Fifth Grade Social Studies
The fifth grade curriculum, The United States, published by Macmillan/McGraw-Hill TIMELINKS builds geographic mastery with timelines, map skills and offers reading and writing activities and strategies to reinforce Reading/Language Arts skills. Students first learn about ancient civilizations’ lifestyle and culture, and how these cultures lost their power and became the countries they are today. We discuss early European explorers who found new land and how the New World was populated. Students focus on American history and how our country gained independence, obtained new land and territory, and fought in major wars that allowed for the United States to emerge as a world power. Finally, students learn to compare and contrast events in history to those occurring in our current political climate, and discover the importance in becoming informed on current events.