This is the third 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 about the Reconstruction Era in America following the Civil War. 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 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 completed study guide, includes the 5th grade social studies standards below:
SS5H1e Describe the effects of the war on the North and South
SS5H2 The student will analyze the effects of the Reconstruction on American life
a. Describe the purpose of the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments.
b. Explain the work of the Freedman’s Bureau.
c. Explain how slavery was replaced by sharecropping and how African-Americans were prevented from exercising their newly won rights; include a discussion of Jim Crow Laws and customs.
SS5CG2 The student will 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.
SS5CG3b Explain how voting rights were protected by the 15th amendment.
SS5G2a Identify and explain the factors influencing industrial location in the United States after the Civil War.
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.
This 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.
You can purchase the entire ten test series, with completed study guides, at a discounted rate by following the hyperlink below:
5th Grade Social Studies Tests & Study Guides--Full Series Bundle