CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3 Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
Craft and Structure
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.5 Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.6 Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.7 Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.8 Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.9 Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
What students need to understand
Guiding questions for understanding
Relationships between different cultural groups can have both positive and negative effects.
Physical environment affects settlement patterns.
Physical environment can determine the way that people meet basic needs such as food and shelter.
Human activity can modify the physical environment.
Environmental challenges are often resolved through technological innovation.
Geographic, political, and economic factors can influence settlement patterns.
Migration can be forced or voluntary.
Ideas about self-government can be borrowed and adapted from others over time.
Diverse groups contribute to the cultural, social, economic and political development of a nation.
Interactions between cultural groups may lead to the borrowing and sharing of traditions and technology.
The movement of goods, ideas and people can affect a region.
Elements of a group’s culture can be expressed in various ways.
A nation’s economic system has many interconnected parts.
How did American Indians adapt to different environments in North America?
How and why did American Indian cultural regions differ?
How did American Indian Societies view the role of women?
The first Americans did not keep written records. How do scientists learn about those ancient societies?
What reasons can you give for the development of more than one culture among American Indians?
How did Europe’s conflicts help spur the Age of Exploration?
What did explorers take to and from the New World during the Age of Exploration?
How did American Indians and European Explorers interact with one another?
How do American Indians describe the interaction/relationship between the European Explorers?
What cultural perceptions existed between American Indians and European Explorers?
Why is the encounter between Europeans and America Indians considered a major turning point for the history of both Europe and the Americas?
How did exploration of the Americas lead to settlement?
How were early exploration/settlement patterns affected by the physical environment?
How did the relationships between American Indians and European Explorers contribute to the social, political, and cultural development of the new nation?
What challenges faced the first English Colonies?
How were the three colonial regions alike and different?
What kind of jobs did the three colonial regions offer? How did this contribute to the economy?
What students need to know (nouns)
What students need to be able to do (verbs)
How physical environment impacted settlement.
Positive/negative examples of human activity on the United States.
Examples of technological advances in America.
Various examples of migration and immigration.
How ideas about self-government in other parts of the world influenced the development of the United States.
Key American Indian groups before and after European exploration. Key explorers.
Aspects of culture and everyday life among American Indian groups.
How culture and everyday life for American Indian groups was altered after Europeans came to America.
Examples of borrowing and sharing.
A region is defined by unifying characteristics.
Cultural expressions can reveal the values, lifestyles, beliefs, and struggles of diverse ethnic groups.
Use the triple bubble map to compare and contrast the New England, Middle, and Southern Colonies. Create a billboard to try to persuade others to settle in one of the colonies.
Imagine that you are a tribe of American Indians. Determine 3 tools that you would use for survival. Based on the tools you have selected, which region would be best for you to settle? Defend why the region you chose would be most suitable for your way of life
Select two American Indian groups and explain how their different environments led to differences in their cultures.
Imagine that you could travel back in time to visit one of the American Indian societies discussed in this unit. Write diary entries about what you see and share your impressions of your visit.