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Social Studies - 5th Grade

Social studies in our combination class of 4th and 5th graders is taught in a two-year rotation. We use multiple sources to promote seeing history from all points of view and our social studies curriculum is a vehicle for our social justice mission.

Unit Themes in Alternating Years
California History
  • Native Californians
  • California Geography
  • Early European Explorers
  • California Mission System
  • California Gold Rush
  • State Government
  • Japanese-American Internment during WWII
US History
  • Stereotypes and Prejudice
  • Native American Cultural Regions
  • US Geography and Map Reading
  • European Explorers and Roots of Colonization
  • Life in Colonial America
  • Slavery in the US
  • Conflict leading to Revolutionary War

Approaches to Learning
  • Hands on projects and experiences
  • Timeline and mapping activities
  • Historical fiction and readings from various sources/voices
  • Writing projects, class discussions, researching, and oral presentations
  • Field trips such as Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento and the State Capitol