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    Fourth Grade: Reflections - California: A Changing State

    Fifth Grade: Reflections - The United States: Making a Nation

Online Textbook – Requires student username and password (given in class and in back to school packet)

    DVD-Rom based edition available for checkout


California State Content Standards for Social Studies


4th Grade Outlines
Downloadable Outlines - Chapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6

In fourth grade, we will cover 1 unit (2 chapters) during each trimester.

    Unit 1, The Land and Early People (Chapter 1: California's Geography and Chapter 2: California's Indians)

    Unit 2, Early California (Chapter 3:

    Unit 3, The Road to Statehood

Each chapter is broken down into individual lessons with typically 4 lessons within each chapter.  In addition, there are usually two skills based activities within each chapter.  The lessons and skills are tested when the students are given the chapter tests.  Tests consist of a multiple choice section and a written response section.

To help prepare for the tests, students could review their textbook and/or workbook.  In addition, each student is given an outline to help prepare for chapter tests.  Lastly, there is a review session usually one day prior to the test during which questions can be asked.

Test preparation and study habits are being developed and stressed.  Some students may benefit from making an outline of the chapter.  Others, might benefit from having the material read out to them (available in the online edition).  Students receive study outlines in class at the start of each chapter.  These are due on the day of the test and will count towards 10% of a student's grade.

We will be doing a variety of different projects that are Social Studies related. 


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Chapter 1: California’s Geography

Lesson 1: California's Location

Lesson 2: The Regions in California

Biography Page: John Muir

Lesson 3: Climate and Vegetation        

Lesson 4: Where Californians Live

Lesson 5: Life in California

 

Chapter 2: California's Indians

Lesson 1: The First Californians

Lesson 2: The Northern Coastal Region

Lesson 3: The Southern Coastal Region

Lesson 4: Indians of Central Valley

Primary Sources: California Indian Artifacts

Lesson 5: The Desert Region

Biography Page: Cheryl A. Seidner

            Field Trip: State Indian Museum

 Chapter 3: Exploration and Early Settlements

            Lesson 1: Explorers Come to California
            Lesson 2: Newcomers to Alta California
            Biography Page: Junipero Serra
            Lesson 3: Other Kinds of Settlements
            Lesson 4: Mission Life 


 Chapter 4: Mexican Rule in California

            Lesson 1: Mexico Wins Its Freedom
            Lesson 2: Rise of Rancho Economy
            Primary Sources: A Diseño
            Lesson 3: Life on the Ranchos
            Biography Page: Juana Briones
            Field Trip: Carmel Mission

Chapter 5: California, Here We Come!

            Lesson 1: Americans Move West
            Biography Page: James Beckwourth
            Lesson 2: Trails to California
            Lesson 3: Americans in California
            Lesson 4: The Mexican American War

Chapter 6: Statehood for California

            Lesson 1: The Gold Rush
            Primary Sources: The Life of a Forty-Niner
            Lesson 2: The Effects of the Gold Rush
            Lesson 3: California Becomes a State
            Biography Page: Biddy Mason
            Field Trip: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park


In fifth grade, the textbook is broken down as follows.

    Unit 1, The First Americans (Chapter 1: Early People and Chapter 2: American Indians)

    Unit 2, Cultures Meet (Chapter 3: The Age of Eploration and Chapter 4: Building the First Colonies)

    Unit 3, Settling the Colonies (Chapter 5: The New England Colonies, Chapter 6: The Middle Colonies, and Chapter 7: The Southern Colonies)

    Unit 4, The American Revolution (Chapter 8: The Colonies Unite and Chapter 9: The Revolutionary War)

    Unit 5, Governing the Nation (Chapter 10: The Constitution and Chapter 11: The American Republic)

    Unit 6, Western Expansion (Chapter 12: The Changing Frontier and Chapter 13: Moving West)

Each chapter is broken down into individual lessons with typically 3 to 4 lessons within each chapter.  In addition, there are usually two skills based activities within each chapter.  The lessons and skills are tested when the students are given the chapter tests.  Tests consist of a multiple choice section and a written response section.

To help prepare for the tests, students should review their textbook and/or workbook.  In addition, each student is given an outline to help prepare for chapter tests.  Lastly, there is a review session usually one day prior to the test during which questions can be asked.

Test preparation and study habits are being developed and stressed.  Some students may benefit from making an outline of the chapter.  Others, might benefit from having the material read out to them (available in the online edition).  Students receive study guides in class at the start of each chapter.  These are due on the day of the test and will count towards 10% of a student's grade.

Downloadable Outlines - Click for Fifth Grade Outlines

We will be doing a variety of different projects that are Social Studies related.  


5th Grade Online Resources

Online Textbook – Requires username and password (given in class)

Chapter 1: Early People

Chapter 2: American Indians

Chapter 3: The Age of Exploration

Lesson 1: Exploration and Technology
Primary Sources: Navigational Tools
Lesson 2: A Changing World
Lesson 3: Spanish Explorations
Biography Page: Estevanico
Lesson 4: Other Nations Explore

Chapter 4: Building the First Colonies

Lesson 1: The Spanish Colonies
Biography Page: Bartolomé de las Casas
Lesson 2: The Virginia Colony
Biography Page: Pocahontas
Lesson 3: The Plymouth Colony
Lesson 4: The French and the Dutch
Field Trip: The Mission San Diego de Alcala

Chapter 5: The New England Colonies

Lesson 1: Settling New England
Biography Page: Anne Hutchinson
Lesson 2: Life in New England
Lesson 3: New England’s Economy
Primary Sources: Colonial Homes

Chapter 6: The Middle Colonies


Chapter 7: The Southern Colonies

Lesson 1: Settling the South
Lesson 2: Life in the South
Biography Page: Olaudah Equiano
Lesson 3: The Southern Economy
Field Trip: Colonial Williamsburg

Chapter 8: The Colonies Unite

Lesson 1: Competition for Control
Lesson 2: Colonists Speak Out
Biography Page: Patrick Henry
Lesson 3: Disagreements Grow
Lesson 4: The Road to War
Biography Page: Phillis Wheatley
Lesson 5: Declaring Independence

Chapter 9: The Revolutionary War


Chapter 10: The Constitution

Chapter 11: The American Republic