Grade 5 – Integrated American History
The fifth grade Social Studies curriculum is a study of early American history through the adoption of the United State’s Bill of Rights. The curriculum is divided into three eras: Era 1: Beginnings to 1620, Era 2: Colonization and Settlement (1585-1763), Era 3: Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1800). Through the use of primary and secondary sources, students explore how significant events shaped the nation. An introduction to the United States Constitution frames their study of the early history of the nation. As students study the meeting of “Three Worlds” they explore interactions among American Indians, Africans, and Europeans in North America. Students also examine how these interactions, as well as the geography of North America, affected colonization and settlement in three distinct English colonial regions. Students learn about our government’s history as reflected in the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights. Students examine how and why our Founding Fathers balanced the powers of government through the principles of separation of powers, check and balances, federalism, protection of individual rights, popular sovereignty, and rule of law (core democratic values). Teachers use the resources listed below, as well as supplementary text materials, a variety of related trade books, primary source readers, and leveled readers. The 5th grade curriculum is based on Michigan Grade Level Content
Resources: Atlas of Our Country’s History, Nystrom (2009), Grade 5
Hakim. Joy. A History of US Series. Oxford University Press (1993).
The First Americans
Making Thirteen Colonies
From Colonies to CountryThe New Nation