Social Studies

 Grade 5: Building Our Country

Prince George’s County Social Studies                                                      

 

INSTRUCTOR & COURSE INFORMATION:

Name:   Mrs. Donahue

E-Mail Address:   kdonahue@pgcps.org

Planning Time:   7:55-8:55

Phone Number:  301-805-2730

Course Name/Number:    social Studies

Class Time: Between 9:00-11:00 in the a.m. and 12:00-2:00 in the p.m.

TEXT: Pearson, MyWorld Social Studies; Building Our Country

 

OVERVIEW:

 

In fifth grade, students learn about their environment as they begin to distinguish events of the past and present. They explore the concepts of time and space. Students identify symbols that are important to our country. They discover why they must follow school rules and laws as they learn about their role as a citizen in the school and community. Students identify basic characteristics of maps and globes while exploring the geographic characteristics of their community. They explain how people have different kinds of jobs and work to meet basic economic wants. Students develop an understanding that they are individuals who interact with other individuals and groups, and identify ways that people, who are similar and different, make up the community.

 

GOALS:

Students will:

  • Demonstrate content mastery and application of appropriate content literacy and critical thinking skills.

  • Raise questions, solve problems, reason, and reflect in their understanding of their own learning styles.

  • Demonstrate learning through portfolios, exhibitions, simulations, debate, service-learning projects, that correlate to social studies content standards for evaluation

  • Communicate effectively and appropriately for a variety of purposes.  


 

Building Our Country

Social Studies Grade 5 Year at a Glance

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Content Focus:       Civics-Our Roles and Responsibilities

 

Overarching Question: How has Presidential Leadership changed since George Washington?

 

Enduring Understandings

  • Laws and people’s beliefs help decide who gets to make choices in government.

  • Laws are made to keep people safe and explain what the government can and cannot do.

  • What people, groups and institutions say and do have limits in a democracy to protect the rights of all.

  • People’s beliefs and ideals influence decisions

 

Focused Reading Strategies & Skills

Interpret Visual Information                     Integrate Multiple Texts

Summarize                                              Main Idea and Details

 

Analytic Writing

Research Simulation                              Narrative Story

Visual and Oral Presentations                How Writers Write

 

Quarter Culminating Activities:

Theme: Profiles of Early Leaders-From Colonial Rule to Democratic Rule

  • Citizenship Video or Skit – Students will demonstrate ways colonial rule changed to Presidential rule in America through investigating historical documents.( Student/Class Created Presentations)

 

Social Studies Standards

D1-5.3-5 Developing Questions & Planning Inquiry

D2Civ1-14.3-5 Applying Disciplinary Tools & Concepts (Civics)

D31-4.3-5 Evaluating Sources & Using Evidence

D41-8.3-5 Communicating Conclusions & Taking Informed Action










 

Content Focus:    History-Celebrating Diversity and Traditions

 

Overarching Question: How has America’s colonial past shape history?

 

Enduring Understandings

  • People are alike and different and people celebrate in many ways.

  • We are all part of a culture and there are many different cultures around the world.

  • Things change over time and that time can be measured.

  • History is an account of our past based on different perspectives.

  • Conflict causes change.

 

Focused Reading Strategies and Skills

Main Idea and Details                          Summarize                                 Historical Text                                      Determine Importance                                 

Reasons and Evidence                        Integrating Multiple Sources

 

Analytic Writing

Research Simulation- Essay                Narrative Scene

Research Simulation- Speech                                  

 

Quarter Culminating Activities:

Theme: Explore Colonial United States History

  • Colonial Farm (Accokeek)- Eco Traveler

  • Mount Vernon- George Washington an Inventor

  • Bladensburg Waterfront War of 1812 Exhibit

  • Surratt House Museum-Living in the 1850s

(Student/Class Created Presentations/Simulations)

 

Social Studies Standards

D1-5.3-5 Developing Questions & Planning Inquiry

D2His1-17.3-5 Applying Disciplinary Tools & Concepts (History)

D31-4.3-5 Evaluating Sources & Using Evidence   

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

Content Focus:          Geography-As the World Turns

 

Enduring Understandings

  • Maps and globes are simple representations of places on Earth.

  • The world is made up of different physical features such as landforms and bodies of water.

  • Physical features are located in specific places.

  • Weather and seasons affect what people wear or do.

  • People use the world’s natural resources to satisfy basic needs.

  • Environment affects how and where people live

 

Focused Reading Strategies and Skills

Main Idea and Details                             Summarize                                 Historical Text                                         Determine Importance                                 

Reasons and Evidence               Integrating Multiple Sources

 

Analytic Writing

Research Simulation- Interview             Narrative Story

 

Quarter Culminating Activities:

  • Eco Traveler Simulation @ National Colonial Farm

  • Tracking the Voyage of an Early Explorer Henry Hudson (Student/Class Created Presentations/Simulations)

 

Social Studies Standards

D1-5.3-5 Developing Questions & Planning Inquiry

D2Geo1-2.3-5 Applying Disciplinary Tools & Concepts (Geography)

D31-4.3-5 Evaluating Sources & Using Evidence

D41-8.3-5 Communicating Conclusions & Taking Informed Action

Content Focus:     Economics- The National Economy

 

Enduring Understandings

  • People have different needs and wants and have to make choices.

  • Items you choose has value (opportunity cost) and the item that you do not choose also has value.

  • People do many kinds of work making goods or providing services that other people want to buy.

  • People are both producers and consumers of goods and services.

Focused Reading Strategies & Skills

Interpret Visual Information                  Integrate Multiple Texts

Summarize                            Main Idea and Details

Analytic Writing

Research Simulation- Interview        Narrative Story

 

Quarter Culminating Activities:

  • Colonial Crafts and Trade

  • Rock Brock and The Savings Shock

  • The Price of Revolutionary War

  • Junior Achievement BizTowne Simulation

  • Stock Market Game Portfolio Presentation

InvestWrite Essay (Student Created Presentations/Simulations)



 

Social Studies Standards

D1-5.3-5 Developing Questions & Planning Inquiry

D2Eco1-15.3-5 Applying Disciplinary Tools & Concepts (Economics)

D31-4.3-5 Evaluating Sources & Using Evidence

D41-8.3-5 Communicating Conclusions & Taking Informed Action

 

Quarterly Assessments

  • Teacher-Created Assessment

  • Quarter Culminating Activity