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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

36 weeks

Overview

Social Studies Grade 3 includes a closer look at American history and civics. This includes studying regions within the United States and the physical and cultural characteristics of Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean Islands. Students develop a firm understanding of important concepts and skills related to history, geography, and economics.

Please view the Elementary Parents’ Survival Guide: The First Four Weeks of Online Learning for guidance on helping your student in the transition to online learning.

Course Requirements

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students and families are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers because, when teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

Required Materials – Please view the list of materials before registering.

Major Topics and Concepts

Segment One

  • Primary and secondary sources
  • Maps and globes
  • Continents and oceans
  • Exploring North America
  • Regions of the United States

 

Segment Two

  • Exploring North America and the countries surrounding the United States
  • Currency
  • Trade
  • US government
  • Constitution
  • Citizenship

Credits 1

Competencies

  • Primary and Secondary Sources
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of primary and secondary sources by explaining the difference between primary and secondary sources, using technology resources to gather information from primary and secondary sources, determining the credibility of sources, and summarizing information found in sources.
  • Maps
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of maps by labeling countries, continents and oceans on a world map, naming the basic map elements, explaining the purpose of a variety of different map types, and using a map scale to measure distances between two places.
  • North America
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of North America by describing the climate, vegetation, and natural resources in North America, explaining how Native Americans used the environment to survive, and identifying the cultures that settled in different parts of North America.
  • Regions of the United States
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the regions of the United States by identifying the five regions of the United States, describing the cultural characteristics of each region, and explaining how the environment influenced settlement patterns in each region.
  • Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean by identifying the landmarks, describing the climate and vegetation, listing the cultures, and describing the cultural characteristics of Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
  • Money and Trade
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of money and trade by identifying the currencies used in different North American countries, differentiating between buyers and sellers, explaining the relationship between scarcity and trade, and providing examples of situations when scarcity results in international trade.
  • The United States Government
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the United States government by explaining the purpose of a government and the Constitution, defining democracy, and describing the three parts of the Constitution.
  • National, State, and Local Governments
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the national, state, and local governments by identifying the responsibilities of each government, describing the three branches of each government, explaining the purpose of a state constitution, and defining civic virtue.

Pre-Requisites

None

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