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3rd Grade General Resources:

Books Books

Teacher Resource Books
  • High Interest Nonfiction for Primary Grades – Grade 3, by Steck-Vaughn Company; ISBN: 0-73981-308-0
  • Connecting Art and Literature, by Thomas; ISBN: 1-55734-346-2
  • Connecting Writing and Literature, by John Carratello; ISBN: 1-55734-344-6
  • Pearson Learning Core Knowledge History and Geography – Level 3, by Pearson Learning; ISBN: 0-76905-024-7
  • Spectrum Geography Communities, by School Specialty Publishing; ISBN: 1-56189-963-1
  • Exploring Cultures Through Literature, by Barbara D Stoodt; ISBN: B0006P8NA8
  • Cultural Awareness Through Literature, by Kathryn L Braddon; Publisher: Carson-Dellosa
  • Thematic Unit – Ecology, by Mary Ellen Sterling; ISBN: 1-55734-286-5
  • Map Skills, by Jan Kennedy; ISBN: 1-56822-638-1
  • Mega-Fun Map Skills, by Catherine Tamblyn; ISBN: 0-59018-799-6
  • Create-A-Town Simulation (Grades 2-5), by Marty Sanders; ISBN: 1-57690-344-3
  • Instant Habitat Dioramas, by Donald M Silver & Patricia J Wynne; ISBN: 0-43904-088-4

Standard 1 Students will understand how geography influences community location and development.

Objective 1:
Determine the relationships between human settlement and geography.

Books Books

    • Me on the Map, by Joan Sweeney; ISBN: 0-59010-705-4

Indicators:

  1. Identify the geographic features common to areas where human settlements exist.
  2. Use map features to make logical inferences and describe relationships between human settlement and physical geography (e.g. population density in relation to latitude, cities’ proximity to water, utilization of natural resources).
  3. Compare the shapes and purposes of natural and human-made boundaries of cities, counties and states.

Objective 2:
Describe how various communities have adapted to existing environments and how other communities have modified the environment.

Books Books

  • If You Lived at the Time of the San Francisco Earthquake, by Ellen Levine; ISBN: 0-59045-154-5
  • Life in the Cities, by Sally Morgan; ISBN: 1-58728-565-7
  • Life in the Ocean, by Lucy Baker; ISBN: 0-59046-132-X
  • Life in the Islands, by Rosanne Hooper; ISBN: 1-58728-568-1
  • Life in the Coastlines, by Rosanne Hooper; ISBN: 1-58728-566-5
  • Life in the Rainforests, by Lucy Baker; ISBN: 0-59046-131-1
  • Life in the Deserts, by Lucy Baker; ISBN: 0-59046-129-X
  • A River Ran Wild, by Lynne Cherry; ISBN: 0-44083-385-X
  • Living in a Desert, by Allan Fowler; ISBN: 0-51627-049-4
  • Life in the Polar Region, by Melvin Berger; ISBN: 1-56784-235-6
  • Who Lives in the Arctic?, by Susan Canizares & Pamela Chanko; ISBN: 0-59076-150-1
  • Living Near the Sea, by Allan Fowler; ISBN: 0-51627-053-2
  • Living on an Island, by Joanne Winne; ISBN: 0-51623-505-2
  • My Town Used to Be Small, by Marvin Buckley; ISBN: 0-79224-352-8
  • Life in the Desert, by Melvin Berger; ISBN: 1-56784-242-9
  • Crinkleroot’s Guide to Knowing Animal Habitats, by Jim Arnosky; ISBN: 0-68983-538-8
  • Living Near a River, by Allan Fowler; ISBN: 0-51627-052-4
  • Living Near a River, by JoAnne Winne; ISBN: 0-51623-502-8
  • Living in the Mountains, by Allan Fowler; ISBN: 0-51627-051-6
  • The Land Around Us – Mountains, by Mary Tull; ISBN: 0-79224-562-8
  • Life in the Mountains, by Catherine Bradley; ISBN: 1-58728-569-X
  • Life in the Plains, by Catherine Bradley; ISBN: 1-58728-571-1
  • Living on a Plain, by Joanne Winne; ISBN: 0-51623-504-4
  • Life in the Woodlands, by Rosanne Hooper; ISBN: 1-58728-574-6
  • Living in the Rain Forest, by Allan Fowler; ISBN: 0-51627-050-8
  • Living in a Rain Forest, by Joanne Winne; ISBN: 0-51623-501-X
  • Living on the Plains, by Allan Fowler; ISBN: 0-51627-054-0
  • Living in a Desert, by Allan Fowler; ISBN: 0-51627-049-4
  • Living in a Desert, by Jan Kottke; ISBN: 0-51623-500-1
  • People Live in the Desert, by Belle Perez; ISBN: 0-79228-717-1
  • The Great Kapok Tree, by Lynne Cherry; ISBN: 0-59098-068-8
  • The Little House, by Virginia Lee Burton; ISBN: 0-39525-938-X
  • Rivers and Lakes, by Mary Tull; ISBN: 0-79224-561-X
  • Living on a Mountain, by Joanne Winne; ISBN: 0-51623-503-6
  • The Magic School Bus – Explores the World of Animals, by Joanna Cole & Nancy White; ISBN: 0-43922-678-3
  • Canals, by Elaine Landau; ISBN: 0-51622-183-3
  • Tunnels, by Elaine Landau; ISBN: 0-51622-185-X
  • Mountains, by Larry Dane Brimner; ISBN: 0-51627-192-X
  • Grasslands, by Darlene R Stille; ISBN: 0-51626-762-0
  • Wetlands, by Darlene R Stille; ISBN: 0-51626-791-4

Indicators:

  1. Describe the major world ecosystems (i.e. desert, plain, tropic, tundra, grassland, mountain, forest, wetland).
  2. Identify important natural resources of world ecosystems.
  3. Describe how communities have modified the environment to accommodate their needs (e.g. logging, storing water, building transportation systems).
  4. Investigate ways different communities have adapted into an ecosystem.

Objective 3:
Analyze ways cultures use, maintain, and preserve the physical environment.

Books Books

  • If You Lived at the Time of the San Francisco Earthquake, by Ellen Levine; ISBN: 0-59045-154-5
  • Life in the Cities, by Sally Morgan; ISBN: 1-58728-565-7
  • Life in the Ocean, by Lucy Baker; ISBN: 0-59046-132-X
  • Life in the Islands, by Rosanne Hooper; ISBN: 1-58728-568-1
  • Life in the Coastlines, by Rosanne Hooper; ISBN: 1-58728-566-5
  • Oil Spill!, by Melvin Berger; ISBN: 0-39577-913-8
  • A River Ran Wild, by Lynne Cherry; ISBN: 0-44083-385-X
  • My Town Used to Be Small, by Marvin Buckley; ISBN: 0-79224-352-8
  • The Great Kapok Tree, by Lynne Cherry; ISBN: 0-59098-068-8
  • Recycled Paper from Start to Finish, by Samuel G Woods; ISBN: 1-56711-395-8
  • The Little House, by Virginia Lee Burton; ISBN: 0-39525-938-X
  • Almost Gone - The World’s Rarest Animals, by Steve Jenkins; ISBN: 0-43986-057-1
  • Where Does Garbage Go?, by Paul Showers; ISBN: 0-06445-114-3
  • Recycle -A Handbook for Kids, by Gail Gibbons; ISBN: 0-31630-971-0
  • Just a Dream, by Chris Van Allsburg; ISBN: 0-39553-308-2
  • Soil Erosion and Pollution, by Darlene R Stille; ISBN: 0-51601-181-2
  • Water Pollution, by Rhonda Lucas Donald; ISBN: 0-51627-357-4
  • Air Pollution, by Rhonda Lucas Donald; ISBN: 0-51625-998-9
  • Air Pollution, by Darlene R Stille; ISBN: 0-51601-181-2
  • Canals, by Elaine Landau; ISBN: 0-51622-183-3
  • Tunnels, by Elaine Landau; ISBN: 0-51622-185-X

Indicators:

  1. Identify ways people use the physical environment (e.g. agriculture, recreation, energy, industry).
  2. Compare changes in the availability and use of natural resources over time.
  3. Describe ways to conserve and protect natural resources (e.g. reduce, reuse, recycle).
  4. Compare perspectives of various communities toward the natural environment.
  5. Make inferences about the positive and negative impacts of human-caused change to the physical environment.
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Standard II Students will understand cultural factors that shape a community.

Books Books

Teacher Resource Books
  • Thematic Unit - Native Americans, by Leigh Hoven; ISBN: 1-55734-285-7
  • Native Americans - Cooperative Learning Activities, by Susan Schneck; ISBN: 0-590-49151-2
  • Native American Arts and Cultures, by Mary Connors; ISBN: 1-55734-619-4
  • Keepers of the Earth - Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children, by Michael J Caduto & Joseph Bruchac; ISBN: 1-55591-027-0
  • Keepers of the Animals - Native American Stories and Wildlife Activities for Children, by Michael J Caduto & Joseph Bruchac; ISBN: 1-55591-088-2

Objective 1:
Evaluate key factors that determine how a community develops.

Books Books

  • Sarah Morton’s Day - A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl, by Kate Waters; ISBN: 0-59047-400-6
  • Samuel Eaton’s Day - A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy, by Kate Waters; ISBN: 0-59048-053-7
  • Tapenum’s Day - A Wampanoag Indian Boy in Pilgrim Times, by Kate Waters; ISBN: 0-59020-238-3
  • 1,000 Years Ago On Planet Earth, by Sneed B Collard III; ISBN: 0-39590-866-3
  • If You Lived at the Time of the San Francisco Earthquake, by Ellen Levine; ISBN: 0-59045-154-5
  • If You Grew Up With Abraham Lincoln, by Ann McGovern; ISBN: 0-59045-154-5
  • If You Lived When There Was Slavery in America, by Anne Kamma; ISBN: 0-43956-706-8
  • If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island, by Ellen Levine; ISBN: 0-59046-134-6
  • Life in the Rainforests, by Lucy Baker; ISBN: 0-59046-131-1
  • Life in the Deserts, by Lucy Baker; ISBN: 0-59046-129-X
  • A River Ran Wild, by Lynne Cherry; ISBN: 0-44083-385-X
  • Living in a Desert, by Allan Fowler; ISBN: 0-51627-049-4
  • Life in the Polar Region, by Melvin Berger; ISBN: 1-56784-235-6
  • Century Farm – One Hundred Years on a Family Farm, by Cris Peterson; ISBN: 0-61806-220-3
  • Who Lives in the Arctic?, by Susan Canizares & Pamela Chanko; ISBN: 0-59076-150-1
  • Living Near the Sea, by Allan Fowler; ISBN: 0-51627-053-2
  • Living on an Island, by Joanne Winne; ISBN: 0-51623-505-2
  • Life in the Desert, by Melvin Berger; ISBN: 1-56784-242-9
  • Living Near a River, by Allan Fowler; ISBN: 0-51627-052-4
  • Living Near a River, by JoAnne Winne; ISBN: 0-51623-502-8
  • Living in the Mountains, by Allan Fowler; ISBN: 0-51627-051-6
  • The Land Around Us – Mountains, by Mary Tull; ISBN: 0-79224-562-8
  • Life in the Mountains, by Catherine Bradley; ISBN: 1-58728-569-X
  • Life in the Plains, by Catherine Bradley; ISBN: 1-58728-571-1
  • Living on a Plain, by Joanne Winne; ISBN: 0-51623-504-4
  • Life in the Woodlands, by Rosanne Hooper; ISBN: 1-58728-574-6
  • Living in the Rain Forest, by Allan Fowler; ISBN: 0-51627-050-8
  • Living in a Rain Forest, by Joanne Winne; ISBN: 0-51623-501-X
  • Living on the Plains, by Allan Fowler; ISBN: 0-51627-054-0
  • Living in a Desert, by Allan Fowler; ISBN: 0-51627-049-4
  • Living in a Desert, by Jan Kottke; ISBN: 0-51623-500-1
  • People Live in the Desert, by Belle Perez; ISBN: 0-79228-717-1
  • Time Lines: 1900-2000, by Liam Collins; ISBN: 0-79228-494-1
  • You Are There: Transportation From Cars to Planes, by Gare Thompson; ISBN: 0-51626-055-3
  • The Usborne book of Living Long Ago - Everyday Life Through the Ages, by Gillian Doherty & Anna Claybourne; ISBN 0-74601-109-1
  • Exploring Great Inventions, by Philip Koslow; ISBN: 1-56156-539-3
  • The Usborne book of Peoples of the World, by Gillian Doherty & Anna Claybourne; ISBN: 0-43940-127-5
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder, by Alexandra Wallner; ISBN: 0-43907-226-3
  • Food, by Fiona MacDonald; ISBN: 0-77870-248-0
  • Chocolate From Start to Finish, by Samuel G Woods; ISBN: 1-56711-391-5
  • Made in the USA – Pens From Start to Finish, by Mindi Englart; ISBN: 1-56711-487-3
  • Made in the USA – Sneakers From Start to Finish, by Samuel G Woods; ISBN: 1-56711-393-1
  • Chocolate – A Sweet History, By Sandra Markle; ISBN: 0-44843-480-6
  • How is a Crayon Made?, by Oz Charles; ISBN: 0-59045-997-X
  • Toys – Amazing Stories Behind Some Great Inventions, by Don Wulffson; ISBN: 0-43932-339-8
  • Me and My Family Tree, by Joan Sweeney; ISBN: 0-51788-592-7
  • Rivers and Lakes, by Mary Tull; ISBN: 0-79224-561-X
  • Make Me a Peanut Butter Sandwich and a Glass of Milk, by Ken Robbins; ISBN: 0-59043-550-7
  • Living on a Mountain, by Joanne Winne; ISBN: 0-51623-503-6
  • If You Lived 100 Years Ago, by Ann McGovern; ISBN: 0-59096-001-6
  • Look What Came From Japan, by Miles Harvey; ISBN: 0-53115-966-3
  • Look What Came From Mexico, by Miles Harvey; ISBN: 0-53115-939-6
  • Look What Came From Italy, by Miles Harvey; ISBN: 0-53115-938-8
  • Look What Came From China, by Miles Harvey; ISBN: 0-53115-936-1
  • Look What Came From England, by Kevin Davis; ISBN: 0-53116-434-9
  • Look What Came From Russia, by Miles Harvey; ISBN: 0-53115-967-1
  • Look What Came From India, by Miles Harvey; ISBN: 0-53115-965-5
  • My First Book of How Things Are Made, by George Jones; ISBN: 0-59048-004-9
  • Beans to Chocolate, by Inez Snyder; ISBN: 0-51624-450-7
  • Trees to Paper, by Inez Snyder; ISBN: 0-51624-453-1
  • Wax to Crayon, by Inez Snyder; ISBN: 0-51624-454-X
  • Meeting in the Millennium, by Elena Dworkin Wright, Ellen Jackson & Alyssa Mito Pusey; ISBN: 1-57091-175-4
  • When I Was Young in the Mountains, by Cynthia Rylant; ISBN: 0-14054-875-0
  • Weslandia, by Paul Fleischman; ISBN: 0-43919-270-6
  • Rachel’s Journal – Story of a Pioneer Girl, by Marissa Moss; ISBN: 0-43909-780-X
  • Coming to America – The Story of Immigration, by Betsy Maestro; ISBN: 0-59044-151-5
  • American Indian Foods, by Jay Miller; ISBN: 0-51626-091-X

Indicators:

  1. Identify the elements of culture (e.g. language, religion, customs, artistic expression, systems of exchange).
  2. Describe how stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture.
  3. Compare elements of the local community with communities from different parts of the world (e.g. industry, economic specialization )
  4. Identify and explain the interrelationship of the environment (e.g. location, natural resources, climate) and community development (e.g. food, shelter, clothing, industries, markets, recreation, artistic creations).
  5. Examine changes in communities that can or have occurred when two or more cultures interact.
  6. Explain changes within communities caused by human inventions (e.g. steel plow, internal combustion engine, television, computer).

Objective 2:
Explain how selected indigenous cultures of the Americas have changed over time.

Books Books

  • Tapenum’s Day - A Wampanoag Indian Boy in Pilgrim Times, by Kate Waters; ISBN: 0-59020-238-3
  • If You Lived With the Sioux Indians, by Ann McGovern; ISBN: 0-59045-162-6 If
  • You Lived with the Iroquois, by Ellen Levine; ISBN: 0-59067-445-5
  • American Indian Foods, by Jay Miller; ISBN: 0-51626-091-X
  • The Lakota Sioux, by Andrew Santella; ISBN: 0-51627-323-X

Indicators:

  1. Describe and compare early indigenous people of the Americas (e.g. Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Great Basin, Southwestern, Arctic, Incan, Aztec, Mayan).
  2. Analyze how these cultures changed with the arrival of people from Europe, and how the cultures of the Europeans changed.
  3. Identify how indigenous people maintain cultural traditions today.
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Standard III Students will understand the principles of civic responsibility in classroom, community, and country.

Books Books

Teacher Resource Books
  • Readers’ Theater, Grade 3, by Evan-Moor; ISBN: 1-55799-892-2

Objective 1:
Describe the rights and responsibilities inherent in being a contributing member of a community.

Books Books

  • Becoming a Citizen, by Sarah De Capua; ISBN: 0-51627-366-3
  • Paying Taxes, by Sarah De Capua; ISBN: 0-51627-367-1
  • Serving on a Jury, by Sarah De Capua; ISBN: 0-51627-364-7
  • Running for Public Office, by Sarah De Capua; ISBN: 0-51627-368-X
  • Voting, by Sarah De Capua; ISBN: 0-51627-365-5

Indicators:

  1. Identify how these rights and responsibilities are reflected in the patriotic symbols and traditions of the United States (i.e. Pledge of Allegiance, flag etiquette).
  2. List the responsibilities community members have to one another.
  3. Identify why these responsibilities are important for a functioning community (e.g. voting, jury duty, taxpaying, obedience to laws).

Objective 2:
Identify ways community needs are met by government.

Books Books

  • Becoming a Citizen, by Sarah De Capua; ISBN: 0-51627-366-3
  • Paying Taxes, by Sarah De Capua; ISBN: 0-51627-367-1
  • Serving on a Jury, by Sarah De Capua; ISBN: 0-51627-364-7
  • Running for Public Office, by Sarah De Capua; ISBN: 0-51627-368-X
  • Voting, by Sarah De Capua; ISBN: 0-51627-365-5
  • Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney; ISBN: 0-14050-539-3
  • Roxaboxen, by Alice Mclerran; ISBN: 0-06052-633-5

Indicators:

  1. Differentiate between personal and community needs.
  2. Identify roles of representative government (e.g. make laws, maintain order, levy taxes, provide public services).
  3. Research community needs and the role government serves in meeting those needs.

Objective 3:
Apply principles of civic responsibility.

Books Books

  • 50 Facts that Should Change the World, by Jessica Williams; ISBN: 0-97295-296-9 50
  • Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth, by LLC Andrews McMeel Publishing & The EarthWorks Group; ISBN: 0-59044-249-X
  • A Day’s Work, by Eve Bunting; ISBN: 0-39584-518-1
  • A Kid’s Guide to Giving, by Freddi Zeiler; ISBN: 1-58476-489-9
  • A Kid’s Guide to Hunger and Homelessness: How to Take Action, by Cathryn Berger Kaye; ISBN: 1-57542-240-9
  • An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming, by Al Gore; ISBN: 0-67006-272-3
  • A River Ran Wild, by Lynne Cherry; ISBN: 0-44083-385-X
  • Dinner From Dirt, by Emily Scott & Catherine Duffy; ISBN: 0-87905-840-4
  • Finding Solutions to Hunger: Kids Can Make a Difference, by Stephanie Kempf; ISBN: 0-96600-380-2
  • Fly Away Home, by Eve Bunting; ISBN: 0-39566-415-2
  • Giving, How Each of Us Can Change the World, by Bill Clinton; ISBN: 0-30726-674-5
  • Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, by Peter Menzel; ISBN: 1-58008-869-4
  • If I Were in Charge of the World, by Judith Biorst & Lynne Cherry; ISBN: 0-68970-770-3
  • If the World Were A Village, by David J. Smith & Sphere Project; ISBN: 1-55074-779-7
  • It’s Our World, Too!, by Phillip Hoose; ISBN: 0-37433-622-9
  • Kids Care! 75 Ways to Make a Difference for People, Animals and the Environment, by Rebecca Olien; ISBN: 0-82496-793-3
  • Librarian of Basra, by Jeanette Winter; ISBN: 0-15205-445-6
  • Material World, by Peter Menzel, Charles C. Mann, & Paul Kennedy; ISBN: 0-87156-430-0
  • Running Shoes, by Frederick Lipp & Jason Gaillard; ISBN: 1-58089-175-6
  • Smoky Night, by Eve Bunting & David Diaz; ISBN: 0-15201-884-0
  • Teaching Kids to Care Nurturing Character and Compassion, by Bettie B. Youngs, Joanne Wolf, Joani Wafer, & Dawn Lehman; ISBN: 1-57174-548-3
  • The Complete Guide to Service Learning, by Cathryn Berger Kaye; ISBN: 1-57542-133-X
  • The Dog Poop Initiative, by Kirk A Weisler; ISBN: 1-93228-083-9
  • The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming, by Laurie David & Cambria Gordon; ISBN: 0-43902-494-3
  • The Green Book, by Elizabeth Rogers & Thomas M. Kostigen; ISBN: 0-30738-135-8
  • Is There Really A Human Race, by Jamie Lee Curtis; ISBN: 0-06075-346-3
  • The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss; ISBN: 0-39482-337-0
  • Time: Global Warming, by Kelly Knauer; ISBN: 0-82257-276-1
  • Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge, Mem Fox & Julie Vivas; ISBN: 0-91629-126-X

Indicators:

  1. Engage in meaningful dialogue about the community and current events within the classroom, school, and local community.
  2. Identify and consider the diverse viewpoints of the people who comprise a community.
  3. Demonstrate respect for the opinions, backgrounds, and cultures of others.
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