Fifth Grade Social Studies

FOCUS: Application of careful research and imagination to understand United States history; multiple perspectives, service learning at St. Gregory’s Food Pantry. CONCEPTS: Historical empathy; the story of the development of a nation; Native American cultures and geography; ongoing encounters between Native Americans and European-American colonists; United States slavery; the promises of the Declaration of Independence; American Revolution; social justice. SKILLS: Triangulating and synthesizing knowledge from multiple sources in research; analyzing primary and secondary sources, questioning and critical thinking; using strategies to select topic, plan approach, locate information, organize and prepare a research project.