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Estimated Completion Time

36 weeks


In Social Studies Grade 5, students focus on American history through 1850 from Native Americans through exploration, colonization, and early-American history. Students develop a firm understanding of important concepts and skills related to history, geography, economics, and citizenship.

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Course Requirements

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students and families are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers because, when teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

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Major Topics and Concepts

Segment One

  • Ancient North American civilizations
  • European exploration
  • 13 colonies
  • American Revolution

Segment Two

  • Founding a new country
  • Westward expansion
  • Problem solving
  • Citizenship

Credits 1


  • Early North American Civilizations
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of early North American civilizations by identifying the population, cultural sites, and physical impact of their geographical locations, and by explaining the cultural significance and trade implications of Native American peoples across North America.
  • European Exploration and Impact
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of European exploration and impact by describing the events of early Viking expeditions, explaining the importance of Spanish and English exploration, and assessing the impact of North American settlers on Native American populations.
  • Colonizing North America
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of North American colonization by explaining the political, social, and economic aspects of daily life, the contributions of key people, and the perspectives on slavery within each geographic region.
  • American Revolution
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the American Revolution by describing the factors that impacted the start of the war, the significant events that took place during the war, and the roles of key participants and groups.
  • Creating and Developing A United Nation
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of creating and developing a united nation by explaining the purpose and limitations of the Constitution, the significance of the branches of government, and the civic responsibilities which resulted in the introduction of the Bill of Rights.
  • Growth and Westward Expansion
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of growth and westward expansion across the nation by describing the ways in which the country grew and expanded, examining manifest destiny and its impact on westward expansion, and explaining the technological, economic, and social impact of westward expansion.
  • US Current Events
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of current events in the United States by identifying the current status of United States territories from a global perspective, describing the impact of natural disasters and their significance as current events, explaining the impact of the individual to make a difference within their community, and connecting good citizenship to problem-solving.



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