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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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by Bobbie Kalman

Brilliant new photos highlight Mexico's deserts, plains, rainforests, and mountains in this newly revised edition. Mexico's agriculture, industries, overpopulation, and Mayan and Aztec roots are featured along with a new map and new information on free trade and immigration.

Date Added: 08/13/2018

Explore South America

by Bobbie Kalman and Molly Aloian

The world's largest tropical rain forest and the world's longest mountain range are both found on the continent of South America. This beautiful new book introduces children to the fascinating physical and social geography of South America including the continent's countries; major landforms and bodies of water; and people, plants, and animals in the rain forests, grasslands, and deserts.

Date Added: 08/13/2018


by Bobbie Kalman

The second-largest country on Earth, Canada possesses a tremendous variety of natural wonders. This new second revision to Canada the Land takes students on a fascinating tour of the country's rugged coasts, frozen northern regions, vast prairies, and majestic mountain ranges.

Date Added: 08/06/2018


by Malika Hollander

Text and photographs show how the people of Brazil celebrate holidays and festivals, using art, music, dance, and stories.

Date Added: 08/06/2018


by Susan Hughes and April Fast

Discusses the religion, festivals, music, art, architecture, language, and literature of Cuba, and includes a Cuban folk tale.

Date Added: 07/31/2018

Diego Rivera

by Susan Goldman Rubin

Diego Rivera offers young readers unique insight into the life and artwork of the famous Mexican painter and muralist. The book follows Rivera’s career, looking at his influences and tracing the evolution of his style.

His work often called attention to the culture and struggles of the Mexican working class. Believing that art should be for the people, he created public murals in both the United States and Mexico, examples of which are included.

The book contains a list of museums where you can see Rivera’s art, a historical note, a glossary, and a bibliography.

Date Added: 07/31/2018

Seven Blind Mice

by Ed Young

A Caldecott Honor Book. "It's a pillar," says Red Mouse. "It's a fan!" cries Orange Mouse. "No, it's a spear," says Yellow Mouse. But as the seven blind mice go out one by one to investigate the strange Something by the pond, each comes back with a different idea of what it is. Argue as they might, they cannot agree. Only when the last mouse ventures out and investigates do they finally learn for certain what the strange Something is, and what the whole truth is as well! Caldecott medalist Ed Young's paper-collage illustrations joyously capture the wit and humor of this tale based on the ancient fable of the Blind Men and the Elephant. The very youngest readers will delight in Young's brightly colored mice who will lead them to discoveries of color, the days of the week, and one of the truest paths to wisdom.

Date Added: 07/06/2018

National Geographic Reading Expeditions World Regions

by Carl Proujan

Take a look at the dramatically different environments in South America, the towering Andes, the grasslands, the Amazon rain forest, and the varied coastal areas. Examine how elevation and latitude affect the land and its vegetation and wildlife.

Date Added: 07/06/2018


by Aviva Chomsky

Explores what it means to be undocumented in a legal, social, economic and historical context In this illuminating work, immigrant rights activist Aviva Chomsky shows how "illegality" and "undocumentedness" are concepts that were created to exclude and exploit. With a focus on US policy, she probes how people, especially Mexican and Central Americans, have been assigned this status--and to what ends. Blending history with human drama, Chomsky explores what it means to be undocumented in a legal, social, economic, and historical context. The result is a powerful testament of the complex, contradictory, and ever-shifting nature of status in America.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Date Added: 07/06/2018

Separate Is Never Equal

by Duncan Tonatiuh

Almost 10 years before Brown vs. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez and her parents helped end school segregation in California.

An American citizen of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage who spoke and wrote perfect English, Mendez was denied enrollment to a "Whites only" school.

Her parents took action by organizing the Hispanic community and filing a lawsuit in federal district court.

Their success eventually brought an end to the era of segregated education in California.

2015 Jane Addams Younger Reader Award,

2015 Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book

2015 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book

Date Added: 07/06/2018

The Inuit Thought Of It

by David Macdonald and Alootook Ipellie

Today’s Arctic communities have all the comforts of modern living. Yet the Inuit survived in this harsh landscape for hundreds of years with nothing but the land and their own ingenuity. Join authors Alootook Ipellie and David MacDonald as they explore the amazing innovations of traditional Inuit and how their ideas continue to echo around the world. Some inventions are still familiar to us: the one-person watercraft known as a kayak still retains its Inuit name. Other innovations have been replaced by modern technology: slitted snow goggles protected Inuit eyes long before sunglasses arrived on the scene. Andother ideas were surprisingly inspired: using human-shaped stone stacks (Inunnguat) to trick and trap caribou. Many more Inuit innovations are explored here, including: * Dog sleds * Shelter * Clothing * Kids’ stuff * Food preservation * Medicine. In all, more than 40 Inuit items and ideas are showcased through dramatic photos and captivating language. From how these objects were made, to their impact on contemporary culture, The Inuit Thought of It is a remarkable catalogue of Inuit invention.

Date Added: 07/06/2018

Sugar Changed the World

by Marc Aronson and Marina Tamar Budhos

Chronicles the human pursuit of sugar to satisfy our collective sweet tooth. The book describes this history in terms of ages, beginning with the Age of Honey, built on local growth and consumption of comestibles; through the Age of Sugar and its slave-supported "factory" plantation method of production; and into a period of science and freedom, when enslaved workers claimed their human rights and production of sweeteners shifted from the field to the lab.

Date Added: 07/06/2018


by Jane Yolen

When Christopher Columbus landed on the island of San Salvador in 1492, what he discovered were the Taino Indians. Told from a young Taino boy's point of view, this is a story of how the boy tried to warn his people against welcoming the strangers, who seemed more interested in golden ornaments than friendship. Years later the boy, now an old man, looks back at the destruction of his people and their culture by the colonizers.

Date Added: 07/06/2018

...If You Lived in Colonial Times

by Ann Mcgovern

The author answers many intriguing questions that children are likely to ask. "What did colonial boys and girls wear?" "What happened if they didn't behave in school?" "What did they do on Sunday?" "Were there special laws about fun? "What happened to people who broke the laws?" This book provides a unique opportunity to enrich the young reader's understanding of American history. 52 entertaining questions and answers about what it was like to live in the New England colonies during the years 1650 - 1730.

Date Added: 07/06/2018

Voices of the Alamo

by Sherry Garland

From the 1500s to the present, different voices and perspectives of men and women--Indian, Mexican, Spanish, Texan, and American--recount the history of the Alamo and its region.

Date Added: 07/06/2018

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