This is the fourth in a series of ten tests, with completed study guides, that cover all of Georgia's 5th Grade Social Studies standards. The test includes a variety of question types covering inventors, immigration and westward expansion during the late 1800's and early 1900's. I have used this test along with other tests in this series very successfully. I currently teach at a Title I school and still had nearly 70% of my students exceed state standards in 2014. Obviously there is far more to my students' success than just a test, but I know that if students can show mastery of the material on these tests, they have a firm understanding of Georgia's 5th grade social studies standards. This test and study guide can be used by teachers in other states, but it is designed specifically to measure mastery of Georgia's social studies standards.
This test and study guide is based on these 5th Grade Georgia Standards:
SS5H3 The student will 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 (electricity).
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 emigrated to the United States, from where they emigrated, and where they settled.
e. Describe the impact of westward expansion on Native Americans; include the Battle of the Little Bighorn and the relocation of Native Americans to reservations.
SS5G1b Locate important man-made places; include the Chisholm Trail; Pittsburgh, PA; Kitty Hawk, NC.
SS5E1b Explain how price incentives affect people’s behavior and choices (such as decisions to participate in cattle trails because of increased beef prices ).
SS5E1c Describe how specialization improves standards of living, (such as how specific economies in the north and south developed at the beginning of the 20th century).
SS5E1f Give examples of technological advancements and their impact on business productivity during the development of the United States.
In the past I had my students complete a study guide. I realized that my struggling students who needed the most help, were simply not studying. I created a completed study guide for each unit just to see how it would impact student performance. The results were phenomenal. Parents loved the completed study guides, because they now knew exactly what they needed to study with their child. Kids performed higher, because even my very unorganized students now had a full set of notes to study from. In addition, it freed up class time, to work on more authentic learning activities.
The study guide is also fantastic for new teachers or teachers new to this content, because it provides a summary of what should be taught in regards to each standard. The study guide is not meant to be exhaustive. It provides a brief overview of what should be covered with each standard. This guide is also a great resource for test preparation at the end of the year.
Additional review games and 5th grade material to support this test are available at www.jonathanfeicht.com. You can also buy the whole 10 test series, with completed study guides, at a discounted price using the hyperlink below:
5th Grade Social Studies Tests AND Completed Study Guides--Full Year Bundle