5th Grade  Social Studies



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UPDATED 9/2010

People in Societies

Geography Economics Government

Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities


Social Studies Skills and Methods


(Based on State of Ohio
 Curriculum Standards)

  1. Timelines: Timeless Teaching Tool All the timeline resources you'll need are right at your fingertips with this Lesson Planning Article from Education World Included: Activity ideas for teachers of all grades!
  2. The Time Machine - This U.S. Mint site has twelve hyperlinked dates, each one tells a story. Fantastic
  3. An index of timelines you may go to this webpage for much more
  4. Autobiography Timeline   Use this Kid aspiration activity as a graphic organizer to help students plan a time line of their own lives. Have students choose a picture that would represent each year of their life. Then have them click on the “writing” view and type in a sentence that explains that year in their life. The students will need to save their work on a disk, or print out their final draft.
  5. Growth of A Nation   Explore the animated timeline that traces the growth of the United States at the animated atlas.
  6. American History Timeline: 1780-2010 - very complete, although not interactive
  7. Seeing Time (Using timelines as a resource) - gives students a chance to refine and extend their ability to construct, read, analyze, and draw conclusions from timelines
  8. Jeopardy Power Point  Very good way to review and prepare your knowledge of this period of time.
  9. Population growth per state.   This is a must see example of how information may be witnessed and presented using a graph.   See the growth per state and make your logic comparisons.
  10. Animation   illustrating the growth of America.
  11. Virtual Marching tour   This is a great site illustrating  the American Revolutionary war.
  12. Mariner's museum   You will find a website containing quite a few ties into the past and connecting different events.


1. Create time lines and identify possible relationships between events.
2. Explain how American Indians settled the continent and why different nations of Indians interacted with their environment in different ways.
  1. First Americans for Grade Schoolers  Created by a Muscogee Creek student at Stanford for her local school, this site offers information, activities, and links to help elementary students learn about four Native American tribes.
3. Explain why European countries explored and colonized North America.
  1. Zoom Explorers This site contains brief but useful information on a very large number of explorers, along with maps of their voyages.
  2. An Adventure to the New World  This is a very well planned project where students role play explorers. This lesson's purpose is to introduce the Age of Exploration. The focus is on key European explorers and their voyages. The students will identify reasons for explorations and describe the technological developments in ship building and navigation that made long distance voyages possible. There are also many useful links for their research.
  3. Scholastic Research Starter: Plymouth Colony This is an excellent collection on articles on everything related to the Plymouth Colony, such as reasons for colonization, impact on the Indians, daily life in the colony, important people, and more. There is also a large list of links to other web sites with more information.
  4. The First Thanksgiving This web site from Scholastic contains many activities dealing with the pilgrims. Beginning with a pictorial time line of 1620–1621, students explore the voyage on the Mayflower, the relationship between the Wampanoag and the Pilgrims, and the events that led up to the harvest feast celebrated by both groups. The project also gives students an intimate perspective of the period through interviews with Pilgrim interpreters playing the roles of actual Pilgrims, and a modern-day Wampanoag descendant.

4. Describe the lasting effects of Spanish, French and English colonization in North America including cultural patterns evident today such as language, food, traditions and architecture.
  1. Patterns of culture in North America over the years.
  2. America Story   Here is a website that will take you back in a time line.
5. Explain how the United States became independent from Great Britain.
  1. LIBERTY! The American Revolution  This web site from PBS covers headlines, timelines, resource material and related topics on the American Revolution, Daily Life in the Colonies, the Global Village, a Military point-of-view, and an online Revolutionary quiz.

The following are quite Fun ------------------------------------

  1. Matching game Find the American Heroes of this time period. 
  2. Concentration Find the famous people of this time period.
  3. Word search  Find famous people of the Revolution.
  4. Flash Cards  Determine what the famous people did. 
6. Explain the impact of settlement, industrialization and transportation on the expansion of the United States.
  1. America on the Move At this excellent site you can read about how transportation shaped the lives, landscapes, culture, and communities of America. You can examine the changes brought by transportation networks, play some cool games, and check out lots of other resources from the National Museum of American History. There are also excellent teacher guides available for each section.
  2. Power Point On the Oregon Trail.   This power point will show quite a few photos of the trip and what happened on the trail.  If you right click and down load will save you time.

People in Societies

1.   Compare the cultural practices and products of diverse groups in North America including
a. artistic expressions
b. religion
c. language
d. food
e. clothing
f. shelter
  1. Lizzie's Morning - Follow a young American from bed to breakfast to bus and see how many cultures have touched her world.
  2. McDonald's in Hong Kong - Cultural borrowing
  3. Kids Port.  Great site to assist in all areas
  4. Cleveland History  This site will give an idea of what it was like in the past of Cleveland Ohio.
  5. Cleveland  General History of industrialization in Cleveland
2.   Compare life on Indian reservations today with the cultural traditions of American Indians before the reservation system
  1. Power Point Indians and No student left behind.   Interesting presentation on education and an Indian reservation.
3.   Describe the experiences of African-Americans under the institution of slavery.
  1. Understanding Slavery  This web site has lots of great info on slavery including a comparison of slavery around the world, a personal account of a slave's life through his own writings, teaching suggestions, additional resources, and a reenactment of a slave auction with detailed info on the views held by different members of society
4. Describe the waves of immigration to North America and the areas from which people came in each wave.
  1. Scholastic Research Starter: Immigration  This is an excellent collection on articles on everything related to the immigration, such as Ellis Island, sources and destinations of immigrants, laws, economy, living conditions, and more. There is also a large list of links to other web sites with more information.
  2. Immigration ... The Changing Face of America  This web site links educators to primary sources from the Library of Congress' online collections. It deals with where immigrants came from, why they came, where they settled, their effect on Native Americans and today's culture, and more.
5.   Compare reasons for immigration to North America with the reality immigrants experienced upon arrival
  1. Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today  In this online activity from Scholastic, students will learn the various reasons people come to America through oral histories of recent and historic immigrants. Students also discover one of the most important aspects of American immigration history — Ellis Island as the preeminent immigration port of the early 1900s. Several graphing activities encourage students to explore immigrant history that exists in their own classroom and expose them to rich graphic organizing and research skills.
  2. Scholastic Research Starter: Immigration  This is an excellent collection on articles on everything related to the immigration, such as Ellis Island, sources and destinations of immigrants, laws, economy, living conditions, and more. There is also a large list of links to other web sites with more information.


1. Use coordinates of latitude and longitude to determine the absolute location of points in North America.
  1. Map  Great tool to illustrate zooming in on the area we live.  Only need to type in your address and city and state.
  2. Arial view of South High
  3. Arial view of North High school
    1. Edison
    2. Grant
    3. Jefferson
    4. Longfellow
    5. McKinley
    6. Royalview
    7. Washington
  4. Hours of Daylight - use this java applet to determine the number of hours of daylight for any location and date.   You will not only be able to view the latitude and longitude of cities but you will also see the relationship of the earth and the sun for night and day.
  5. World Clock  check out the time around the world and more
  6. Google Earth  Zoom in on where you live!  Use a GPS to determine the Latitude and longitude then use this website to find your location.
  7. Blank U. S. Map - This map could be used with a list of latitude and longitude values for U. S. Cities. This is an Adobe Acrobat document
  8. List of latitude and longitude values for U. S. and Canadian Cities - from Fact Monster
  9. USA Latitude and Longitude Activity - from Enchanted Learning
  10. Look up the latitude and longitude of states in the U.S.
  11. Find your Longitude - Interactive game
  12. Latitude and longitude - online Quiz
  13. Go to Enchanted Learning Software's Search page and enter latitude and longitude. You will find dozens of printable pages
  14. View the Earth Live     If you click on this link you will branch to an assortment of satellites that are transmitting live coverage of the Earth.    4-Star
  15. MAPS AND THE EARTH  Flash Example allowing students to under stand maps and the earth.  TRULY OUTSTANDING !!!  4 STAR
  16. WHERE ON EARTH FLASH -- This a presentation that allows teachers and students discover parts of the globe.
  17. GLOSSARY -   Flash dictionary
  18. National Area Coding system --  Flash
  19. Virtual Earth - Flash
  20. Navigation  - Flash

      Fun games

  1. Latitude & Longitude Game 
  2. Maps Millionaire Game
  3. Latitude & Longitude Millionaire Game


  1. SMART BOARD LESSON  5 continents


  1. QUESTIONS USA 1 PDF format
        a.) Answers to question - 1 
    PDF format
  2. Questions USA - 2 PDF format
        b.) Answers to questions - 2
    PDF Format



2.   Use maps to identify the location of
  a.  the three largest 
       countries of North
  b. the 50 states of the United
  c. the Rocky and Appalachian
      mountain systems
  d. the Mississippi, Rio Grande
      and St. Lawrence rivers
  e. the Great Lakes
  1. US States Quiz Game  This is a neat game from FunSchool that the students can play right on the web page. The game gives you a map of the US, and then gives you the name of each state one at a time. You then need to click on that state. A timer keeps track of how long it takes to complete all 50 states.
  2. Different Map Games (2)  You will find located at the top of this webpage two map games.  There are two levels 1 is fun and not very difficult  Level 2 is fun but requires more effort.  4-Star
  3. GeoSense Game GeoSense is an online geography based game. You play by yourself or compete against an online opponent to place a city on a map as quickly and accurately as you can. The maps include the United States, Europe, and the World. A fun and effective way of improving place name geography skills. There are no ads, banners, fees, etc, although you do have to make up a username and password to play.
  4. Map Games   You will find quite a few games that will allow the students to learn and have fun at the same time.  You will find map games for many different grade levels.  Please choose the correct one for you.  THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING SITE.
3.  Describe and compare the landforms, climates, population, culture and economic characteristics of places and regions in North America.
  1. Landforms - A Web Quest  In this web quest the student will:
    1. View examples of landforms in the United States.
    2. Locate the places where these landforms can be found.
    3. Make an illustrated Landform Dictionary.
  2. Illustrated Glossary: Landforms and Bodies of Water  This cute web site covers many different landforms and bodies of water, with drawings and explanations. There are also printable quizzes and worksheets.
4. Explain how climate is
                  influenced by
a. earth-sun relationships
b. landforms
c. vegetation
  1. Climographs of Selected U.S. Cities - A climograph plots monthly average temperature and precipitation for some location. It provides a quick way of characterizing the climate of a particular place. To view a climograph for one of the U.S. cities listed, click on the city name or the corresponding dot on the map.
  2. Climographs: a NASA explores 9-12 Lesson - make inferences about a place based on interpreting data on a climograph. In order to determine this, students will construct a climograph for Houston, Texas and one for Moscow, Russia This is an Adobe Acrobat document
  3. Climate Information - a source of raw data that your students might use to make their own climograph
  4. Interactive Climate Map - Move your cursor over a rectangle to see a climograph.
    Click on the rectangle to view information about the climate at that location
  5. U.S. Climate at a Glance - from the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, North Carolina
  6. United States Climate Page - (Click on state of interest, then select a city to see a climograph)
  7. World Climate - What the weather is normally like for tens of thousands of places worldwide! WorldClimate.com contains over 85,000 records of world climate data (historical weather averages).
  8. Details: Seasons: Why do we have them?   Learn why the temperature in the summertime is higher than it is in the winter by studying the amount of light striking the Earth. Experiment with a plate detector to measure the amount of light striking the plate as the angle of the plate is adjusted (and then use a group of plates placed at different locations on the Earth) and measure the incoming radiation on each plate.
  9. Details: Seasons: Earth, Moon, and Sun   Observe the motions of the Earth, Moon and Sun in three dimensions to explain Sunrise and Sunset, and to see how we define a day, a month, and a year. Compare times of Sunrise and Sunset for different dates and locations. Relate shadows to the position of the Sun in the sky, and relate shadows to compass directions.
5. Explain, by identifying patterns on thematic maps, how physical and human characteristics can be used to define regions in North America  
6. Use distribution maps to describe the patterns of renewable, nonrenewable and flow resources in North America including
a. forests
b. fertile soil
c. oil
d. coal
e. running water
7. Analyze reasons for conflict and cooperation among regions of North America including
a. trade
b. environmental issues
c. immigration
8. Explain how the characteristics of different physical environments affect human activities in North America.
  1. Housing on the Prairie - Interactive quiz about building housing on the Prairie
  2. Sod Housing - photo of a family outside of their sod house. Other links to pictures of that time listed at the bottom of the page.
9. Analyze the positive and negative consequences of human changes to the physical environment including
a. Great Lakes navigation
b. highway systems
c. irrigation
d. mining
e. introduction of new species
  1. Adventure   Learning adventure in coming to America  coming to New York.  A very good website with animation and the ability to travel in time with quickness, photos and words.
10. Use or construct maps of colonization and exploration to explain European influence in North America  


1. Compare different allocation methods for scarce goods and services such as prices, command, first-come-first-served, sharing equally, rationing and lottery.
  1. Housing on the Prarie - Interactive quiz about building housing on the Prarie
  2. Sod Housing - photo of a family outside of their sod house. Other links to pictures of that time listed at the bottom of the page.
2. Explain that individuals in all economies must answer the fundamental economic questions of what to produce, how to produce and for whom to produce.
  1. Hot Shot Business  Become your own entrepreneur with this great start your own business online game. Choose businesses such as a skate park or comic book store and decide financing, marketing, customer needs, and other business components in hopes to make a profit!
3. Explain how education, specialization, capital goods and the division of labor affect productive capacity.  
4.  Explain how regions in North America become interdependent when they specialize in what they produce best and then trade with other regions inside and outside North America to increase the amount and variety of goods and services available.  
5. Explain the general relationship between supply, demand and price in a competitive market.
  1. Hot Shot Business  Become your own entrepreneur with this great start your own business online game. Choose businesses such as a skate park or comic book store and decide financing, marketing, customer needs, and other business components in hopes to make a profit!
  2. Lemonade Stand Game  This online game is the classic lemonade stand game where you try to make money selling lemonade. You monitor the weather conditions, buy supplies, and set the price of the lemonade. This is a fun, simple, and effective way to teach supply and demand.
6. Explain why competition among producers/sellers results in lower costs and prices, higher product quality and better customer service.  
7. Explain why competition among consumers/buyers results in higher product prices.  


1. Explain major responsibilities
    of each of the three 
    branches of the United
    States  government
a. the legislative branch,
    headed by Congress,
    passes laws
b. the executive branch,
    headed by the president,
    carries out  and enforces
    the laws made by
c. the judicial branch, headed
    by the Supreme Court,
    interprets and applies the
  1. Activity Smart Board   You will find a lesson designed in smart board technology.   SB  This was Lesson was created by:  Sandra Grande
  2. Branches of Government This is an attractive and easy to understand site that explains the three branches of government.
  3. Branches of Government Writing Across Curriculum  Power Point
  4. The American Presidency This exhibition tells the story of the American presidency through objects representing the lives and times of the country’s presidents. Topics include an examination of the President's many roles, life in the White House, and life after the presidency. The site includes an interactive timeline of Presidents, hands-on activities, reference resources, teacher materials, and more.
  5. Executive Branches of Government
  6. Judicial Branch of Government - ThinkQuest
  7. Legislative Branch - Agencies, Senate, House of Representatives and more.
  8. The Executive Branch
  9. Local Level Judicial System - New York State judicial system
  10. Who Rules America - Power at the Local Level
  11. Capitol Building   Power point presentation created by a 5th grader at Washington Elementary School..  You will find it to be very complete.
  12. American Flag for classroom project   Download this photo to see an example of what you can do with power point.  Challenge students to create an American flag using this photo as a rubric 
    Instructions to download for project above

Mrs. Kasper's Students
Justin Nelson, Isabelle
Delzoppo, Julie Abrams   Click here for their  Freedom Flag. 

  1. American Presidents: Life Portraits   This site will show all of the presidents and not just list normal information video is provided
  2. Presidential Trivia  You will find a list of questions and answers pertaining to all the presidents of the U.S.  You may use Avery 27881 form to printout if you like.
  3. You want to be president   This is an outstanding website showing you how to make smart choices. 4 star
  4. Electoral College   This website will help you in learning about these votes


2. Explain the essential
    characteristics of American
    democracy including
a. the people are the source of
    the government’s authority
b. all citizens have the right and
    responsibility to vote and
    influence the decisions of the
c. the government is run directly
    by the people or through
    elected representatives
d. the powers of government are
    limited by law
e. basic rights of individuals are
    guaranteed by the Constitution
  1. Inside the Voting Booth  This colorful web site explains the importance of voting, gives a history of voting, and gets kids to think what issues are important to them.
  2. Election Process  These pages explain the election process for Federal officials, including President & Vice President, Senators, and Representatives.
  3. Electing a President This is a great election web site created by and for elementary children. It includes information on how the president is elected, a list of vocabulary words, puzzles, quizzes, a teacher's guide, links to additional resources, and more.
  4. Civil Rights and the First Amendment
  5. Free Speech
  6. The missing thirteenth amendment
  7. Thirteenth Amendment
  8. 14th Amendment - defined and explained
  9. Abuse of the 14th Amendment
  10. Background of the 15th Amendment - scroll down past ads for the info.
  11. Women's Fight for the Vote: The Nineteenth Amendment
  12. The American Civil War In-depth   This is an outstanding website that will allow students to explore the Civil war by years. 


3. Explain the significance of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.
  1. YOU join the signers of the Declaration of Independence.  This website will allow your name to be printed right next to those leaders of this country.  Make sure you want to do this!  The colonist knew that if they lost the war for Independence they would be hunted down, imprisoned or worse.  It was Benjamin Franklin who said of their dire situation, “If we do not hang together we will for surly hang separately”.
  2. Historical Documents This is an attractive and easy to understand site that teaches about several important historical documents including the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution
  3. Bill of Rights - Purpose of Bill of Rights
  4. Constitution - Purpose of Constitution
  5. Declaration of Independence - Purpose of this document
  6. Video of Changing of the Guard Tomb of the Unknown Soldier  This video will take awhile to download so I would click the save as button and let the video download to your computer.  This video has been edited but it still is 8 min long although interesting to view.   4 Star  a must see video
  7. Arlington National Cemetery Changing of the Guards website.     

Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities

1. Explain how an individual
    acquires United States |  
a. birth
b. naturalization
  1. Citizenship  This is an attractive and easy to understand site that explains how people are or become US citizens.
2. Explain the obligations of
    upholding the United States
    Constitution including
a. obeying laws
b. paying taxes
c. serving on juries
d. registering for selective service
3. Explain the significance of the
    rights that are protected by the
    First Amendment including
a. freedom of religion
b. freedom of speech
c. freedom of the press
d. right of petition and assembly
  1. Civil Rights and the First Amendment
  2. Free Speech

Declaration of Independence


Bill of Rights




Social Studies Skills and Methods

1. Obtain information from a variety of print and electronic sources and analyze its reliability including
a. accuracy of facts
b. credentials of the source
2. Locate information in a variety of sources using key words, related articles and cross-references.  
3. Differentiate between primary and secondary sources.  
4. Read information critically in order to identify
a. the author
b. the author's perspective
c. the purpose
5. Compare points of agreement and disagreement among sources.

6. Draw inferences from relevant information.

7. Organize key ideas by taking notes that paraphrase or summarize.  
8. Communicate research findings using line graphs and tables.  
9. Use a problem-solving/decision
    making process which includes
a. identifying a problem
b. gathering information
c. listing and considering options
d. considering advantages and
    disadvantages of options
e. choosing and implementing a
f. developing criteria for judging
    its effectiveness
g. evaluating the effectiveness of
    he solution.