In most schools, 5th grade curriculum focuses on United States history, beginning with the colonization of America and possibly continuing through the 20th century. As 5th graders learn about social studies, they are taught to analyze the reasons behind events, make connections, and compare those events. As in other grades, most social studies curricula are specific to a location, so consult your child’s teacher or your state’s social studies standards to find out which specific communities and aspects of the community will be covered.
|To build social studies skills, your fifth grader:|
|Writes about what she learns in a traditional essay format.||Learns about historical events through the context of geography and how it affected certain event outcomes.||Researches, organizes, and presents her research on various topics, events, and figures.||Discusses topics, focusing on using specific details, facts, and reasons to support her opinion.||Uses technology to research both past and current events and topics.||Deepens her understanding of government and civic responsibility (for instance, with books like A True Book: Civics: Serving on a Jury).|