Fifth Grade SS Lessons

Theme:  Regions and People of the Western Hemisphere




Content Statement #1. Multiple-tier timelines can be used to show relationships among events and places.


Timeline Generator Tool

Timeline Resources


Content Statement #2. Early Indian civilizations (Maya, Inca, Aztec, Mississippian) existed in the Western Hemisphere prior to the arrival of Europeans. These civilizations had developed unique governments, social structures, religions, technologies, and agricultural practices and products.


Maya Adventure site

Mystery of the Maya

Mysterious Maya (resource site)

The Last Inca Empire

Aztec resources


Content Statement #3. European exploration and colonization had lasting effects which can be used to understand the Western Hemisphere today.


European Explorers of North and South America Unit (printable PDF)

Conquistadors (content resource)

Powerpoint Notes on Explorers (PDF)

Latin America Explorer Unit (printable PDF)




Content Statement #4. Globes and other geographic tools can be used to gather, process and report information about people, places and environments. Cartographers decide which information to include in maps.


Map Tools for Adventure

Geography Toolkit (printable PDF resource)


Content Statement #5. Latitude and longitude can be used to make observations about location and generalizations about climate.


Introduction to Longitude and Latitude

Latitude and Longitude and Mapmaking

Several Latitude and Longitude resources


Content Statement #6. Regions can be determined using data related to various criteria including landform, climate, population, and cultural and economic characteristics.


Nice powerpoint on world regions

Several resources for regions


Content Statement #7. Variations among physical environments within the Western Hemisphere influence human activities. Human activities also alter the physical environment.


Explore Geography’s 5 Themes with Ecuador (printable PDF)

Big Era 6 Change information (1400-1800 CE)

Big Era 7 Change information (1750-1914 CE )


Content Statement #8. American Indians developed unique cultures with many different ways of life. American Indian tribes and nations can be classified into cultural groups based on geographic and cultural similarities.


Native American Cultures Across the U.S.

Native American Groups map with student reports

Native American resources

Printables for the various indian groups


Content Statement #9. Political, environmental, social and economic factors cause people, products and ideas to move from place to place in the Western Hemisphere today.


Reasons to Move

Migration lesson

Large Unit over Geography and the Early Peoples of the Western Hemisphere (printable PDF)

Life in Western Hemisphere (printable PDF)


Improvements in Transportation and Increase in Expansion (content resource)


Content Statement #10. The Western Hemisphere is culturally diverse due to American Indian, European, Asian and African influences and interactions, as evidenced by artistic expression, language, religion and food.


Large Western Hemisphere Unit (printable PDF)

Site with info about several cultures of the world




Content Statement #11. Individuals can better understand public issues by gathering and interpreting information from multiple sources. Data can be displayed graphically to effectively and efficiently communicate information.


Being an Informed Voter (prinable PDF)


Content Statement #12. Democracies, dictatorships and monarchies are categories for understanding the relationship between those in power or authority and citizens.


What is Government?

Dictator for a Day

Online quiz over government types




Content Statement #13. Information displayed in circle graphs can be used to show relative proportions of segments of data to an entire body of data.


Interactive presentation on Circle Graphs(Pie Charts)

Circle graph worksheet (printable PDF)


Embed in other lessons and in math


Content Statement #14. The choices people make have both present and future consequences.


Everyday Opportunities

A Perfect Pet

A Toy for Me


Content Statement #15. The availability of productive resources (i.e., human resources, capital goods and natural resources) promotes specialization that leads to trade.


Lean on Me

Where Did You Come From

The Productive Blues (Jeans)

The Write Stuff


Content Statement #16. The availability of productive resources and the division of labor impact productive capacity.


Widget Production

Lean on Me

Old Business, New Business


Content Statement #17. Regions and countries become interdependent when they specialize in what they produce best and then trade with other regions to increase the amount and variety of goods and services available.


Hawaiian Economics

Where Did You Come From


Content Statement #18. Workers can improve their ability to earn income by gaining new knowledge, skills and experiences.


Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees

Do I Look Like I am Made of Money?