Third Grade SS Lessons

Theme:  Communities: Past and Present, Near and Far




Content Statement #1. Events in local history can be shown on timelines organized by years, decades and centuries.


Timeline Resources

A Living Timeline

Timeline Generator Tool


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


Teaching with Documents

Info on Using Primary Sources



Content Statement #3. Local communities change over time.


Exploring Our Community

Community Adaptations

Our Changing Community




Content Statement #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.


Maps and Mapping Lessons

Mapping Your State

Cardinal Directions and Maps

Using a Grid with a Zoo Map


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


Exploring Our Community

Creating a Community(2)

Human Migration: The Story of a Community’s Culture

Why Communities Move

Exploring the Characteristics of Places


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


Community Adaptations

Our Changing Community


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


Transportation Systems

Life on the Half Moon

1842: First Wagon Train Sets Off (article)

The Erie Canal



Content Statement #8. Communities may include diverse cultural groups.


A Community Migration Story

Community Cultural Trunk (needs modified from Utah)

Exploring the Characteristics of Places

Migration Around the World




Content Statement #9. Members of local communities have social and political responsibilities.


Being a Responsible Citizen

5 Strategies on Teaching Social Responsibility


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


Being a Responsible Citizen


Content Statement #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.


“Laws. What Are They Good for?” Unit with 4 Lessons

Rules and Laws of the Community

Necessity of Rules and Laws


Content Statement #12. Governments have authority to make and enforce laws.


What is a Law? – Ben’s Guide


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


Local Government lessons





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


Line Graphs Showing Changes Over Time

Making a Line Graph

Line Graph Lesson


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


Earth Day – Hooray! 

Economic Incentives in Our Community

What’s the Incentive

Incentives Influences Us

Inventive Incentives

Positive and Negative Incentives


Content Statement #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.


Opportunity Costs: Consumers

Toys for Me

Learning Economics with Mindcraft

Costs and Benefits of Buying a T-Shirt


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


Goods and Services 3

Goods and Services Drag and Drop



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


What is Competition

Hey Pop!

Competition:  Pizza

Market to Market

Old Toy – New Market


Content Statement #19. Making decisions involves weighing costs and benefits.


Opportunity Costs: Consumers

Toys for Me

Learning Economics with Mindcraft

Costs and Benefits of Buying a T-Shirt

You Decide



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


Money Comes and Money Goes

Clickety Clack, Let’s Keep Track