Social Studies

Fifth Grade Social Studies:looking-for-american-history-readers-for-fifth-grade-and-up
Students begin the study of United States history with American Indian groups indigenous to the United States before the arrival of European settlers and conclude with the Civil War and Reconstruction period. We will draw parallels between current issues and historical events.  Building on 4th grade learning about NC, students will look at primary and secondary sources such as the Constitution.  We will learn about our democratic republic and our diverse population. We will study concepts such as immigration and migration and the impact on our culture, human-environment interaction and the impacts on the earth, and various aspects of the economy.
We will use these strands to study SS: H–History, G–Geography and Environmental Literacy, E–Economics and Financial Literacy, C&G-Civics and Government, and Culture.

Studying the Mound Builders

Studying the Mound Builders

History of US: The First Americans 

We have been reading History of US: The First Americans together as a class, and now students will be working on a social studies research project in small groups. Each group is learning about people that lived in different regions of the US: Great Plains, Pacific Northwest, Cliff Dwellers in the Southwest, People of the Longhouse/Iroquois, and the Mound builders. The project was introduced last week going over: strategies to read and discuss nonfiction, attention to text features, gathering appropriate resources, note taking, and recording sources. We have been learning the 5 strands of SS (geography, culture, civics & government, economics and history) so students are looking for these aspects of each region/people they study. We are also working on reading and learning SS through a “Social Justice lens” with the use of the Social Justice topic handout in SSNB. Ask your child what they are learning. Feel free to add to our resources with  your own or a visit to the library or good website suggestions.

 

Studying the People of the Longhouse

Studying the People of the Longhouse