New York State K-12 Social Studies Resource Toolkit: Grades 5-8

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The following chart displays the array of inquiries being developed for each grade level. By viewing the topics for each inquiry, curriculum teams can begin planning their work to develop additional inquiries for the remaining grade-level topics.

Topics and Key Ideas of Toolkit Inquiries

Grades 5-8 Inquiry Topics and Key Ideas

Grade

Inquiry 1

Inquiry 2

Inquiry 3

Inquiry 4

Inquiry 5

Inquiry 6

5

Complex Societies
5.2

Slavery and Sugar
5.3

New France
5.3

Puerto Rico
5.5

Declaration of Independence*
5.6

Bananas
5.7

6

Agricultural Revolution*
6.3

Religious Freedom
6.4

Olympics
6.5

China and Rome
6.5

Islamic Spain
6.6

Black Death
6.7

7

Pilgrims and Wampanoag
7.2

American Revolution
7.3

Great Compromise
7.4

Western Migration
7.6

Uncle Tom’s Cabin*
7.7

Women’s Rights
7.7

8

Gilded Age
8.2

American Expansion
8.3

New Deal
8.5

Japanese American Internment*
8.6

Suburban Growth
8.8

Patriotism
8.9

*annotated inquiry

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