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Weekly Curriculum Map / Standards Correlation

Scope & Sequence/Standards Coverage


Week 1: All About Maps

Students will learn about maps and how to use map features (e.g., symbols, key, scale, compass rose). Students will also learn about tropical rainforest ecosystems. 1, 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 2

Week 2: The Amazing World of Maps

Students will learn about different kinds of maps (e.g., flat, globe, thematic) and how to use a map grid. They will discuss longitude, latitude and hemispheres. 1, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2

Week 3: Physical and Political Maps

Students will learn the difference between a physical and political map. They will also learn about each of the seven continents. Students will also learn about desert ecosystems. 1.4, 2, 2.2, 4.1

Week 4: What is Time?

Students will learn about time and chronological order through a historical time line. They will discuss the importance of primary sources as research tools. They will also learn about mountains and how they change over time. 11

Week 5: Earth's Population

Students will learn why natural disasters and other factors cause populations to change. They will discuss a variety of ancient civilizations and how they lived. Students will learn about rivers and their impact on populations. 3, 4, 7, 13

Week 6: Rights and Responsibilities

Students will learn about citizenship in Greece and Rome. They will discuss their own rights and responsibilities in the US. They will also learn about everyone’s responsibility to take care of our planet. 7.2, 10, 10.3

Week 7: Benefits of Government

Students will learn about the importance of rules, laws and government. They will discuss various forms of government, (e.g., monarchy, city-states, republic). Students will also learn about urban ecosystems and how taxes support services people in urban areas need. 10.3, 12


Week 8: The Americas

Students will learn about their continent of North America and its history. They will discuss ancient cultures such as the Olmec, Maya and Aztec, as well as more recent American Indian cultures. 4, 4.1, 13

Week 9: The Eastern Hemisphere

Students will learn about the continents in the Eastern hemisphere and the ancient civilizations that lived there (e.g., Sumerians, Egyptians, Aboriginals). They will also learn how archeology and anthropology allow us to learn about life in ancient times. 4, 4.1, 7.2, 13, 13.1

Week 10: Achievements of Ancient Civilizations

Students will learn about a variety of accomplishments of ancient civilizations, (e.g., Greeks, Mayans, Egyptians, Chinese, Arabic). They will locate each of the civilizations on a map. 4, 4.1, 7.2, 13.1

Week 11: Communication in Ancient Times

Students will learn how communication has taken place and changed throughout history. They will use a time line to see how communication has changed over time. 7.2

Week 12: How Did They Get From Here to There?

Students will learn about ancient transportation and how people moved from one place to another. They will learn about ocean ecosystems and how oceans have influenced the migration of people throughout history. 4, 4.1, 7.2


Week 13: Institutions - Then and Now

Students will learn how institutions such as guilds, universities and churches impacted their communities. They will discuss how some of the same institutions impact their communities today 7.2

Week 14: Economic Interdependence

Students will learn about the interdependence of their community and other communities both in the U.S. and around the world. They will also learn about basic economic concepts (e.g., wants, needs, scarcity, imports, exports). 5, 5.1, 5.2

Week 15: Forms of Government

Students will learn about different forms of government such as democracy, absolutism, communism and totalitarianism. Students will also learn about services paid for by the collection of taxes in a democracy. 6.1, 10.3

Week 16: The Age of Discovery

Students will learn about European explorers who made significant discoveries throughout the world. Students will discuss some of the consequences of these explorations. 2, 4.1, 7.2

Week 17: Conflict and Change

Students will learn about conflict in various areas of our community such as boundary disputes, cultural differences, etc. Students will learn how people work together to resolve conflicts. 6.2, 6, 11, 13, 13.1


Week 18: Research Issue

Students will be given the opportunity to do research on their own state in many areas (e.g., imports and exports, landforms, landmarks, natural resources and state history). They will use research and writing skills to create newspaper articles about their state. 5.2, 8, 8.1, 12

Week 19: Economics and You

Students will learn about making personal economic choices and creating budgets. They will discuss the difference between durable and non-durable goods. They will also learn about job specialization and trade. 5.1

Week 20: Humans and Their Environment

Students will learn how the natural environment and the human impact on the environment affects individuals and populations. Students will also discuss the concept that change is inevitable and universal. 3, 7.2

Week 21: Culture and Diversity, A Look At Africa

Students will look at the continent of Africa to learn about components of a culture and the diversity among African cultures. They will chart facts about various civilizations. 4, 4.1

Week 22: People and Natural Disasters

Students will learn how people and communities are impacted by natural disasters. They will discuss ways to prepare for natural disasters and how Earth’s processes can cause these events. 6.1, 9

Week 23: Resources and How They Are Used

Students will learn about resources and how they were used in ancient civilizations. They will also discuss the kinds of resources used today and learn about the choices people must make as they use these resources. 4, 5.1, 7, 11, 13

Week 24: Why Do People Migrate?

Students will learn about reasons people move and discuss the pros and cons of moving to a new country. Students will explore factors that have contributed to migration in the Western Hemisphere. 4.1, 4

Common Core

K-5 Required to Read 50% Informational Text
Meet or exceed the 50% Informational Text requirement in your state with Studies Weekly. Teach CCSS-aligned Social Studies and Science content during your literacy block!
Staircase of Complexity
Lexile levels gradually increase over the course of each grade level. We provide researched-based lesson plans with scaffolding/differentiated instruction so that all students succeed.
Text-Based Answers
Students are required to write about what they read, perform additional research, cite sources and consider other points of view. Assessment questions require students to recall, examine and analyze the text they have read.
Writing from Sources
Students will develop research and media skills using primary and secondary sources. We provide 2.0 digital tool suggestions for creating online products like videos, avatars, posters and slide shows.
Academic Vocabulary
With domain-specific vocabulary for each lesson, our lesson plans help you teach students how to determine the meaning of unknown words within a text (CCSS for ELA RI.4).
Computer-Based, Machine-Scored Assessment for Grades 3-5
Online assessment is provided at studiesweekly.com/online. With instant analysis, including pie charts for every question, you.ll identify where re-teaching or additional test-taking strategies are needed.

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