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Purpose & Description | Activity #1-Research | Activity #2-Inspiration Web | Activity #3-Timelines | Activity #4-Writing A Letter | Activity #5-PowerPoint Presentation | Activity #6-Oral Presentation | Activity #7-Exploration Web | Unit Resources | References | Frameworks & Standards | Teacher Comments
Miss Marcou's 5th Grade Explorer Unit
Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks

The Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for Social Studies that are found in this unit are listed below.

Social Studies (1997)


Learning Standard 1:  Chronology and Cause.  Students will understand the chronological order of historical events and recognize the complexity of historical cause and effect, including the interaction of forces from different spheres of human activity, the importance of ideas, and of individual choices, actions, and character.  (Activities 3A, 3B, 7)


Learning Standard 3:  Research, Evidence, and Point of View.   Students will acquire the ability to frame questions that can be answered by historical study and research; to collect, evaluate, and employ information from primary and secondary sources, and to apply it in oral and written presentations.  They will understand the many kinds and uses of evidence; and by comparing competing historical narratives, they will differentiate historical fact from historical interpretation and from fiction.  (Activities 1, 2, 4, 5, 6)


Learning Standard 6:  Interdisciplinary Learning:  Natural Science, Mathematics, and Technology in History.  Students will describe and explain major advances, discoveries, and inventions over time in natural science, mathematics, and technology; explain some of their effects and influences in the past and present on human life, thought, and health, including use of natural resources, production and distribution and consumption of goods, exploration, warfare, and communication  (Activities 2, 7)

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Frameworks & Standards