Third Grade Social Studies Practices

  • Grade 3: Social Studies Practices


    A. Gathering, Using, and Interpreting Evidence

    1. Develop questions about a world community.

    2. Recognize and use different forms of evidence used to make meaning in social studies (including sources such as art and photographs, artifacts, oral histories, maps, and graphs).

    3. Identify and explain creation and/or authorship, purpose, and format for evidence; where appropriate, identify point of view.

    4. Identify arguments of others.

    5. Identify inferences.

    6. Recognize arguments and identify evidence.

    7. Create an understanding of the past by using primary and secondary sources.


    B. Chronological Reasoning and Causation

    1. Explain how three or more events are related to one another.

    2. Employ mathematical skills to measure time in years and centuries.

    3. Identify causes and effects using examples from his/her life or from a current event or history.

    4. Distinguish between long-term and immediate causes and effects of an event from his/her life or current events or history.

    5. Recognize continuity and change over periods of time.

    6. Recognize periods of time such as decades and centuries.

    7. Recognize and identify patterns of continuity and change in world communities.


    C. Comparison and Contextualization

    1. Identify a world region by describing a characteristic that places within it have in common.

    2. Identify multiple perspectives by comparing and contrasting people’s point of view in differing world


    3. Describe a historical event in a world community.

    4. Recognize the relationship among geography, economics, and history in world communities.

    5. Describe a historical development in a world community with specific details including time and place.


    D. Geographic Reasoning

    1. Ask geographic questions about where places are located and why they are located there using geographic representations such as maps and models. Describe where places are in relation to each other and describe connections among places.

    2. Distinguish human activities and human-made features from “environments” (natural events or physical features—land, air, and water—that are not directly made by humans).

    3. Describe how human activities affect the environment of a world community; describe how the environment of a specific world community affects the human activities in that community.

    4. Recognize a process that applies to population and a resulting pattern.

    5. Describe how human activities alter places and regions.


    E. Economics and Economic Systems

    1. Examine how scarcity affects the decisions about the use of resources by people and governments; examine the cost and benefits of economic decisions.

    2. Identify the variety of resources available in a particular world community used to produce goods and/or provide services.

    3. Identify the products found in world communities and the various ways people in those communities pay for products.

    4. Examine the goods and services provided by world communities; describe what goods and services a world community trades with other world communities.

    5. Explore the types of governments in world communities and services they provide to citizens.



    F. Civic Participation

    1. Demonstrate respect for the rights of others in discussions and classroom debates regardless of whether one agrees with the other viewpoint.

    2. Participate in activities that focus on a classroom, school, or world community issue or problem.

    3. Identify different types of political systems found in world communities.

    4. Identify opportunities for and the role of the individual in social and political participation in the school, community, or world community.

    5. Show respect in issues involving differences and conflict; participate in negotiating and compromising in the resolution of differences and conflict.

    6. Identify situations in which social actions are required and suggest solutions.

    7. Identify leaders of world communities and the president of the United States; identify similarities and

    differences in their roles.

    8. Identify rights and responsibilities within the community and compare them to those in world communities.