Fifth Grade – Social Studies

5.1 Indigenous 1st Nations

5.1.1 Early civilizations impacted later civilizations.

  • The diffusion of religions, learnings and government influenced later civilizations.

5.1.2  Indigenous peoples were organized into unique civilizations, cultural regions and nations based on resources.

  • Civilizations, cultural regions and nations developed based on geographic region, sharing of ideas and trade networks.

5.2  Cultural Exchange and Early Settlement (Early Explorations and European Explorations)

5.2.1 Resource issues impacted early explorations.

  • How the desire for resources motivated exploration.
  • How improving technology made explorations possible.
  • The impact of geography on explorations (e.g. ocean currents)

5.2.2  Colonists were European immigrants who came for economic and cultural reasons, impacting and changing indigenous nations.

  • Some Christians were persecuted in their home countries in Europe.
  • Many colonies were established to turn a profit.
  • Some Colonies were motivated by a desire to convert others to Christianity.
  • Many indigenous peoples did not want to convert to Christianity.
  • Indigenous peoples were the first people enslaved to work for European immigrants.
  • European Explorers

5.3  Establishing a Nation of States (Establishing a Nation)

5.3.1  America rebelled against Great Britain for economic and political reasons.

  • The economic impact of the French and Indian War
  • Multiple causes of the American Revolution.

American Revolution

Teaching American History

The Road to Revolution

American Revolution Timeline

A Revolutionary Way to Learn History

American Revolution for Kids

The Patriot Spy

5.3.2  The Declaration of Independence and Articles of Confederation framed thought about freedom and equality.

  • Native American Indians were displaced from their land.
  • Northern and Southern states struggled with concepts of equality of African Americans.
  • Women struggled for rights.

5.4   Growth and Change (From the Revolution and the pre-civil war era)

5.4.1  States compromised to form a strong national government.

  • The constitutional convention resolved issues from the failed Articles of Confederation.
  • The Constitution became and is still the supreme law of the land.
  • The Constitution established separation of powers between the branches of government.
  • The Bill of Rights was added to protect individual freedoms (for some people).

5.4.2  Technology changed our way of life.
  • Transportation allowed people to travel and transport goods.
  • New inventions led to the industrial revolution.