Exploring Social Studies: Colorado: Grade 5
Interest Level 4-7
Build literacy skills and social studies content-area knowledge while cultivating students' curiosity about the world around them and their connections to it. This non-textbook social studies curriculum offers an integrated ELA approach to specifically address Colorado content standards for social studies, English language arts, and English language development.
This series features dynamic student texts, creative lesson plans, inquiry-based analysis of primary sources, interactive student engagement, and integrated technology. Seamlessly integrate social studies instruction into the ELA block with everything needed to support instruction and the flexibility of multiple instructional settings. Take the guesswork out of what materials to use with historically accurate content that fully aligns to the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) for Social Studies.
Exploring Social Studies: Colorado: Grade 5 Kit features:
- Prepare students for college, career, and civic life
- Develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills
- Facilitate authentic discussions among students
- Inquiry-based learning through discussion questions, document-based assessments, and primary source analysis activities
- Content addresses all social studies disciplines (geography, history, economics, and civics)
- Lesson plans with extension ideas to develop citizenship, civic and democratic values, and encourage public service
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Readers in the Kit
Racing to Colonize the New World 6-Pack
Take your students on a trip with the early explorers searching for new routes with Racing to Colonize the New World primary source 6-Pack.
The American Revolution: Fighting for Freedom 6-Pack
The American Revolution: Fighting for Freedom 6-Pack sparks a curiosity with students as they delve deeper with primary sources that offer a peek on how events were really like for someone living during the American Revolution.
Work or Starve: Captain John Smith and the Jamestown Colony 6-Pack with Audio
Act out the story of Captain John Smith, leader of the Jamestown colony! Teachers can get everyone involved by assigning leveled roles to specifically accommodate varying reading levels. All students can successfully improve fluency with this script!
RT Early America: Patriots in Boston 6-Pack with Audio
In this leveled script, act out the story of the events that caused the Boston Tea Party! Assign the six differentiated roles to students based on their current reading levels, allowing everyone to perform, build fluency, and feel successful.
Financial Literacy: Saving 6-Pack
Learn how to make money go further and develop great habits now, all through the simple act of saving. This primary source reader 6-Pack focuses on financial literacy and savings.
American Indians of the West: Battling the Elements 6-Pack
This primary source 6-Pack breathes life into early US history with primary source documents that introduce students to the diverse lifestyles of the west coast American Indians.
American Indians of the Plains: Surviving the Great Expanse 6-Pack
Ignite a curiosity with this primary source 6-Pack that breathes life into the pages of history with real-life artifacts highlighting some of the fascinating aspects of Plains culture.
The New England Colonies: A Place for Puritans 6-Pack
Students will learn more about the group that traveled across the Atlantic to create New England with this primary source 6-Pack that examines Puritan Society, including family life, Puritan women, town systems, and more.
The Middle Colonies: Breadbasket of the New World 6-Pack
Ignite an interest among your students as they delve deeper with this primary source 6-Pack that looks at The Middle Colonies: Breadbasket of the New World. Students will examine William Penn's contributions to life in the New World.""
Reasons for a Revolution 6-Pack
Students will explore the rising tensions between the colonies and Great Britain with this primary source 6-Pack. It examines the ways England tried to control the colonists, how the colonies pushed back, and the brewing" revolution."
Forming a New Government 6-Pack
Fuel a curiosity for learning with this primary source 6-Pack that examines the rising tension among the American Colonies and Great Britain with Forming a New Government.
We the People: Founding Documents 6-Pack
Breathe life into textbook pages with primary source materials with the We the People: Founding Documents 6-Pack. Students will explore some of the significant documents that helped shaped America.
Early Explorers 6-Pack
Excite students as they learn about the early explorers during the Age of Discovery. This primary source 6-Pack takes a look at some of these ambitious world travelers - from the Vikings, Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, to Amerigo Vespucci.
RT Early America: The Constitution of the United States 6-Pack with Audio
Learn all about the Constitution while acting out this historical script! The six differentiated roles included allow teachers to accommodate different reading levels. All readers will feel confident and successful while building fluency.
21st Century Citizen 6-Pack
This primary source reader 6-Pack focuses on what it means to be a 21st century citizen.
American Indians of the East: Woodland People 6-Pack
Spark a curiosity with this primary source 6-Pack that offers a glimpse on how life was truly like for the Woodland People - the diverse group of tribes that stretched along the Northeastern and Southeastern regions.
The Southern Colonies: First and Last of 13 6-Pack
Keep students engaged as they question and think about the formation of the southern colonies more critically with The Southern Colonies: First and Last of 13 primary source 6-Pack.
Phillis Wheatley 6-Pack
Introduce your students to the life of Phillis Wheatley, the first African American writer published in the US. This 6-Pack breathes life into the pages of history with primary source documents.
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