GRADE FIVE SOCIAL STUDIES – C3
The aim of Social Studies is the promotion of civic competence – the knowledge, intellectual processes, and democratic dispositions required of students to be active and engaged participants in public life. Civic ideals and practices enable students to learn about the rights and responsibilities of citizens of a democracy, and to appreciate the importance of active citizenship.
District 103, in partnership with neighboring districts, has begun the revision of the Social Studies curriculum which currently reflects the Illinois Social Studies Standards. The revision process is being guided by the newly issued College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework, and is supported by the Illinois State Board of Education. To view the entire document that explains the C3 Framework, please visit: http://www.socialstudies.org/c3
Contact and Exploration: Different Worlds Meet 900-1600
In this unit, students will examine early exploration from 900-1600. Students will learn that as the Europeans explored North America for economic reasons, they interacted with existing civilizations. They will understand the Great Age of Exploration and the effects on different cultures of the old and new worlds.
Students will learn about the groups of colonists who came to North America for political, social, and economic reasons and formed new communities and governments.
As the colonists struggled with British rule, many colonists pushed for independence while others remained loyal to the British government.
After independence had been won, Americans had to create a functional government that remained true to the goals of the revolution.
The above units were selected and created by District 103 teaching staff.