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Social Studies Updates

Social Studies Units

The social studies focus for 3rd grade is as follows:
 
The local community serves as the focal point for third grade as students begin to understand how their communities have changed over time and to make comparisons with communities in other places. The study of local history comes alive through the use of artifacts and documents. They also learn how communities are governed and how the local economy is organized. 
 
Our focus 1st trimester will be Geography/History.  The standards we will cover are as follows:
•Events in local history can be shown on timelines organized by years, decades and centuries.
•Local communities change over time. 
•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.
•Evidence of human modification of the environment can be observed in the local community.
•Systems of transportation and communication move people, products and ideas from place to place.
•Communities may include diverse cultural groups. 
 
Our focus 2nd trimester will be Government/History. The standards we will cover are as follows: 
 •Events in local history can be shown on timelines organized by years, decades and centuries.
•Primary sources such as artifacts, maps, and photographs can be used to show changes over time.
•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.
•Daily life is influenced by agriculture, industry, and natural resources in different communities.
•Members of local communities have social and political responsibilities.
•Individuals make the community a better place by solving problems in a way that promotes the common good. 
•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.
•Governments have authority to make and enforce laws.
•The structure of local government may differ from one community to another. 
 
Our focus 3rd trimester will be Economics. The standards we will cover are as follows: 
•Line graphs are used to show changes in data over time.
•Both positive and negative incentives affect people's choices and behavior.
•Individuals must make decisions because of 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.
•A consumer is a person whose wants are satisfied by using goods and services.  A producer makes goods and/or provides services.
•A market is where buyers and sellers interact.  This interaction determines market prices and there by allocates scarce resources, goods, and services.
•Making decisions involves weighing costs and benefits.
•A budget is a plan to help people make personal economic decisions for the present and future and to become more financially responsible.