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Social Studies 5 Resources

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Instructional Resources by Unit 
Social Studies Thinking and Skills 
  • TimeToast - Teachers and/or students can use the site to create historical timelines of important events.
  • Dipity - Users can create, share, embed and collaborate on timelines that integrate video, audio, images, text, links, social media, location and timestamps.
  • World Mapper - A collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest
  • Latitude, Longitude, and Temperature (National Geographic) Students look at lines of latitude and longitude on a world map, predict temperature patterns, and then compare their predictions to actual temperature data on an interactive map.
  • The World Factbook (CIA) - Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities
  • Social Studies Skills Tutor - Interactive tutorials on geographic literacy, visual literacy, critical thinking, and analyzing information
American Indians 
  • Complex Societies (C3 Teachers) - This inquiry provides students with an opportunity to evaluate a series of innovations by three complex civilizations— Maya, Aztec, and Inca.  
  • Lesson Plan: American Indian Cultural Regions (ODE) - Students will research and compare American Indian cultural regions of North America to investigate how these nations of Indians interacted with their environment in different ways.
  • Introduction to Aztecs (Share My Lesson) - A basic introduction to where the Aztecs were and what sort of things they did.
Human Geography of the Western Hemisphere
  • Location and Place (National Geographic) - Students discuss the meanings of terms location and place and identify whether descriptions are of location or place.
  • Peering into Pie Charts (Scholastic) - In this lesson and activity, students understand how to use and read pie charts.
  • Where Did That Pencil Come From? (EconEdLink) - Students will determine what goods can be produced from physical features such as rivers, lakes, mountains, and plains by looking at maps. 
  • Money Doesn't Grow on Trees (EconEdLink) - This lesson introduces students to four ways people get money—they find it, win it, receive it as a gift or earn it.
  • Why Do Nations Trade (CCS) - Students participate in an activity that illustrates how opportunity cost leads to specialization and trade. 
  • On the Court...With Michael Jordan (St. Louis Federal Reserve) - In this lesson, students participate in a simulation to learn about choices, alternatives, opportunity cost and human capital.
  • Ten Mile Day (Philadelphia Federal Reserve) - Using the book Ten Mile Day by Mary Ann Fraser, students work in small groups (“work crews”) while participating in a production activity. Students learn about competition, division of labor, and incentives.
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