5th Grade: American History
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Units of Study
1. First Americans
2. Age of Exploration
3. Colonial America
4. American Revolution
5. A New Nation
6. Western Expansion
Come and celebrate the 5th grade year as we explore our American heritage together. The list of study units will provide an overview of the topics to be covered.
Important Dates to Remember:
November 9 and 10, 2022
Angel Island Living History Program
Registration will open September 7th
The Living History Program is a role-playing experience in which students participate in a simulated historic setting. Our program will be held on Angel Island at Camp Reynolds, a Union Civil War outpost. When the “new recruits” arrive on the island they will become Union Army soldiers from the year 1864. They will hike to Camp Reynolds carrying their personal gear and will be assigned bunks in the Quartermaster building. During the day, recruits will participate in training activities including militia drill, signaling, mess cooking, bread baking, and compass orienteering.
In the evening we will take a night hike up Mt. Livermore. One of the favorite activities for students is “Night Watch” in which each squad takes a turn keeping an eye on the camp to secure the location. In the morning, one squad will be chosen to assist in the cannon firing demonstration. Please take note that this trip will be a moderately strenuous activity, so be prepared for a workout.
December 15, 2022
Colonial Christmas Celebration
Registration will become available November 1, 2022
This event will be available for 5th grade students and siblings.
A Colonial Celebration - We will be sharing a Christmas tea with caroling, colonial crafts, and end with a shared colonial Christmas feast. Activities include: rope making; stenciling; candle making; cornhusk dolls; games; food! Colonial costumes are encouraged, but not required. See the HCS website for ideas.
March 1, 2023
11:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Walk Through the American Revolution
Registration will open January 18, 2023
This fast paced program is an engaging way to learn about the people and events of the American Revolution. Please be aware that this is a team event and a firm commitment is needed when signing up. (See www.californiaweekly.com for more info.)
April 28, 2023
9:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
The Oregon Trail
4th & 5th Grade Families
Registration will open March 2, 2023
The entire family is encouraged to navigate the 2000 mile Oregon Trail (the entire Hickman campus) in your own wagon party. Students will take their "covered wagon" across the Blue Mountains; navigate the "waters" of the Columbia River; trade with helpful Native Americans and encounter many other places and situations along the trail. Students will celebrate their journey of a lifetime in Oregon City (the auditorium) at an ol' fashion square dance.
Coming May 2023!!
The Transcontinental Railroad
Registration will be posted in March 2024
4th & 5th grade students will be divided into two teams: the Union Pacific Railroad and the Central Pacific Railroad. While learning about the facts behind the Railroad, students will compete by completing various physical and mental activities to see which team will lay the most track.