Unit 1

This unit is designed to introduce students to the eight themes that will feature prominently in Fifth Grade Social Studies. Activities will focus on relating beliefs and ideals; conflict and change; individuals, groups, institutions; location; movement/migration; production, distribution, consumption; scarcity; and technological innovations to students. By the end of the unit, students should demonstrate that they are comfortable with the enduring understandings and can apply them to practical, everyday situations.

Week of August 5th, 2019 - August 9th, 2019

This week we will focus on the overview/ introduction of the eight themes and then look in-depth at the themes of : conflict and change, location, and migration / movement. Scholars will be asked the following questions throughout this week:

  • What are the different Social Studies themes and why are they important?
  • How do I experience the connecting themes at school and in my community?
  • How does conflict lead to change within societies?
  • How does location affect a society?
  • How are societies affected by the movement or migration of people and ideas?

Week of August 12th, 2019 - August 16, 2019

This week we will complete our Unit on the enduring understanding of Social Studies.

We will cover: beliefs and ideals; individuals, groups, institutions;production, distribution, consumption; scarcity; and technological innovations. Scholars will be asked to answer the following questions throughout this week:

  • How do my own beliefs influence the decisions I make?
  • How do the actions of individuals, groups, and/or institutions affect myself and others in the society?
  • How does technology change society?
  • How do societies decide what goods and services to produce, distribute, and consume?
  • Why can’t we all have everything we want?

This is the last week of our first Unit so a summative or "final" for the Unit will be assigned on Friday. Students will be tasked with creating a "What is Social Studies" poster. A Rubric for the assignment will be sent home this week, with the summative due tentatively on August 19th.

Unit 1 Final Project Rubric.



Introduction to the "Essential Understandings of Social Studies". We will open the unit by going over each of the eight understandings in broad terms and will then focus in on a different understanding each day for the remainder of Unit 1.

Change and Conflict


Movement and Migration:


Beliefs and Ideals: