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Welcome to Ms.Kirkland's 5th Grade Class

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Welcome to the 5th grade! I am so excited to welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year! I am looking forward to a great partnership between you and I to ensure a successful school year for your child! Together we will work to help your child flourish in the 5th grade and beyond! As your child’s teacher, I will do my very best to make sure the classroom is a place for your child to learn and grow.
Please make sure your child has all the supplies necessary for class to insure instructional time is used effectively. Your child must bring their agendas to class everyday as this is a primary form of communication from me to you.
I am excited to watch your child grow and flourish throughout this year! If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact me. Please email me your contact information as well as your phone number and email address. I look forward to having a successful school year with you and your child!
Ms. Kirkland  
My name is Ms. Jayce Kirkland. I was born in Augusta. GA and I have lived in Augusta all of my life. I am a graduate of Evans High School class of 2016 and I am currently in college at Augusta University. This is my first year as a teacher and I am excited to start this journey! I want to thank parents/guardians for the opportunity to be your child's teacher.

Georgia Standards of Excellence 5th Grade Social Studies

Fifth Grade
United States History
Year 3: Industrialization to the Digital Age
In fifth grade, students are in the final year of a three year study of United States history in which
all four strands (history, geography, civics/government, and economics) are integrated. 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.
a. Describe the role of the cattle trails in the late 19th century; include the Black Cowboys of
Texas, the Great Western Cattle Trail, and the Chisholm Trail.
b. Describe the impact on American life of the Wright brothers (flight), George Washington
Carver (science), Alexander Graham Bell (communication), and Thomas Edison
c. Explain how William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt expanded America’s role in the
world; include the Spanish-American War and the building of the Panama Canal.
d. Describe the reasons people immigrated to the United States, from where they emigrated,
and where they settled.
SS5H2 Describe U.S. involvement in World War I and post-World War I America.
a. Explain how German attacks on U.S. shipping during the war in Europe (1914-1917)
ultimately led the U.S. to join the fight against Germany; include the sinking of the
Lusitania and concerns over safety of U.S. ships, U.S. contributions to the war, and the
impact of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.
b. Describe the cultural developments and individual contributions in the 1920s of the Jazz
Age (Louis Armstrong), the Harlem Renaissance (Langston Hughes), baseball (Babe Ruth),
the automobile (Henry Ford), and transatlantic flight (Charles Lindbergh).
SS5H3 Explain how the Great Depression and New Deal affected the lives of millions of
a. Discuss the Stock Market Crash of 1929, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, the Dust
Bowl, and soup kitchens.
b. Analyze the main features of the New Deal; include the significance of the Civilian
Conservation Corps, Works Progress Administration, and the Tennessee Valley Authority.
c. Discuss important cultural elements of the 1930s; include Duke Ellington, Margaret
Mitchell, and Jesse Owens.
SS5H4 Explain America’s involvement in World War II.
a. Describe German aggression in Europe and Japanese aggression in Asia.
b. Describe major events in the war in both Europe and the Pacific; include Pearl Harbor, Iwo
Jima, D-Day, VE and VJ Days, and the Holocaust.
c. Discuss President Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and
d. Identify Roosevelt, Stalin, Churchill, Hirohito, Truman, Mussolini, and Hitler.
e. Describe the effects of rationing and the changing role of women and African Americans or
Blacks; include “Rosie the Riveter” and the Tuskegee Airmen.
f. Explain the role of Eleanor Roosevelt and the U.S. in the formation of the United Nations.
SS5H5 Discuss the origins and consequences of the Cold War.
a. Explain the origin and meaning of the term “Iron Curtain.”
b. Explain how the United States sought to stop the spread of communism through the Berlin
airlift, the Korean War, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
c. Identify Joseph McCarthy and Nikita Khrushchev.
d. Discuss the importance of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War.
SS5H6 Describe the importance of key people, events, and developments between 1950-
a. Analyze the effects of Jim Crow laws and practices.
b. Explain the key events and people of the Civil Rights movement: Brown v. Board of
Education (1954), Montgomery Bus Boycott, the March on Washington, Civil Rights Act,
Voting Rights Act, and civil rights activities of Thurgood Marshall, Lyndon B. Johnson,
Cesar Chavez, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
c. Describe the impact on American society of the assassinations of President John F.
Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
d. Discuss the significance of the technologies of television and space exploration.
SS5H7 Trace important developments in America from 1975 to 2001.
a. Describe the collapse of the Soviet Union, including the role of Ronald Reagan.
b. Describe the events of September 11, 2001, and analyze their impact on American life.
c. Explain the impact of the personal computer and the Internet on American life.
Geographic Understandings
SS5G1 Locate important places in the United States.
a. Locate important man-made places; include the Chisholm Trail; Pittsburgh, PA; Kitty
Hawk, NC; Pearl Harbor, HI; Montgomery, AL.; and Chicago, IL.
SS5G2 Explain the reasons for the spatial patterns of economic activities.
a. Locate primary agricultural and industrial locations between the end of the Civil War and
1900 and explain how factors such as population, transportation, and resources have
influenced these areas (e.g., Pittsburgh’s rapid growth in the late nineteenth century).
b. Locate primary agricultural and industrial locations since the turn of the 20th century and
explain how factors such as population, transportation, and resources have influenced these
areas (e.g., Chicago’s rapid growth at the turn of the century).
Government/Civic Understandings
SS5CG1 Explain how a citizen’s rights are protected under the U.S. Constitution.
a. Explain the responsibilities of a citizen.
b. Explain the concept of due process of law and describe how the U.S. Constitution protects
a citizen’s rights by due process.
SS5CG2 Explain the process by which amendments to the U.S. Constitution are made.
a. Explain the amendment process outlined in the Constitution.
b. Describe the purpose for the amendment process.
SS5CG3 Explain how amendments to the U. S. Constitution have maintained a
representative democracy/republic.
a. Explain how voting rights are protected by the 15th, 19th, 23rd, 24th, and 26th
Economic Understandings
SS5E1 Use the basic economic concepts of trade, opportunity cost, specialization,
productivity, and price incentives to illustrate historical events.
a. Describe opportunity costs and their relationship to decision-making across time (e.g.,
decisions by individuals in response to rationing during WWII).
b. Explain how price incentives affect people’s behavior and choices (e.g., decisions to
participate in cattle trails because of increased beef prices).
c. Describe how specialization can improve standards of living and productivity (e.g., how
Henry Ford’s use of the assembly line reduced the price of automobiles).
d. Describe how trade and voluntary exchange promotes economic activity (e.g., how the
Panama Canal increases trade among countries).
SS5E2 Describe the functions of four major sectors in the U. S. economy.
a. Describe the household function in providing resources and consuming goods and services.
b. Describe the private business function in producing goods and services.
c. Describe the bank function in providing checking accounts, savings accounts, and loans.
d. Describe the government function in taxation and providing certain public goods and
public services.
SS5E3 Describe how consumers and producers interact in the U. S. economy.
a. Describe how competition, markets, and prices influence consumer behavior.
b. Describe how people earn income by selling their labor to businesses.
c. Describe how entrepreneurs take risks to develop new goods and services to start a
SS5E4 Identify the elements of a personal budget (income, expenditures, and saving) and
explain why personal spending and saving decisions are important.

Georgia Standards of Excellence 5th Grade Science

Earth and Space Science
S5E1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to identify surface features on the
Earth caused by constructive and/or destructive processes.
a. Construct an argument supported by scientific evidence to identify surface features
(examples could include deltas, sand dunes, mountains, volcanoes) as being caused by
constructive and/or destructive processes (examples could include deposition, weathering,
erosion, and impact of organisms).
b. Develop simple interactive models to collect data that illustrate how changes in surface
features are/were caused by constructive and/or destructive processes.
c. Ask questions to obtain information on how technology is used to limit and/or predict the
impact of constructive and destructive processes.
(Clarification statement: Examples could include seismological studies, flood forecasting
(GIS maps), engineering/construction methods and materials, and infrared/satellite imagery.)
Physical Science
S5P1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to explain the differences between a
physical change and a chemical change.
a. Plan and carry out investigations of physical changes by manipulating, separating and mixing
dry and liquid materials.
b. Construct an argument based on observations to support a claim that the physical changes in
the state of water are due to temperature changes, which cause small particles that cannot be
seen to move differently.
c. Plan and carry out an investigation to determine if a chemical change occurred based on
observable evidence (color, gas, temperature change, odor, new substance produced).
S5P2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to investigate electricity.
a. Obtain and combine information from multiple sources to explain the difference between
naturally occurring electricity (static) and human-harnessed electricity.
b. Design a complete, simple electric circuit, and explain all necessary components.
c. Plan and carry out investigations on common materials to determine if they are insulators or
conductors of electricity.
S5P3. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about magnetism and its
relationship to electricity.
a. Construct an argument based on experimental evidence to communicate the differences in
function and purpose of an electromagnet and a magnet.
(Clarification statement: Function is limited to understanding temporary and permanent
b. Plan and carry out an investigation to observe the interaction between a magnetic field and a
magnetic object.
(Clarification statement: The interaction should include placing materials of various types
(wood, paper, glass, metal, and rocks) and thickness between the magnet and the magnetic
Life Science
S5L1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to group organisms using scientific
classification procedures.
a. Develop a model that illustrates how animals are sorted into groups (vertebrate and
invertebrate) and how vertebrates are sorted into groups (fish, amphibian, reptile, bird, and
mammal) using data from multiple sources.
b. Develop a model that illustrates how plants are sorted into groups (seed producers, non-seed
producers) using data from multiple sources.
S5L2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information showing that some characteristics of
organisms are inherited and other characteristics are acquired.
a. Ask questions to compare and contrast instincts and learned behaviors.
b. Ask questions to compare and contrast inherited and acquired physical traits.
(Clarification statement: Punnett squares and genetics are taught in future grades.)
S5L3. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to compare and contrast the parts
of plant and animal cells.
a. Gather evidence by utilizing technology tools to support a claim that plants and animals are
comprised of cells too small to be seen without magnification.
b. Develop a model to identify and label parts of a plant cell (membrane, wall, cytoplasm,
nucleus, chloroplasts) and of an animal cell (membrane, cytoplasm, and nucleus).
c. Construct an explanation that differentiates between the structure of plant and animal cells.
S5L4. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about how microorganisms benefit
or harm larger organisms.
(Clarification statement: Possible microorganisms could include Tardigrades, Lactobacillus,
Probiotics, Rotifers, Salmonella, Clostridium botulinum (Botox), E-coli, Algae, etc. Students are
not expected to know these specific microorganisms. The list is provided to give teachers
a. Construct an argument using scientific evidence to support a claim that some microorganisms
are beneficial.
b. Construct an argument using scientific evidence to support a claim that some microorganisms
are harmful.