5th Grade Social Studies: Complete Curriculum of Fifth Grade Social Studies

Beth Foster | Humanities Educator
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5th Grade Social Studies is a full curriculum of four units of fifth grade social studies taught to National Council for the Social Studies (U.S.) standards, covering U.S. history, civics and geography.

Class experience

US Grade 5
Fifth Grade Social Studies is taught to the National Council for the Social Studies (U.S.) standards, covering U.S. history, civics, and geography. Learners will explore the history of the United States from pre-colonial times through the Civil Rights Act of 1968, the founding documents and the Bill of Rights, the three branches of government, elections, voting, and what it means to be a republic and a democracy. 
I have a master of arts degree in American history, and bachelor of arts degrees in political science, English, and communications with a journalism emphasis. I am lead teacher at The Foster Woods Folk School, which focuses on humanities education within an ecosocial justice framework aimed at celebrating and improving our connections as a global community of humans and non-humans living on Planet Earth. In this role, I work with learners of all ages with a primary focus of working with learners in grades three through 12. I was the director of a social justice center for three years during which time I routinely taught about and facilitated conversations about historical and current political events for both teen and adults participants. Before that, I was a newspaper editor and reporter for 15 years. I have been teaching history, social studies, and English Language Arts classes for several years. 
Homework Offered
There is daily homework to be completed outside of class time. Homework includes reading and writing assignments, as well as worksheets and other learning projects.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Weekly homework is assessed as follows for learners seeking a letter grade and letter of completion: 60 Points: Journal and Worksheets 20 Points: Quiz 20 Points: Class Participation Letters of completion with final grade will be issued to students who complete the course with a C (70 Percent) or greater.
Grades Offered
All student workbooks are graded throughout the course.
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I will provide PDF readers for materials covered.
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Because fifth grade social studies teaches U.S. history, difficult content is inevitable. This includes colonization, slavery, genocide, war, death, disease, and oppression. The historical realities are disturbing to almost all students no matter their age, but may be particularly disturbing to younger learners. While I try to teach these historical realities in a way that shields younger learners from the worst of the historical horrors and in as age-appropriate manner as possible, we will explore these topics. My particular method of teaching history is to try to help my students see history through the eyes of everyday people. What this often looks like in class is reading accounts of these historical events by enslaved and indentured people, enlisted soldiers, or Native Americans who were forced from their lands. I also seek to use historical accounts to help students explore how oppressed people rebelled, revolted, and resisted oppression.
The fifth grade social studies course pulls from a myriad of sources. We explore the nation's founding documents: the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights. We will use many primary sources to explore historical events and periods through the eyes of people who were firsthand witnesses.These may include diary entries, letters, court testimonies, and other sources. Assigned readings will come from sources such as NewsELA, Zinn Education Project, and Learning for Justice. 

As far as lecture development, I pull on several sources. The sources I use most often include Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States" and Eric Foner and Lisa McGirr's "American History Now." 

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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(324)
From ancient times, humans have used stories to better understand themselves and their place in the universe. Stories explain our past and how we can create a better time and world for ourselves and those who will come after us. This is the heart...ย 
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for 40 classes
2x per week, 20 weeks
25 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(9)
Completed by 49 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 9-14
2-12 learners per class

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