Office of Elementary Social Studies

Grade 3 Social Studies: The Many People of a Community

The third grade social studies course, Expanding Horizons, continues the work from Grade 2 by focusing on elements of community around the world. These elements include a spiraling focus on geography, economics, civics, culture and history. During the Expanding Horizons course, students will explore geographic, economic, civic, cultural and historic questions and ideas in continents of Asia, South America and Europe. These three unites build upon the foundation provided in Grade 2 when students studied the United States, North America, and Africa.

Unit 1: Asia

In Unit 1 students analyze the geographic make-up of Asia. Students analyze the particular nations of India, China, and Japan in order to compare each to the United States. Students look specifically at how the different forms of government affect the way laws and rules are made and enforced in a country. Additionally, students begin looking at the role of government by analyzing how laws impact citizens. Lastly, students look at the role scarcity and opportunity cost had on the Silk Road.

Unit 2: South America

In Unit 2, students build upon the historical skills practiced in Unit 1 by using latitude and longitude to locate areas in South America. Students will then compare the geographic features of South America to those in Asia and the United States. Next, they look at the cultures of the South American countries of Peru, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. Students will spend time analyzing the importance of the Brazilian rainforest and the Amazon River.

Unit 3: Europe

In Unit 3, students continue to build on their knowledge of geography and government by applying geographic principles in order to compare the geography of Spain, Great Britain, Italy, France, and Portugal. Students then analyze the different forms of government and how they impact the daily life of citizens in each country. Lastly, students analyze European culture and how European culture has been impacted by technological advancements throughout time.

Unit 4: Civics in Action

In Unit 4, students learn about the roles and responsibilities of people as citizens of the community and country. Students explore the political leaders of both local and national politics.  Students will describe the importance of laws and how participating in the community is an important way to show good citizenship. They will examine how citizens of the community come together to work for common democratic goals.

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