Social Studies Information 2019-20

  • This year, students will be learning about Early American history in social studies using the Michigan content expectations for social studies as a guide.  I teach social studies to both my class and Mrs. Vine's class.


    Students will need:

    1. A spiral notebook (GLIN-Global Investigator's Notebook)
    2. A two pocket folder 
    3. A pencil
    4. A checking pen (blue or black)

    Students will be using the History Alive textbook for some of the work we will we do in class along with many handouts, videos and powerpoints.  Students will not be assigned their own texbook, but they can always check out a textbook with me for the evening if needed. I use the Google Classroom to post many things social studies-related for my students and each class has their own social studies GC page.  Any projects, study guides and assessment information will be posted in the GC.

    The fifth grade social studies curriculum is a chronological study of early American history through the adoption of the United States’ Bill of Rights. By applying the tools of historians, including the use of primary and secondary sources, students explore how significant events shaped the nation. They begin with an introduction to the United States Constitution which, as the first unit of study, retrospectively frames their study of the early history of the nation. As they study the meeting of “Three Worlds” they explore interactions among American Indians, Africans, and Europeans in North America. Students also examine how these interactions affected colonization and settlement. They explore how the geography of North America influenced daily life and economic activities as the three distinct English colonial regions developed. Throughout the course, students learn how ideas about government, colonial experiences with self-government, and interactions with Great Britain influenced the decision to declare independence. Within the historical study, emphasis is placed on ideas about government as reflected in the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Students examine how and why the Founders gave and limited the power of government through the principles of separation of powers, checks and balances, federalism, protection of individual rights, popular sovereignty, and the rule of law (core democratic values). Throughout the course students develop capacity for responsible citizenship as they apply the values and principles of constitutional democracy in the United States to contemporary issues facing the nation.


    The content for this year is broken into seven separate units:

    1.  Our Government

    2.  Three Worlds Meet

    3.  Colonization and Settlement

    4.  Life in Colonial America

    5.  Road to Revolution

    6.  The American Revolution

    7.  A New Nation