• 5th Grade Social Studies

    A - Map and Globe Skills

    • use cardinal directions
    • use intermediate directions
    • use a letter/number grid system to determine location
    • compare and contrast the categories of natural, cultural, and political features found on maps
    • use inch-to-inch map scale to determine distance on a map
    • use map key/legend to acquire information from historical, physical, political, resource, product, and economic maps
    • use a map to explain impact of geography on historical and current events
    • draw conclusions and make generalizations based on information from maps
    • use latitude and longitude to determine location
    • use graphic scales to determine distances on a map
    • compare maps of the same place at different points in time and from different perspectives to determine changes, identify trends, and generalize about activities
    • compare maps with data sets (e.g., charts, tables, graphs) and/or readings to draw conclusions and make generalizations

    B - Information Processing Skills

    • compare similarities and differences
    • organize items chronologically
    • identify issues and/or problems and alternative solutions
    • distinguish between fact and opinion
    • identify main idea, detail, sequence of events, and cause and effect in a social studies context
    • identify and use primary and secondary sources
    • interpret timelines
    • identify social studies reference resources to use for a specific purpose
    • construct charts and tables
    • analyze artifacts
    • draw conclusions and make generalizations
    • analyze graphs and diagrams
    • translate dates into centuries, eras, or ages
    • formulate appropriate research questions
    • determine adequacy and/or relevancy of information
    • check for consistency of information
    • interpret political cartoons

    C - Turn of the Century

    • describe how life changed in America at the turn of the century
    • locate important places in U.S. History since the turn of the century on a map
    • explain the reasons for the spatial patterns of economic activities
    • explain how a citizen's rights are protected under the U.S. Constitution
    • explain the process by which amendments to the U.S. Constitution are made
    • explain how amendments to the U.S. Constitution have maintained a representative democracy/republic as the form of government for the United States

    D - World War I

    • describe U.S. involvement in World War I and discuss post-World War I America

    E - The Great Depression

    • explain how the Great Depression and New Deal affected the lives of millions of Americans

    F - World War II

    • explain America's involvement in World War II

    G - The Cold War

    • discuss the origins and consequences of the Cold War
    • describe the importance of key people, events, and developments between 1950 and 1975

    H - America Since 1975

    • trace important developments in America from 1975 to 2001

    I - Economics and Personal Finance

    • use the basic economic concepts of trade, opportunity cost, specialization, productivity, and price incentives to illustrate historical events
    • describe the functions of the four major sectors in the U.S. economy
    • describe how consumers and producers interact in the U.S. economy
    • identify the elements of a personal budget (i.e., income, expenditures, and saving) and explain why personal spending and saving decisions are important