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

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, and scaffold work toward a research paper.
Beth Foster
265 total reviews for this teacher
6 reviews for this class
Completed by 31 learners
25 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 20 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

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. Learners will also learn to write a research paper including choosing a topic and reputable sources, citing sources, making an outline, and drafting, proof reading, and editing their final paper. 
I am currently enrolled in my final course through the Gettysburg College-Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History master of arts in American history program. In addition, I have bachelor of arts degrees in English, journalism, and political science. 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 the past five years. I am currently lead teacher at The Foster Woods Folk School, which focuses on education, storytelling, and the arts within an ecosocial justice framework aimed at celebrating and improving our connections as a global community of human and non-human earthlings. In this role, I work with learners of all ages with a primary focus of working with learners in grades three through 12.  
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. There is also a final research paper that includes scaffold assignments throughout the 20-week course. 
 1 file available upon enrollment
I will provide PDF readers for materials covered. Some projects will include making art so learners are encouraged to have general art supplies available such as markers, crayons, etc.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Weekly homework is assessed as follows: 
Comprehension Quiz: 30 Percent 
Writing Assignment: 35 Percent
Project/Worksheet: 35

Scores on the weekly homework account for 75 percent of the final grade with the research paper counting for 25 percent of the final grade. 

Learners earning a C (70 percent) or greater will receive a letter of completion that reflects their final grade. 
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
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." 


Beth Foster
Lives in the United States
The Foster Woods Folk School, Teaching Social Studies and English Language Arts within an EcoSocial Justice Framework
265 total reviews
205 completed classes

About Me

Stories are the beginning of understanding ourselves and the world, our place in history, and how we can create a better time and place for ourselves and those who will come after us. I love stories — reading stories, writing stories, hearing... 
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