• 3rd Grade -- Social Studies

    A - Map and Globe Skills

    • use cardinal directions
    • use intermediate directions
    • use a letter/number grid system to determine location
    • compare and contrast the categories of natural, cultural, and political features found on maps
    • use inch-to-inch map scale to determine distance on a map
    • use map key/legend to acquire information from historical, physical, political, resource, product, and economic maps
    • use a map to explain impact of geography on historical and current events
    • draw conclusions and make generalizations based on information from maps
    • use latitude and longitude to determine location

    B - Information Processing Skills

    • compare similarities and differences
    • organize items chronologically
    • identify issues and/or problems and alternative solutions
    • distinguish between fact and opinion
    • identify main idea, detail, sequence of events, and cause and effect in a social studies context
    • identify and use primary and secondary sources
    • interpret timelines
    • identify social studies reference resources to use for a specific purpose
    • construct charts and tables
    • analyze artifacts
    • draw conclusions and make generalizations
    • analyze graphs and diagrams
    • translate dates into centuries, eras, or ages

    C - American Indians

    • compare and contrast early American Indian cultures and their development in North America

    D - Exploration of North America

    • describe European exploration in North America

    E - Colonial America

    • explain the factors that shaped British Colonial America

    F - Geography of America

    • locate major topographical features on a physical map of the United States
    • locate and describe the equator, prime meridian, and lines of latitude and longitude on a globe
    • describe how physical systems affect human systems

    G - American Government

    • describe the elements of representative democracy/republic in the United States

    H - Civics

    • explain the importance of Americans sharing certain central democratic beliefs and principles, both personal and civic

    I - Personal Finance/Economics

    • define and give examples of the four types of productive resources
    • explain that governments provide certain types of goods and services in a market economy (e.g., schools, libraries, roads, police and fire protection, and military) and pay for these through taxes
    • give examples of interdependence and trade and explain the benefits of voluntary exchange
    • explain the concept of opportunity cost as it relates to making a saving or spending choice