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Social Studies Curriculum Social Studies - 5th Grade
Lesson Plans

Standard 1

Students will understand how the exploration and colonization of North America transformed human history.

Objective 2

Assess the global impact of cultural and economic diffusion as a result of colonization.
  • Modern Day Pilgrims
    Students will learn how modern day immigrants may be pilgrims in their own respect. They will learn what immigrants and pilgrims are, and be assigned to demonstrate learning about an immigrant in their ancestry.
  • Rethinking First Contact: the Effects of European...
    The student will combine their knowledge of Christopher Columbus with information about first contact among the Great Basin tribes to understand the many consequences of contact between Indians and Europeans in the Great Basin.
  • Slavery
    After learning about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, students will participate in the Underground railroad experiment on the National Geographic web site.

    Enduring Understanding:
    Global trade and cultural exchanges alter the lives of people around the world.

    Essential Questions:

    • Why was slavery so important to the economics of early America?
    • What role did the cotton gin play in slavery?

UEN logo - in partnership with Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).  Send questions or comments to USBE Specialist - Robert  Austin and see the Social Studies website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - Jennifer  Throndsen.

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