Social Studies Worksheets and Study Guides Fifth Grade. Exploration

The resources above correspond to the standards listed below:

Massachusetts Standards

MA.5.CS. United States History, Geography, Economics, and Government: Early Exploration to Westward Movement (Concepts and Skills)
HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY
5.CS.7. Compare maps of the modern world with historical maps of the world before the Age of Exploration, and describe the changes in 16th and 17th century maps of the world. (G, H, E)
MA.5.LS. United States History, Geography, Economics, and Government: Early Exploration to Westward Movement (Learning Standards)
PRE-COLUMBIAN CIVILIZATIONS OF THE NEW WORLD AND EUROPEAN EXPLORATION, COLONIZATION, AND SETTLEMENT TO 1700
5.1. Describe the earliest explorations of the New World by the Vikings, the period and locations of their explorations, and the evidence for them. (H, G)
5.2. Identify the three major pre-Columbian civilizations that existed in Central and South America (Maya, Aztec, and Inca) and their locations. Describe their political structures, religious practices, and use of slaves. (H, G, E)
5.3. Explain why trade routes to Asia had been closed in the 15th century and trace the voyages of at least four of the explorers listed below. Describe what each explorer sought when he began his journey, what he found, and how his discoveries changed the image of the world, especially the maps used by explorers. (H, G, E)
5.3.A. Vasco Nunez de Balboa
5.3.B. John and Sebastian Cabot
5.3.C. Jacques Cartier
5.3.D. Samuel de Champlain
5.3.E. Christopher Columbus
5.3.F. Henry Hudson
5.3.H. Juan Ponce de Leon
5.3.I. Amerigo Vespucci
5.4. Explain why the Aztec and Inca civilizations declined in the 16th century. (H)
5.4.A. The encounters between Cortez and Montezuma
5.4.B. The encounters between Pizarro and the Incas
5.4.C. The goals of the Spanish conquistadors
5.4.D. The effects of European diseases, particularly smallpox, throughout the Western hemisphere
5.5. Describe the goals and extent of the Dutch settlement in New York, the French settlements in Canada, and the Spanish settlements in Florida, the Southwest, and California. (H)