5th Grade: World Geography

Click this Europe and Russia PowerPoint link for your notes. Follow the outline below and copy anything down in Red.  The worksheets are printed out in the classroom.  I will record the slides as soon as things settle down here.
See you all soon! - Mr. D

Current Unit:

Europe and Russia

Essential Questions:

  • What forces work for and against supranational cooperation among nations?
  • How do population trends affect a country’s future?
  • What factors contribute to the success or failure of new nation-states?





The European Union

  • NATO
  • European Common Market
  • The EU

European Union Illustrated Vocabulary




Economic Forces that Unite and Divide Europe

  • Common Market
  • The Euro
  • Trading Blocs
  • Economic Differences
  • Brexit

Complete Economic Cooperation worksheet



Political and Cultural Forces that Unite and Divide

  • The European Union: Makeup


Complete Political and Cultural Cooperation Worksheets




The United Nation and Micronations

  • Other forms of International cooperation
  • Micronations

European Union Simile Worksheet and Drawing


Population Change in Europe

Population Dilemma Illustrated Vocabulary


Population Change Dilemma Reading and Worksheet

  • 3 Groups of 4 – each group gets one dilemma worksheet: Shrinking Population, An Aging Population, A Declining Workforce
  • Complete reading, complete worksheet, present to class



Features of Successful Nation States

  • Fall of the Soviet Union
  • Successful Nation States

Complete Illustrated Vocabulary


  • On a piece of poster board, create a spoke diagram like the one to the right.
  • Find or draw pictures that show how the United States, or a European Country of your choice is an example of a successful Nation-State
  • For each picture follow these steps:
    • Glue or draw the picture next to the feature it relates to
    • Complete this sentence: (Name of artifact) relates to this feature of a successful nation-state because…
    • Draw a line connecting the picture to the circle
    • This should be neat and in color
    • Be creative! Going above and beyond the directions will result in a higher grade

This will be a Project Grade (25%)



New Nation States in Europe and Central Asia

  • Kazakhstan
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Lithuania
  • Russia



Choose a Country Reading

  • Everyone will pick one reading on a European Country.Complete the reading worksheet and present your country



Choose a Country Presentations












First Trimester

Unit I: Being a Geographer

The Tools of Geography

Thematic Maps

Second Trimester
Unit II: U.S. and Canada 
            U.S. and Canada Mapping Lab

Settlement Patterns and Ways of Life in Canada

The Great Lakes and Urban Sprawl in North America

Consumption Patterns in the U.S.

            Migration to the U.S.

Third Trimester
Unit III: Latin America - Latin America Mapping Lab

                Spatial Inequality in Mexico City

                Indigenous Cultures: The Maya

                Dealing with Extreme Weather

                Land Use in the Amazon Rainforest

                Life in the Central Andes

Unit IV: Europe and Russia - Europe and Russia Mapping Lab

                The European Union

                Population Growth and Decline In Europe

                Transnational Pollution

                Russian Geography

                The Old Soviet Empire

Unit V: Africa - Africa Mapping Lab

                The Nile

                Life in the Sahara and the Sahel

                Women in Africa


                South Africa

Unit VI: The Middle East - Southwest and Central Asia Mapping Lab



                The Aral Sea

Unit VII: Monsoon Asia - Monsoon Asia Mapping Lab

                The Effects of Monsoons

                Outsourcing to India

                Mount Everest


                Life in Japan

                Outsourcing to Asia

Unit VIII: Oceania and Antarctica - Oceania Mapping Lab


                The Pacific