more easily follow along with each presentation and retain their learnings
  • Fun & Interactive Unit Review activities like an easy-to-use Jeopardy game that keeps score, includes Daily Doubles, and comes with ALL the categories and answers already filled out
  • Unit Assessment complete with teacher answer key and grading rubric
  • ALL resources are 100% completely ready for both in-person and online digital classroom learning
  • Unit Outline and Lesson-by-Lesson Overview  for every unit

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Unit 1: Intro to U.S. Geography

  • Map reading (what maps can tell us)
  • Different types of maps
  • Economic, political, and population regions of the U.S.
  • Physical characteristics of U.S. geography
  • Key political features of U.S. geography
  • Settlement and population patterns of the U.S.
  • State abbreviations and capitals

Unit 2: Think Like a Historian

  • Locating and obtaining sources of information (primary & secondary sources)
  • Identifying cause and effect relationships
  • Importance of historical context
  • Differentiation between factual and non-factual/biased information 

Unit 3: Exploration & Colonization of America

  • Age of Exploration
  • English, French,  & Spanish exploration and colonization in North America
  • The Founding of the 13 Colonies
  • Influence of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower Compact
  • Importance of the settlement of Jamestown
  • Virginia House of Burgesses
  • Economies and geography of the 13 Colonies
  • Daily life in the 13 Colonies

Unit 4: The American Revolution

  • The French & Indian War
  • Acts of Controversy (Stamp Act, Sugar Act, Tea Act, etc.)
  • Causes & effects of the Boston Massacre and Boston Tea Party
  • Continental Congress (First & Second)
  • Signing of the Declaration of Independence
  • Breakout of the Revolutionary War
  • Major battles and figures of the Revolutionary War
  • Historical significance of Valley Forge and Washington's Crossing
  • The Treaty of Paris

Unit 5: U.S. Constitution & Bill of Rights

  • Articles of Confederation
  • The Constitutional Convention
  • Importance of the Preamble of the Constitution
  • Three Branches of Government
  • Ratification of the Constitution
  • The Bill of Rights
  • Constitutional Amendments and the amendment process

Unit 6: Early Challenges of the U.S.

  • The Louisiana Purchase
  • Lewis & Clark Expedition
  • Causes & effects of the War of 1812
  • The Star Spangled Banner
  • Introduction to the Free Enterprise System

Unit 7: Westward Expansion

  • Manifest Destiny
  • Indian Removal Act &  the Trail of Tears
  • The Texas Revolution
  • Causes & effects of the Mexican-American War
  • Mexican Cession
  • The Oregon Territory & Oregon Trail
  • California Gold Rush
  • The Territory of Utah and the Mormon Migration

Unit 8: A Divided Nation

  • Institution of slavery in the U.S.
  • Rising Sectionalism
  • The Underground Railroad
  • Role and influence of abolitionists
  • Significance of the presidential election of 1860
  • Attack on Fort Sumter and outbreak of the Civil War
  • Major battles & important figures of the Civil War
  • The Emancipation Proclamation
  • Gettysburg Address
  • Lincoln Assassination
  • The Reconstruction Era
  • Effects of Reconstruction

Unit 9: Industrialization & Urbanization

  • Causes & effects of the Industrial Revolution in America
  • Contribution of famous inventors
  • Immigration to America
  • Working conditions during the Industrial Revolution
  • Rise of Labor Unions
  • Women of the Industrial Revolution
  • Urbanization
  • Child Labor

Unit 10: WWI, Roaring 20's, Great Depression, & WWII

  • Breakout of WWI
  • The Roaring 20's
  • Great Depression
  • Dust Bowl
  • The New Deal
  • Rise of Dictatorships
  • Breakout of WWII
  • Effects of WWII

Unit 11: End of WWII to Modern-Day America

  • Outbreak of the Cold War
  • Korean War
  • U.S./Soviet Arms Race & Space Race
  • Cuban Missile Crisis
  • The Civil Rights Movement
  • War in Vietnam
  • Fall of the Iron Curtain
  • Terror attacks of 9/11
  • War on Terror
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Significance of the presidential elections of 2008, 2016, & 2020

Unit 12: American  Landmarks, Leadership, & Symbols

  • Wrap up the school year with this unit which encompasses several key learnings from throughout the year including our civic duties and responsibilities as citizens of the United States

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These incredible resources cover the following learning standards and guidelines:

Common Core

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.3, RI.5.4, RI.5.5, RI.5.6, RI.5.7, RI.5.8, RI.5.9, RI.5.10


5.1A, 5.1B, 5.2A, 5.2B, 5.2C, 5.3A, 5.4A, 5.4B, 5.4C, 5.4D, 5.4E, 5.4F, 5.5A, 5.5B, 5.5C, 5.6A, 5.6B, 5.7A, 5.7B, 5.7C, 5.7D, 5.8A, 5.8B, 5.8C, 5.9A, 5.9B, 5.10A, 5.10B, 5.11A, 5.11B, 5.11C, 5.12A, 5.12B, 5.13A, 5.13B, 5.13C, 5.13D, 5.13E, 5.14A, 5.14B, 5.15A, 5.15B, 5.15C, 5.16A, 5.16B, 5.16C, 5.17A, 5.17B, 5.17C, 5.17D, 5.17E, 5.18A, 5.18B, 5.19A, 5.19B, 5.19C, 5.20A, 5.20B, 5.21A, 5.21B, 5.22A, 5.22B, 5.22C, 5.23A, 5.23B, 5.23C, 5.23D, 5.24A, 5.24B, 5.24C, 5.24D, 5.25A, 5.25B, 5.25C, 5.25D, 5.25E

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