• Third-Grade Social Studies Learning Objectives
     
    Social studies is amulti-disciplinary, integrated approach to the study of people, theirphysical environment, traditions, leadership and cultures. The K-3social studies program introduces geography, civics, economics andhistory. Students study people and cultures, past and present, from ourown community and all over the world. They learn how the physicalenvironment shapes cultures, why governments are important and ways inwhich our needs are served in the economy.
     
    Geography
    • Compare and contrast examples of urban, suburban and rural communities.
    • Locate the seven continents on a map of the world.
    • Identify major landforms and bodies of water around the world.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the way in which different communities have been formed because of their geographic characteristics.
    • Demonstrate the ability to read a map.
     
    Culture
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the way in which a given location influences the way in which people live.
    • Recognize examples of language, literature, art, music, dance and religions as expressions of cultures around the world.
    • Compare and contrast the many ways people express their culture within their own community.

     History
    • Begin to develop an understanding of the history of various communities around the world.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the past and present.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of how different people or groups of people tell the story of history from different points of view.
     
    Economics
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the way in which people in different communities around the world depend on each other for goods and services.
    • Compare and contrast the ways in which various communities provide for the needs of their people.

     Civics
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the role citizens, leaders and rules play in a community.
    • Compare and contrast different styles of governments in various communities around the world.

     Contemporary Applications
    • Appreciate similarities and differences among communities around the world.