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5th Grade Social Studies Syllabus

5th Grade Social Studies Syllabus 

Mrs. Perkins 

Welcome to 5th Grade Social Studies! We are going to have a lot of fun this year! We will learn to become better historians and citizens through several different ways, but mainly through investigation and reading.  We will learn about civics, economics, geography and history.  I hope you are ready to start thinking like a historian and a responsible citizen of the United States. I look forward to working with each of you this school year! 


Course Content:

The Land and People before Columbus

               Lesson 1 – Geography of the United States

               Lesson 2 – American Indians and Their Land

               Lesson 3 – American Indian Cultural Regions

Age of Exploration

               Lesson 4 – How and Why Europeans Came to the New World

               Lesson 5 – Routes of Exploration to the New World

Cooperation and Conflict in North America

               Lesson 6 – Early English Settlements

               Lesson 7 – Comparing the Colonies

               Lesson 8 – Slavery in America

               Lesson 9 – Life in Colonial Williamsburg

The Road to War

               Lesson 10 – Tensions Grow Between the Colonies and Great Britain

               Lesson 11 – To Declare Independence or Not

               Lesson 12 – The Declaration of Independence

The American Revolution

               Lesson 13 – The American Revolution

The Development and Significance of the US Constitution

               Lesson 14 – The Constitution

               Lesson 15 – The Bill of Rights

               Lesson 16 – Our Role in Government

               Lesson 17 – Shaping America’s Economy

Life and Westward Expansion

               Lesson 18 – Manifest Destiny and Settling the West

               Lesson 19 – The Diverse Peoples of the West

From Civil War to Today

               Lesson 20 – The Causes of Civil War

               Lesson 21 – The Civil War

               Lesson 22 – The American Industrial Revolution

               Lesson 23 – The Modern United States


Classroom Rules and Procedures:

Mrs. Perkins Procedures

-        Arrive on time with all required materials and be prepared to work.

-        Listen to and follow all directions. Participate in class discussion and activities. Use class time wisely.

-        Be respectful to others and their property.  Keep your hands and feet to yourself.

-        Do your BEST and take responsibility for your actions. 

 -     Follow all procedures.

 5th Grade Community Rules

1 – Be the Best Student you can be.

-        Pay attention, ask questions, and participate in class.

-        Practice what we learn.

-        Check work and show pride.

-        Learn from mistakes.

-        Ask for help if needed.

2 – Make the Classroom a good place.

-        Listen and help others.

-        Be friendly, respectful, and polite.

-        Treat others like you want to be treated.

-        Put someone UP, not down.


Materials and Supplies:

               Text Book – Social Studies Alive! America’s Past

                  Paper, pencils, 2 pocket folder


Students will complete a variety of projects, including posters, writing pieces, presentations, utilizing student Chromebooks, online textbooks and a variety of other materials. 


Grading Scale

90-100 = A

80-89 = B

70-79 = C

60-69 = D

59  or below = F


I look forward to a fantastic school year working with you! If you need to reach me for anything  please email me at