5th Grade Social Studies Syllabus

Class Name: 5th Grade Social Studies
Teacher: Cindy Geer
Email: cgeer@usd223.org
Phone: 1-785-348-5531

Class Description: We use the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company Textbook, 2010 edition. We also use educational internet websites and resource books from the library as supplemental resources. This class is designed to allow students to explore the: 

Learning Goal: This class is designed to meet the Kansas social studies standards for fifth grade.

Learning Outcomes: The student will demonstrate mastery of social standards using both formal and informal assessments, along with teacher observation.

Instructional Units:

Unit 1
* Chapter 1: Our Nation's Geography
** In this chapter we will learn how people interact with their environment and how they are affected by it. We will compare and contrast the 50 states and use the map and globe skills learning latitude and longitude.
*Chapter 2: Native Americans
** In this chapter we will learn about the early people of the USA and how these civilizations developed. The Native Americans we will read about include: The Plains, Pueblo, Eastern Woodlands, and the Pacific Northwest tribes.

Unit 2
* Chapter 3: The Age of Exploration
** In this chapter students will learn about how the Europeans in the late 1400's sailed across the Atlantic Ocean and explored and claimed land in the Americas.
* Chapter 4: Building the First Colonies
** In this chapter students will learn  about the first colonies that Europeans built in North America and some of the hardships and conflicts the settlers faced.
* Chapter 5: The Thirteen Colonies
** In this chapter students will learn about early settlers in the New England Colonies, the Middle Colonies, and the Southern Colonies. They will learn about the colonies' relationships with neighboring Native Americans.

Unit 3
* Chapter 6: The Colonies Unite
** In this chapter students will learn about some of the major events and ideas leading up to the Revolutionary War and how those events and ideas caused the 13 colonies to unite against the British.
* Chapter 7: The Revolutionary War
** In this chapter students will learn about the actual fighting of the Revolutionary War, how the war affected people's lives, and some the of the consequences of the war. 

Unit 4
* Chapter 8: The Constitution
** In this chapter students will learn about how and why the early leaders of the United States created the Constitution. They will learn about the government it established and how its principles and ideals affect the lives of the people in this country.
* Chapter 9: The Young Republic
** In this chapter the students will learn how the country gained land people, and about events that led to its growth and change.

Unit 5
* Chapter 10: The Civil War
** In this chapter the students will learn about the events leading to the Civil War and how the Civil War was fought.
*Chapter 11: A Changing Nation
** In this chapter students will learn about the changes that occurred in the United States after the Civil War.

Unit 6
* Chapter 12: A World Leader
** In this chapter students will learn about how the United States became a world leader. Students will be challenged to identify qualities that leaders must have.
* Chapter 13: Conflict and Change
** In this chapter students will learn how the United States changed from the 1950s through the 1990s.
*Chapter 14: A New Century
** In this chapter students will learn how they can participate in the American economy. 

Grading Scale:

100% - 91% A
90% - 82% B
81% - 73% C
72% - 64% D
63% and Below F

Make-Up Work:

If an absence is excused the student will be allowed to complete the assignment without penalty in a reasonable amount of time based upon teacher discrepancy. If an absence is unexcused the student is still responsible for completing the assignment, but will be given a zero.

Homework Procedure:

Homework is given after each lesson and quizzes are also given after each lesson. There are chapter tests that are given, with usually a one week notice of when the test will be given. There are study guides given to help prepare for the test, unless the test is open book. If an assignment is turned in late, the student is docked 20 percentage points after the assignment is graded and scored. Example: A late assignment is turned in and graded, if the student receives a 90% on the assignment, I will dock 20 percentage points and the final grade for that assignment will be a 70%.