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Estimated Completion Time

36 weeks


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.

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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


  • Reliable Sources
    I can compare primary and secondary sources. I can identify technology resources used to access sources. I can select credible sources.
  • Reading Maps
    I can identify features on a world map. I can explain basic map elements. I can compare different types of maps.
  • Exploring North America
    I can identify the countries in North America. I can explain the cultures that settled in North America. I can describe the physical characteristics of North America.
  • Regions of the United States
    I can categorize the regions in the United States. I can describe physical features of the regions. I can identify cultures that settled in the regions. I can explain cultural characteristics in the regions. I can analyze landmarks in the regions.
  • Countries in North America
    I can identify the countries in North America. I can explain the physical features of countries in North America. I can identify the landmarks in North America. I can compare the cultural characteristics of countries in North America. I can describe the natural resources of countries in North America.
  • Government
    I can describe the responsibilities of government. I can categorize the branches of government. I can explain the state constitution. I can identify civic virtue.
  • Power of the People
    I can explain the government. I can identify the Constitution. I can describe a democracy.
  • Understanding Money
    I can explain scarcity. I can compare buyers and sellers. I can identify the characteristics of money.



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