Social Studies: Grade 3 Version: CPS08-09

Scholastic Area that Course Is Active In: Social Studies

Strand: Historical Understandings

SS3H1: Our Political Roots
The student will explain the political roots of our modern democracy in the United States of America.
Element: SS3H1.b
Explain the ancient Athenians' idea that a community should choose its own leaders.
Element: SS3H1.c
Compare and contrast Athens as a direct democracy with the United States as a representative democracy.
Element: SS3H1.a
Identify the influence of Greek architecture (columns on the Parthenon, U.S. Supreme Court building), law, and the Olympic Games on the present.

SS3H2: American Historic Figures
The student will discuss the lives of Americans who expanded people's rights and freedoms in a democracy.
Element: SS3H2.a
Discuss Paul Revere (independence), Frederick Douglass (civil rights), Susan B. Anthony (women's rights), Mary McLeod Bethune (education), Franklin D. Roosevelt (New Deal and World War II), Eleanor Roosevelt (United Nations and Human Rights), Thurgood Marshall (civil rights), Lyndon B. Johnson (Great Society and voting rights), and Cesar Chavez (workers' rights.)
Element: SS3H2.b
Explain social barriers, restrictions, and obstacles that these historical figures had to overcome and describe how they overcame them.

Strand: Geographic Understandings

SS3G1: U.S. Topographical Features
The student will locate major topographical features.
Element: SS3G1.a
Identify major rivers of the United States of America: Mississippi, Ohio, Rio Grande, Colorado, Hudson.
Element: SS3G1.b
Identify major mountain ranges of the United States of America: Appalachian, Rocky.
Element: SS3G1.c
Locate the equator, prime meridian, and lines of latitude and longitude on a globe.
Element: SS3G1.d
Locate Greece on a world map.

SS3G2: Culture and Geographic Context
The student will describe the cultural and geographic systems associated with the historical figures in SS3H2a.
Element: SS3G2.a
Identify on a political map specific locations significant to the life and times of these historic figures.
Element: SS3G2.b
Describe how place (physical and human characteristics) had an impact on the lives of these historic figures.
Element: SS3G2.c
Describe how each of these historic figures adapted to and was influenced by his/her environment.
Element: SS3G2.d
Trace examples of travel and movement of these historic figures and their ideas across time.
Element: SS3G2.e
Describe how the region in which these historic figures lived affected their lives and had an impact on their cultural identification.

Strand: Government/Civics Understandings

SS3CG1: Republican Form of Government
The student will explain the importance of the basic principles that provide the foundation of a republican form of government.
Element: SS3CG1.a
Explain why in the United States there is a separation of power between branches of government and levels of government.
Element: SS3CG1.b
Name the three levels of government (national, state, local) and the three branches in each (executive, legislative, judicial), including the names of the legislative branch (Congress, General Assembly, county commission or city council).
Element: SS3CG1.c
State an example of the responsibilities of each level and branch of government.

SS3CG2: Character Traits of Historic Figures
The student will discuss the character of different historical figures in SS3H2a.
Element: SS3CG2a
Describe how the different historical figures in SS3H2a display positive character traits of cooperation, diligence, courage, and leadership.
Element: SS3CG2b
Explain how the historical figures in SS3H2a used positive character traits to support their beliefs in liberty, justice, tolerance, and freedom of conscience and expression.
Element: SS3CGc
Explain how the historical figures in SS3H2a chose when to respect and accept authority.

Strand: Economic Understandings

SS3E1: Productive Resources
The student will describe the four types of productive resources.
Element: SS3E1.a
Describe natural resources (land).
Element: SS3E1.b
Describe human resources (labor).
Element: SS3E1.c
Describe capital resources (capital goods).
Element: SS3E1.d
Describe enterpreneurship resources (used to create goods and services).

SS3E2: Government Goods and Services
The student will explain that governments provide certain types of goods and services in a market economy and pay for these through taxes, and will describe services such as schools, libraries, roads, police/fire protection, and military.

SS3E3: National and Global Interdependence
The student will give examples of interdependence and trade and will explain how voluntary exchange benefits both parties.
Element: SS3E3.a
Describe the interdependence of consumers and producers of goods and services.
Element: SS3E3.b
Describe how goods and services are allocated by price in the marketplace.
Element: SS3E3.c
Explain that some things are made locally, some elsewhere in the country, and some in other countries.
Element: SS3E3.d
Explain that most countries create their own currency for use as money.

SS3E4: Personal Budgeting
The student will describe the costs and benefits of personal spending and saving choices.

Strand: Map and Globe Skills

SS3MG1: Map & Globe Skills
The student will use maps to retrieve Social Studies information.
Element: SS3MG1.a
Use cardinal directions.
Element: SS3MG1.b
Use intermediate directions.
Element: SS3MG1.c
Use a letter/number grid system to determine location.
Element: SS3MG1.d
Compare and contrast the categories of natural, cultural, and political features found on maps.
Element: SS3MG1.e
Use inch to inch map scale to determine distance on maps.
Element: SS3MG1.f
Use map key/legend to acquire information from historical, physical, political, resource, product, and economic maps.
Element: SS3MG1.g
Use a map to explain impact of geography on historical and current events.
Element: SS3MG1.h
Draw conclusions and make generalizations based on information from maps.
Element: SS3MG1.i
Use latitude and longitude to determine location.

Strand: Information Processing Skills

SS3IP1: Information Processing Skills
The student will be able to locate, analyze, and synthesize information related to social studies topics and apply this information to solve problems/make decisions.
Element: SS3IP1.a
Compare similarities and differences.
Element: SS3IP1.b
Organize items chronologically.
Element: SS3IP1.c
Identify issues and/or problems and alternative solutions.
Element: SS3IP1.d
Distinguish between fact and opinion.
Element: SS3IP1.e
Identify main idea, detail, sequence of events, and cause and effect in a social studies context.
Element: SS3IP1.f
Identify and use primary and secondary sources.
Element: SS3IP1.g
Interpret timelines.
Element: SS3IP1.h
Identify social studies reference resources to use for a specific purpose.
Element: SS3IP1.i
Constructs charts and tables.
Element: SS3IP1.j
Analyze artifacts.
Element: SS3IP1.k
Draw conclusions and make generalizations.
Element: SS3IP1.l
Analyze graphs and diagrams.
Element: SS3IP1.m
Translate dates into centuries, eras, or ages.

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