BETH BEDEE 
TOSA for Social Studies K-12 
Office: 352.726.1931 ext. 2490 
bedees@citrus.k12.fl.us
5th Grade- U.S. History
These resources are arranged by key concepts which are attached to specific Social Studies standards. Resources include informational text, primary sources, apps, and helpful websites.
HISTORICAL SKILLS  

National Archives DocsTeach engages students in activities that will help them make sense of stories, events, and ideas of the past using documents from the holdings of the US National Archives. Choose an historical topic and challenging activity. Or, create a free account on the DocsTeach.org web site to create classrooms full of activities, then share the classroom’s auto generated code with your students. 
SS.5.A.1.1 
 
Today's Document explores American history with 365 of the most fascinating documents and photos from the collections of the US National Archives. Today's Document is an interactive gallery that displays a significant historical document or photo for each day of the year.  
SS.5.A.1.1 

Animated Atlas is a 10-minute narrated presentation illustrates the growth of the Unites States from the original 13 states to the present. A timeline pointer at the bottom of the screen moves along with the narrative. Click on a decade to reveal an expanded timeline. 
SS.5.A.1.2      SS.5.G.1.5      SS.5.G.1.6 
NATIVE AMERICANS 

Pueblo Indian History for Kids offers an interactive, kid-friendly website chronicling the history and culture of the Pueblo Indians of the American Southwest. 
SS.5.A.2.2      SS.5.A.2.3 
 
Native American Homes  is a reading passage and question set from ReadWorks.org examining the early migration, culture, and homes of native peoples from different regions of the country. This selection also contains a paired text.  Lexile: 1250L. 
SS.5.A.2.2      SS.5.A.2.3 
 
They Call Them Apaches is a reading passage and question set from ReadWorks.org examining the culture of the Apache Tribe.  Lexile: 890L. 
SS.5.A.2.2      SS.5.A.2.3 

Talking Leaves is a reading passage and question set from ReadWorks.org examining Sequoyah and the Cherokee Tribe.   Lexile: 760L. 
SS.5.A.2.2      SS.5.A.2.3 

Customs and Traditions, a reading passage and question set from K12Reader.com, describes the customs and traditions of native American groups in North America. This passage is in line with the standards for Key Ideas and Details. Level: 970L. 
SS.5.A.2.3 

BrainPOP offers a variety of instructional videos and supplemental materials on ancient American civilizations. Additional lessons and activities are available at http://www.brainpop.com. Once in the app, search for the following videos: MESOAMERICA, AZTEC CIVILIZATION, INUIT, AMERICAN INDIANS, IROQUOIS CONFEDERACY, and SEMINOLE WARS. 
 SS.5.A.2.1      SS.5.A.2.2      SS.5.A.2.3 
AGE OF EXPLORATION 
 
European Exploration: The Age of Discovery puts students in charge of exploring the "New World." In the game, students are in charge of selecting explorers and ships to send out to the New World. Students have to manage the finances of their expeditions so that they don't run out of money and draw expedition maps so they can return home safely. This also provides students with historical information about the explorers.  
SS.5.A.3.1      SS.5.A.3.2 

 
Absolute Location, a reading passage and question set from K12Reader.com, describes how latitude and longitude is used for navigation. This passage is in line with the standards for Key Ideas and Details. Level: 890L. 
SS.5.A.3.1      SS.5.G.1.2 


Colonization: for Gold, God, and Glory, a reading passage and question set from K12Reader.com, describes early exploration and colonization. This passage is in line with the standards for Key Ideas and Details. Level: 910L. 
SS.5.A.3.2 


Conflict Over North American Lands, a reading passage and question set from K12Reader.com, describes colonization and conflicts between the early 15th century and the mid 17th century. This passage is in line with the standards for Key Ideas and Details. Level: 900L. 
SS.5.A.3.3 

Rocky Relationships, a reading passage and question set from K12Reader.com, describes the relationship between European colonists and the native American people. This passage is in line with the standards for Key Ideas and Details. Level: 910L. 
SS.5.A.3.3 


Explorers is a reading passage and question set from ReadWorks.org examining Ferdinand Magellan. Lexile: 1140L. 
SS.5.A.3.2 


Long Live the Vikings is a reading passage and question set from ReadWorks.org examining the Viking voyages to North America. This selection also contains a paired text. Lexile: 1090L. 
SS.5.A.3.1      SS.5.A.3.2 


BrainPOP offers a variety of instructional videos and supplemental materials on the Age of Exploration. Additional lessons and activities are available at http://www.brainpop.com. Once in the app, search for the following videos: VIKINGS, CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, CONQUISTADORS, POCAHONTAS, and FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR. 
SS.5.A.3.2      SS.5.A.3.3 

COLONIAL TIMES 

Early Jamestown is an interactive textbook exploration of the early days of the Jamestown settlement. Embedded videos chronicle the beginnings of the Jamestown Settlement, the first permanent English colony in North America.  
SS.5.A.4.1      SS.5.A.4.3      SS.5.A.4.4 
 
Escaping Persecution, a reading passage and question set from K12Reader.com, describes how some settlers who came to the English colonies in North America tried to escape religious persecution. This passage is in line with the standards for Key Ideas and Details. Level: 950L. 
SS.5.A.4.1 
 
Indentured Servants, a reading passage and question set from K12Reader.com, describes how indentured servants became common on large plantations. This passage is in line with the standards for Key Ideas and Details. Level: 850L. 
SS.5.A.4.2 

The Apprentice System, a reading passage and question set from K12Reader.com, describes the apprentice system practiced in the early colonies. This passage is in line with the standards for Key Ideas and Details. Level: 880L. 
SS.5.A.4.4 
 
Background to the Colonies is a reading passage and question set from ReadWorks.org describing the New England, Middle, and Southern colonies. Lexile: 830L. 
SS.5.A.4.1 
 
BrainPOP offers a variety of instructional videos and supplemental materials on Colonial America. Additional lessons and activities are available at http://www.brainpop.com. Once in the app, search for the following videos: THIRTEEN COLONIES (SS.5.A.4.2 & 4.4) and SLAVERY (SS.5.A.4.5 & 4.6).  
REVOLUTIONARY WAR 

American Revolution Interactive Timeline offers images, videos , and information through an interactive timeline showcasing artwork, weapons, clothing, objects, and manuscripts to provide an overview of key milestones of the American Revolution. 
SS.5.A.1.2       SS.5.A.5.1      SS.5.A.5.2      SS.5.A.5.3     SS.5.A.5.5 
 
Dear King George, a reading passage and question set from K12Reader.com, describes the the writing of the Declaration of Independence. This passage is in line with the standards for Key Ideas and Details. Level: 840L. 
SS.5.A.5.1      SS.5.A.5.3 

Valley Forge offers two passages, non-fiction and narrative, describing the events at Valley Forge with a focus on inferring character traits. Provided by the Center for Urban Education at DePaul University. Lexile: 590L. 
 SS.5.A.5.2      SS.5.A.5.8 
 
Some Laws are Intolerable is a reading passage and question set from ReadWorks.org examining the acts leading up to the American Revolution. Lexile: 1070L. 
SS.5.A.5.1 

BrainPOP offers a variety of instructional videos and supplemental materials on the American Revolution. Additional lessons and activities are available at http://www.brainpop.com. Once in the app, search for the following videos: DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE (SS.5.A.5.1 & 5.3), CAUSES OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (SS.5.A.5.1), BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (SS.5.A.5.2), GEORGE WASHINGTON (SS.5.A.5.2), JAMES MADISON (SS.5.A.5.2) , JOHN ADAMS (SS.5.A.5.2), THOMAS JEFFERSON (SS.5.A.5.2), and AMERICAN REVOLUTION (SS.5.A.5.2, 5.5, & 5.6)
WESTWARD EXPANSION 
 
Westward Expansion features interactive maps, scrollable timelines, historical figures & events, and review questions. Students can explore the westward expansion of United States history in the 1800s: 
1. Journey on the Lewis & Clark expedition 
2. Match territories acquired by the U.S. 
3. Learn about the causes and effects of the westward expansion 
SS.5.A.6.1      SS.5.A.6.2      SS.5.A.6.4      SS.5.A.6.9      SS.5.G.2.1      SS.5.G.4.2 
 
American Explorers offers a narrative of the explorations of Lewis and Clark with a focus on identifying the main idea. Provided by the Center for Urban Education at DePaul University. Lexile: 710L. 
SS.5.A.6.1      SS.5.A.6.2 

Traveling West offers a description of the trials of westward travel by pioneers with a focus on identifying the main idea. Provided by the Center for Urban Education at DePaul University. Lexile: 1050L. 
SS.5.A.6.3 
 
Broken Promises, a reading passage and question set from K12Reader.com, describes the struggle for control over Native American land. This passage is in line with the standards for Key Ideas and Details. Level: 860L. 
SS.5.A.6.6 
 
BrainPOP offers a variety of instructional videos and supplemental materials on Westward Expansion. Additional lessons and activities are available at http://www.brainpop.com. Once in the app, search for the following videos: TECUMSEH (SS.5.A.5.9 & 6.6), LEWIS AND CLARK (SS.5.A.6.1, 6.2 & 6.4), WESTWARD EXPANSION (SS.5.A.6.1, 6.3, 6.6, 6.7, & 6.9), RAILROADS (SS.5.A.6.3), and TRAIL OF TEARS (SS.5.A.6.6).
GEOGRAPHY  
 
Google Earth allows students to fly around the planet with a swipe of a finger. Explore distant lands or reacquaint yourself with your childhood home. Search for cities, places, and businesses. Browse layers including roads, borders, places, photos and more. Visit the Earth Gallery to find exciting maps such as real-time earthquakes, planes in flight, hiking trails, city tours, and more. Integrated Google Maps Street View allows you to explore the world at street level.  
SS.5.G.1.1      SS.5.G.1.3 

The Continent of North America is a reading passage and question set from ReadWorks.org examining the geography and culture of North America. Lexile: 910L. 
SS.5.G.1.1  

BrainPOP offers a variety of instructional videos and supplemental materials on Geography. Additional lessons and activities are available at http://www.brainpop.com. Once in the app, search for the following videos: MAP SKILLS (SS.5.G.1.1) and LATITUDE AND LONGITUDE (SS.5.G.1.2).
ECONOMICS 

Bartering for Basics, a reading passage and question set from K12Reader.com, describes how early Native American groups bartered for goods. This passage is in line with the standards for Key Ideas and Details. Level: 970L. 
SS.5.E.1.1      SS.5.E.2.1 
 
BrainPOP offers a variety of instructional videos and supplemental materials on Economics. Additional lessons and activities are available at http://www.brainpop.com. Once in the app, search for the following videos: COLUMBIAN EXCHANGE. 
SS.5.E.1.1 
CIVICS 

Civics in a Snap are 15-20 ninute lesson plans for all 5th grade NGSSS civics benchmarks, aligned with relevant ELA Florida Standards. 
All 
 
A More Perfect Union by Betsy and Giulio Maestro is a PowerPoint version of the book which chronicles the writing of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. 
SS.5.A.5.10      SS.5.C.1.1      SS.5.C.1.2      SS.5.C.1.3 
 
A Constitution for Kids is a reading passage and question set from ReadWorks.org examining a book written for children explaining the Constitution. Lexile: 970L. 
SS.5.C.1.2 

American Goverment- The Bill of Rights Part I is a reading passage and question set from ReadWorks.org examining Bill of Rights to the Constitution. Lexile: 790L. 
SS.5.C.1.3      SS.5.C.1.5 
 
American Government- The Bill of Rights Part II is a reading passage and question set from ReadWorks.org examining a few of the amendments in the Bill of Rights. Lexile: 830L. 
SS.5.C.1.5 
 
Three Branches of Government is a rap video from flocabulary.com. This song explains the system of checks and balances between the three branches of the US government. Also includes challenge questions, interactive lyrics, and fill in the blanks. 
SS.5.C.1.6 

American Government- Branches of Government is a reading passage and question set from ReadWorks.org examining the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches. Lexile: 780L. 
SS.5.C.3.1 
 
American Government- Jury Duty is a reading passage and question set from ReadWorks.org examining the process of jury duty. Lexile: 790L. 
SS.5.C.2.4      SS.5.C.3.6 
 
American Government- Get Out the Vote is a reading passage and question set from ReadWorks.org examining the civic duty of voting. Lexile: 850L. 
SS.5.C.2.4 


American Government- The Mayflower Compact is a reading passage and question set from ReadWorks.org examining the Mayflower Compact as an early form of a constitution. Lexile: 760L. 
SS.5.C.1.2 

Jefferson vs. Hamilton is a rap video from flocabulary.com. Students gain a better understanding of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton by hearing them tell their stories in the first person. Learn about the conflicts that divided them and how they each shaped US history, from Hamilton's national bank to Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase. Also includes challenge questions, interactive lyrics, and fill in the blanks. 
SS.5.C.3.1      SS.5.C.3.2 

A Courtroom in the Classroom is a reading passage and question set from ReadWorks.org examining the American court system. Lexile: 880L. 
SS.5.C.3.6 

American Government- Preamble to the U.S. Constitution is a reading passage and question set from ReadWorks.org explaining the foundation of our governemnt. Lexile: 860L. 
SS.5.C.1.1  
 
Who Are We? is a reading passage and question set from ReadWorks.org examining the civic duties and responsibilities of American citizens. Lexile: 870L. 
SS.5.C.2.4` 

BrainPOP offers a variety of instructional videos and supplemental materials on Civics. Additional lessons and activities are available at http://www.brainpop.com. Once in the app, search for the following videos: DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE (SS.5.C.1.4), ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION (SS.5.C.1.1, 1.2, & 1.3), U.S. CONSTITUTION (SS.5.A.10, SS.5.C.1.2, 3.1, & 3.2), DEMOCRACY (SS.A.5.10), BILL OF RIGHTS (SS.5.C.1.5 & 3.50), BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT (SS.5.C.3.1 & 3.2), CITIZENSHIP (SS.5.C.2.4 & 2.5), COURT SYSTEM (SS.5.C.3.6), POLITICAL PARTY ORIGINS (SS.5.C.1.6), TRIALS (SS.5.C.3.6), VOTING (SS.5.C.2.3 & 2.4), and WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE (SS.5.C.2.4).