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Social Studies Curriculum Social Studies - 5th Grade
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Standard 1

Students will understand how the exploration and colonization of North America transformed human history.
  • Age of Exploration Webquest
    Students research explorers of America in order to understand their reasons for exploration (i.e. economic, religious, political, adventure) as well as the outcomes of their exploration.
  • American Colonial Life in the Late 1700s: Distant Cousins
    After completing these activities, students will be able to: identify the original thirteen British colonies on a map; understand how physical geography affected settlement; understand how settlers' backgrounds influenced their values, priorities, and daily lives; examine artifacts and make inferences about the people and the historical periods that they represent; imagine typical daily life for different families in colonial America in the late 1700s; write a letter from the viewpoint of someone who lived in a different time and place.
  • Colonial America (1492-1763) - Jump Back in Time
    Learn about Colonial America and influential leaders of that time.
  • Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian: Photographic Images
    This American Memory, a Library of Congress project, includes pictures of The North American Indians.
  • Explorers
    The Enchanted Learning features and alphabetical listing of the explorers. Click on the appropriate letter of the alphabet to find an explorer.
  • Harvest Ceremony: Beyond the Thanksgiving Myth
    This lesson assists teachers in preparing lessons about the first Thanksgiving. The study guide includes information on which Native peoples met the first European immigrants in 1621, the harvest celebration, the Wampanoag today, the importance of corn, and instructions on how to make Johnny cakes.
  • Native American Cultures Across the U.S.
    This lesson discusses the differences between five Native American tribes within the U.S. Students will learn about customs and traditions such as housing, agriculture, and ceremonial dress for the Tlingit, Dine, Lakota, Muscogee, and Iroquois peoples.
  • On the Oregon Trail
    In this lesson, students work with primary documents and latter-day photographs to recapture the experience of traveling on the Oregon Trail.
  • PBS Find a Face Game
    Match famous black Americans with their triumphs in a four level game.
  • The 13 American Colonies
    Learn about the original settlements made in the Americas.
  • The First Thanksgiving: Daily Life
    Compares and contrasts lifestyles of Native Americans and colonists.
  • The Six Nations: Oldest Living Participatory Democracy on Earth
    Learn about the the people of the Six Nations, also known by the French term, Iroquois [1] Confederacy. Located in the northeastern region of North America, originally the Six Nations was five and included the Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas, and Senecas. Their story, and governance truly based on the consent of the governed, contains a great deal of life-promoting intelligence for those of us not familiar with this area of American history. In our present day, we can benefit immensely, in our quest to establish anew a government truly dedicated to all life's liberty and happiness much as has been practiced by the Six Nations for over 800 hundred years.
  • What Was Columbus Thinking?
    With this lesson students will understand the purposes of Columbus's voyages, the change in those purposes over time, the native peoples encountered, and the results of Columbus's voyages.
  • You Are the Historian: Investigating the First Thanksgiving
    An interactive site that helps students correct misconceptions of the role of Native Americans in Plymouth.

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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