5th Grade Social Studies

Just like 3rd and 4th Grade, 5th grade tends to cover the same topics on a deeper level. if you haven’t covered them before, now is the time to. Again this is just a basic list for 5th grade social studies. The printable is here.


Read a map: cardinal directions Identify lines of latitude and longitude

Use lines of latitude and longitude

Oceans and continents

Identify oceans and continents

Select oceans and continents

Name oceans and continents


Identify states of the West

Select states of the West

Name states of the West

Identify states of the Midwest

Select states of the Midwest

Name states of the Midwest

Identify states of the Southeast

Select states of the Southeast

Name states of the Southeast

Identify states of the Northeast

Select states of the Northeast

Name states of the Northeast

Identify the 50 states

Select the 50 states

Name the 50 states

State capitals

Identify state capitals of the West

Name state capitals of the West

Identify state capitals of the Midwest

Name state capitals of the Midwest

Identify state capitals of the Southeast

Name state capitals of the Southeast

Identify state capitals of the Northeast

Name state capitals of the Northeast

Identify the 50 state capitals

Name the 50 state capitals


Cities of the West

Cities of the Midwest

Cities of the Southeast

Cities of the Northeast

Major U.S. cities

English colonies in North America

Jamestown: the early years
Jamestown: growth of a colony
New England colonies: religion and government New England colonies: economy and conflict Middle colonies: founding and government Middle colonies: economy and society

Southern colonies: founding and government Southern colonies: economy and slavery Identify the Thirteen Colonies
Select the Thirteen Colonies

Name the Thirteen Colonies

The American Revolution

The American Revolution: the Thirteen Colonies under British rule The American Revolution: New British taxes
The American Revolution: the Boston Tea Party
The American Revolution: the rebellion begins

The American Revolution: preparing for war
The American Revolution: struggle for independence The American Revolution: turning the tide of the war The American Revolution: conclusion and aftermath

Early 19th century American history

The Louisiana Purchase
The Lewis and Clark Expedition
The War of 1812: causes
The War of 1812: events and effects
Antebellum Period: economies of the North and South

Antebellum Period: abolitionist and proslavery perspectives

Antebellum Period: slavery and politics

The Civil War and Reconstruction

The Civil War: the beginning of the war
The Civil War: the First Battle of Bull Run to Gettysburg

The Civil War: war tactics and the home front
The Civil War: the end of the war

20th century American history

World War I: the road to war

World War I: the war begins

World War I: events of the war

World War I: the road to peace

The Great Depression

The New Deal
World War II: lead-up to war in Europe, Asia

World War II: global events


Local government

State government

Federal government

The Constitution
The Bill of Rights

Checks and balances

Presidential elections

American symbols, landmarks, and monuments

Identify American symbols
Identify American landmarks and monuments

The American flag
The White House
The Washington Monument
The Lincoln Memorial
The Statue of Liberty
The Empire State Building
The Golden Gate Bridge
Mount Rushmore

American national holidays

Lunar new year

Yom Kippur
Rosh hosanna




independence day



Basic economic principles

What is economics?

Costs and benefits

Opportunity cost

Banking and finance


Supply and demand

Understand quantity supplied and quantity demanded

Understand overall supply and demand
Create and use supply and demand curves
Identify shortage and surplus

Identify shortage and surplus with graphs Identify shortage and surplus with data

Social studies skills

Identify facts and opinions
Reading and creating timelines with BCE and CE

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