FIFTH GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES
Social Studies Units (Discovery Education)
Three Cultures Meet
Geography of the United States
What are the most important geographic characteristics of the United States?
Native American Cultures
How did early Native American societies modify and adapt to their surroundings?
How did events and developments in Europe lead to the age of exploration?
West African Cultures
How did African history affect early American history?
Exploration and Discovery
How did the age of exploration and discovery change Europe’s understanding of the world?
How did interaction between European, African, and Native American cultures shape early American history?
Why did some Europeans choose to leave home and settle in colonial America?
New England Colonies
How did location affect daily life in the New England colonies?
How did location affect daily life in the Middle colonies?
How did location affect daily life in the Southern colonies? How did life there compare with other colonial regions?
Colonial Life: Multiple Perspectives
For various groups, what did it mean to be "American" in 1750?
The Colonies Come of Age
In what ways were the colonies becoming their own nation before 1763? In what ways were they still part of the British Empire?
Britain vs. the Colonists
Why did the colonists risk their lives to fight for independence from Great Britain?
The Declaration of Independence Explored
How does the Declaration of Independence reflect the colonists' ideas about government?
Fighting for Independence
How did the United States manage to win the Revolutionary War?
The Revolution in American Society
What roles did different groups of Americans play in the Revolutionary War?
Establishing a New Government
The Articles of Confederation
How well did the Articles of Confederation address the needs of the new nation?
Creating a Government
How did decisions made at the Constitutional Convention affect the balance of power in the new nation?
A More Perfect Union
How does the Constitution reflect major principles of American democracy?
The Bill of Rights
How does the Bill of Rights help government balance rights and order in the U.S. political system?
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