Alabama Course of Study: US Studies, Beginnings to 1877, Grade 5
Below you will find the 2004 version of the ALCOS
for Social Studies, grade 5. Beneath each standard
are links to web resources that may
you and your students.
- Locate physical features that impacted the exploration
and settlement of the Americas.
Identify causes and effects of prehistoric migration
and settlement in North America.
- World Atlas
Free online maps of North America, with options
for including rivers, landforms, etc.
Compare major Native American cultures in respect
to geographic region, natural resources, government,
economy, and religion.
- North American Pre-History
Interactive map of prehistoric migration and settlement
in North America, with charts of migration patterns
to certain regions and links to more information
about prehistoric life.
Explain effects of European exploration
during the Age of Discovery upon European society
Americans, including the economic and cultural impact.
- Not 'Indians,' Many Tribes: Native American Diversity
Lesson plan for grades 3-5 which uses primary sources
such as photographs, recipes, and traditional stories
to teach students about the diversity among American
tribes across the country.
Contains maps of American Indian tribal lands in
North and Central America
- Native Visions of the
Carnegie Museum of Natural History exhibit
website covering the Tlingit, Hopi, Iroquois,
tribes' differing visions of the natural world.
- American Indian Research/Informational Sites
Extensive list of websites devoted to research
and/or information on American Indian tribes,
past and present. Also includes links to lesson
plans and suggested classroom activities for
Describe the early colonization of North America
and reasons for settlement in the Northern, Middle,
and Southern colonies.
- Early Multi-National Influences in the United
Unit plan that helps students make connections
between European voyages of discovery, colonial
spheres of influence, and various aspects of American
- Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
FREE links to online exhibits and other trustworthy
web resources on exploration and North America.
Provides brief biographies of famous explorers
from the Age of Exploration, including a chart
of names, national origins, and regions travelled/discovered.
- Christopher Columbus's Voyages Lesson Plan
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 in which students
chart the four voyages of Christopher Columbus
on a map of the world.
- Explorer Interviews Lesson
Brief lesson plan designed for elementary grades
in which students research explorers, write questions
and answers, and role play to perform the interviews.
Could easily be modified for secondary students.
- Towson University: Mini Poster for New World
Handout of instructions for a poster project about
the New World Explorers. Could be modified for
use in grades 4-12.
- Ability.org: Kids and Teens Biography Explorers
Provides links to web pages offering information
about explorers from several countries as well
as related games and WebQuests.
OR School District: European Explorers of the “New
World” in the Age of Exploration
Provides links to web pages offering information
about the Age of Exploration and individual explorers
from various nations.
Lesson plan from A to Z Teacher Stuff in which
students work in cooperative groups to create
a poster of explorer aims, obstacles and accomplishments
in the New World. Grades 3-5.
- Exploration through
The Mariner’s Museum online exhibit, "Exploration
Through the Ages." Includes information
on individual explorers, ships, navigational
and the voyages themselves. The site also lists
suggested student activities, including a few
- LOC-Discovery and Exploration
Library of Congress American Memory collection
which documents the discovery and exploration
of the Americas with both manuscripts and published
- Cyberspace Explorer: Getting to Know Christopher
This lesson supports third- through fifth-grade
students' exploration of multiple online sources
to gather information about the life of Christopher
Columbus. After completing a cyber scavenger
hunt, students use their notes to prepare a
timeline and summary report.
- Explorers of North America
Links to information about 17th, 18th & 19th
Century explorers and specific expeditions in
- Incursions in North America
European interaction with indigenous culture in
Identify the impact of trade routes on emerging
colonies in the Americas.
- Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
FREE resources on the colonization of North America
from the Library of Congress.
- Acton Public Schools,
Acton, MA: Powhatan Indian Village
Provides basic information about and images pertaining
to Powhatan Indians’ village life, culture,
celebrations, and survival.
- History Globe.com: The
Jamestown Online Adventure
Provides an interactive game about the Jamestown
- Virtual Jamestown.org
Digital archive of documents, interactive maps,
and teaching activities about the Jamestown settlement
and the "Virginia Experiment."
links to lesson plans on Jamestown, including corporate
colonization, development of government, economic
matters, organization of society, and broader themes
of Jamestown settlement.
- 13 Colonies Map Quiz
This website features a map quiz of the original
13 colonies. Students are tested on their ability
to use a compass rose and their knowledge of
the location of each colony.
- A Colonial Family
and Community Webquest
In this webquest from the Henry Ford Museum,
students will go back in time and investigate
lives of the Daggetts, a colonial family from
northeastern Connecticut. They will collect
clues to uncover
answers to 7 questions about colonial life
in the 1700s.
- Colonial Williamsburg
The Colonial Williamsburg website has facts
and pictures about places, clothing, people,
and other things of colonial interest. It
also has an online fieldtrip of Colonial Williamsburg,
links to teacher resources, timelines, and
- Rare Map Collection-Colonial America
The website of the Hargrett Library's rare
map collection, which contains digitized
versions maps of the Americas, from 1625-1744
Mountain City Elementary's webpage with
lesson plans and activities for elementary
on colonial America.
- 13 Original Colonies
This is a website dedicated to information
on the original 13 colonies, with facts,
links on colonial history and life.
for Kids: The Original Thirteen Colonies
This website features tests, games,
puzzles, web quests, and other activities
the colonies. The activities range
there are additional links to pages
for the Declaration of Independence,
- Social Studies for
This website allows you to click
on the colonies to find out more
founding, with links to more information.
Identify events leading to the American Revolution,
including the French and Indian War, the Stamp Act,
the Intolerable Acts, the Boston Massacre, and the
Boston Tea Party.
- Life in the British Colonies
Classroom website with descriptions of life in
the American colonies, including cities, plantations,
and the back country.
- Interactive Map: Triangular Trade Routes
Online interactive map of the Triangular trade
routes between Europe, Africa, the West Indies, and
the Thirteen Colonies. Routes show which goods
Identify major events of the American Revolution,
including the Battles of Lexington and Concord,
the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Battle of
Saratoga, and the Battle of Yorktown.
- Declare the Causes: The Declaration of Independence
Series of 8 lessons on the Declaration of Independence
in which students investigate the
complaints being made by the colonists and understand
the document's purpose.
- The American Revolution: Causes
Lesson plan in which students examine the poem "Revolutionary
Tea" to understand how British taxation led American
colonists to revolution.
- Social Studies For Kids Timeline
Timeline of events leading up to the Revolutionary
War, including French & Indian War, British tax
legislation, the Intolerable Acts, and the Boston
Massacre, with links to more information about
List steps involved in the development of the Constitution
of the United States, including inadequacies of the
Articles of Confederation and struggles over the
ratification of the Constitution.
- One If By Land, Two If By Sea
Lesson plan which has students map the ride of
Paul Revere using the Longfellow poem and historical
maps of Boston.
- The Revolutionary War Internet Scavenger Hunt
This is an internet scavenger hunt on the causes, events, battles, and important
people of the Revolutionary War, designed for grades 5-6.
- The Revolutionary
Mountain City Elementary's webpage with lesson plans and activities
for elementary students.
- Pro-Teacher Lesson Plans
This is a list of links to websites and lesson
plans focusing on the Revolutionary War.
Tyranny to Freedom
During this lesson students will have the opportunity to research famous battles
of the American Revolution and document these battles in a timeline, which they
will construct. Students will also create a slideshow presentation about the
American Revolution to be shared with classmates.
- KidInfo: The American Revolution
Webpage for students and teachers with well-organized
links to information on the American Revolution.
political, social, and economic events between
1803 and 1860 that led to the expansion of
the territory of the United States.
- The Preamble to the Constitution: How Do You
Make a More Perfect Union?
Series of lesson plans in which students
will study the preamble to the Constitution
the document's purpose and identify the
fundamental values and principles expressed
- James Madison.com
A collection of links to external lesson plans
for teaching about the Constitution
- Signers of
National Archives website with biographical
information about the signers of the Constitution.
- The Charters of Freedom
Interactive website on the documents of the American
Revolution and the new government (The Declaration
of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights)
provided by the National Archives.
of and major events occurring during the
War of 1812.
- Move the Cherokees
Lesson plan in which students investigate the Chrerokee
Nation and the Trail of Tears.
- Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
FREE resources from the Library of Congress covering
expansion and reform in early US history.
Lewis & Clark
Modern photographs of the path of Lewis & Clark's
expeditions, excerpts from their journals,
and a historical overview.
West in America with Lewis & Clark
Online game from National Geographic in which students
go on a simulated journey with Lewis & Clark.
The game presents scenarios and has students
make critical decisions.
- New Perspectives on the West
PBS website with 10 lesson plans focusing on the
American West, meant for grades 6-12.
- Learn About
Digital History website on American expansion
in the 1840s and 1850s, including discussion
- Fish and Wildlife on the Oregon Trail: Then and
This website contains links to a scanned booklet
describing the natural repercussions of the Oregon
Trail migration, as well as the experience of traveling
west. It was prepared by the Oregon Historical
- Indian Removal, 1814-1858
Brief summary of US legislation and military
action to remove eastern American Indian tribes
the Mississippi River and expand white settlement,
with links to more information on the response
of tribes and the infamous Trail of Tears. From
- The Mexican-American War
Social Studies for Kids overview of the war in
four parts, with links to maps and other resources.
Interactive site from PBS with videos, timeline,
and other resources about the Mexican-American
Identify causes of the Civil War from the northern
and southern viewpoints.
- The War of 1812
This "1812 experience" is comprised of
numerous articles, quality book reviews and offers,
extensive links, and the largest collection of
War of 1812 images on the internet.
- Turning Points
in History: The War of 1812
Lesson plan on the War of 1812 in which students
are “investigative reporters,” researching
primary source documents to learn about specific
battles and events. Modifiable for grades 4-12.
- Major Battles
Links to summaries and maps of the major battles
of the War of 1812. Also includes other
significant events, photographs, and primary
social, political, and economic changes that occurred
Divided Nation Lesson Plan
Students will explore the sectional differences between the North and the South
that ultimately led to the southern secession. Students will learn what is meant
by secession and which states seceded, the country they formed, its capital,
and whom they elected president. Students will create a PowerPoint Presentation,
a brochure, and possibly a newsletter using computer software presenting information
they have learned.
- Mr. Lincoln's Virtual Library
Library of Congress online collection of documents,
including speeches, maps, photographs,
and other primary source material relevant to
presidency. Also includes links to other
useful online collections.
Teacher resource page with lesson plans and ideas
for all grade levels on the life of Abraham Lincoln.
Civil War for Kids
Class-made website on the Civil War which includes
a timeline, brief biographies, maps, and images
of flags, uniforms, and important figures.
Also includes several classroom activities.
Place Civil War Timeline
Timeline of important historical events during
the Civil War, beginning with the election
of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 and ending with
the 13th Amendment in 1865. Includes photographs
and links to more information on various
people, battles, and events, etc.
- American Civil War Homepage
Links to a wealth of resources (primary and secondary)
for teaching about the Civil War, including music,
images, biographies, etc.
- Teaching With Historic Places
List of lesson plans for teaching about the Civil
War using various sites on the historic register,
provided by the National Parks Service. Includes
a lesson on the Alabama battle for Mobile Bay
at Fort Morgan.
- Ben's Guide to the Emancipation Proclamation
Brief summary of the state of the country when
the proclamation was issued, with a map
of slave and free states, and links to an online
of the document.
- Civil War Battles by State
List of all Civil War battles organized by state,
with links to more information about each
one (including its location, commanders, campaigns,
casualties, results, and a paragraph description).
- American Experience: Reconstruction
Companion website to PBS program with many helpful
resources for learning about Reconstruction,
including primary sources, interactive maps,
and a teaching guide.
- Andrew Johnson
Documents on Andrew Johnson impeachment from
HarpWeek which includes political cartoons,
a simulation game, and links to primary source
- Exploring the Reconstruction Era
This unit introduces students to the Reconstruction
Era (1865-1877) of American history. Students
will discover that Reconstruction failed to alter
the South's social structure or its distribution
of wealth and power. They will conclude through
their research that legislation passed during
this period eventually prevailed and brought
a change of life for African-Americans and women.