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District List: BCPS Social Studies - Grade 5

Description: Baltimore City Public Schools Social Studies book list for students in 5th Grade. #bcps

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Colonial Times

by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis

These short nonfiction texts for American history include:
10 comprehension strategy lessons for close reading in content literacy.
Short nonfiction articles on a wide range of topics and at a variety of reading levels.
( 45 articles in Colonial Times and 52 articles in The American Revolution and Constitution )

A bank of historical images, primary source documents and artifacts, plus primary source documents and artifacts bibliographies, web sites, and ideas for online investigations.

A Digital Companion Resource provides all of the texts, primary source documents, and the image bank in a full-color digital format so you can display them for group analysis.

Date Added: 05/14/2019

Nystrom Atlas of Our Country's History

by Nystrom

This atlas tells the story of United States' history through maps, graphs, pictures, and words.

Date Added: 05/14/2019

A History of US:

by Joy Hakim

Recommended by the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy as an exemplary informational text.

All kinds of people are coming to America. If you're European, you come in search of freedom or riches. If you're African, you come in chains. And what about the Indians, what is happening to them? Soon with the influx of so many people, thirteen unique colonies are born, each with its own story. Meet Pocahontas and John Smith in Jamestown. Join William Penn and the Quakers in Pennsylvania. Sit with the judges at the Salem witch trials. Hike over the mountains with Daniel Boone. And let Ben Franklin give you some salty advice in his Poor Richard's Almanac in this remarkable journey through the dynamic creation of what one day becomes the United States.

Date Added: 05/14/2019

Life On A Plantation

by Bobbie Kalman

Bobbie Kalman's acclaimed Historic Communities Series provides a close-up view of how people lived more than two hundred years ago. Colorful photos, many taken by Bobbie Kalman herself at restored historic villages across the country, help support the fascinating information. Children will have fun learning about: -- early homes and the settler community -- what people wore and the crafts they made -- how settlers made their living -- how they spent their leisure time -- the values, customs, and traditions of the early settlers The era of the southern plantation was a time when many wealthy planters lived in grand style next door to their slaves who helped them achieve it. Life on a Plantation introduces children to the daily routine of a Plantation detailing: -- life in the Big House and in the slave quarters -- work in the cotton, rice, and tobacco fields -- customs and traditions of both black and white communities -- how the slaves helped support each other and pass along African American traditions

Lexile Measure: 920L

Date Added: 07/08/2019

The U.S. Constitution

by Michael Burgan and Terry Beatty and Gordon Purcell

Learn about the history of the U.S. Constitution, its primary functions, how it has changed over the years, and why it is still important today.

Even before the first glorious ring of the Liberty Bell, America was a land of freedom and promise. The Cornerstones of Freedom series explores what inspires people from all over the world to start life anew here, endure the economic and social upheavals, and defend the land and rights that are unique to the United States of America.

Date Added: 07/08/2019

Early Congresses

by Wendy Conklin

This nonfiction book invites readers to learn about the very first United States Congress and government. Readers will learn about colonists' frustrations with the British and what caused them to create the First and Second Continental Congress, Committees of Correspondence, and the Declaration of Independence. With plenty of colorful images, easy-to-read text, and engaging sidebars, readers will be fascinated from cover to cover as they are introduced to the three branches of U.S. government--executive, legislative, and judicial. A glossary and table of contents are provided for assistance for better understanding the content.

Date Added: 07/09/2019

A Primary Source History of the Colony of Maryland

by Liz Sonneborn

Take a step back and discover the 13 colonies of Colonial America. From European exploration through the American Revolution, witness the unique history and character of each colony. Trace the role of each colony in the American Revolution and that colony's impact on the formation of our Constitution.

Maryland: This exciting book recounts the history of the colony from its founding to the challenges of the colony's early years, the religious and political upheavals, death, disease, and hard labor endured by the colonists, through the wealthy years of the Maryland tobacco plantations, discontent with England, and finally to Maryland's vote for independence in 1776.

Date Added: 09/17/2019

The Declaration Of Independence In Translation

by Amie Leavitt

What are unalienable rights? Who are the 13 original colonies? What makes the Declaration of Independence so important? Find out in simple language what this historical document rally means to you and America.

Date Added: 09/17/2019

The Black Regiment Of The American Revolution

by Linda Brennan and Cheryl Noll

The heroism of America's first Black Regiment during the Revolutionary War is well documented by author Linda Crotta Brennan. Artist Cheryl Kirk Noll complements Brennan's text with large, colorful, detailed illustrations.

Date Added: 09/17/2019

Mr. Madison's War

by Kassandra Radomski

The United States won its independence from Great Britain in 1783, but that didn't mean the conflicts were over. By 1812, tensions between the two countries had reached the boiling point. Why would the United States again want to wage war on a rich and powerful country? And how would it change the young nation?

Date Added: 09/18/2019

The Revolutionary War Home Front

by Diane Smolinski

When men left their homes to fight in the Revolutionary War, they left behind wives, children, families, and friends. Read this book to discover how colonial men, women, and children left behind struggled to survive.

Date Added: 08/22/2019

A Slave Family

by Bobbie Kalman

The many struggles slaves faced during the colonial period are explained in this look into the personal relationships and daily activities that were part of the slaves' family life. Using full-color photos and illustrations and engaging text, this title celebrates the slaves' family ties while introducing readers to the system of slavery, roles of family members, and much more.

Date Added: 07/12/2019

The Biggest (and Best) Flag That Ever Flew

by Rebecca Jones

Young Caroline Pickersgill lives with her mother and grandmother in Baltimore, Maryland. Mrs. Pickersgill, a widow, supports herself and her daughter by making flags for the ships that sail into the city. Some soldiers from Fort McHenry come to her to order the biggest and best flag in the world, and Caroline helps make it. When the British sail up the Chesapeake Bay to destroy Baltimore during the War of 1812, the defenders at the fort beat them back. After the British sail away the next day, the flag gallantly streaming over the fort is the one Caroline and her mother had sewn. “By the dawn’s early light,” Francis Scott Key saw it waving “o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.” Here is a charming (and true) children’s story about a little person who, in helping her widowed mother, became a part of our nation’s history. Early reader–ages 5-8.

Lexile Measure: 710

Date Added: 09/23/2019

Key People Of The Revolutionary War

by Patrick Catel and Megan Cotugno

This book looks at key people of the Revolutionary War: George Washington, King George III, Benedict Arnold, and more.

Date Added: 07/15/2019

The United States Constitution

by Therese Shea

Describes the events surrounding the drafting and ratification of the U.S. Constitution, and looks at how it provides structure for the nation's government.

Date Added: 07/15/2019

Understanding The US Constitution

by Sally Isaacs and Baron Bedeksy

The United States Constitution is arguably the most important document in America. Full color photos and thrilling text makes learning about the different branches of government and the document that forged them fun for young readers.

Date Added: 07/15/2019

How Did Tea And Taxes Spark A Revolution?

by Linda Gondosch

On a cold evening in December 1773, a group of men climbed aboard three ships docked in Boston Harbor. Armed with hatchets, the men began breaking into the ships’ valuable cargo―342 crates of tea. They dumped the tea into the black water of the harbor and then marched back home through the city streets. This “Boston Tea Party” was a bold act of protest by American colonists against British rule. It pushed the colonies and Great Britain a step closer to war. But who were these protestors? Why would they risk angering the powerful British government? And how did the British respond? Discover the facts about the Boston Tea Party and the colonists’ struggle for independent rule.

Date Added: 07/15/2019

The Maryland Adventure

by Suzanne Ellery Chapelle

NIMAC-sourced textbook

Date Added: 05/10/2019

Chronicle of America

by Joy Masoff

The text re-creates early American settlements by describing in words and pictures various aspects of the colonists' lives; including work, food, clothing, shelter, religion, and relationships with Native Americans.

Date Added: 05/10/2019

Abigail Adams

by Natalie S. Bober

Abigail Adams was an extraordinary woman who witnessed the gathering storm of the American Revolution and saw the battle of Bunker Hill from a hilltop near her home. Through her letters to friends and family, Abigail Adams lives in history--and now in this award-winning biography by Natalie Bober. Black & white illustrations .

Date Added: 05/10/2019

Crispus Attucks

by Anne Beier

This book introduces the life of Crispus Attucks, a former slave who died in the Boston Massacre, a fight between the British and American colonists that occurred before the American Revolution.

Date Added: 05/10/2019

George vs. George

by Rosalyn Schanzer

There are two sides to every story. Rosalyn Schanzer's engaging and wonderfully illustrated book brings to life both sides of the American Revolution. The narrative introduces anew the two enemies, both named George: George Washington, the man who freed the American colonies from the British, and George III, the British king who lost them. Two leaders on different sides of the Atlantic, yet with more in common than we sometimes acknowledge. We are lead through their story, and the story of their times, and see both sides of the arguments that divided the colonies from the Kingdom. Was King George a "Royal Brute" as American patriots claimed? Or was he, as others believed, "the father of the people?" Was George Washington a scurrilous traitor, as all the king's supporters claimed? Or should we remember and celebrate him as "the father of his country?" Who was right? History teaches us that there are two sides to every story. Rosalyn Schanzer's book is an accessible account of one the most vital periods in American history. It is also a timeless lesson in seeing history from different points of view. The author spent two years researching books, paintings, cartoons, and descriptions of Revolutionary times. She uses art, text, and first-hand accounts to illustrate how history should never be reduced to simplistic conflicts between the "good guys" and the "bad guys. " Her illustrations, and her engaging quote bubbles, bring the Revolution to life again, and allow the characters of the period to speak for themselves. Through its lively text, detailed illustrations, and fully authenticated quotes, George vs. George shines fresh light on both sides of the story of our country's formative years.

Date Added: 05/10/2019

The U. S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and a New Nation

by Steven Anthony Otfinoski

On October 19, 1781, British forces laid down their arms in Yorktown, Virginia. Despite the British surrender, the American struggle to form a new nation was far from finished. War debt, rebellions, slavery, and a weak central government warned of dire times ahead. Read more about what happened when the fighting ended and the real work began.

Date Added: 05/10/2019

A Timeline Of The War Of 1812

by Sandra Giddens and Owen Giddens

As a young nation, America faced many challenges, including dealing with trade with its former ruler, Great Britain. This book describes the conflict between Great Britain and the United States between the years 1812 and 1815, known as the War of 1812. The timeline shows the relationships among events and brings to life the chronology of war. The intricacies of governing a country will be shown to students by the turbulent beginnings of the American nation.

Date Added: 07/05/2019

The United States Constitution

by Liz Sonneborn

Learn about the United States Constitution, one of the most significant documents in U.S. history. Find out about those who were involved in its creation and why studying this primary source is so important.

Date Added: 08/23/2019

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