Unit 2: The Age of Exploration
The second unit in 5th grade social studies will focus on a time when Europeans were eager to explore and trade in new places around the world - The Age of Exploration. Students will learn what the world was like in the 1400's and how cultures throughout the world were interacting through trade. They will discover the various reasons why Europeans wanted to look for new water routes to Asia and how that desire led them to the Americas. Students will also learn why the French, Spanish and English began to settle colonies in the New World and how these settlements changed the lives of Native Americans.