Social Studies

Below you will find the link for our 5th grade social studies textbook. Students can go to, click on eservices and type in the user and password. 

The direct link is : eduplace textbook resource
user: cobbstudent5             
password: password

Social Studies games to practice concepts in a fun way

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? 1985 MSDOS game

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? 1989 MSDOS game

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Deluxe 1990

Oregon Trail MSDOS 1992

Mrs. Rivas' Year in Review PowerPoint

For extra reading or practice  please use the online textbook link above or the resources 
that are given below. Thanks :)  

 This week in Social Studies:
     04/19/18:We will discuss the world of economic trade. Students will explore their choices as a consumer and an entrepreneur and learn about profit and risk along the way. 
 Standards that will be covered within this unit include:
SS5E1 The student will use the basic economic concepts of trade, opportunity cost, specialization, voluntary exchange, productivity, and price incentives to illustrate historical events. 
SS5E3 The student will describe how consumers and businesses interact in the U. S. economy. 
a. Describe how competition, markets, and prices influence people’s behavior. 
b. Describe how people earn income by selling their labor to businesses. 
c. Describe how entrepreneurs take risks to develop new goods and services to start a business
SS5E4 The student will identify the elements of a personal budget and explain why personal spending and saving decisions are important.

Business Template : open in PowerPoint and Save As under your name in OneDrive cloud

Smart Songs Money Management

Schoolhouse Rock Where the Money Goes

PictureThe Berlin Airlift was a year long effort by the America and Great Britain to maintain control of West Berlin following WWII. They refused to give any ground to Joseph Stalin, fearing that he may try to dominate the world in the same way Hitler had a few years earlier. To find out all about the Berlin Airlift visit the PBS Berlin Airlift page.

The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss discusses Seuss' metaphorical view of the Cold War. 

Some videos we have seen in class...

Click on the links to see study guide with answers. 
Test on March 2nd.

I Never Saw Another Butterfly by Pavel Friedman

Hoover is Blamed and FDR is elected

The Great Depression Rap

Stock Market Crash of 1929

 Describe the cultural developments and individual contributions in the 1920's of the Jazz Age (Louis Armstrong), the Harlem Renaissance (Langston Hughes), baseball (Babe Ruth), the automobile (Henry Ford), and transatlantic flight (Charles Lindbergh).

Langston Hughes Poem"The Weary Blues"

Louis Armstrong "West End Blues"            Louis Armstrong "What a Wonderful World"

Charles Lindbergh's transatlantic flight. 

Babe Ruth 

Bessie Smith "Back Water Blues"

Henry Ford and the Model T

Due on January 12th- Students were assigned a M.A.I.N. poster assignment to be completed on the 4 Main Causes of WWI:  militarism, alliances, imperialism and nationalism.

    Using the definitions, political cartons we have reviewed and research, students will draw 4 pictures showing their understanding of each of the four main causes of WWI.
   Students should do this on a sheet of construction paper that was provided for them in school or on a regular sheet of paper if necessary. After drawing pictures on one side, they will write captions (no more than 3 sentences) on the back saying what they drew a picture of for each illustration- NOT a definition. Students should use the rubric to ensure they have everything they need. If they need another copy please have them print another from the links below.

     MAIN Rubric

     Interactive WWI Timeline

     World War One Alliance Video

    Causes of WWI PowerPoint


Building the Panama Canal:
William McKinley began work on creating a shortcut through Central America to improve the ability to transport goods to the west coast. He was assassinated and Teddy Roosevelt made the final agreements with Panama, for the canal to be built. It wasn't finished, however, until 1914. President McKinley was assassinated in 1901.  Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt became President since he was Vice President at the time of the assassination.  One of Teddy's major tasks as President was to find a quicker and easier route for ships to sail because ships played a major role in the transportation across oceans, especially in war.   The Panama Canal is so important, that in 2007 they began working to expand the canal so that larger ships could utilize the shortcut as well.  You can read about the newest work being done on the canal here.   To see how the canal works, click here! 

President Roosevelt's solution was to build a canal through the Isthmus of Panama to make it easier for ships to travel from Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean.  Having an isthmus, a narrow strip of land connecting two larger areas, would allow ships to go from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean quicker and easier.

There were several problems in building the Panama Canal
1- Roosevelt had to get control of Panama from the Colombians in South America.
2- Panama had a lot of diseases (ex: Malaria and Yellow Fever) because the country was hot and wet.  These diseases were carried by the mosquitos that swarmed the dense rainforest.
3- Mountain, swamps, and mud in Panama made it hard to dig through.

The building of the Panama Canal took many years.  It began in 1905 and was finally completed in 1914.  However, several important decisions were made during this time to ensure its success.

The Panama Canal was completed in August of 1914 and was 50 miles long.  Before the canal was built, it took ships 2 months to deliver goods.  Once ships began using the canal, it only took 9 hours!!! 

Take a virtual tour of Ellis Island -

Describe the reasons people emigrated to the United States, from where they emigrated, and where they settled

A Nation of Immigrants


The United States experienced its heaviest period of immigration in the early 1900s. Whereas previous new-comers had come largely from northwestern European countries, the vast majority of the more than 15 million who arrived between 1890 and 1914 were from eastern and southern Europe, including Italy, Russia, Poland, and Austria-Hungary. The years 1905, 1906, 1907, 1910, 1913, and 1914 saw the arrival of more than 1 million immigrants annually.These numbers dropped dramatically with the out-break of World War I, reaching a low of 141,000 in 1919. In 1921, however, more than 800,000 immigrants were admitted—and strict quotas were introduced as a consequence of national anti-immigrant sentiment. In 1882 the Chinese Exclusion Act was the first legislation to place quotas on the numbers of immigrants from China (and later from all of Asia),due to fears that Chinese workers, who then made up only 0.002 percent of the population, were adversely affecting the economy. Such fears soon extended to other ethnic groups, and over time restrictions were placed on those deemed to be “undesirable.” Nativist thinkers cited not only economic reasons for such laws but also the need to guard against the importation of potential anarchists. Ceilings were therefore placed on immigration numbers and preferential treatment given to those from white, northwestern European countries—a practice that would continue for decades. The changes in immigration law contributed to a substantial dwindling of the flow of immigrants in the late 1920s and the 1930s.

Click link for more information on immigration during this time period.

Reasons for Immigration



  • Political Freedom
  • Religious Tolerance
  • Economic Opportunity - People want a better life - better job - more money
  • Political Refugees fear for their lives
  • Some want free atmosphere
  • Forced Immigration (Slavery_
  • Family Reunification

1830-1890:  The reason for immigration in the period from 1830-1890 is quite clear.  Land remained plentiful, and fairly cheap.  Jobs were abundant, and labor was scarce and relatively dear.  A decline in the birthrate as well as an increase in industry and urbanization reinforced this situation.

  • Jews came for religious freedom
  • Italians and Asians came for Work
  • Russians came to escape persecution
  • America had jobs
  • America had religious freedom
  • America was hyped up in many countries as "Land of Opportunity"

Where did they settle?

Click for an interactive map of where immigrants settle.

Ellis Island

For over 60 years, Ellis Island was the gateway for millions of Americans to the United States. Explore the legacy of this symbol of American immigration.

The Statue of Liberty

Seen from inbound ships, the Statue of Liberty was an emotional welcome for immigrants coming to America. Hear from those who remember their first glimpse of this symbol of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

a. Describe the role of the cattle trails in the late 19th century; include the Black Cowboys of Texas, the Great Western Cattle Trail, and the Chisholm Trail.
e. Describe the impact of westward expansion on Native Americans; include the Battle of the Little Bighorn and the relocation of Native Americans to reservations.

This video from explains the Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876. 

For a more in depth look at the west, you and your family can visit the Booth Museum, here in Georgia! Here is a link for the Faces of the West Exhibit

SS5H2 The student will analyze the effects of Reconstruction on American life.
 a. Describe the purpose of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments. 
b. Explain the work of the Freedmen’s Bureau. 
c. Explain how slavery was replaced by sharecropping and how African-Americans were prevented from exercising their newly won rights; include a discussion of Jim Crow laws and customs. 

Brainpop Video on Reconstruction- (remember to login using your student id and password -read)

Civil War Resource Links:

Civil War Biographies

Harriet Beecher Stowe:

 Fredrick Douglass:

Thomas "Stonewall Jackson":

Sojourner Truth:

Clara Barton:

Jefferson Davis:

Harriet Tubman

Abraham Lincoln:

Ulysses S. Grant:

Robert E. Lee:

Dred Scott:

John Brown:

8/18/2017: Students will be learning about the Causes of the Civil War. We will be using many different types of mediums, maps, and primary sources to be able to explain and describe the tensions between the North and the South during this era of our nation's history.  Once we do that  we will move on to Civil War as a whole.

Students will be learning about the Bill of Rights and the amendments that protect our freedoms and responsibilities as citizens of the United States. We are using a mixed collection of mediums such as music, videos, books and writing to memorize these inalienable rights as prescribed to us by our Constitution. The standards we will be focused on this week are:

SS5CG1 Explain how a citizen’s rights are protected under the U.S. Constitution.
a.       Explain the responsibilities of a citizen.
b.       Explain the concept of due process of law and describe how the U.S. Constitution protects a citizen’s rights by due process.
 SS5CG2 Explain the process by which amendments to the U.S. Constitution are made.
a.       Explain the amendment process outlined in the Constitution.

b.       Describe the purpose for the amendment process.