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Thematic Resources

Overview:  Students in grade five study the development of the nation up to 1850, with an emphasis on the people who were already here, when and from where others arrived, and why they came. Students learn about the colonial government founded on Judeo-Christian principles, the ideals of the Enlightenment, and the English traditions of self-government.  Studying the cause, course, and consequences of the early explorations through the War for Independence and western expansion is central to students’ fundamental understanding of how the principles of the American republic form the basis of a pluralistic society in which individual rights are secured.

Weeks 1-4

Island of the Blue Dolphins-Literature Packet

Sign of the Beaver


Additional Trade Books Available in VOCS Bakersfield & Tehachapi Libraries :  Rough Faced Girl, Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

Available in VOCS Bakersfield Library:  Wigwam and Longhouse, Buffalo Hunt, If You Lived with Iroquois, 

Week 2: 
Read:  Cahokia-Mississippian Notes  and follow instructions for writing persuasive essay.  Writing packet pp. 3-18.
Week 3:  Write a paragraph that will persuade your readers that farming helped early villages to grow.  Give evidence to support your position.
Week 4:  Write a myth explaining a natural phenomenon using How Thunder and Earthquake Made Ocean or Rainbow Crow as a model.

Week 1:
  Unit 2 Structure of Living Things.  Read Lesson 1:  “How Do Organisms Transport Materials?”, pp. 138-150.  Complete Lesson 1 review, page 150.  Science Content Support pages 55-58.
Week 2:  Unit 2:   Read Lesson 2: “How Do the Circulatory and Respiratory Systems Work?”, pp. 152-164.  Complete Lesson 2 review, page 164.  Science Content Support pages 59-62.
Week 3:  Unit 2:  Read Lesson 3:  “How Do the Organs of the Digestive System Work Together?”, pp. 168-176.  Complete Lesson 3 review, page 176.  Science Content Support pages 63-66.
Week 4:  Unit 2:  Read Lesson 4:  “How Do Plants and Animals Rid Themselves of Waste?”, pp. 178-186.  Complete Lesson 4 review, page 186.  Science Content Support pages 67-70.

Social Studies:
United Streaming:  American Heritage: Native Americans
United Streaming:  Native Americans: The First Peoples
United Streaming: Native American Folktales
United Streaming: The Legend of Indian Paintbrush
Human Body Unit

Creating an Early US History TimeLine
Indian Crafts
Indian Symbols
Indian Totem Pole

Weeks 5 -8

Pedro’s Journal
Additional Trade Books Available in VOCS Bakersfield & Tehachapi Libraries:  Wretched Stone, Lost Sailor, Morning Girl, Westward to Columbus.

Available in VOCS Bakersfield Library:  Meet Christopher Columbus, 100 Things You Should Know About Explorers, 1st Voyage to America.

Week 5: 
The Iroquois League worked together to settle disputes.  To discuss issues, each tribe sent someone to speak for its members at the Grand Council.  Write a persuasive essay about the benefits of this type of council.
Week 7:  Imagine that you are an explorer who wants to go on an expedition.  Write a letter to persuade a king or queen to pay for your expedition.  Be sure to describe the benefits your expedition will deliver.
Week 8:  Choose one of the explorers you read about in Social Studies.  Write two statements to express your opinions about that explorer.  Then write two facts to support each opinion.

Week 5:  Unit 2: Structure of Living Things.  Read Lesson 5:  “How Are Materials Transported in Vascular Plants?” pp. 190-200.  Complete Lesson 5 review, page 200.  Science Content Support pages 71-74.
Week 6:  Unit 2 Wrap-Up, page 216.  Complete Unit 2 Review, pp. 218-219.  Unit 2 Test.
Week 7:  Unit 5:  The Solar System.  Read Lesson 1:  “What is the Sun?” pp. 328-338.  Complete Lesson 1 review, page 338.  Science Content Support pages 115-118.
Week 8:  Unit 5:  Read Lesson 2:  “What Makes Up the Solar System?” pp. 342-352.  Complete Lesson 2 review, page 352.  Science Content Support pages 119-124.

Social Studies:
United Streaming:  Exploring the World: Christiopher Columbus and the New World
United Streaming:  The Sky Above



Weeks 9-12

If You Lived in Colonial Times – Literature Packet
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Alternate Colonial Life Literature Packet

Colonial Life Lit. Pkt.

Witch of  Blackbird Pond-Literature Packet

Witch of Blackbird Pond Activities

Weeks 25-30

Books & Literature Packets:

If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution

Part 1

Part 2

Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution

Shh We’re Writing the Constitution

Night of the Twisters

Night of Twisters Lit. Pkt.

Weeks 35-38

Books & Literature Packets

Dear Mr. Henshaw

Dear Mr. Henshaw Lit. Pkt.

Because of Winn-Dixie

Because of Winn-Dixie Lit. Pkt.