United States Studies: Beginnings to 1877: Fifth-grade content standards focus on the United States from the prehistoric period to 1877. The emphasis is on the geography and history of the United States from the earliest times through the formation and growth of a nation to the latter part of the nineteenth century.
Geography/History: Locate physical features that impacted the exploration and settlement of the Americas.
Locating states, capitals, and important geographic features east of the Mississippi River.
Economics/Geography/History/Political Science: Explain the effects of European exploration during the Age of Discovery upon European society and Native Americans, including the economic and cultural impact.
Identifying significant early European patrons and explorers and early settlements.
Economics/Geography/History/Political Science: Describe the early colonization of North America and the reasons for settlement in the Northern, Middle, and Southern colonies.
Identifying major leaders, economic impact, and changes in colonial society.
Identifying geographic features, landforms, and differences in climates among the colonies.
Describing the emerging colonial governments.
Describing the development of the emerging labor force in the colonies.