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Social Studies Topics!

5th Grade Ohio's New Learning Standards


  • Using latitude and longitude to make observations about location and generalizations about climate.
  • Using regions to determine various criteria (landforms, climate, population, culture and economy.)
  • Using globes and other geographic tools to gather, process and report information about people, places and environments.
  • Variations among physical environments within the Western Hemisphere and how they influence human activities. 
  • Classifications of cultural groups of American Indian tribes based on geographic and cultural similarities.
  • Cultural diversity of the Western Hemisphere due to American Indian, European, Asian and African influences and interactions, as evidenced by artistic expression, language, religion, and food.
  • Political, environmental, social and economic factors that cause people, products and ideas to move from place to place in the Western Hemisphere.



  • Maya, Aztec, Inca and Mississippian developments in the Western Hemisphere (governments, social structures, religions, technologies and agricultural practices and products).
  • The lasting effects of European exploration and colonization seen today in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Multi-tier timelines to show relationships
  • The unique cultures developed by American Indians.



  • Democracies, dictatorships and monarchies: understanding the relationship between those in authority or power and citizens.
  • Understanding public issues by gathering and interpreting information from multiple sources.



  • Using circle graphs to show relative proportions of segments of data to an entire body of data.
  • Choices people make that have present and future consequences.
  • Availability of productive resources and the division of labor impact productive capacity.
  • Availability of productive resources (human resources, capital goods and natural resources) to promote specialization that leads to trade.
  • Interdependence of regions and countries when they specialize in what they produce best. The trading that takes place to increase the amount and variety of goods and services.
  • Workers improving their ability to earn income by gaining new knowledge, skills and experiences.
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