5th Grade Social Studies

Course Description

Semester A

Grade 5 Social Studies asks students to use their understanding of social studies skills and concepts as they study the development of the United States. The first semester begins with a look at the geography of the regions of the United States, then moves into an examination of the development of the first cultures of the North American continent. From there, students will learn about the course and consequences of European exploration and colonization of North America. Students will also come to understand the causes of the Revolutionary War and the people that played significant roles in it.

Semester B

Semester B of Grade 5 Social Studies will focus more on the basic principles of American government and citizenship, as well as the development of the founding documents of the country. Historical exploration will continue with an overview of the major events of the 19th, 20th, and early 21st Centuries.

Course Requirements

Grade Level

5th Grade




2 Semesters

Credit Value




Semester A

Major Concepts:

  • The United States of America
  • The First Americans
  • The Age of Exploration
  • The Colonial Age
  • The American Economy
  • The American Revolution

Semester B

Major Concepts

  • The Constitution of the United States
  • Government and Citizenship
  • American Grows (1800-1850)
  • Rebuilding a Nation (1850-1900)
  • America in the 20th Century
  • My America (Life in Modern America)