5-6 (ARIS)

Grades 5-6 Overview

The fifth grade course of study is designed to include a chronological and thematic narrative of United States history from the time of the arrival of people in the Americas through the American Revolution. The course begins with a study of how Native American tribes were affected by colonization, the Age of Exploration, and how it led to the settlement of the New World.  Through the year the students will explore the development of the thirteen colonies and examine the events leading up to and including the American Revolution. During this course of study students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate how America’s heritage was created by the interactions of people, cultures, and the environment. 

The sixth grade course of study is designed to include a chronological and thematic narrative of United States history from the development of the new nation to its rebuilding after the Civil War. Specifically focusing on the creation and development of the new nation after the Revolutionary War, the course begins with a study of the United States Constitution. The course then addresses domestic and foreign policies affecting the developing nation. Then, expansion and growth of a new nation through territorial and cultural means will be examined. The year ends with a an examination of the causes and effects of the Civil War and the role the United States government played in reconstructing America. Throughout the year, students will examine government’s role in the successes and failures of the nation during its early growth and expansion, while at the same time evaluating the cultural and technological evolution experienced by our nation.

This curriculum meets the requirements of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards for Social Studies.  Students will be prepared to make informed decisions and be productive citizens in local, national, and global communities.

 Curriculum Guides

Grade 5
Grade 6

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