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5th Grade Social Studies

In fifth grade, students continue their formal study of United States history. As with fourth grade, the strands of history, geography, civics, and economics are fully integrated. Students study United States history beginning with the turn of the 20th century and continue to 2001. The geography strand emphasizes the influence of geography on U. S. history. The civics strand emphasizes concepts and rights as outlined in amendments to the  U. S. Constitution. The economics strand uses material from the historical strand to further understanding of economic concepts

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  • Week 11: October 16-20

    We will finish our Turn of the Century unit this week as we locate and learn about the economic activity of Chicago and Pittsburgh during this time period. Students will have a test over this unit on Friday. 

  • Week 10: October 9-13

    We will continue studying immigration this week. Why did immigrants come to the U.S.? Where did they come from? Where did they settle? Students will have homework on Monday. 

  • Week 9: October 2-7

    We will be researching America's changing role in the world at the turn of the century this week. This will include the Spanish-American War, building the Panama Canal, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, and immigration. Students will have homework on Wednesday. 

  • Week 8: September 25-29

    We will finish researching our inventors early this week before moving on to America's expanding role in the world. We will test cattle drives, Black Cowboys of Texas, and inventors on Thursday. 

  • Week 7: September 18-22

    We will continue with out Turn of the Century unit this week. We will be researching cattle trails, black cowboys, and the Wright brothers this week. Students will have homework tonight, and we will test next week. 

  • Week 6: September 11-15

    We have finished our study of the American Civil War and Reconstruction. We will test this information on Tuesday before we begin our Turn of the Century unit. In this unit, we will focus on cattle trails, black cowboys, inventors, America's expanding role in the world, and immigration. Students will have homework on Wednesday. 

  • Week 5: September 4-8

    We will be researching Reconstruction after the Civil War this week. We will look closely at the effects on the North and South, the 13-15th amendments, Freedmen's Bureau, sharecropping, and Jim Crow laws. Students will have homework on Wednesday, and the test is scheduled for next Tuesday, September 12th. 

  • Week 4: August 28-September 1

    We will finish researching major events and leaders of the Civil War this week and test on Friday. The test will also review the causes of the Civl War. Please study a little each night! The interactive notebook and class pages are great resources. 

    Causes: slavery, states' rights, Uncle Tom's Cabin, John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry

    Events: Ft. Sumter, Gettysburg, Atlanta Campaign, Sherman's March to the Sea, Appomattox Court House

    Leaders: Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson

  • Week 3: August 21-25

    We will be researching major events during the Civil War. This will include Ft. Sumter, Gettysburg, Atlanta Campaign, Sherman's March to the Sea, and Appomattox. Students will not have homework or test this week.  Helpful Link: https://www.ducksters.com/history/civil_war.php

  • Week 2: August 14-18

    We will continue with the causes of the Civil War this week. We have looked closely at the issues of slavery and states' rights. This week we will research how Uncle Tom's Cabin and John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry were related to the war. Students should reread and have signed the "Causes of the Civil War"  passage for homework on Monday night. We will have a test over the causes on Thursday. 

  • Week 1: August 7-11

    We will be researching the causes of the Civil War this week (slavery and states' rights). We will not have any test or homework this week. 

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