BPS District Social Studies Standards Book

K-12 Grade Levels

Grade 05


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Fifth GradeIn 5th grade, your child will be studying about America's past. A high-quality Social Studies program is essential for all students. It provides a foundation for intelligent and precise thinking. Social Studies should also prepare every student to contribute to society as an informed citizen. To be a responsible and productive member of today’s society, a student needs to have a broad, connected, and useful knowledge of Social Studies.

SST-05.1 Standard 1:

Skills and Resources

    • SST-05.1.01 Interpret and compare maps of the United States
    • SST-05.1.02 Identify differences between primary and secondary resources
    • SST-05.1.03 Evaluate current events using print and electronic media
    • SST-05.1.04 Construct and interpret time lines of key events in United States history
    • SST-05.1.05 Use spatial terms to describe the world


SST-05.2 Standard 2:

Important Historical Events

    • SST-05.2.01 Explain the significance of America's symbols
    • SST-05.2.02 Use chronological order and sequence to describe cause-and-effect relationships of U.S. historical events
    • SST-05.2.03 Describe similarities and differences between past events and current events in U.S. history
    • SST-05.2.04 Explain the significance of scientists, inventors, and historical figures
    • SST-05.2.05 Describe the migration patterns of people from Asia to the Americas during the Ice Age
    • SST-05.2.06 Explain how regional Native American groups influenced U.S. history
    • SST-05.2.07 Explain reasons for early exploration
    • SST-05.2.08 Explain reasons for early colonization
    • SST-05.2.09 Explain how conflicts and cooperation between the Native Americans and Europeans
    • SST-05.2.10 Describe the daily lives of people from different social groups
    • SST-05.2.11 Identify the reasons for conflict between England and the American
    • SST-05.2.12 Analyze the events and consequences of the Revolutionary War


SST-05.3 Standard 3:

Economic Concepts

    • SST-05.3.01 Describe how various non-economic factors can influence the economy
    • SST-05.3.02 Explain the relationships between scarcity and resources
    • SST-05.3.03 Describe the concept of competition and its relationship to price
    • SST-05.3.04 Describe the basic concepts of imports, exports, and international trade


SST-05.4 Standard 4:

Government and Citizenship

    • SST-05.4.01 Identify the roles, rights, and responsibilities of U.S. citizens in a democratic society
    • SST-05.4.02 Identify the duties of the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of the Federal government
    • SST-05.4.03 Identify the purpose and importance behind documents leading up to the writing of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights
    • SST-05.4.04 Explain why the United States government is necessary


SST-05.5 Standard 5:

Concepts of Geography

    • SST-05.5.01 Explain the impact of climate, geography, and available resources on the daily lives of Native Americans
    • SST-05.5.02 Explain the impact of geography on western exploration and westward migration in the early nineteenth century
    • SST-05.5.03 Explain how human activity affects the physical environment


SST-05.6 Standard 6:

Human Development and Behavior

    • SST-05.6.01 Identify examples of conflict and cooperation among groups
    • SST-05.6.02 Explain the cultural differences in the regions of the United State