Third Grade -  Social Studies

 3rd Grade Social Studies Skills

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History

Geography

Websites listed below that contain SB means you may use a smart board with that link

People in Societies

Geography Economics Government

Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities

 

Social Studies Skills and Methods

History

(Based on State of Ohio Curriculum Standards)


1. Define and measure time by years, decades and centuries.

 

  1. From Colonial Crossing to Kitty Hawk - Students compare primary and secondary sources. (Author - Julie Thompson)
  2. An index of timelines you may go to this webpage for much more

 

2. Place local historical events in sequential order on a time line.

 

  1. Kids Port.  Great site to assist in all areas
  2. The Time Machine - This U.S. Mint site has twelve hyperlinked dates, each one tells a story. Outstanding! on 3/14/06

3. Describe changes in the community over time including changes in:
a.
     
Businesses;
b.
      Architecture;
c.
       Physical features;
d.
      Employment;
e.
       Education;
f.
        Transportation;
g.
      Technology;
h.
      Religion;
i.
        Recreation.

  1. From Colonial Crossing to Kitty Hawk - Students compare primary and secondary sources. (Author - Julie Thompson)
  2. History Willoughby  This web site gives a brief history of Willoughby  including transportation, business, and leaders
  3. Eastlake  Web page with information on the city

 

1. Compare some of the cultural practices and products of various groups of people who have lived in the local community including:
a.
     
Artistic expression;
b.
      Religion;
c.
       Language;
d.
      Food.

  1. Map  Great tool to illustrate zooming in on the area we live.  Only need to type in your address and city and state.
  2. Arial view of South High
  3. Arial view of North High school
  4. Power Point showing Italian practices
  5. Food Pyramids in Various cultures - | Cambodian | Chinese Native American | Spanish | Many Cultures
  6. Dress Me Up - Help a Colonist from 1628 get dressed. (Requires Flash)
  7. Focus on Ethnic Cuisine - links to pages ranging from African to Vietnamese
  8. Food Pyramid Quiz - as a follow up, click on a part of the pyramid to take a short quiz about that part
  9. Mask Making and Use in Different Cultures - Native America, Africa, Asia, and others
  10. On Line Quiz1   Culture   Created by Ms.  Barrett  Willoughby-Eastlake Schools.
  11. On Line Quiz2   Culture   Created by Ms.  Barrett  Willoughby-Eastlake Schools.

STUDENTS MAY ENTER THEIR STREET NUMBER AND NAME IN THE UPPER LEFT CORNER TO FIND AN ARIAL VIEW OF THEIR HOME.

2. Compare the cultural practices and products of the local community with those of other communities in Ohio, the United States and countries of the world.

 

  1. Pulse The Movie  Click here to view information for the teachers guild.
  2. Stomp on line   Choose this website to view more information on pulse  Click on pulse to hear music
  3. An Interactive slide show on consumers with a short quiz at the end.
  4. An Interactive slide show on producers with a short quiz at the end.
  5. Little Bill the Producer! - This lesson (from EconEd Link) teaches the most basic vocabulary about production. People who make goods and provide services are called producers.
  6. Match producers and the products they make by dragging images from one row to another
  7. Producers and consumer slide show of Simple Simon
  8. Producers and consumer Simple Simon quiz
  9. Simple Simon Meets a Producer - In this lesson plan (from EconEd Link) students learn that consumers are the people who buy and use goods and services. Producers make the goods and provide the services.
  10. Slide show followed by a quiz on producers and consumers
  11. We are Consumers and Producers - In this lesson (from EconEd Link) students learn how they and family members fulfill the roles of consumers and producers at home and in their community.
  12. Fact world Book  This web page will allow you to visit any country and obtain information.

3. Describe settlement patterns of various cultural groups within the local community.

 

  • An Ecosystem - Also discusses producers, consumers and decomposers.
  •  
    1. Types of Land - Geographical features
    1. Park and recreation map of Oswego - read legend and find schools, parks, and recreation facilities.
    1. From Colonial Crossing to Kitty Hawk - Students compare primary and secondary sources.
  • Geography

    1. Use political maps, physical maps and aerial photographs to ask and answer questions about the local community.

     

    1. Kids Port.  Great site to assist in all areas
    2. World Atlas - Click on the continents for more maps.
    3. Reading a Road Map - Pick a state and use the Map Key.
    4. Map Sites - Teacher Resource
    5. Maps of U.S. cities - find your city and locate places
    6. Community Map - find different locations using the key This is an Adobe Acrobat document
    7. Landforms - Learn the natural physical features of the earth's surface.
    8. Climate Maps - World climate maps with legends.

    9. Climate - Learn about the different types of climate and what controls the climate.

    10. Types of Land - Geographical features

       

    Map Reading Activities

    1. Map reading activity-1.  You may open up this map and read and follow directions and then printout a hard copy.  4 Star

    2. Map reading activity -2 You may open up this map and read and follow directions and then printout a hard copy.   4 Star

    3. Map reading activity -3  You may open up this map and read the following directions and then printout a hard copy.  4 Star

    4. Map reading activity -5  You may open up this map and read the following directions and then printout a hard copy.  4 Star

    5. Lark and recreation map of Oswego - read legend and find schools, parks, and recreation facilities.

    6. Label the Latitude and Longitude  you may open up this map and read the following directions and then printout a hard copy.

    7. Latitude and Longitude Activity  You may open up this map and read the following directions and then printout a hard copy.

     

     

    2. Use a compass rose and cardinal directions to describe the relative location of places.

     

    1. Reading a Road Map - Pick a state and use the Map Key.
    2. Map Sites - Teacher Resource
    3. Compass Rose - worksheet
    4. Origin of Compass Rose - Scroll down to the bottom after reading the history for the key to 32 points of the compass with latitude and longitude readings.

    3. Read and interpret maps by using the map title, map key, direction indicator and symbols to answer questions about the local community.

     

    1. World Atlas - Click on the continents for more maps.
    2. Reading a Road Map - Pick a state and use the Map Key.
    3. Map Sites - Teacher Resource
    4. Maps of U.S. cities - find your city and locate places
    5. Community Map - find different locations using the key This is an Adobe Acrobat document
    6. Types of Maps This fantastic site has loads of information on maps, types of maps, and legends, including online lessons, pictures, diagrams, labs, a dictionary, a review test, and a printable teacher guide in Acrobat format.
    7. Learning about Maps  This is a very comprehensive and easy to understand site on using maps. It covers distance, direction, latitude, longitude, contour maps, topography, geological maps, and more. There are also interactive quizzes to take with most of the sections to apply what has been learned.
    8. Types of Land - Geographical features
    9. Map Maker Imagine that you are a mapmaker for the king and queen of Spain. You really want to sail across the sea to explore and chart the lands you would find there, but the king and queen value your service too much.

    4. Use a number/letter grid system to locate physical and human features on a map.

     

    1. Reading a Road Map - Pick a state and use the Map Key.
    2. Map Sites - Teacher Resource
    3. Go to Enchanted Learning Software's Search page and enter latitude and longitude. You will find dozens of printable pages
    4. Find your Longitude - Interactive game
    5. Label the Latitude and Longitude – a world map from Enchanted Learning (a dull and boring page for the teacher)
    6. Latitude and longitude - online Quiz
    7. Latitude and Longitude Printout Glossary - to be used with the world map above.
    8. Look up the latitude and longitude of states in the U.S.
    9. World map to use in latitude & longitude study - World Latitude and Longitude Activity to go with the map
    10. Landforms - Learn the natural physical features of the earth's surface.
    11. Origin of Compass Rose - Scroll down to the bottom after reading the history for the key to 32 points of the compass with latitude and longtitude readings.  

    5. Identify the location of the equator, Arctic Circle, Antarctic Circle, North Pole, South Pole, Prime Meridian, the tropics and the hemispheres on maps and globes.

     

    1. World Atlas - Click on the continents for more maps.
    2. Reading a Road Map - Pick a state and use the Map Key.
    3. Map Sites - Teacher Resource
    4. Create a Tennis Ball Globe - Students create a Tennis Ball Globe, seeing how a spherical Earth can be shown in one type of flat map. This is an Adobe Acrobat document
    5. World map to use in latitude & longitude study - World Latitude and Longitude Activity to go with the map  
    6. Continents and Oceans - interactive map  
    7. Map Games   You will find quite a few games that will allow the students to learn and have fun at the same time.  You will find map games for many different grade levels.  Please choose the correct one for you.  THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING SITE.

    6. Identify and describe the landforms and climate, vegetation, population and economic characteristics of the local community.

     

    1. Maps of U.S. cities - find your city and locate places
    2. Community Map - find different locations using the key This is an Adobe Acrobat document
    3. Look up the latitude and longitude of states in the U.S.
    4. Climate Maps - World climate maps with legends.
    5. What are Ecosystems - Learn about each area and the differences between them.
      1. Types of Land - Geographical features
    6. Landforms - A Web Quest  In this web quest the student will:
      1. View examples of landforms in the United States.
      2. Locate the places where these landforms can be found.
      3. Make an illustrated Landform Dictionary.
    7. What are Ecosystems - Learn about each area and the differences between them.
    8. An Ecosystem - Also discusses producers, consumers and decomposers.
    9. Ecosystems - We're all in this together!
    10. Rainforests - Fact sheets on rainforests

    7. Identify ways that physical characteristics of the environment (i.e., landforms, bodies of water, climate and vegetation) affect and have been modified by the local community.

     

    1. Maps of U.S. cities - find your city and locate places
    2. Community Map - find different locations using the key This is an Adobe Acrobat document
    3. Landforms - Learn the natural physical features of the earth's surface.
    4. Image Gallery of Landforms - Introduces some of the major kinds of landforms with a link to a picture or image.
    5. Climate Maps - World climate maps with legends.
    6. Climate - Learn about the different types of climate and what controls the climate.
    7. An Ecosystem - Also discusses producers, consumers and decomposers.  

    8. Identify systems of transportation used to move people and products and systems of communication used to move ideas from place to place.

     

    1. Transportation and Public Transit Here’s an elementary-level introduction to the history of transportation from a public transit group. The focus is on how we move people, as opposed to products, but the content would fit well with a unit on communities, cities, or how urban planning works. The site includes a quiz for each of its several units.

    Economics

    1. Define opportunity cost and give an example of the opportunity cost of a personal decision.

     

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    1. We are Consumers and Producers - In this lesson (from EconEd Link) students learn how they and family members fulfill the roles of consumers and producers at home and in their community.  
    2. Why We Save This PDF site is an entire lesson on choice and opportunity cost. It has a really good story and several follow up activities. I did not have as much time to present the entire lesson, so I developed a different follow-up lesson in which students drew a dollar amount out of a hat and then they went on www.kbtoys.com and decided what to buy with their amount of money. They could also decide to save their money to purchase something more expensive. It was really fun!
       
  • 2. Identify people who purchase goods and services as consumers and people who make goods or provide services as producers.

     

    1. Kids Port.  Great site to assist in all areas
    2. An Interactive slide show on consumers with a short quiz at the end.
    3. An Interactive slide show on producers with a short quiz at the end.
    4. Producers and consumer slide show of Simple Simon
    5. Producers and consumer Simple Simon quiz
    6. Simple Simon Meets a Producer - In this lesson plan (from EconEd Link) students learn that consumers are the people who buy and use goods and services. Producers make the goods and provide the services.
    7. Slide show followed by a quiz on producers and consumers
    8. We are Consumers and Producers - In this lesson (from EconEd Link) students learn how they and family members fulfill the roles of consumers and producers at home and in their community.
    9. Needs and Wants - Pictures of needs and wants, a quiz and a short lesson on 10/20/05
    10. Supply and Demand  This web site explains the concepts of supply, demand, producers, consumers, and more. At the end of the lesson are two interactive activities to try that will let the students read stories dealing with supply and demand and apply what they have learned.

     

    3. Categorize economic activities as examples of production or consumption.

     

    1. An Interactive slide show on producers with a short quiz at the end.
    2. Simple Simon Meets a Producer - In this lesson plan (from EconEd Link) students learn that consumers are the people who buy and use goods and services. Producers make the goods and provide the services.
    3. Slide show followed by a quiz on producers and consumers
    4. An Ecosystem - Also discusses producers, consumers and decomposers.
    5. Needs and Wants - a one page poster This is an Adobe Acrobat document
    6. Needs and Wants - Pictures of needs and wants, a quiz and a short lesson on 10/20/05
    7. Smart Board lesson  by:  Mrs. Trepal

     

    4. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of specialization and the division of labor to produce items.

     

    1. Needs and Wants - a one page poster This is an Adobe Acrobat document
    2. Needs and Wants - Pictures of needs and wants, a quiz and a short lesson on 10/20/05

       

    5. Identify different forms of money used over time, and recognize that money facilitates the purchase of goods, services and resources and enables savings.

     

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    1. We are Consumers and Producers - In this lesson (from EconEd Link) students learn how they and family members fulfill the roles of consumers and producers at home and in their community.  
  • 6. Explain how the local community is an example of a market where buyers and sellers exchange goods and services.

     

    1. Simple Simon Meets a Producer - In this lesson plan (from EconEd Link) students learn that consumers are the people who buy and use goods and services. Producers make the goods and provide the services.
    2. We are Consumers and Producers - In this lesson (from EconEd Link) students learn how they and family members fulfill the roles of consumers and producers at home and in their community.  

    7. Identify examples of economic competition in the local community.

     

  •  
    1. We are Consumers and Producers - In this lesson (from EconEd Link) students learn how they and family members fulfill the roles of consumers and producers at home and in their community.  
    2. What is Competition? 
  • Government

    1. Explain the major functions of local government including:

    a.      Promoting order and security;
    b.
          Making laws;
    c.
           Settling disputes;
    d.
          Providing public services;
    e.
           Protecting the rights of individuals.

    1. Willoughby Police Department
    2. City of Willoughby
    3. City of Eastlake
    4. City of Willoughby Hills
    5. Village of Timberlake
    6. City of Willowick
    7. Village of Lakeline

    2. Explain the structure of local governments and identify local leaders (e.g., township trustees, county commissioners, city council members or mayor).

     

    3. Identify the location of local government buildings and explain the functions of government that are carried out there.

     

    4. Identify goods and services provided by local government, why people need them and the source of funding (taxation).

     

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    1. We are Consumers and Producers - In this lesson (from EconEd Link) students learn how they and family members fulfill the roles of consumers and producers at home and in their community.  
  • 5. Define power and authority.

     

    1. Power and Authority   You will find a lesson prepared in Smart Board to illustrate this concept.  SB   Designed by  Concetta Schervish

    6. Explain why the use of power without legitimate authority is unjust (e.g., bullying, stealing).

     

     

    Citizenship Rights
    and Responsibilities

    1. Describe how people help to make the community a better place in which to live including:

    a.      Working to preserve the environment; 

    b.      Helping the homeless;

    c.       Restoring houses in low-income areas;

    d.      Supporting education;

    e.       Planning community events;

    f.        Starting a business.

     

    1. We are Consumers and Producers - In this lesson (from EconEd Link) students learn how they and family members fulfill the roles of consumers and producers at home and in their community.
    2. An Ecosystem - Also discusses producers, consumers and decomposers.
    3. Ecosystems - We're all in this together!
      1. Park and recreation map of Oswego - read legend and find schools, parks, and recreation facilities.

       

    2. Demonstrate effective citizenship traits including:

    a.      Civility;
    b.
          Respect for the rights and dignity of each person;
    c.
           Volunteerism;
    d.
          Compromise;
    e.
           Compassion;

    f.
           
    Persistence in achieving goals;
    g.
         
    Civic-mindedness.

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    1. Ecosystems - We're all in this together!
    2. Famous People
    3. More Famous People
  • 3. Describe the responsibilities of citizenship with emphasis on:

    a.      Voting;

    b.      Obeying laws;

    c.       Respecting the rights of others;

    d.      Being informed about current issues;

    e.       Paying taxes.

     

    1. Kids Port.  Great site to assist in all areas
    2.   Ben Franklin uncover Power Point
      1. Power Point by Max Wright
      2. Power Point by Drew Hipps
      3. Power Point by Rachel Gardner
      4. Undercover Template you may use and modify  
      5. How to create an Undercover Power Point presentation
      6. Rubric For Uncover Power Point
    3. Benjamin Franklin  Find out about Benjamin Franklin’s achievements. SB

    4. Famous People
    5. More Famous People
       
    6. Inside the Voting Booth  This colorful web site explains the importance of voting, gives a history of voting, and gets kids to think what issues are important to them.
    7. Electing a President  This is a great election web site created by and for elementary children. It includes information on how the president is elected, a list of vocabulary words, puzzles, quizzes, a teacher's guide, links to additional resources, and more.

     

    Social Studies Skills and Methods

    1. Obtain information about local issues from a variety of sources including:

    a.      Maps;  |
    b.
          Photos;
    c.
           Oral histories; 
    d.
          Newspapers; 
    e.
           Letters;  
    f.
            Artifacts;
    g.
          Documents.

    1. Kids Port.  Great site to assist in all areas  
      1. Park and recreation map of Oswego - read legend and find schools, parks, and recreation facilities.
      2. From Colonial Crossing to Kitty Hawk - Students compare primary and secondary sources. (Author - Julie Thompson)
      3. News Herald
      4. Cleveland Plain Dealer

    2. Locate information using various parts of a source including:

    a.      The table of contents;
    b.
          Title page;
    c.
           Illustrations;
    d.
          Keyword searches.

     

    3. Identify possible cause and effect relationships.

     

  • Ecosystems - We're all in this together!  
  • 4. Read and interpret pictographs, bar graphs and charts.

    1. Bar Graphs  This web site uses clear explanations and diagrams to teach how to read and create bar graphs. After the review, students can take an interactive quiz on the material.

    5. Communicate information using pictographs and bar graphs.

     

    6. Use a problem-solving/decision-making process which includes:

    a.      Identifying a problem;
    b.
          Gathering information;
    c.
           Listing and considering options;
    d.     Considering advantages and disadvantages of options;
    e.
         
    Choosing and implementing a solution.

  • Ecosystems - We're all in this together!