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Spencer Pointe
Elementary School
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Mrs. Mack
3rd Grade - Spencer Pointe
cmack@nlsd122.org

Social Studies  

 Our social studies  publisher is TCI. The Social Studies Alive! Our Community and Beyond program addresses the Common Core standards for social studies. 

 

                                                                                 

Understanding the Geography of the World

Chapter One: Understanding the Geography of the World

Students will learn:

  • During a Visual Discovery activity, students act as space shuttle astronauts who are returning to Earth and learn about the geographic features of the globe as they get nearer and nearer to their landing site.

Essential Question: Where in the world is our community?

Finding Places in the United States

Chapter Two: Finding Places in the United States

Students will learn:

  • In a Social Studies Skill Builder, students use a map and compass rose to locate their community, identify directions, and measure distances to other places.
    Essential Question: Where in the United States is our community?

Essential Question: Where in the United States is our community?

Landforms Quizlet

Geography and the Way We Live

Chapter Three: Geography and the Way We Live

 

Student will learn to:

  • In a Writing for Understanding activity, students write and illustrate travel brochures for four communities in the United States based on physical features, climate, and natural resources.
Essential Question: How does geography affect the way we live?


Settling in the United States

Chapter Four:  Settling in the United States

Students will learn:

  • In an Experiential Exercise, students explore the reasons why people immigrate, the challenges immigrants face in getting to the United States, and some of the benefits and drawbacks of being an immigrant.

Essential Question: How do people become part of our country?
Diversity in the United States

Chapter Five: Diversity in the United States

Students will learn:

  • In a Response Group activity, students explore cultural diversity by looking at the contributions of different cultures in the categories of foods, languages, holidays, and traditions, and they brainstorm lists of additional contributions.

Essential Question: What different groups of people make up our culture?

Making Communities Better

Chapter Six:  Making Communities Better

Students will learn:

  • In a Problem Solving Groupwork activity, students create human monuments honoring the contributions of five individuals whose actions made a difference in the lives of people in their own community and around the country.

Essential Question: How do people improve their communities?

Cultures Around the World

Chapter Seven:  Cultures Around the World

Students will learn:

  • In a Writing for Understanding activity, pairs read about six children from communities around the world and study artifacts related to the children’s daily lives. Students use Venn diagrams to note similarities and differences between their lives and those of the children they read about.

Essential Question: How are people around the world alike and different?