Carlong Primary Social Studies - Year 5: Caribbean Neighbours

Carlong Primary Social Studies - Year 5: Caribbean Neighbours

Level: Primary

Series Title: Carlong Primary Social Studies (CPSS)

Subject: Social Studies

ISBN: 978 976 638 072 4

Pages: 306

Age Group: 9 - 11 years

Published: 2006

Carlong Primary Social Studies - Year 5: Caribbean Neighbours is a comprehensive text that satisfies the requirements of the Ministry of Education's Revised Primary Curriculum for Grade 5 social studies. All of the topics in the curriculum are covered thoroughly and in sequence. Much emphasis is placed on the integration of skills and knowledge while at the same time, care is taken to cater to the needs of the multiple intelligences. This book is a full-scale revision of Carlong Primary Social Studies Book 5: Our Caribbean Neighbours which the Ministry recommended for use in Jamaican primary schools.

The text focuses on the Caribbean region and Jamaica as a part of it.


Sybil Leslie
worked as administrator and lecturer in social studies at the tertiary level in Jamaica and Barbados.
Jennifer O'Sullivan-Sirjue
distinguished educator who has taught at both the primary and secondary levels in Jamaica.
Sonia Robinson-Glanville
taught social studies at the secondary level in Jamaica and has also been a vice -principal at that level. She is now a Senior Education Officer with the MOE, Jamaica.

Key Features

  • Learning objectives and Key Words and Concepts are highlighted (e.g. pp 1, 28 etc)
  • Valuable and current information is provided, as well as stimuli for further discovery through a wide range of activities (e.g. pp 127-128, 121-122, 213, CSM, 173)
  • Text is broken up into manageable, digestible sections with relevant exercises
  • Unit Assessments and Activities include a variety of assessment modes
  • Alphabetized Glossary/Index facilitates vocabulary development in context (pp 279-291)
  • Yes! I Can Do This! uses technology and other skills to enrich the students? Social Studies experience (e.g. p. 22 use the Internet to do research on a Caribbean neighbour, p. 50 take photographs of students in class who represent various ethnic or racial groups, make collage, mount exhibition)
  • b>Did You Know? offers additional information to extend the students? horizons (e.g. p. 126 information on the Richter scale used to measure the strength of earthquakes comes under the section on earthquakes; p. 218 information on various levels of education under section on the University of the West Indies)
  • Let's Talk encourages students to apply knowledge gained to practical, everyday issues through discussion (e.g. p. 79 Do you agree with the common practice of combining religious and popular music to appeal to young people?; p. 117 Think of what causes flooding in your community. Is there anything you can do to prevent flooding from taking place?)
  • Graphic images including photos from other Caribbean countries and many tables and charts, provide vital information and will excite the interest of students. (e.g. p. 116 photo shows graphic image of house almost submerged by flood waters; p. 79 beautiful colour photo of NDTC dancers in performance; p. 164 passengers disembarking an island ferry that plies between Antigua and Barbuda; p. 93 a view of Kingstown in St Vincent; p. 94 view of lower section of Surinam River in Suriname; p. 131 table listing disaster preparedness measures; p. 216 Chart showing areas of regional cooperation)
  • Numerous opportunities provided for group work as well as peer, and individual work (e.g. p. 55 Act. 6 Q2; p. 196 Act. 1 Q1; p. 132 Act.8 Q2)
  • What Have You Learnt? summarizes the main points of each unit (e.g. Unit 4 p. 134 The Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea influence the climate etc; Unit 5 p. 190 Resources are the sources of wealth in a country etc)

Look out For:

  • Alphabetized Glossary/Index on pp 279-291
  • Outline map of the Caribbean on p. 294
  • List of capitals of Caribbean countries on p. 295
  • Answers to multiple choice questions in end-of-unit assessments on p. 297
  • Political map of the Caribbean on p. 10
  • Physical map of the Caribbean on p. 90
  • A rich selection and variety of assessment activities. Assessment methods range from the traditional (e.g. essay writing and comprehension) to newer or alternative methods (e.g. making posters and performing dramatic pieces). Assessment is done at every stage and at the end of each unit.


ashelle dfrttt
this book devwelops critical thinking and reasearch skills