Social Studies 5 – United States
Melamed Academy’s Elementary Social Studies curriculum is designed to give students a comprehensive overview of all key concepts in an exciting and experience-based learning environment.
Core curricular standards are covered in weekly installments. Text-based lessons include audio support to support readers of all levels. As the student reads, he answers quick comprehension-check questions and scores points in his “game” and earns prizes.
Multimedia, pictures, maps, and videos round out the instructional part of the lesson. Next, the students participate in activities and projects related to the units. Virtual field trips zoom the students to the site of the action, as they explore virtual exhibits, museums, and faraway locations.
Week 1: How Did It All Begin?
Students will examine early colonization in the U.S.
Week 2: English Settlements
Students will explain reasons for colonization and read about the Lost Colony of Roanoke.
Week 3: Comparing Colonies
Students will compare the New England, Middle and Southern Colonies.
Week 4: Slavery in the Colonies
Students will discuss Triangular Trade and slavery in the Colonies.
Week 5: Tension Between the Colonies and Britain
Students will discuss the conflicts between Colonists and the British.
Week 6: Independence May Be the Only Answer
Students will study the conflict and events leading up to American independence.
Week 7: Celebrate Freedom!
Students will discuss the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War.
Week 8: Constitution
Students will learn about the Constitutional Convention and the branches of government.
Week 9: Government of the People
Students will study the Bill of Rights and the process required to amend the Constitution.
Week 10: American Indian Nations
Students will discuss ancient civilizations and tribes and compare cultural aspects by region.
Week 11: Geography
Students will compare types of maps and discuss map features.
Week 12: U.S. States and Regions
Students will recognize and label names of states, capitals and territories.
Week 13: Looking to the West
Students will examine the beginnings of the movement westward.
Week 14: The War of 1812
Students will discuss the causes, events and effects of the War of 1812.
Week 15: U.S. in the 19th Century
Students will learn about the Trail of Tears and study the industrial revolution.
Week 16: Manifest Destiny and the Mexican War
Students will study how events before the Civil War expanded U.S. territory.
Week 17: Immigration
Students will discuss how the migration of settlers affected American Indians and learn about immigrants from Europe and Asia.
Week 18: Industry vs. Agriculture
Students will compare life in the North and the South in the years leading up to the Civil War.
Week 19: Trouble Between the States
Students will discuss conflicts that eventually led to the Civil War.
Week 20: The Civil War
Students will discuss the secession of southern states and the beginning of the Civil War.
Week 21: The War Continues
Students will study some battles of the war and the role of women in the war.
Week 22: Reconstruction
Students will examine Lincoln’s plan to reunite the North and South and read about his assassination in 1865.
Week 23: Changes in Industry and Transportation
Students will describe how the industrial revolution changed communication/transportation.
Week 24: Changing Times
Students will learn about life in the early 20th century.
Week 25: World War I and the Great Depression
Students will discuss World War I and the Great Depression.
Week 26: The New Deal
Students will study Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.
Week 27: World War II
Students will examine some events of WWII.
Week 28: Two More Wars and the Space Race Begins
Students will examine some key events of the 1950s.
Week 29: The Civil Rights Movement
Students will describe events of the Civil Rights Movement.
Week 30: America the Superpower
Students will discuss events of the late 20th century.
Week 31: The Information Age
Students will explore some technologies that brought the U.S. into the Information Age.
Week 32: The War on Terrorism
Students will discuss the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and the war on terrorism.