Fifth grade standards emphasize US history and Early explorers
are the first section of that. The students have already learned
about California explorers so this will be a natural extension.
It is also important to make social studies accessible to
all students. PBL allows for more access to struggling learners
as well as students that need to be challenged.
1. Students will use research to further learning.
2. Students will design a final project involving their own website
3. Students will create a 3-5 minute video presentation to incorporate
4. Students will successfully show learning in four major subjects.
5. Students will learn how to make and use a rubric.
Real World Connections
- Creation of a useable product (web page)
- Creating a product that has value to others (web page)
- Collaborating with and sharing information with others (Dave,
- Preparing to teach a concept to others ( Marcy’s class,
Jessie’s class, Beth’s class, parents, community)
- Connecting learning to the student’s lives or personal
interests (student input on what they want to learn = personal
Work on story boards
Begin story boards of video
Create final drafts to put into project
Complete story boards
Shoot video & edit
Fifth Grade California Standards
History and Social Science, Grade Five
United States History and Geography: Making a New Nation
Students trace the routes of early explorers and describe the early explorations
of the Americas.
HSS.5.2.1. Describe the entrepreneurial
characteristics of early explorers (e.g., Christopher Columbus, Francisco
Vásquez de Coronado) and the technological developments that made
sea exploration by latitude and longitude possible (e.g., compass, sextant,
astrolabe, seaworthy ships, chronometers, gunpowder).
HSS.5.2.2. Explain the aims, obstacles, and accomplishments
of the explorers, sponsors, and leaders of key European expeditions and
the reasons Europeans chose to explore and colonize the world (e.g., the
Spanish Reconquista, the Protestant Reformation, the Counter Reformation).
HSS.5.2.3. Trace the routes of the major land explorers
of the United States, the distances traveled by explorers, and the Atlantic
trade routes that linked Africa, the West Indies, the British colonies,
HSS.5.2.4. Locate on maps of North and South America
land claimed by Spain, France, England, Portugal, the Netherlands, Sweden,
Science, Grade Five
Energy from the Sun heats Earth unevenly, causing air movements that result
in changing weather patterns.
As a basis for understanding this concept:
SCI.5.4.b. Students know the influence
that the ocean has on the weather and the role that the water cycle plays
in weather patterns.
SCI.5.4.c. Students know the causes and effects
of different types of severe weather. d. Students know how to use weather
maps and data to predict local weather and know that weather forecasts
depend on many variables.
English and Language Arts, Grade Five
Reading Comprehension (Focus on Informational Materials)
Students read and understand grade-level-appropriate material. They describe
and connect the essential ideas, arguments, and perspectives of the text
by using their knowledge of text structure, organization, and purpose.
ELA.5.2.1. Understand how text features
(e.g., format, graphics, sequence, diagrams, illustrations, charts, maps)
make information accessible and usable.
ELA.5.2.2. Analyze text that is organized in sequential
or chronological order.
ELA.5.2.3. Discern main ideas and concepts presented
in texts, identifying and assessing evidence that supports those ideas.
ELA.5.2.4. Draw inferences, conclusions, or generalizations
about text and support them with textual evidence and prior knowledge.
ELA.5.2.5. Distinguish facts, supported inferences,
and opinions in text.
Project created by Victoria Calderhead at EWYL, 2004