The Effect of Human Social Groups On Early Settlement and Colonization of the United States of America

Janet Bevis, Science, Bain Elementary School

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The fifth grade Social Studies curriculum includes of the study of American Indian cultural regions within the United States and how the groups populating these regions used resources, formed communities, and interacted with other American Indian groups and European settlers. The North Carolina 5th grade curriculum also includes European exploration and a brief study of events in Europe leading to the Age of Exploration, colonization of North America, and events leading to the Revolutionary War. I will facilitate the students’ analysis of how social groups influenced American Indian culture and influenced exploration and colonization. These influences on colonization will include power struggles in Europe, search for economic opportunity, geographic location, forms of government, and the desire for religious freedom. We will tie in how these factors contributed to the events leading to the Revolutionary War.