Social Studies lessons should include a content standard and a skills standard.

Click on the link(s) below to see suggested experiences from the VDOE:

The student will demonstrate skills for historical thinking, geographical analysis, economic decision making, and responsible citizenship by 

a)  analyzing and interpreting artifacts and primary and secondary sources to understand events in Virginia history; 

b) analyzing the impact of geographic features on people, places, and events to support an understanding of events in Virginia history; 

c) interpreting charts, graphs, and pictures to determine characteristics of people, places, or events in Virginia history;   

d) recognizing points of view and historical perspectives; 

e) comparing and contrasting ideas and cultural perspectives in Virginia history; 

f) determining relationships with multiple causes or effects in Virginia history;  

g) explaining connections across time and place; 

h) using a decision-making model to identify costs and benefits of a specific choice made; 

i) practicing good citizenship skills and respect for rules and laws while collaborating, compromising, and participating in classroom activities; and

j) investigating and researching to develop products orally and in writing. 

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

Unit 1- Review of 4th Grade Virginia Studies
VS.2a - Bordering States
VS.2b - Five Geographic Regions of Virginia
VS.2c - Water Features
VS.2d - Algonquian, Siouan, Iroquoian
VS.2e - American Indians Food, Clothing, and Shelter
VS.2f - Material Evidence at Werowocomoco and Jamestown
VS.2g - Indians Today
VS.10b - Major Products and Industries of Virginia
VS.3a - Reasons for English Colonization
VS.3b - Decision to Settle at Jamestown
VS.3c - Virginia Company of London
VS.3d - General Assembly
VS.3e - Arrival of Africans and English Women
VS.3f - Jamestown Hardships
VS.3g - Interactions between the English Settlers and the Native People
VS.4a - Agriculture and Slavery
VS.4b - Culture of Colonial Virginia
VS.4c - Relocation of Virginia's Capital
VS.4d - Money, Barter, and Credit
VS.4e - Everyday Life in Colonial Virginia

Q1 Gr 5 Perform Assess - New World

Unit 2- Virginia in the American Revolution
VS.5a - Reasons for the American Revolution
VS.5b - American Revolution Era
VS.5c - American Victory at Yorktown
VS.5d - Virginia's Relocation of the Capital

Unit 3 - The New Nation
VS.6a - Washington and Madison
VS.6b - Ideas of Mason and Jefferson
VS.6c - Migration of Virginians into Western Territories

Q2 Gr 5 Perform Assess - Revolution

Unit 4 - The Civil War
VS.7a - Events and Differences Leading to the Civil War
VS.7b - Virginia's Roles in the Civil War
VS.7c - Roles During the Civil War

Unit 5 - Reconstruction in Virginia
VS.8a - Effects of Reconstruction
VS.8b - Segregation and Jim Crow
VS.8c - Railroad, New Industries, and Cities

Unit 6 - Virginia in the 20th & 21st Century
VS.9a - Transition from Agricultural Society to Industrialized Society
VS.9b - Women's Suffrage and the Great Depression

Q3 Gr 5 Perform Assess - Peace

Unit 7 - Virginia in the 20th & 21st Century
VS.9c - Desegregation & Massive Resistance
VS.9d - 20th Century Virginians

Unit 8 - Government in Virginia
VS.10a - Three Branches of Virginia
VS.10b - Major Products and Industries of Virginia
VS.10c - Transportation, Communications, and Technology

Q4 Gr 5 Perform Assess - Virginians

SOL Review/Re-Teach/Remediate

41 Days 44 Days 47 Days 48 Days
ELL PreK-5 Standards | Standards/Curriculum Framework (2015) | VA Studies Resource | SOL Kahoot Review  | K-5 Tech Resources