This year in fifth grade our students will be studying the factors and events that led to the formation of the United States. They will understand how the relationships between government, society, and land helped create the nation they live in today.
Students created timeline notecards describing the first English settlements in North America around the 1600s. They studied the different motivations for creating new settlements, specific hardships faced by the settlers, relationships with the Native Americans, and factors that helped the settlers of Jamestown and Plymouth eventually thrive.
Students are now working on creating their own persuasive advertisements to entice future settlers to their chosen colony. We learned about the New England, Middle, and Southern colonies. Students focused on the differences between these colonies in terms of reasons for founding, geography, climate, economy, and government.