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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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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

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

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

The Inuit

by Kevin Cunningham and Peter Benoit

If you're a history buff and want to find out what America was like before European explorers arrived, read this enthralling series on American Indians.

Filled with true tales of traditions and history, tragedy and triumph, each book focuses on a distinct group of American Indians and explores what their life was like before, during, and after Europeans arrived on the continent.

Complete with images and explanations of how different peoples made their homes, food, and clothes, as well as led their groups, played games, and schooled their young, the books take the reader through to modern times, exploring current culture and identity.

Date Added: 08/20/2018


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

Places In Time

by Elspeth Leacock and Susan Washburn Buckley and Randy Jones

A tiny whaling village along the Pacific in 1490, New Plymouth as the Pilgrims settled in, Fort Mose as it welcomed African Americans escaping from slavery, Gettysburg on the day that decided the Civil War . . .

Places in Time offers a bird’s-eye view of twenty sites where American history was made. Each page opens an unforgettable window to the past, where you can find out just what it was like to live in one place on one day in our nation’s history.

Date Added: 08/28/2018


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

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


by Percy Rowe and Patience Coster

Great Cities of the World takes you on a trip around the globe to discover the world's largest, most important and prominent cities. Each title explores the history, landmarks, culture, and economy of a city and introduces readers to the people who live there. In addition to informative text illustrated with up-to-date, full-color photography, Great Cities of the World titles feature time lines, statistics, excerpts from primary sources, and sources of further information.

Date Added: 08/27/2018

Jacques Cartier

by Jeff Donaldson-Forbes

Born in a small fishing town in France, Jacques Cartier became an expert navigator and was chosen by King Francis I to lead an expedition in search of the elusive Northwest Passage. In this beautifully illustrated book, students will follow Cartier as he travels to Newfoundland, New Brunswick, and down the St. Lawrence River to the Iroquois village of Stadacona, which is now known as Quebec.

Date Added: 08/15/2018


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

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


by Gary S. Elbow and Beth Gruber and Jorge Zamora

Join National Geographic's quest to find the heart and soul of Mexico. Journey through a land of incredible biodiversity, from the Rio Grande to the Sierra Madre. Visit Mexico City, the vast metropolis built on an ancient lake bed. Study the country's history of earthquakes and volcanoes and its current struggles to protect animal habitats.

Explore Mexico's history as the center of the Olmec, Maya, and Aztec civilizations in Beth Gruber's lively text. Learn how the country’s borders once extended north to Southern Wyoming, west to California, and east to Louisiana. Witness the cultural and political aftereffects of Spanish Catholicism and discover how the hacienda system of agriculture led to revolution. The author also explains the importance of family and traditions in Mexican culture and the country's rich artistic heritage.

Finally, readers will come to understand the disappointments of the Revolution, the limits of the single-party system, social inequalities, the economy, emigration to the United States, and the effects of the tourist boom on the environment.

Date Added: 08/15/2018


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

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

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

South America

by Karen Bush Gibson

Describes the continent of South America, including its climate, landforms, plants, animals, countries, and people.

Date Added: 08/15/2018

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


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

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

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

Mexico In Pictures

by Janice Hamilton

The new, completely revised and redesigned 2nd edition of the highly acclaimed Visual Geography Series reveals the history and government, economy, people, geography, and cultural life of countries from around the world. With comprehensive text, beautiful, crisp photography, intriguing sidebars, and up-to-date resources including downloadable photos and maps at www.vgsbooks.com, these colorful editions take a look at how key events helped to shape various nations. Perfect for reports, finding fast facts, and geography buffs, the Visual Geography Series takes readers on a fascinating trip around the world (passport not included). Supports the national curriculum standards Culture; Time, Continuity, and Change; People, Places, and Environments; Individual Development and Identity; Individuals, Groups, and Institutions; Power, Authority, and Governance; Production, Distribution, and Consumption; Science Technology and Society; and Global Connections as outlined by the National Council for the Social Studies.

Date Added: 09/04/2018


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

Sir Francis Drake

by Lynn Hoogenboom

Details the life and exploits of Sir Francis Drake, an early English slave-trader and pirate who successfully sailed around the world.

Date Added: 08/31/2018

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