Standard 1: The World in Spatial Terms

General Information
Number: SS.5.G.1
Title: The World in Spatial Terms
Type: Standard
Subject: Social Studies
Grade: 5
Strand: Geography

Related Benchmarks

This cluster includes the following benchmarks.

Related Access Points

This cluster includes the following access points.

Access Points

SS.5.G.1.AP.1
Recognize current and historical information using selected geographic tools.
SS.5.G.1.AP.2
Use a coordinate grid on a map to locate places.
SS.5.G.1.AP.3
Recognize major physical features on a map of the United States.
SS.5.G.1.AP.4
Complete a map, chart, or graph to display geographic information.
SS.5.G.1.AP.5
Identify an original colony on a map of the United States.
SS.5.G.1.AP.6
Identify selected states and their capitals on a map.

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Lesson Plans

Learning About U.S. States & Capitals: Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska:

In this lesson, students will learn the locations of four different states – Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska – as well as the capital cities of each state.  Students will conduct research to learn more about these four states and will record their information in a packet.  The teacher will also review the concept of federalism to reinforce why each state has its own government and capital.  To close the lesson, students will create a travel brochure for one of the states. 

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Learning About U.S. States & Capitals: Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico:

In this lesson, students will learn the locations of five different states – Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico – as well as the capital cities of each state.  Students will conduct research to learn more about these five states and will record their information in a packet.  The teacher will also review the concept of federalism to reinforce why each state has its own government and capital.  To close the lesson, students will need to label the states and their capitals on a blank map of the United States.

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Learning About U.S. States & Capitals: Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, and North Dakota:

In this lesson, students will learn the locations of five different states – Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, and North Dakota – as well as the capital cities of each state.  Students will conduct research to learn more about these five states and will record their information in a packet.  The teacher will also review the concept of federalism to reinforce why each state has its own government and capital.  To close the lesson, students will need to label the states and their capitals on a blank map of the United States.

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Learning About U.S. States & Capitals: California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii:

In this lesson, students will learn the locations of five different states – California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii – as well as the capital cities of each state.  Students will conduct research to learn more about these five states and will record their information in a packet.  The teacher will also review the concept of federalism to reinforce why each state has its own government and capital.  To close the lesson, students will need to label the states and their capitals on a blank map of the United States.

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The Articles of Confederation:

The purpose of this lesson is for students to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation while using primary and secondary sources that they will compare and contrast. The students will use the sources to explain through writing the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation. The students will also identify and locate the original thirteen colonies.

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Where in the World:

In the first lesson, students will determine latitude, longitude, continents, and ocean on a world map and label them correctly. In the second lesson, the students will be "dropped" off at an unknown location and they will have to figure out where in the world they are based on the plants, animals, and climate of that location so that they can be rescued by Professor Sohn.

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Original Student Tutorials

U.S. States and Capitals: Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota:

Learn to identify the locations and state capitals of five U.S. states: Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. In this interactive tutorial, you'll also learn why we have state capitals: because of federalism.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

U.S. States and Capitals: Kentucky, North Carolina, and South Carolina:

Learn about three states and their capitals by taking a trip to Kentucky, North Carolina, and South Carolina in this interactive tutorial. Practice your math skills by solving multi-step real world problems involving money and decimals.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

U.S. States and Capitals: Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee:

Learn about five states and their capitals by taking a trip to state parks in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee in this interavtive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

U.S. States and Capitals: Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana:

Learn to identify the locations and state capitals of five U.S. states: Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana with this interactive tutorial. You'll also learn why we have state capitals: because of federalism.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

U.S. States and Capitals: Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona:

Learn to identify the locations and state capitals of five U.S. states:  Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona.  In this interactive tutorial, you'll also learn why we have state capitals: because of federalism.  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Perspectives Video: Professional/Enthusiasts

KROS Pacific Ocean Kayak Journey: GPS and Coordinates:

What's the shortest path between point A and B on the ocean? It depends on wind and currents, but coordinates can help you track your position.

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KROS Pacific Ocean Kayak Journey: GPS Data Set[.XLSX]
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KROS Pacific Ocean Kayak Journey: Kites, Rowing, Wind, and Navigation:

What’s your vector, Victor? Understanding math and wind helps get you where you want to go.

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KROS Pacific Ocean Kayak Journey: GPS Data Set[.XLSX]
KROS Pacific Ocean Kayak Journey: Path Visualization for Google Earth[.KML]

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Original Student Tutorials

U.S. States and Capitals: Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota:

Learn to identify the locations and state capitals of five U.S. states: Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. In this interactive tutorial, you'll also learn why we have state capitals: because of federalism.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

U.S. States and Capitals: Kentucky, North Carolina, and South Carolina:

Learn about three states and their capitals by taking a trip to Kentucky, North Carolina, and South Carolina in this interactive tutorial. Practice your math skills by solving multi-step real world problems involving money and decimals.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

U.S. States and Capitals: Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee:

Learn about five states and their capitals by taking a trip to state parks in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee in this interavtive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

U.S. States and Capitals: Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana:

Learn to identify the locations and state capitals of five U.S. states: Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana with this interactive tutorial. You'll also learn why we have state capitals: because of federalism.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

U.S. States and Capitals: Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona:

Learn to identify the locations and state capitals of five U.S. states:  Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona.  In this interactive tutorial, you'll also learn why we have state capitals: because of federalism.  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

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