3rd Grade 
Common Core History

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Historical Thinking and Skills
1. Events in local history can be shown on timelines organized by years, decades and centuries.

2. Primary sources such as artifacts, maps and photographs can be used to show change over time.


  1. The Time Machine - This U.S. Mint site has twelve hyperlinked dates, each one tells a story. Outstanding!  
  2. An Index of timelines
  3. Customize your own timeline - This free service is offered by OurTimeLines.com. They request that webmasters not link to the timeline generator. Therefore you must go to the bottom of their page where you see the phrase, Ready to check it out? Just... Click Here!
  4. Make your own Timeline, thanks to Teachnology - (scroll past the membership information) Their generator can be used to make time lines of up to 9 events of your choice. Select either a horizontal or vertical timeline.
  5. Dynamo's Timeline Show This is a very cute animated site where students first watch a cartoon about cars, trains, boats, or planes and their development over the last century. Then they have to place the objects on a timeline in the correct locations.
  6. History Willoughby  This web site gives a brief history of Willoughby  including transportation, business, and leaders.
  7. CBP History Timeline - U.S. Customs and Border Protection

  8. Timeline fullscreen. - Nathaniel Hawthorne in Salem

  9. Oregon Trail -  Website
  10. Oregon Trail - game   The year is 1848 and you are about to embark on a 2000 mile journey across North America from Independence, Missouri to Oregon Country on the Pacific Game on Line
  11. Map Oregon Trail


3. Local communities change over time.





1. Daily Life in Ohio up to 1903  This site uses pages of information, pictures, and primary sources to explain the everyday experiences of Ohioans and emphasizes their home and family life.

2.  The Underground Railroad  An interactive map to see the Slave States and the Free States during the Civil War. Also shows the path that people followed for the Underground Railroad.

3. A Step Back in Time  At this cute animated page students learn about life in England in the early 1900's. Each page has animations, things to click, and lots of good information.  Very good.

4. What Is It? To find out more about daily life in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, pictures of everyday items are shown. Students try to guess what each one is and how it was used. Then they can click on the picture to find out what it is and neat information about it.

5. America on the Move  At this excellent site you can read about how transportation shaped the lives, landscapes, culture, and communities of America. You can examine the changes brought by transportation networks, play some cool games, and check out lots of other resources from the National Museum of American History. There are also excellent teacher guides available for each section.

6. The History of Transportation This web site traces the history of transportation from 3500 BC to the present with loads of information, pictures, and links to additional resources.

7. More Famous People

8. Ben Franklin uncover Power Point

9. Power Point by Max Wright

10. Power Point by Drew Hipps

11. Power Point by Rachel Gardner

12. How to create an Undercover Power Point presentation

13.  History Willoughby  This web site gives a brief history of Willoughby  including transportation, business, and leaders







Spatial Thinking
and Skills

4. Physical and political maps have distinctive characteristics and purposes. Places can be located on a map by using the title, key, alphanumeric grid and cardinal directions.




  1. Temperate Zone maps - North America - South America - Europe - Asia
  2. Create A map   Design a Town Map and printout  PDF
  3. Create A map   Design a treasure map and Printout  PDF
  4. World Map  The map has physics implemented so it can quickly be scrolled from one part to another with a flick of the finger on the whiteboard – tap again to stop the scroll.  Mark points of interest using the 3 different colored map pins.
  5. Can You Read a Map? - Use a map to answer questions
  6. Where is Japan - Students use the four cardinal directions to find real places on a map. (Author - Sandi King)
  7. 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.
  8. Weather Map game  In this game the student has to place five weather symbols on a map to show the appropriate condition in five cities. The cities are randomly generated each time so the game can be played over and over. UK
  9. How Maps Work This web page uses colorful animations to illustrate how maps relate to their real-life places and objects
  10.  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.
  11. Maps and Mapping
Places and Regions

5. Daily life is influenced by the agriculture, industry and natural resources in different communities.


  1. Daily life  Influenced by surroundings.
  2. Farm Aid   Website showing problems and solving them.
  3. How Communities change they way people live    3/15 (Kinds of communities)
  4. America on the Move.  3/15  Flash needed
Human Systems

6. Evidence of human modification of the environment can be observed in the local community.

7. Systems of transportation and communication move people, products and ideas from place to place.

8. Communities may include diverse cultural groups.




  1. Different Tribes - Compare daily life of Native American tribes from different regions and times. (Author - Laurie Ayers)
  2.  Checking for clues  What conclusions can you draw based on this evidence? ... Human Record Humans Record Changes The records and activities of people provide information about Illinois environments and climate.
  3. Moving People Products and ideas
  4. Systems of transportation
  5. Global envision
  6. Global Transformations
  7. Reaching out to diverse populations
  8. Understanding Culture and Diversity in Building Communities

  9. Journey to Cultural Competence - TLC                      Discuss cultural competence and why it is especially important in health care. ... *Includes American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, ...



Civic Participation and Skills

9. Members of local communities have social and political responsibilities.

10. Individuals make the community a better place by solving problems in a way that promotes the common good.


  1.  A balancing act    This student activity explores the local community showing that community membershave social and political responsibilities and that individuals make the community a better place by solving problems
  2. Exploring our Community
  3. Community Lessons
  4. Creating a Community
Rules and Laws 

11. Laws are rules which apply to all people in a community and describe ways people are expected to behave. Laws promote order and security, provide public services and protect the rights of individuals in the local community.




  1. Being a Responsible Citizen
  2. Laws what are they good for?
  3. Necessity of rules and laws

Roles and Systems of Government

12. Governments have authority to make and enforce laws.

13. The structure of local governments may differ from one community to another.




  1. Government is a body that has authority
  2. Separation of Powers       make decisions about governing O- develop ideas for laws and the ... in the community can have the power to invent, create and then enforce laws at their .... Ministers control government departments and authorities that enforce statute law.
  3. Civics Today    Citizens agree to follow a set of rules and to accept a government's authority. Government is needed to make and enforce laws and decisions for its citizens. ... With such a large population, the United States must have a representative
  4. Crossword Puzzle



Economic Decision Making and Skills

14. Line graphs are used to show changes in data over time.

15. Both positive and negative incentives affect people’s choices and behaviors.



  1. Popcorn Economics
  2. Going Camping
  3. Competition Pizza
  4. Colonial Workers Web  PDF
  5. Market to Market
  6. Old Toy - New Market
  7. How Much is that Doggy
  8. Introduction to Resources  (Flash needed) 3/15
  9. Producers and consumer Flash needed
  10. What are economic resources  Smart Notebook
  11.  Food Chain Flash needed (producer - consumer)
  12.  Producers consumer Decomposer game (flash needed)
  13.  Analyzing an Ecosystem  (Flash Needed)


16. Individuals must make decisions because of the scarcity of resources. Making a decision involves an opportunity cost, the value of the next best alternative given up when an economic choice is made.




  1. Making Choices with Scarce Resources: Penny Drive
  2. Different Tribes - Compare daily life of Native American tribes from different regions and times. (Author - Laurie Ayers)
  3. Power Point presentation

Production and

17. A consumer is a person whose wants are satisfied by using goods and services. A producer makes goods and/or provides services.




  1. 1. 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.
  2. Popcorn Economics
  3. Going Camping
  4. Competition Pizza
  5. Colonial Workers Web  PDF
  6. Market to Market
  7. Old Toy - New Market
  8. How Much is that Doggy


18. A market is where buyers and sellers exchange goods and services.


  1. 1. Kids Bank Have fun in this learning website as you explore some of the fundamentals of money. Learn the basics of banking, and a little about how savings, interest, checking and other banking activities work. There are also quizzes to test what you have learned.

Financial Literacy

19. Making decisions involves weighing costs and benefits.

20. A budget is a plan to help people make personal economic decisions for the present and future and to become more financially responsible.





  1. Old Toy - New Market
  2. How Much is that Doggy
  3. Money comes and Money goes
  4. Clickety Clack, Let's Keep Track