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Skills available for California fifth-grade social studies standards

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The Land and People before Columbus

  • 5.1 Students describe the major pre-Columbian settlements, including the cliff dwellers and pueblo people of the desert Southwest, the American Indians of the Pacific Northwest, the nomadic nations of the Great Plains, and the woodland peoples east of the Mississippi River.

    • 1 Describe how geography and climate influenced the way various nations lived and adjusted to the natural environment, including locations of villages, the distinct structures that they built, and how they obtained food, clothing, tools, and utensils.

    • 2 Describe their varied customs and folklore traditions.

    • 3 Explain their varied economies and systems of government.

Age of Exploration

Cooperation and Conflict in North America

Settling the Colonies

The Road to War

The American Revolution

The Development and Significance of the U.S. Constitution

  • 5.7 Students describe the people and events associated with the development of the U.S. Constitution and analyze the Constitution's significance as the foundation of the American republic.

    • 1 List the shortcomings of the Articles of Confederation as set forth by their critics.

    • 2 Explain the significance of the new Constitution of 1787, including the struggles over its ratification and the reasons for the addition of the Bill of Rights.

    • 3 Understand the fundamental principles of American constitutional democracy, including how the government derives its power from the people and the primacy of individual liberty.

    • 4 Understand how the Constitution is designed to secure our liberty by both empowering and limiting central government and compare the powers granted to citizens, Congress, the president, and the Supreme Court with those reserved to the states.

    • 5 Discuss the meaning of the American creed that calls on citizens to safeguard the liberty of individual Americans within a unified nation, to respect the rule of law, and to preserve the Constitution.

    • 6 Know the songs that express American ideals (e.g., "America the Beautiful," "The Star Spangled Banner").

Life in the Young Republic & The New Nation's Westward Expansion