Jamaica Primary Social Studies Grade 5 Our Caribbean Neighbours Workbook

Jamaica Primary Social Studies Grade 5 Our Caribbean Neighbours Workbook

$14.20 USD

Jamaica Primary Social Studies Grade 5 Student’s Book
Our Caribbean Neighbours
By Eulie Mantock, Trineta Fendall, Clare Eastland

Published by
Macmillan Education
4 Crinan Street, London N1 9XW
A division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
Companies and representatives throughout the world
ISBN 978-0-230-03118-0
ISBN 978-0-230-48089-6 AER

The Macmillan Jamaica Primary Social Studies
 course is specifically designed in alignment with the Ministry of Education’s Revised Primary Curriculum
(RPC). This Grade 5 Student’s Book covers the syllabus for Grade 5 and
contains information that is arranged in the following seven units: Our
Caribbean neighbours,
Caribbean history, Caribbean culture, The physical
environment of the Caribbean, Resources of the Caribbean, Cooperation
among Caribbean countries, Caribbean nation builders.
In each unit of the book the contents are organised around syllabus focus
questions and objectives. This is intended to encourage students in their
thinking skills, to develop awareness of the world in which they live,
to develop skills of observing, recording and interpreting information,
and to reinforce skills of reading, writing and numeracy in other areas
of the RPC. We also want students to gain knowledge of their history
and environment and to develop positive attitudes towards their fellow
humans and their environment.
One of the objectives of the social studies syllabus in the RPC is to
allow learners to use information from a variety of resource materials.
Throughout this book a wide range of stimulus materials are used,
including maps, plans, graphs, newspaper articles, charts, tables, drawings,
cartoons and photographs, to stimulate and motivate the learners. These
materials can also be used to enhance literacy learning at this level,
especially in reading, comprehension and writing tasks. The glossary
at the end of this book encourages independent learning and a greater
understanding of vocabulary (syllabus ‘key terms’) and concepts.
There are stimulus questions, activities, case studies, fact boxes and
‘Did you know?’ features at different points in the unit. These features
are intended to stimulate learning at the literal, inferential and critical
levels. The summary at the end of each unit provides a quick review of
the information covered in the unit, providing easy revision of the main
ideas. Multiple choice questions at the end of each unit help students and
teachers to know how well the unit was understood, and give students
practice in the multiple choice format used at the Grade 6 Achievement
Test level.

Various strategies are incorporated in the organisation of the book to cater for the
different ways in which children learn. The learners are guided in the observation of
pictures, maps, charts and diagrams to stimulate discussion about what they know. The
experiences and previous knowledge that the students bring to the learning situation is
vital. However, where experience is lacking, photographs, for instance, can be used to
provide information. Field trips and the use of resource persons are encouraged as these
provide background and real life information. Remember to use available technology
such as digital cameras, television and computers. Activities and questions keep
students focused on the materials. Questions are provided to help students to develop
problem solving skills especially in environmental topic areas.
While the book is intended mainly for use in class, students will also benefit from
using the book on their own. The language of the text ranges from below grade level
to above grade level as consideration is made for the less challenging learners as well
as the more advanced learners at Grade 5. The arrangement of the units allows for easy
instructional assistance by parents as well as teachers. Students will find the stimulus
materials varied and interesting and the text emphasises student-centred learning.

Caribbean culture

What are the aspects of Caribbean culture?
Focus question: What are some of the cultural similarities and
differences among Caribbean people?

Key terms:
 culture, art forms, melting pot, heritage.


Identify aspects of Caribbean culture

Describe some Caribbean culture (festivals, carnivals, etc)

Identify some differences in culture

Explain why these differences exist

Listen to various forms of Caribbean music and draw conclusions about each form

Gather and interpret information from various sources

Present information in a variety of ways

Work cooperatively on projects

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