Social Studies - 3rd Grade
In the third grade, students will explore the concept of community, learning about the development of cultures, systems of governance, how communities and cultures interconnect both locally and globally, and how the world around them has changed over time. Students will learn about individual rights and responsibilities as well as opportunities for active participation in the life of the community.
While the primary focus is on the local community, students will also learn more about the larger world. Geographic skills development will result from comparisons of local communities with communities both near and far. Students will learn more about the geography and richness of indigenous communities and their cultures both in the Americas and around the world.
Third graders should begin to use historical thinking skills and the interpretation of primary sources. Local resources, including newspapers and other primary sources could serve to further develop the awareness of the many parts of a community.
The most important goal: a well-lived life
Excitement, wonder, inquiry, delight, and puzzlement are central to meaningful learning in social studies. Social studies should be fun and intriguing for all students, and provide opportunities to make important life-long connections between the past, present, and future. Students who appreciate the sacrifices that have been made in the past and understand the challenges that lie ahead can make better decisions in the present.
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Core Standards of the Course
Benchmark: The geography of a community influences the cultural development of the humans who inhabit the community. There are relationships between climate, natural resources, and other geographic characteristics and a community's cultural development. The unique characteristics of an area influence where and how communities develop, their relative wealth and power, and how they adapt to changes.
Students will understand how geography influences community location and development.
Determine the relationships between human settlement and geography.
Describe how various communities have adapted to existing environments and how other communities have modified the environment.
Analyze ways cultures use, maintain, and preserve the physical environment.
Students will understand cultural factors that shape a community.
Evaluate key factors that determine how a community develops.
Explain how selected indigenous cultures of the Americas have changed over time.
Students will understand the principles of civic responsibility in classroom, community, and country.
Describe the rights and responsibilities inherent in being a contributing member of a community.
Identify ways community needs are met by government.
Apply principles of civic responsibility.
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