Grade 5 – Early United States History

USAIn Grade 5, students engage in the study of events early in United States history from indigenous peoples here prior to colonization through the American Revolution. An emphasis is placed on analyzing and evaluating a variety of documents, sources, and perspectives. The study of early American history requires that students generate and research compelling questions such as:

  • How do Americans define freedom and equality and how have American conceptions of freedom and equality changed over the course of U.S. history for members of various racial, ethnic, religious, and gender minority groups?
  • Is America a land of political, economic, and social opportunity?
  • What was the significance of Connecticut’s contribution to America’s story?
  • Is the United states a “just” society and how has the concept of justice evolved over time?
  • Is there an American national identity; what does it mean to be an American?
  • What should be the current role of the United States in world affairs?

Grade 5 – Charter Oak: A Symbol of Independence

How would you protect your freedoms?


Grade 5 – George Washington’s Slave Census

What did the Founding Fathers really think about slavery?


Grade 5 – New London’s Role in American Independence

What was Connecticut’s role in the American Revolution?


Grade 5 – Caleb Brewster & The Culper Ring

In what ways did “ordinary” Americans contribute to the Revolution?


Grade 5 – The Pequot War

How does colonization affect indigenous people?

Last Words of Captain Nathan Hale

Grade 5 – Nathan Hale: A Connecticut Hero

What makes a hero?

Detail of a recruitment poster for George Washington’s Continental Army

Grade 5 – To Join, or Not to Join, George Washington’s Army

Why do people enlist in the military?


Grade 5 – Mapping the New World: Dutch Maps of the Colonies

How did the physical geography of New England affect how the colonies developed?


Grade 5 – The Fundamental Orders: Rules and Laws for Early Colonial Connecticut

What is the best way to organize a government? How did laws and rules in the colonies both promote and hinder freedom and equality? Why did the people of Connecticut create the Fundamental Orders? Why were the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut important and what do they tell us about colonial Connecticut? Who was allowed to […]