5th Grade Social Studies United States History
Conference 2:30 - 3:30
What we are learning:
1st Nine Weeks: These United States: A Varied Landscape; Thinking Like an Historian; Coming to America (Exploring and Colonizing America); Unrest and Rebellion (Fighting for Independence)
2nd Nine Weeks: A New Nation (Founding of the United States); An American Identity; Migration Westward
3rd Nine Weeks: Civil War; A New Century (Transitioning to a Modern America); Challenging Times (Emerging as a World Power)
4th Nine Weeks: An Anxious Nation (Creating a More Perfect Union); The United States Today
Students will need to know the fifty states and capitals and be able to place them on a map.
Students will need to know their address and phone number.
1st nine weeks:
Taken from the Declaration of Independence:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness--That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed."
"We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
2nd nine weeks:
The Bill of Rights:
Amendment 1: freedom of religion, speech, and press, the right to assemble and petition the government
Amendment 2: the right to keep and bear arms
Amendment 3: prohibits, in peacetime, the quartering of soldiers in private homes without the owner's consent
Amendment 4: guards against unreasonable search and seizures
Amendment 5: provides for "due process' to protect against abuse of government authority in a legal procedure
Amendment 6: the right to an attorney (the right to ... the assistance of counsel)
Amendment 7: the right to trial by jury
Amendment 8: prohibits excessive bail, excessive fines, and cruel and unusual punishment
Amendment 9: because it would be impossible to list all rights, this amendment assures that there are rights not specially listed that are also protected
Amendment 10: explicitly states the Constitution's principle of federalism by providing that powers not granted to the federal government nor prohibited to the states by the Constitution are reserved, respectively, to the states or the people
3rd nine weeks:
The Gettysburg Address by: Abraham Lincoln
"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this."
4th nine weeks:
I Have A Dream Speech by: Martin Luther King, Jr.
"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.”I have a dream today…. When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old spiritual, "Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last."
Each student will turn in and report on at least 4 current events during the 9 week period. They are due on Friday, the week before the 9 week period is over. They may cut it out of the newspaper, (if they do not have access to a newspaper, I will have newspapers available in the classroom or they may print one off the Internet (DOGO news is a good resource). They will also have to read the article and write a summary (three to five complete sentences with capital letters and punctuation).