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NYCDOE: Passport to Social Studies - grade 5, unit 1

This is the first unit of the Grade 5 Scope and Sequence, titled: Geography and Early Societies of the Western Hemisphere. This unit was developed by a team of DOE staff and teachers, in collaboration with social scientists and cultural partners. Representative lessons from this unit include:

  • Lesson 1 - students analyze and interpret pieces of a puzzle of Pangaea, then construct a map from the pieces to draw conclusions about the theory of how continents were formed.
  • Lesson 6 - students research physical features of the Western Hemisphere and how they were created by geologic processes.
  • Lesson 12 - students gather evidence to build an understanding of how the Pueblo utilized natural resources.

Included in the unit is a Performance Based Assessment that asks students to write an informational essay, incorporating evidence from images and text to examine geography's role in determining the development of early societies and civilizations.

Please note: the complete set of NYCDOE K-8: Passport to Social Studies Core Curriculum materials include a variety of documents, trade books, and primary sources, in addition to this unit of study. To support rigorous social studies instruction and student inquiry, it is recommended that you utilize this unit of study in conjunction with these resources. 

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Standards:
Quality Review Indicators 1.3 Leveraging ResourcesDanielson Framework for Teaching 1a: Demonstrating Knowledge of Content and PedagogyDanielson Framework for Teaching 1b: Demonstrating Knowledge of StudentsDanielson Framework for Teaching 1c: Setting Instructional OutcomesDanielson Framework for Teaching 1d: Demonstrating Knowledge of ResourcesDanielson Framework for Teaching 1e: Designing Coherent InstructionDanielson Framework for Teaching 1f: Designing Student Assessments
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