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Fifth Grade Social Studies Resources

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George Washington Carver: Scientist, Inventor, and Teacher
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Lesson Plan

George Washington Carver was a world-renowned American botanist who devoted his life’s work to helping farmers successfully grow their crops. A lover a nature, with a keen intellect and desire to help people better their lives, Carver used his knowledge to make American farms flourish, which helped the nation as a whole. By doing two primary source activities and watching a short video, students will explore the life of science and innovation led by George Washington Carver.
Skill: Describe how life changed in America at the turn of the century.
Georgia Standard: SS5H1

The Cattlemen
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Demand for beef led cowboys on cattle trails to bring herds to transportation centers in the north.
Skill: Describe how life changed in America at the turn of the century.
Georgia Standard: SS5H1

History Kids: The Wright Brothers
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Learn about the contributions of the Wright brothers to the field of aviation. This program explores the history of the Wright brothers, their first glider, the improvements made to their aircraft design, and their success at Kitty Hawk. The History Kids series also includes an episode on Alexander Graham Bell.
Skill: Describe how life changed in America at the turn of the century.
Georgia Standard: SS5H1

Inventors and Inventions: Identify and Describe Scientific Contributions
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Showcases the advances, discoveries, and inventions of American inventors Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers, and Henry Ford.
Skill: Describe how life changed in America at the turn of the century. Describe how consumers and producers interact in the U. S. economy.
Georgia Standard: SS5H1, SS5E3 

Immigrant Contributions to America
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Describes the various jobs immigrants took once they arrived in America.
Skill: Describe how life changed in America at the turn of the century.
Georgia Standard: SS5H1

Immigrant
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Defines the term "immigrant" and examines the history of immigrants settling in the United States.
Skill: Describe how life changed in America at the turn of the century.
Georgia Standard: SS5H1

World War I
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Provides an overview of World War I, revealing the key countries involved in the war and the overall outcome. 
Skill: Describe U.S. involvement in World War I and post-World War I America.
Georgia Standard: SS5H2

The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Performance
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Louis Armstrong was never looking for the critic's praise, but rather the love of the audience. His goal was to put on a good show with great showmanship, gravely vocals, and trumpet playing skills of a genius. Louis Armstrong's performances had a universal appeal that made him famous around the world.
Skill: Describe U.S. involvement in World War I and post-World War I America.
Georgia Standard: SS5H2

The Great Depression
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Describes the social and economic conditions of the United States during the Great Depression.
Skill: Explain how the Great Depression and New Deal affected the lives of millions of Americans. 
Georgia Standard: SS5H3

Boys Waiting for Soup
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Resource Type: Primary Source Image
Use for photo analysis (observe, reflect, question), or a writing prompt. 
Skill: Explain how the Great Depression and New Deal affected the lives of millions of Americans. 
Georgia Standard: SS5H3

Jesse Owens and Joe Louis Debunks Hitler's Claims of Aryan Superiority
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Hitler believed that people of Aryan descent were the superior race in the world. In the Germany Olympics his theory was proved wrong when Jesse Owens, and African-American athlete took the gold in several track and field events.
Skill: Explain how the Great Depression and New Deal affected the lives of millions of Americans. 
Georgia Standard: SS5H3

Franklin D Roosevelt | 60 Second Presidents
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Franklin D. Roosevelt was the leader of the free world. Ushering the nation out of the Great Depression and into the WWII meant that FDR's presidency was far from boring. Find out what made him so exciting! Note: This is part of a series of videos highlighting each president that could be valuable in highlighting for other historical times. 
Skill: Explain how the Great Depression and New Deal affected the lives of millions of Americans. 
Georgia Standard: SS5H3

World War II
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Evaluates the leaders of the Axis and Allied Powers that entered World War II. The segment describes the conditions of the war and names the nations that fought against each other.
Skill: Explain America’s involvement in World War II.
Georgia Standard: SS5H4

Cold War
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Resource Type: Video
Explores how, after World War II, the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union grew tense.
Skill: Discuss the origins and consequences of the Cold War.
Georgia Standard: SS5H5

March on Washington
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Resource Type: Video
The March on Washington, one of the largest political rallies in United States history, stands as the pinnacle of the civil rights movement. On August 28, 1963, thousands of demonstrators gathered in Washington D.C. to call for a change in civil rights legislation for African Americans. During the march, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech advocating racial freedom and equality for all. A collection of videos, images, and other valuable resources.
Skill: Describe the importance of key people, events, and developments between 1950- 1975.
Georgia Standard: SS5H6

Martin Luther King is Assassinated
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
The March on Washington, one of the largest political rallies in United States history, stands as the pinnacle of the civil rights movement. On August 28, 1963, thousands of demonstrators gathered in Washington D.C. to call for a change in civil rights legislation for African Americans. During the march, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech advocating racial freedom and equality for all. A collection of videos, images, and other valuable resources.
Skill: Describe the importance of key people, events, and developments between 1950- 1975.
Georgia Standard: SS5H6

John F. Kennedy's Assassination
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Kennedy’s successor, Lyndon B. Johnson, sought to reassure the country that he was going to continue supporting the civil rights movement.
Skill: Describe the importance of key people, events, and developments between 1950- 1975.
Georgia Standard: SS5H6

September 11
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Channel
The resources in this collection document and explore the impact of events that took place on one of the most significant days in America’s recent history, September 11, 2001. On that day, terrorists from the fundamentalist group Al-Qaeda hijacked American airliners and used them as weapons to attack American landmarks, including the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon near Washington, D.C. An additional airliner bound for Washington, D.C. crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after its passengers confronted the hijackers. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks, including more than 400 first responders. The events of September 11 forever changed the U.S. government’s foreign policy, as well as its approach to protecting the American homeland.
Skill: Trace important developments in America from 1975 to 2001.
Georgia Standard: SS5H7

What is the Internet?
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Kid-friendly introduction to what the internet is; When the Fixies find a new appliance in the apartment, Simka suggests they use the Internet to figure out what it is. Simka provides information about how the Internet works to connect people all around the globe.
Skill: Trace important developments in America from 1975 to 2001.
Georgia Standard: SS5H7

Ronald Reagan | 60 Second Presidents
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Ronald Reagan's magnetic personality made him immensely likeable as a public persona, which he used as a way to inspire the nation to rally against the Soviet Union. Let's take a look at how else he wielded that power domestically!
Skill: Trace important developments in America from 1975 to 2001.
Georgia Standard: SS5H7

I Wanna See the States
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Pop band HelloGoodbye sings about the 50 States of America. All 50 states are mentioned in one song that focuses on the people, culture, or geography of each region.
Skill: Locate important places in the United States
Georgia Standard: SSS5G1 

American Geography Close-ups: Maps, Regions, Resources, and Climate
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Few countries in the world can match the United States for its sheer diversity of landforms, bodies of water, and species of plants and animals, as well as its multicultural human population. Discover how the landforms, waterways, farms, natural resources, and people of each region differ - and the trends that are causing the regions to become more alike.
Skill: Explain the reasons for the spatial patterns of economic activities
Georgia Standard: SSS5G2 

Being the Best Citizen Infographic
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Skill: Explain how a citizen’s rights are protected under the U.S. Constitution.
Georgia Standard: SSS5CG1 

19th Amendment
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Resource Type: Video
States that the 19th Amendment guarantees female citizens living in the United States the right to vote, and summarizes the woman suffrage movement. The segment also provides a video quiz that is based on the content of the segment.
Skill: Explain how amendments to the U. S. Constitution have maintained a representative democracy/republic.
Georgia Standard: SSS5G3 

15th Amendment
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Resource Type: Video
Teaches that the 15th Amendment protects the voting rights of all United States citizens, and provides a video quiz that is based on the content of the segment.
Skill: Explain how amendments to the U. S. Constitution have maintained a representative democracy/republic.
Georgia Standard: SSS5G3 

Ford Assembly Lines
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Depicts the first widely sold Ford vehicles, and explains how Henry Ford developed an efficient and groundbreaking assembly line process at his factories.
Skill: Use the basic economic concepts of trade, opportunity cost, specialization, productivity, and price incentives to illustrate historical events.
Georgia Standard: SS5E1

Digging the Panama Canal
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Depicts the construction of the Panama Canal, and describes the strange chain of events that convinced Congress to build the canal in Panama instead of Nicaragua. Does a good job of separating fact from fiction related to the canal.
Skill: Use the basic economic concepts of trade, opportunity cost, specialization, productivity, and price incentives to illustrate historical events.
Georgia Standard: SS5E1 

What's a Bank?
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Explore the history of banks, and see how banks play a vital role in their communities by loaning money & helping people save.
Skill: Describe the functions of four major sectors in the U. S. economy.
Georgia Standard: SS5E2 

How Our Economy Works: All about Earning and Spending Money
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
People work to earn money to satisfy their basic needs and wants. Help students understand the two, as well as the difference between goods and services. Explore a variety of jobs, including production and service workers, and introduce students to banks and the concept of saving money.
Skill: Describe the functions of four major sectors in the U. S. economy.
Georgia Standard: SS5E2