5A/5D Social Studies

In fifth grade, students learn about United States history from Reconstruction to present day. Units of history that we will focus on are: Reconstruction, Westward Expansion, Industrial Revolution, Immigration, World War I, Harlem Renaissance, Great Depression, World War II, Civil Rights Movement, Cold War, collapse of Soviet Union, rise of terrorism, and current day events.

Helpful Links:

South Carolina Social Studies Standards

Library of Congress

Civil War Photographs

Westward Expansion

Inventors and Inventions


History of Jazz

World War II

Civil Rights

Dorothea Lange's Photography

Jacob Lawrence's Paintings

Jasper John's Flag

Chapter 9

Websites to visit and explore:
Freedmen's Bureau
Radical Republicans and Reconstruction
Civil War Reconstruction
Reconstruction Practice Quiz
Why was Andrew Johnson impeached?

Chapter 10
Websites to Explore:
Brief History of Westward Expansion
Westward Expansion Activities

Chapter 13
Students will learn about:
-how new technologies, such as the automobile, radio, and movie theater, changed American culture in the early 1900s

-changes in culture and the roles of women in the 1920s

-how the government helped the country through the Great Depression and the early 1930s

Fifth graders will write a script matching a specific genre and create, perform, and record a 1920s radio show. They will explore jazz music by Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, and Ella Fitzgerald. Students will analyze artworks by Jacob Lawrence. Finally, they will create a "NOW" deal program to help solve an issue in today's society.

Chapter 14 Test

Students need to know:
Battles in the European theatre (Battle of Britain)
Invasion of Russia
Battles in the Pacific theatre (Pearl Harbor, islandhopping)
Winston Churchill
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Joseph Stalin
Benito Mussolini
Adolf Hitler
Key developments in technology, aviation, weaponry, and communication
War opportunities for African Americans
Role that women played on the home front
Internment of Japanese Americans


Chapters 15, 16, 17
These topics are covered in a variety lessons in Chapters 10, 11, and 12 in the Social Studies textbook.

5-5.1 Explain the causes and the course of the Cold War between the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and the United States, including McCarthyism, the spread of 
communism, the Korean Conflict, Sputnik, the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, 
and the Vietnam War 

5-6.1 Summarize the changes in world politics that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of Soviet domination of eastern Europe. 
5-6.2 Identify places in the world where the United States is involved in humanitarian and economic efforts, including the Middle East, the Balkans, Central America, Africa, and Asia. 
5-6.3 Explain the impact of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the home-front responses to terrorism. 
5-6.4 Explain how technological innovations have changed daily life in the United States, 
including the changes brought about by computers, satellites, and mass communication 
5-6.5 Identify examples of cultural exchanges, including those in food, fashion, and 
entertainment, that illustrate the growing global interdependence between the United 
States and other countries. 
5-6.6 Identify issues related to the use of natural resources by the United States, including recycling, climate change, environmental hazards, and depletion that requires our reliance on foreign resources.

Helpful Websites to Review:
What Happened on 9/11?
Vietnam War