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Unit 1

Unit 1 focusConcepts Used in Fifth Grade Social Studies  

Standards: The focus of this important first unit is on the concepts and enduring understandings rather than specific standards. 

In this unit students will be introduced to the unit connecting themes of: 

 BELIEFS & IDEALS 
 CONFLICT & CHANGE 
 INDIVIDUALS, GROUPS, INSTITUTIONS 
 LOCATION 
 MOVEMENT/ MIGRATION 
 PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION, & CONSUMPTION 
 SCARCITY 
 TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION 

These themes will provide the scaffolding needed for the study of Social Studies for the school year.


Unit 2

Unit 2 focusEffective Citizenship: Introduction 

Standards:  CG1a, CG1b, CG4, E3a 

Map Skills: continue mastery/application  

Info Skills: continue mastery/application 

BELIEFS & IDEALS 

* responsibilities of a citizen (CG1a) 
freedoms in Bill of Rights (CG1b) 
e pluribus unum (CG4) 

PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION, & CONSUMPTION 

* competition, markets, & price impact on behavior (E3a) 
American Stories
John Quincy Adams
John Adams


Unit 3

Unit 3 focusThe Civil War:  The Nation Divided

Standards: H1, G1b, E2c 

Map Skills: continue mastery/application  

Info Skills: continue mastery/application 

BELIEFS & IDEALS 

Uncle Tom’s Cabin, John Brown’s raid, & their effects (H1a) 
* slavery & states’ rights (H1b)

CONFLICT & CHANGE 

* Fort Sumter, Gettysburg, Atlanta Campaign, Sherman’s March, Appomattox Court House (H1c) 
* effects of war on North & South (H1e) 

INDIVIDUALS, GROUPS, INSTITUTIONS 

Lincoln
American Stories - Lincoln
Lee, 
Grant, 
Jefferson Davis, 
Stonewall Jackson (H1d) 
American Stories - Andrew Jackson

LOCATION 

* Gettysburg (G1b) 

Unit 4

Unit 4 focusReconstruction: The Nation Reunited

Standards: H1e, H2, CG1c, CG1d, CG2, CG3b, E2a, E3a, E3b 

Map Skills: continue mastery/application  

Info Skills: continue mastery/application 

BELIEFS & IDEALS 

* 13th, 14th, 15th amendments (H2a, CG3b) 
* Constitutional right to due process (CG1c,d) 

CONFLICT & CHANGE 

* effects of war on North & South (H1e) 
* Reconstruction (H2) 
* Jim Crow (H2c) 
* amendment process (CG2) 

INDIVIDUALS, GROUPS, INSTITUTIONS 

* Freedmen’s Bureau (H2b) 

PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION & CONSUMPTION 

* Effect of Reconstruction on the Southern economy (E2a, E3a, E3b, H1e) 


Unit 5

Unit 5 focusBigger, Better, Faster:   The Changing Nation 

Standards:  H3, G1a, G1b, G2a, G2b, E1c, E1e, E2a, E3b, E3 

Map Skills: continue mastery/application  

Info Skills: continue mastery/application 

CONFLICT & CHANGE 

* expanding American role & Spanish- American War (H3c) 
* business function (E2a) 

LOCATION 

*Grand Canyon, Great Salt Lake, Mojave Desert (G1a) 
* Kitty Hawk, Pittsburgh (G1b) 
* post-Civil War industry (G2a) 
* map US economic activity (G2b, MS10-12) 
* specialization & standard of living in North & South (E1c) 

MOVEMENT/ MIGRATION 

* cattle trails (Black Cowboys, Great Western Trail, Chisholm Trail) (H3a, G1b) 
* price of cattle (E1b, E3a) 
* why/where/how of emigration (H3d) 
* Salton Sea (G1a) 
* income from labor (E3b) 

TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION 

* Wright Brothers & flight (H3b) 
* GW Carver & science (H3b)
American Stories -George Washington Carver- The Peanut Man
* AG Bell & communication (H3b) 
* T. Edison & electricity (H3b) 
American Stories - Edison
* Panama Canal (H3c, E1e) 
* entrepreneurial risks (E3c) 


Unit 6

Unit 6 focusUps and Downs:  World War I,

Standards: H4, H5, G2b, G2c, CG3b, E1b, E1f, E2b, E2c 

Map Skills: continue mastery/application  

Info Skills: continue mastery/application 

BELIEFS & IDEALS 

* 19th Amendment (CG3b) 
* baseball (H4b) 
* soup kitchens (H5a) 

CONFLICT & CHANGE 

* Lusitania; German attacks on US shipping (H4a) 
* Jazz Age (H4b) 
American Stories - Jazz Age

INDIVIDUALS, GROUPS, INSTITUTIONS 

* Armstrong, 
Hughes
American Stories - Langston Hughes
Ruth, 
Ford, 
Lindbergh (H4b) 
* Hoover & FDR (H5a) 
* New Deal (CCC, WPA, TVA) (H5b) 
* Ellington, 
American Stories - Ellington
Mitchell
Owens (H5c) 
* bank &government functions (E2b,c) 

LOCATION 

* map US economic activity (G2b, MS10-12) 
* map world economic activity (G2c) 

MOVEMENT/MIGRATION 

* Harlem Renaissance (H4b) 
* Dust Bowl (H5a)

SCARCITY 

* Stock Market Crash of 1929 (H5a) 
* price incentives & Depression (E1b) 

TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION 

* automobile & airplane (H4b) 
* impact of technology on business (E1f)

Unit 7

Unit 7 focusHot & Cold: World War II & Its

Standards: H8, CG3b, G1b, G2b, E1a, E1c, E1e, E1f, E2a, E3 

Map Skills: continue mastery/application  

Info Skills: continue mastery/application

BELIEFS & IDEALS 

* opportunity cost & disengagement in 1930s (E1a) 
* Holocaust (H6b) 
* formation of UN (H6f) 
* Berlin Airlift, Korean War, & NATO to stop communism (H7b) 

CONFLICT & CHANGE 

* German & Japanese aggression (H6a) 
* Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima, D-Day, VE & VJ Days (G1b, H6b) 
* bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki (H6c) 
* role of women & African-Americans (H6e) 
* Iron Curtain (H7a) 
* Cuban Missile Crisis (H8a) 

INDIVIDUALS, GROUPS, INSTITUTIONS 

FDR
American Stories - Great Depression and WWII
Stalin
Churchill
Hirohito
Truman
Mussolini
Hitler (H6d) 
* Rosie the Riveter 
Tuskegee Airmen (H6e) 

McCarthy
Khrushchev (H7c) 

LOCATION 

* map US economic activity (G2b,MS10-12) 

PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION, & CONSUMPTION 

* wartime rationing (H6e) 

TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION 

* impact of technology on business (E1f) 


Unit 8

Unit 8 focusOvercoming the Past: The Age of Civil Rights

Standards: H6, H7, H8a, G2b, E1a, E1f 

Map Skills: continue mastery/application  

Info Skills: continue mastery/application 

  

BELIEFS & IDEALS 

* Vietnam War (H8a) 
* Brown v. BOE, Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act (H8b) 
* 24th Amendment (CG3b) 


CONFLICT & CHANGE 

* Montgomery Bus Boycott, March on Washington (H8b, G1b, E3a) 


INDIVIDUALS, GROUPS, INSTITUTIONS 

* Marshall
Parks
King (H8b) 
* assassinations of JFK, RFK, MLK (H8c) 

LOCATION 

* map US economic activity (G2b, MS10-12) 
*choice of location for activity (E1a, E1c, E1e, E2a, E3) 


TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION 

* television & space exploration (H8d) 
* impact of technology on business (E1f)