• Dorothy Hains Elementary School

    1820 Windsor Spring Road

    Augusta, Ga 30906

    Volante Henderson 5th Grade Social Studies Syllabus


    Fifth Grade Course Description 2020-2021


    Social Studies Teacher: Volante Henderson 

    Planning Time

    Course Description Social Studies:

    Students begin the year learning about the growth of 19th century industry and innovation in the United States and culminate the study with the events and impact of September 11, 2001. The geography strand emphasizes the influence of geography on U.S. history during these same time periods. In the civics/government strand, students learn about the rights of citizens contained within the Constitution, and how changes have been made over time to the Constitution to protect the rights of citizens. In the economic strand, students explore the ways consumers and producers have interacted in the American economy.


    Historical Understandings

    SS5H1-- Describe how life changed in America at the turn of the century.

    SS5H2-- Describe U.S. involvement in World War I and post-World War I America.

    SS5H3-- Explain how the Great Depression and New Deal affected the lives of millions of Americans.

    SS5H4-- Explain America’s involvement in World War II.

    SS5H5-- Discuss the origins and consequences of the Cold War.

    SS5H6-- Describe the importance of key people, events, and developments between 1950-1975.

    SS5H7 --Trace important developments in America from 1975 to 2001.

    Geographic Understandings

    SS5G1-- Locate important places in the United States.

    SS5G2-- Explain the reasons for the spatial patterns of economic activities.


    Government/Civic Understandings

    SS5CG1-- Explain how a citizen’s rights are protected under the U.S. Constitution.

    SS5CG2 --Explain the process by which amendments to the U.S. Constitution are made.

    SS5CG3-- Explain how amendments to the U. S. Constitution have maintained a representative democracy/republic.



    Instructional Philosophy: I follow the belief that every child has a right to a high-quality education so that he or she can be competitive in today's society. Parents I have an open-door policy so feel welcome to come and help with your child's education. 

    Major Course Project & Instructional Activities: Students will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the Social Studies standards. Finally, students will gain the knowledge needed to score proficient or higher on the Georgia Milestones Test for 5th Grade.

    Course Assessment Plan: Rubric will be utilized during the school year to grade students’ project as well as course work. Students will be given copies of the rubric in order to adjust their work before it is turned in.  Students will be given tests week or biweekly to measure understanding as well as to monitor growth. Tests will be scheduled on Fridays. Test dates are subject to change.

    Grades will be assigned as follows:   

    Tests - 30%

    Projects – 20%

    Quizzes – 20%

    Journal – 20%

    Homework – 10%

    The Richmond County Grading Scale is as follows:

    A – 100 - 90

    B – 80 – 89

    C – 75 – 79

    D – 70 – 74

    F – Below 70

    Classroom Expectations: Students are expected to come to class prepared daily with paper, pencils, textbooks, binders, and homework assignments. Students are expected to come in class on time, in an orderly manner, prepared to begin their daily assignments.

    Homework Policy and Grading Scale: Homework is due the day after it is assigned. Due dates are subject to change and students will be notified of the changes.  Any student who misses an assignment due to illness or an absence will be responsible for turning in the assignment upon return to school.

    Supplies and Materials Needed:  Please see handout from registration.

    ***** Additional materials maybe needed throughout the school year.

    I look forward to working with you to have a wonderful school year!!!