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Spencer Pointe
Elementary School
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Mrs. Mack
3rd Grade - Spencer Pointe

Social Studies  

 Our social studies  publisher is Pearson. The My World social studies program addresses the Common Core standards for social studies. 



Chapter 1: Our Communities

Chapter One: Our Communities      CCSS  3.RI.7,  3.W.6

Students will learn:

  • People establish different types of communities to meet their basic needs.
  • Communities grow and change over time.
  • Communities have unifying characteristics.

Vocabulary: community, location, region, natural resource, mineral, culture, diverse, symbol, cardinal directions, intermediate directions, hemispheres,  rural, urban, suburban 

Chapter 2 Our Environment

Chapter Two: Our Environment        CCSS    3.RI.8,  3.W.6

Students will learn:

  • Maps and globes can be used to locate places, physical features such as landforms and bodies of water, and features made by humans.
  • Regions are places that have similar physical and cultural characteristics and can be located on a map.
  • The environment (including weather, climate, and natural resources) varies from one place to another and influences how and where people, plants, and animals live.
  • Humans interact with, change, and have an impact on the environment.

Vocabulary:  continents, landform, mine,  weather, climate, elevation, ecosystem, agricultural region, industrial region, renewable resource, nonrenewable resource, conserve, erosion, recycle,  adapt, modify, irrigate, 

Chapter 3 Communities Build a Nation

Chapter Three: Communities Build a Nation        CCSS    3.RI.3,  3.W.6 

This is a longer chapter and is usually taught lesson 1 - 3 and then 4 - 6.

Student will learn to:

  • Identify ways that communities change over time.
  • Determine that conflicts sometimes arise over resources.
  • Discuss how our nation has been shaped by events and actions of the past.
  • Understand that the actions of individuals can affect history.
Vocabulary: customs, longhouses,  cooperated, government, reservations, tradition, explorer, route,  legend,colony, colonize, fort, mission, citizen, expedition, drought, territory,  debt, interpreter, pilgrim,  tax, protest, legislature, patriot, independence, revolution, constitution

Chapter 4 U.S.Government

Chapter Four:  U.S. Government                CCSS     3.RI.2,  3.W.6

Students will learn:

  • The U.S. government was founded on democratic principles and beliefs.
  • The three branches of government were established to limit each branch’s power and to protect the rights of citizens.
  • Local, state, and national governments make and enforce laws and provide different kinds of services to meet the needs of citizens.

Vocabulary: represent, democracy, liberty,  legislative, executive, judicial, Congress, representative, bill, veto, Cabinet,  mayor, council, governor, census

Chapter 5 Citizenship

Chapter Five: Citizenship           CCSS:  3.RI.6,  3.W.6 

Students will learn:

  • Students will recognize that good citizens participate in their communities and work for the common good.
  • Students will understand that many American heroes have taken risks and overcome obstacles to help others.
  • Students will discover that civic organizations and individuals in our country and around the world have made contributions to important causes that benefit the common good.

Vocabulary: volunteer, deed, amendments, convention,civil rights,  suffrage, segregated, union, delegate, cause, motto, strike, boycott

Chapter 6 A Growing Nation

Chapter Six:  A Growing Nation       CCSS    3.RI.3,  3.W.6 

Students will learn:

  • Communities change over time.
  • Technological developments affect how people live.
  • Individuals can affect communities.
  • Some things change over time and some things remain the same.

Vocabulary: wagon train, canal, transcontinental, toll, immigrants, homestead, frontier, gold rush,  communicate,patent, invention, telegraph, assembly line, technology, equal rights, vaccine, activist

Chapter 7 Working in Our Communities

Chapter Seven:  Working in Our Communities        CCSS    3.RI.2,  3.W.6

Students will learn:

  • Understand that people have to make choices about needs and wants because all resources are limited.
  • Recognize that people trade goods and services within communities, with other states, and with other countries.
  • Explain how people are both producers and consumers of goods and services.
  • Understand that people depend on each other as producers, consumers, savers, and borrowers.


Vocabulary: wants, needs, opportunity, scarcity, abundance, cost, value, service, goods, consumers, producer, human resource, profit, capital resource,  trade, barter, demand, supply, free market, import, export,  credit, credit card, savings, bank, deposit, loan, budget, interest, specialization, division of labor, interdependence


Chapter 8 Celebrating Our Communities

Chapter Eight:  Celebrating Our Communities         CCSS     3.RI.9,  3.W.6 

Students will learn:

  • Culture is the way of life of a group of people: the food they eat, the language they speak, the clothing they wear, the stories they tell, the music and art they create, as well as the community they live in.
  • Different cultural groups meet their needs in diverse ways.
  • Cultural groups live together to create communities around the world.
  • Celebrations are a reflection of cultural heritage and tradition.

Vocabulary: oral history,cultural region, recreation, symbol, landmark, arts, anthem, folk tale, hero, harvest, diversity, ancestors, pow wows