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Parent Connections for Social Studies - 5th Grade Semester 2: An Anxious Nation

Shawna explains why America faced challenges after World War II.

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Events such as the Cold War, Communism, military conflicts and the War on Terror will be explored in An Anxious Nation: Creating a More Perfect Union. This unit allows students the opportunity to study the changes that took place in our country as the nation strove to overcome political, social, and economic challenges. Students will discover the role of individuals such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Cesar Chavez, Ronald Reagan, and Colin Powell who have made contributions to society in the areas of civil rights, women’s rights, military actions, and politics.

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All Fifth Graders will investigate analyze various issues and events of the 20th century such as the civil rights movement, the War on Terror and the 2008 presidential election. From the Civil Rights Movement, our investigations will help students describe various amendments to the U.S. Constitution such as those that extended voting rights of U.S. citizens.

They will also have the opportunity to examine the accomplishments of individuals and groups such as Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Cesar Chavez, Ronald Reagan, and Colin Powell, who have made contributions to society in the areas of civil rights, women's rights, military actions, and politics.

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All Fifth Graders will explore the role of Congress on the changes in the Untied States during this time including being able to identify past and present leaders in the national government, including the president and various members of Congress, and their political parties as well as identify and compare leadership qualities of national leaders, past and present.

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Finally, students will identify how scientific discoveries, technological innovations, and the rapid growth of technology industries have advanced the economic development of the United States, including the space program

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