Social Studies

Grade 5 District Core Map


United States History, Geography, Economics, and Government:
Early Exploration to Westward Movement


Students study the major pre-Columbian civilizations in the New World; the 15th and 16th century European explorations around the world, in the western hemisphere, and in North America in particular; the earliest settlements in North America; and the political, economic, and social development of the English colonies in the 17th and 18th centuries. They also study the early development of democratic institutions and ideas, including the ideas and events that led to the independence of the original thirteen colonies and the formation of a national government under the U.S. Constitution. The purpose of the grade 5 curriculum is to give students their first concentrated study of the formative years of U.S. history.
Resource: Atlas of Our Country's History

Content Standard
Learning Standard
Performance Task
PreColumbian/Exploration (8 weeks)
CS5.2
CS5.4
CS.5.5
LS5.1
LS 5.2
LS 5.4
Create a journal as if you were an explorer from the Age of Exploration. Your journal will need to contain:
- Tell information about the explorer
- Explain the reason for your journey.
- Describe life aboard the ship or on the journey.
- Describe the results of their journey
- Explain the effects of the journey on the native people.
Your goal is to describe the reasons for the journey, the journey itself, and its effects on the native population. You should include a historical and contemporary map of your journey.
Colonization (8 weeks)
CS5.1
CS5.2
CS5.6
CS5.7
CS5.12
CS5.13
CS5.14
LS5.5
LS5.6
LS5.7
LS5.8
LS5.9
LS5.10
LS5.11
LS5.12
LS5.13
LS5.14
You have been hired by the founder of one of the original colonies to create persuasive and informative pamphlet that will be distributed in various European colonies to attract settlers to your colony.
Revolution (8 weeks)
CS5.2
CS5.3
CS5.8
LS5.15

LS5.16

LS5.17
LS5.18
LS5.19
LS5.20
LS5.21
LS5.22
You have been assigned to persuade colonists to join your cause. You will be assigned to take on the point of view of a Loyalists or a Colonist. Create a speech to be given in your town square to persuade others to join your side. Your project may also include pamphlets, flyers, or posters that summarize the main points of your argument.
Constitution (8 weeks)
CS5.2
CS5.3
CS5.8
CS5.9
CS5.10
LS5.23
LS5.24
LS5.25
LS5.26
LS5.27
Using your knowledge of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, read the two texts about a current event where the rights of the Constitution are being argued. After reading the two texts, write an essay stating your opinion on the current event. Use the texts on the current event, the Constitution, and Bill of Rights as sources of evidence.
Early Republic (6 weeks)
CS5.2
CS5.3
CS5.11
CS5.13
LS5.28
LS5.29
LS5.30
LS5.31
LS5.32
LS5.33
LS5.34
LS5.35
Use multiple perspectives to show what life was like during Westward Expansion of the United States in the 1800s. How were different groups of citizens helped or harmed by westward expansion? Write an editorial that could have been printed in 1860 for either an abolitionist newspaper or a southern newspaper. Present your view of slavery as seen by those living in 1860.