5th Grade 
Common Core History

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Historical Thinking and Skills

1. Multiple-tier timelines can be used to show relationships among events and places.


  1. Constitution Time Line  (Flash)  Outstanding
  2. U.S. History Time Line
  3. American History Time Line
  4. United States Time Line
  5. U.S. History Time Line  (Fact Monster)
  6. Creating the Constitution Outstanding presentation of the foundation of our country.
  7. The Constitution - Flash Presentation
  8. The Constitution --  Interactive presentation.
  9. The Constitution -- Interactive Quiz
  10. The Original American Minds that created the Constitution.
  11. Bill of Rights interactive game 4 star
  12. Comparison of Various State Preambles with the United States Constitution Preamble.
  13. So help me God- Reflection on the Military Oath
  14. The Time Machine - This U.S. Mint site has twelve hyperlinked dates, each one tells a story. Outstanding!  
  15. An index of timelines
  16. Customize your own timeline - This free service is offered by OurTimeLines.com. They request that webmasters not link to the timeline generator. Therefore you must go to the bottom of their page where you see the phrase, Ready to check it out? Just... Click Here!
  17. Make your own Timeline, thanks to Teachnology - (scroll past the membership information) Their generator can be used to make time lines of up to 9 events of your choice. Select either a horizontal or vertical timeline.
  18. Timeline Generator Tool
  19. Timeline Resources
  20. Video-Pledge of Allegiance Each line is explained in this video.  The video is presented by U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Eric Montgomery  4 Star
  21.  Video The American Flag   presented by Lt. Robert Doyle United States Marine Corps.
    4 star
Early Civilizations

2. Early Indian civilizations (Maya, Inca, Aztec, Mississippian) existed in the Western Hemisphere prior to the arrival of Europeans. These civilizations had developed unique governments, social structures, religions, technologies, and agricultural practices and products.




  1. Early Civilizations
  2. Early Civilizations Part 2  Great site with many places listed.
  3. Early Civilizations Part 3   This site will also allow you to visit other places.
  4. Ancient Civilizations  PDF format
  5. British Museum
  6. Many Early Civilizations  You will discover many areas of study listed here.  Good place for you and your class to go to.
  7. Ancient Civilizations  PDF format
  8. Maya Adventure site
  9. Mystery of the Maya
  10. Mysterious Maya (resource site)
  11. Inca resources
  12. Aztec resources


3. European exploration and colonization had lasting effects which can be used to understand the Western Hemisphere today.


  1. Heritage and Citizenship: - Early Civilizations

  2. European Exploration and Colonization
  3. Conquistadors (content resource)


Spatial Thinking
and Skills


4. Globes and other geographic tools can be used to gather, process and report information about people, places and environments. Cartographers decide which information to include in maps.

5. Latitude and longitude can be used to make observations about location and generalizations about climate.







  1. Temperate Zone maps - North America - South America - Europe - Asia
  2. Create A map   Design a Town Map and printout  PDF
  3. Create A map   Design a treasure map and Printout  PDF
  4. World Map  The map has physics implemented so it can quickly be scrolled from one part to another with a flick of the finger on the whiteboard tap again to stop the scroll.  Mark points of interest using the 3 different colored map pins.
  5. Geography Toolkit (printable PDF resource)
  6. Map Tools for Adventure
  7. Can You Read a Map? - Use a map to answer questions
  8. Where is Japan - Students use the four cardinal directions to find real places on a map. (Author - Sandi King)
  9. Types of Maps  This fantastic site has loads of information on maps, types of maps, and legends, including online lessons, pictures, diagrams, labs, a dictionary, a review test, and a printable teacher guide in Acrobat format.
  10. Weather Map game  In this game the student has to place five weather symbols on a map to show the appropriate condition in five cities. The cities are randomly generated each time so the game can be played over and over. UK
  11. How Maps Work This web page uses colorful animations to illustrate how maps relate to their real-life places and objects
  12.  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.
  13. Maps and Mapping
  14. Map Making guide
  15. Introduction to Longitude and Latitude
  16. Latitude and Longitude and Mapmaking
  17. Several Latitude and Longitude resources
Places and Regions

6. Regions can be determined using various criteria (e.g., landform, climate, population, cultural or economic).




  1. Daily life  Influenced by surroundings.
  2. Farm Aid   Website showing problems and solving them.
  3. Regions of the United States  PDF  Concept of regions
  4. Several resources for regions


Human Systems

7. Variations among physical environments within the Western Hemisphere influence human activities. Human activities also alter the physical environment.

8. American Indians developed unique cultures with many different ways of life. American Indian tribes and nations can be classified into cultural groups based on geographic and cultural similarities.

9. Political, environmental, social and economic factors cause people, products and ideas to move from place to place in the Western Hemisphere today.

10. The Western Hemisphere is culturally diverse due to American Indian, European, Asian and African influences and interactions, as evidenced by artistic expression, language, religion and food.

  1. Different Tribes - Compare daily life of Native American tribes from different regions and times. (Author - Laurie Ayers)
  2.  Checking for clues  What conclusions can you draw based on this evidence? ... Human Record Humans Record Changes The records and activities of people provide information about Illinois environments and climate.
  3. Big Era 6 Change information (1400-1800 CE)
  4. Moving People Products and ideas
  5. Systems of transportation
  6. Native American Groups map with student reports
  7. Global envision
  8. Migration lesson
  9. Global Transformations
  10. Reaching out to diverse populations
  11. Understanding Culture and Diversity in Building Communities

  12. Journey to Cultural Competence - TLC                      Discuss cultural competence and why it is especially important in health care. ... *Includes American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, ...
  13. Site with info about several cultures of the world

Civic Participation and Skills

11. Individuals can better understand public issues by gathering and interpreting information from multiple sources. Data can be displayed graphically to effectively and efficiently communicate information.


  1.  A balancing act    This student activity explores the local community showing that community members have social and political responsibilities and that individuals make the community a better place by solving problems
  2. Exploring our Community
  3. Community Lessons
  4. Creating a Community
  5. Being an Informed Voter (printable PDF)


Roles and Systems of Government

12. Democracies, dictatorships and monarchies are categories for understanding the relationship between those in power or authority and citizens.



  1. Government is a body that has authority
  2. Separation of Powers       make decisions about governing O- develop ideas for laws and the ... in the community can have the power to invent, create and then enforce laws at their .... Ministers control government departments and authorities that enforce statute law.
  3. Civics Today    Citizens agree to follow a set of rules and to accept a government's authority. Government is needed to make and enforce laws and decisions for its citizens. ... With such a large population, the United States must have a representative
  4. Crossword Puzzle
  5. How are dictators and Monarchies different
  6. Dictator for a Day


Economic Decision Making and Skills

13. Information displayed in circle graphs can be used to show relative proportions of segments of data to an entire body of data.

14. The choices people make have both present and future consequences.


  1. Popcorn Economics
  2. Going Camping
  3. Competition Pizza
  4. Colonial Workers Web  PDF
  5. Market to Market
  6. Old Toy - New Market
  7. How Much is that Doggy
  8. Supply and demand
  10. Circle graph worksheet (printable PDF)


15. The availability of productive resources (i.e., human resources, capital goods and natural resources) promotes specialization that leads to trade.



  1. Basic Economics: Scarcity and Choices
  2. Coping with water scarcity
  3. Economics and Scarcity
  4. Problem of Scarcity
  5. Where Did You Come From

Production and

16. The availability of productive resources and the division of labor impact productive capacity.




  1. 1. Little Bill the Producer! - This lesson (from EconEd Link) teaches the most basic vocabulary about production. People who make goods and provide services are called producers.
  2. Popcorn Economics
  3. Going Camping
  4. Competition Pizza
  5. Colonial Workers Web  PDF
  6. Market to Market
  7. Old Toy - New Market
  8. How Much is that Doggy
  9. Lean on Me


17. Regions and countries become interdependent when they specialize in what they produce best and then trade with other regions to increase the amount and variety of goods and services available.



  2. Where Did You Come From 

Financial Literacy

18. Workers can improve their ability to earn income by gaining new knowledge, skills and experiences.




  1. Old Toy - New Market
  2. How Much is that Doggy
  3. Money comes and Money goes
  4. Clickety Clack, Let's Keep Track
  5. Do I Look Like I am Made of Money?