( Grade 5 – Age 10-12 )
You and your child are about to embark on the first half of our American History study, using a variety of diverse non-fiction, like An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People, Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans, and A Different Mirror For Young People: A History of Multicultural America. You will learn about the many diverse Native American Nations already living on the North American continent before the Europeans arrived, discover why the first European colonists came to America and watch those early colonies change and grow into the United States.
You will enjoy an array of captivating literature selections together. One of my goals in choosing the literature and readers for Level 5 was to tell the story of America through the eyes and voices of children of diverse backgrounds. Follow Tristan on a wild adventure into a world of African American folklore in Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia. You will meet the Tuck family, who accidentally became immortal in Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, and the enslaved children of Thomas Jefferson, in Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.
You will study American artists and complete a variety of art projects, memorize poetry written by great American poets such as Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson, along with the Preamble to the Constitution, and other historical works.
Over the course of both Levels 5 and 6, your child will be studying the US Presidents, as well as completing a State Study, learning the geography of the United States of America.
Your science focus this year will be biology, using Real Science Odyssey Biology 2 along with a selection of well chosen living books
My lesson plans guide you through the school year effortlessly. Your planning is done for you so that you can spend your time on the important things, like teaching your children.
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DK American History: A Visual Encyclopedia – Spine 5/6
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the US For Young People – Spine 5/6
A Different Mirror For Young People: A History of Multicultural America – Spine 5/6
Words that Built a Nation: Voices of Democracy That Have Shaped America’s History– Spine 5/6
We Were There Too! Young People in US History – Spine 5/6
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans – Spine 5/6
NatGeo Our Country’s Presidents: A Complete Encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency – Spine 5/6
Turtle Island: The Story of North America’s First People – Eldon Yellowhorn and Kathy Lowinger
What the Eagle Sees: Indigenous Stories of Rebellion and Renewal – Eldon Yellowhorn and Kathy Lowinger – Spine 5/6
A Kid’s Guide to Native American History – Yvonne Wakim Dennis
1607: A New Look at Jamestown – Karen E. Lange
1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving – Catherine O’Neill Grace and Margaret M. Bruchac
In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents and Five Black Lives – Kenneth C. Davis – Spine
King George: What was His Problem? – Steve Sheinkin
Shhh! We’re Writing the Constitution – Jean Fritz
The White House is Burning – Jane Sutcliffe
Which Way to the Wild West? – Steve Sheinkin – Spine 5/6
Children of the Longhouse – Joseph Bruchac
Trickster: Native American Tales A Graphic Collection – various authors
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus – Dusti Bowling
Blood on the River: Jamestown 1607 – Elisa Carbone
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky – Kwame Mbalia
Chains – Laurie Halse Anderson
Birchbark House – Louise Erdrich
Jefferson’s Sons – Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt
How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story– Tim Tingle
Tortilla Sun – Jennifer Cervantes
Elijah of Buxton – Christopher Paul Curtis
Midsummer’s Mayhem – Rajani LaRocca
The Earth Under Sky Bear’s Feet: Native American Poems of the Land – Joseph Bruchac
Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost
Poetry for Young People: Emily Dickinson
Poetry for Young People: African American Poetry
The Wild Robot – Peter Brown
Sees Behind Trees – Michael Dorris
A Wolf Called Wander – Rosanne Parry
Morning Girl – Michael Dorris
Krista Kim-Bap – Angela Ahn
El Deafo – Cece Bell
A Voice of Her Own: The Story of Phillis Wheatley – Kathryn Lasky
The Winter People – Joseph Bruchac
Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin By His Good Mouse Amos – Robert Lawson
Black Heroes of the American Revolution – Burke Davis
Toliver’s Secret – Esther Wood Brady
American Tall Tales – Adrien Soutenburg
Stone River Crossing – Tim Tingle
Riding Freedom – Pam Munoz Ryan
My Side of the Mountain – Jean Craighead George
Day of Tears – Julius Lester
Lyddie – Katherine Paterson
Oregon Trail: Race to Chimney Rock – Jesse Wiley
As Long as the Rivers Flow – Larry Loyie
Eliza’s Freedom Road – Jerdine Nolen
Real Science Odyssey: Biology 2: http://www.pandiapress.com/publications/real-science-odyssey/life-level-one/#level2 (Spine)
Genetics: From DNA to Designer Dogs
Blood and Guts
Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth
Aliens From Earth: When Animals and Plants Invade Other Ecosystems
Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth
Literary Biology Project: (Weeks 33 – 36: Your student will choose ONE of these to read)
Geography State Study:
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