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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 English Language Arts. 

To access the social studies book, please click on the book. The user name is 122 and your first and last name in lowercase letters. The password is nlsd and your 5 numbers.


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