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NYC Core Curriculum 5th - Social Studies

Description: The New York City Core Curriculum program aims to provide a high-quality curricula to NYC students through a seamless instructional program across grades and subjects. This list has been curated by #NYCDOE for 5th Grade Social Studies materials.

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Frozen land

by Jan Reynolds

Kenalogak, a young Inuit girl, is helping her father build an igloo. She and her family sleep in this ice home while they are hunting caribou, an animal very important to her people.

Date Added: 10/17/2018

We Visit the Dominican Republic

by John Torres

Lush beaches, tropical waterfalls, and picture-postcard mountain ranges greet visitors looking for a Caribbean getaway to the country of the Dominican Republic. Although it is impoverished, it has plenty to offer. The colorful people of this developing country, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, are eager to share its beautiful resorts, unique wildlife, and thriving businesses. A closer look reveals a country steeped in history, dotted with reminders of explorer Christopher Columbus, who is hailed as a hero there, and Spanish conquerors. Take a tour of the country, meet the people, sample the foods, try your hand at making a Taino bowl, and maybe even hit the dance floor to see if you have what it takes to merengue!

Date Added: 10/17/2018

The Kids Book of the Far North

by Jane Drake and Ann Love

The Far North is a region shared by Canada, the U.S. (Alaska), Russia, Denmark (Greenland), Norway, Iceland, Sweden and Finland. For those who don't live there, the region appears to be a bleak, desolate place of snow, ice, glaciers and bitter cold. But the Far North is home to many plants, animals and people who have developed remarkable ways of adapting to one of the harshest climates on Earth. This book in the Kids Book of series examines the region's fascinating history, modern life and fragile ecosystem with facts, stories, legends, illustrations, timelines and maps.

Date Added: 10/17/2018

Why Mexican Immigrants Came to America

by Lewis K. Parker

Explores the history of Mexican immigration to what is now the United States, and looks at the contributions of Mexican Americans to the culture of their new country.

Date Added: 10/17/2018

Samuel De Champlain

by Claude Hurwicz

A biography of the French explorer who founded Quebec, discovered Lake Champlain, and was called the Father of New France.

Date Added: 10/17/2018

Two Cultures Meet

by Ann Rossi and U. S. National Geographic Society Staff

See how Native American and European cultures helped one another and also clashed. Learn how encounter and exchange impacted life in the Americas.

Date Added: 10/17/2018

Explorers to the New World

by Shirley Jordan

Describes the first explorers and their expeditions to uncharted lands, discussing their motivations and accomplishments.

Date Added: 10/17/2018

Life in the Far North

by Bobbie Kalman and Rebecca Sjonger

Describes the Native nations that have lived for thousands of years in the northernmost part of present-day North America, where the frigid climate impacts every aspect of daily life for such groups as the Init, Yupik, and Inupiat.

Date Added: 10/17/2018

Puerto Rico

by Howard Gutner

Discusses the geography, history, government, people and economy of the island nation of Puerto Rico.

Date Added: 10/17/2018

Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet

by Tanya Larkin

A biography of the French explorers whose primary goal was to find the Northwest Passage, but who made their mark on history by exploring and charting the Mississippi River.

Date Added: 10/16/2018

The Dominican Republic

by Byron Augustin

Presents alphabetically arranged categories and relates them to the Dominican Republic, including animals, food, history, people, and yearly festivals.

Date Added: 09/25/2018

Expat FAQs

by Ilana Benady and Ginnie Bedggood

All of the things you always wanted to know about becoming an expat in the Dominican Republic. Plus a few of the things you didn't! WHEN you embark on a move to a foreign country you have heaps of questions to ask, but it can be hard to know where to turn. When that country is way out in the middle of the Caribbean and the local language is Spanish, those questions can really keep you awake at night. Questions about schools, shops, doctors, housing and, of course, which place is really the place to be. In this comprehensive yet wholly accessible and practical guide, authors Ginnie Bedggood and Ilana Benady, provide all the answers you need. Divided simply into sections entitled Why, Where, What, Who and How and crammed with names, addresses and telephone numbers, this book is without doubt the one-stop resource you need.

Date Added: 09/18/2018

Mexico the Culture

by Bobbie Kalman

This book explores Mexican culture, including the Mayan, Aztec, and Spanish influences, and covers arts and crafts, music, dance, literature, folklore, holidays, sports, and food.

Date Added: 09/17/2018

Dominican Republic

by Leslie Jermyn and Erin Foley

Explores the geography, history, government, economy, people, and culture of the Dominican Republic.

Date Added: 09/17/2018

Spotlight On South America

by Karen Bush Gibson

Discover the largest river and the longest mountain range. Explore steaming rain forests and dry deserts. Learn about modern cities and native cultures. Discover South America, the continent that has them all.

Date Added: 09/14/2018

The Exploration of North America

by Tim Cooke

Readers navigate this fact-filled book as it takes them through the history of North American discovery and exploration, detailing all of the successes, hardships, dangers, and accomplishments of key figures in exploration history. From the mighty Mississippi to the Rockies, up to Canada and down to Mexico, readers will learn about Columbus, Lewis and Clark, Smith, and many more. Fascinating fact boxes enhance the historical and informative content, while supporting captions and sidebars provide interesting facts about explorers and their voyages. Eye-catching and authentic illustrations give readers a feel for the period, transporting them back in time to the golden age of North American exploration.

Date Added: 09/13/2018

Francis Drake

by Robert Sheehan

Francis Drake was a man some considered a hero, while others thought he was nothing more than a criminal. Readers will decide for themselves in this fact-filled volume. Easy-to-follow text and colorful illustrations will keep any young readers interest.

Date Added: 09/13/2018

Explorers in North America

by Kerri O'Donnell

This book introduces basic addition and subtraction problems through the chronological overview of exploration in North America. Includes artifacts such as an excerpt from Champlain's book about his voyage, in addition to an early map of New Amsterdam.

Date Added: 09/13/2018


by Guek Cheng Pang and Jo-Ann Spilling

The highly regarded Cultures of the World series celebrates the diversity of other cultures in this fully updated and expanded edition. As has always been true of these outstanding titles, an abundance of vibrant photographs-including those new to this edition-stimulate the imaginations of young readers as they travel the globe.

Date Added: 09/13/2018

Growing Up Pedro

by Matt Tavares

The love between brothers is key to Matt Tavares's tale of Dominican pitcher Pedro Martinez, from his days of throwing rocks at mangoes to his years as a major-league star.

Before Pedro MartInez pitched the Red Sox to a World Series championship, before he was named to the All-Star team eight times, before he won the Cy Young three times, he was a kid from a place called Manoguayabo in the Dominican Republic. Pedro loved baseball more than anything, and his older brother Ramon was the best pitcher he'd ever seen. He'd dream of the day he and his brother could play together in the major leagues--and here, Matt Tavares tells the story of how that dream came true. In a fitting homage to a modern day baseball star, the acclaimed author-illustrator examines both Pedro Martinez's improbable rise to the top of his game and the power that comes from the deep bond between brothers.

Date Added: 09/13/2018

The Mysterious Ancient Maya

by L. L. Owens

Why don't we know more about this mysterious ancient culture?

Date Added: 09/12/2018


by Sharon Gordon

Canada is a large country. This book explores many aspects of Canada, from its geography to history, to its government and how people live there today. It is presented in an easy-to-read manner and includes photographs to help readers connect to the text.

Date Added: 09/11/2018


by Ruth Bjorklund

Mexico is a country with many unique traditions and people. This book describes what is like to live in Mexico, and gives insight into its history, beliefs, economy, environment, and geography. The book also includes photographs that correspond to the text to help readers better understand concepts.

Date Added: 09/11/2018

United States

by Sharon Gordon

The United States is a unique country. It has a rich history, and today it is one of the most influential countries in the world. This book discusses aspects of the United States, such as history, geography, government, traditions, sports, and favorite foods. It gives readers an understanding of the country and how it functions. It is written in a simple way to help readers understand.

Date Added: 09/11/2018


by Philip Steele and Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff and John Farndon

Travel back to the land where human history was first recorded—the land of kings, queens, gods, goddesses, nomads, and scribes. Be an eyewitness to the "land between the rivers," from the first Sumerian city-states to the mighty Babylonian empires. Featuring a pull-out wall chart and its own clip-art CD, Mesopotamia provides a detailed look at where the first cities, states, and empires rose. Richly detailed full-color images and photographs of ancient artifacts, architecture, and maps combine with a comprehensive overview of the Sumerian, Assyrian, and Babylonian civilizations. See incredible works of Mesopotamian art, meet the warriors and innovators living ahead of their time, learn how to read ancient inscriptions, and much, much more!

Date Added: 10/17/2018

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