Madison Cross Roads Elementary School

5th Grade Social Studies 2015-2016

Liz Glenn - MXR Library

Alabama Course of Study - Social Studies Grades 5 and 6

Lesson 1 - The Story of Longitude

August 24-28, 2015

Sea Clocks: The Story of Longitude
John Harrison

Lesson 2 - Explorers

September 7-11
Alabama Course of Study 4.1, 4.2
Jacques Cartier,
Christopher Columbus, Prince Henry the Navigator,
Hernan Cortes, Francisco Vazquez de Coronado,
Leif Eriksson, Hernando de Soto,
Juan Ponce de Leon, Francisco Pizarro, Marco Polo, Marquette,
Joliet, La Salle, Magellan, Sir Walter Raleigh

Use iPads and iPods to scan a QR code to discover your mystery explorer.
Write down 3 facts about your explorer.

Colonial Seaports - Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Savannah, Charleston
Alabama Course of Study 1.2
Fic SPE The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Lesson - Reasons Colonists Came to the New World
September 1
Alabama Course of Study 5.0

Religious Freedom
B HER Always an Olivia

Economic Opportunity
Fic McG Molly Bannaky

Lesson - Native Americans

September 8
Alabama Course of Study 3.1
Northeast, Southeast,
Northwest, Southwest, Plains

Use the Indian Education Trunks for a display of Native American information.
  • Southeast
  • Northeast
  • Northwest
  • Plains
  • Southwest

Lesson - Colonial Period 1600-1699
Course of Study 5.6, 6.1

How to Memorize the 13 Colonies in Order

by Donnalyn Yates

13 US colonies
13 US colonies
I recently came up with an easy way to learn the 13 colonies in chronological order. Stories are a great memory technique because they follow a sequence. The brain stores information using a sequence or pattern, so this is why it works so well.
What children need to do, is visualize the story. As you read the story, draw simple little pictures. Use stick figures and have the children draw along at the same time. It makes the story memorable and it’s fun to do. Tell 5 other people the story to reinforce the memorized information.
Encourage the entire family to get involved and see who can remember all the colonies in order.
13 Colonies VA, Mass
13 Colonies VA, Mass

A girl named Virginia went to Mass (Massachusetts) every Sunday.
13 Colonies NH
13 Colonies NH

Her family always ate a new ham (New Hampshire) after church.
13 Colonies MD, Conn.
13 Colonies MD, Conn.

Her sister Marilyn (Maryland), was playing a “Connect-the-dots” game, (Connecticut) but stopped when her dad said,
13 Colonies RI, Del.
13 Colonies RI, Del.

“Let’s hit the road for the island!” (Rhode Island).
He called to his wife, “Hurry up Della and get something to wear”. (Delaware).
13 Colonies NC, SC
13 Colonies NC, SC

While driving, they all sang Christmas Carols (North & South Carolina).
13 Colonies NJ, NY, PA, GA
13 Colonies NJ, NY, PA, GA

Suddenly they saw a Jersey cow (New Jersey)
It had a tag saying it was from New York in a big Pen (Pennsylvania) and the cow’s name was Georgia. So they took it back to it’s home.

That’s the end of the story and now you can remember all 13 colonies in order! Tell someone else the story to lock it in your memory.

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Jamestown 1607
Plymouth 1620
New Amsterdam - Peter Stuyvesant 1646
B STU Peter Stuyvesant

Boston, Massachusetts - 1659 (banned Christmas)

Salem, Massachusetts witch trials 1692

Lesson - Colonial Period 1700-1775
October 20
B HAR Sea Clocks: The Story of Longitude
John Harrison
1754-1763 - The French and Indian War
Triangular Trade Route
1760 - King George III
1765 - Stamp Act
March 5, 1770 - Boston Massacre

December 16, 1773 - Boston Tea Party
973.3 DOE 973.3 GUN 973.3 KRO 973.3 MOR The Boston Tea Party

E BOR Sleds on Boston Common

Lesson - Revolutionary War 1775-1783

April 18, 1775 - Paul Revere's ride
811 LON Paul Revere's Ride

My Brother Sam is Dead
July 4, 1776 Declaration of Independence

Major battle sites
Battle of Bunker Hill - Boston, Massachusetts
September 9, 1781 Battle of Yorktown, Virginia

Lesson - American Patriots
December 4
John Adams, Samuel Adams, Ethan Allen, Benedict Arnold, Benjamin Edes,
Benjamin Franklin, John Gill, Nathan Hale, Alexander Hamilton, John Hancock,
Patrick Henry, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Johnson, James Madison,
Joseph Plumb Martin, George Mason, Alexander McDougall, Robert Morris,
Thomas Paine, Paul Revere, Daniel Shays, Roger Sherman, George Washington

Use the iPads and iPods to discover the mystery patriot.
1. When was he born? 2. When did he die? 3. Where did he live?
Write 3 facts about each person.

George Washington's Socks
Early Thunder
The Scarlett Stockings Spy
Revolutionary War on Wednesday

Lesson - States and Capitals

Alabama Course of Study 1.1
DVD 1077

Color the map of the 13 original colonies.

Lesson - Presidents
December 11

Presidents 1789-1872
George Washington 1789-1797
John Adams 1797-1801
Thomas Jefferson 1801-1809
James Madison 1809-1817
James Monroe 1817-1825
John Quincy Adams 1825-1829
Andrew Jackson 1829-1837
Martin Van Buren 1837-1841
William Henry Harrison 1841
John Tyler 1841-1845

"Washing Adam's Jeans, Ma Mocked Aunt Jackie's Valuable Hog, Tyler"

James Knox Polk 1845-1849
Zachary Taylor 1849-1850
Millard Fillmore 1850-1851
Franklin Pierce 1853-1857
James Buchanan 1857-1861
Abraham Lincoln 1861-1865
Andrew Johnson 1865-1869
Ulysses Simpson Grant 1869-1877

Working in pairs, students will write a report about their assigned president.
Students will come up with a saying to memorize the 8 presidents from 1845-1877.
Polk, Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, Buchanan, Lincoln, Johnson, Grant
The Cabin Faced West

Calico Bush

Betsy Ross
June 1776

Lesson - The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, The Three Branches of Government

December 18, 2014

Lesson. - the First Census 1790
Connect to Constitution and Legislative branch of government

Lesson - Westward Expansion

January 8, 2015
Louisiana Purchase April 30, 1803
Lewis and Clark 1804-1806

REF 917.8 GRA Lewis and Clark on the Trail of Discovery by Rod Gragg
(This is a beautiful book that has copies of actual letters and maps.)

B LEW - Meriwether Lewis
B SAC - Sacagawea
B YOR - York
Fic EUB - Seaman's Journal - On the Trail with Lewis and Clark
Fic MYE - Lewis and Clark and Me (Seaman the dog)

List of men recruited to go with Captain Meriwether Lewis:
John Ordway
Nathaniel Pryor
Charles Floyd
Patrick Gass
Wiliam Bratton
John Collins
John Colter
Pierre Cruzatte
Joseph Fields
Reuben Fields
Robert Frazier
Silas Goodrich
George Gibson
Thomas Prater Howard
Hugh Hale
Francois Labiche
Hugh McNeal
John Shields
George Shannon
John Potts
John Baptiste Lapage
John B. Thompson
William Werner
Richard Windsor
Peter Wiser (Weiser)
Alexander Hamilton Willard
Joseph Whitehouse
Richard Warfington
John Newman
George Drouillard
Touissant Charbonneau

privates John Dame, John Robertson, Ebenezer Tuttle, Isaac
White, John Boley,

Lesson 11 - War of 1812 (June 18, 2812 - March 23, 1815)
January 15, 2015
September 16, 1814 - Star-Spangled Banner (Fort McHenry - Baltimore, Maryland)
[written by Francis Scott Key]
January 8, 1815 - Battle of New Orleans

James Madison was the president from March 4, 1809 - March 4, 1817.

In 1812 there were 18 states.
(Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Louisiana)
973.5 JAC The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner by Ryan Jacobson (2006 Graphic Novel format)
Fic PAP The Town That Fooled the British (this is a great book)
Fic KRE Sisters of Scituate Light
E EVA The Battle of New Orleans

Lesson - Study of black history

Lesson -
January 22, 2015
Lesson - Battle of the Alamo
January 29, 2015

Lesson - Battle of the Alamo (February - March 1836)

February 5, 2015

Lesson - Battle of the Alamo
February 12, 2015

Davy Crockett

January 29, 2015

The Trail of Tears
May 16, 1838


Lesson - California Gold Rush
February 19
January 24, 1848

The Great Horned Spoon

Lesson - Slavery in the United States
March 2015
Henry Box Brown

Lesson - Civil War 1861-1863
B SMA Seven Miles to Freedom
John Brown
B EDM Sarah Emma Edmonds
Fort Sumter CT 110 FLE Bull Run
Battle Hymn of the Republic/Dixie
The Long Road to Gettysburg
Gettysburg, Gettysburg Address 973.7 FRI Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln

Battlefields, Generals B LEE Robert E. Lee B GRA Ulysses S. Grant

Lesson 33 - Civil War 1863-1865
April 20

Lesson 34 - Abraham Lincoln

April 27, 2015

April 14,1865 - Abraham Lincoln assassinated
973.7 Who Shot the President

Lesson 35 - Reconstruction
May 4
States re-admitted to union

Fic GAR The Buffalo Soldier (1865/1866)

Alabama Course of Study - Social Studies Grades 5 and 6

Fifth-grade students benefit from a positive learning environment that challenges and encourages their efforts and progress. This includes hands-on activities, projects, and cooperative group assignments. They learn from map and globe activities, brainstorming sessions, inquiry-based instruction, student-generated questions followed by research, cooperative learning groups, and art projects as well as the more traditional teaching methods.

updated by Liz Glenn January 30, 2015