Social Studies - Third Grade


  • Students will compare and contrast the founding and development of St. Louis, Missouri and Cahokia, Illinois, identifying the role of French Catholics and the Church in the settlement of the area.
  • Students will describe the similarities between the beginning of several communities in the United States with emphasis upon different groups of people who settled in that particular community and their affect upon it.
  • Students will identify and use primary and secondary sources, timelines, diagrams, letters, photographs, clothing, tools, pottery, fossils and art to pursue historical investigation.


  • Students will explain different types of maps; physical, political, product, etc.
  • Students will describe main and intermediate directions on a map.
  • Students will identify the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.
  • Students will measure distance on a map using its scale.
  • Students will describe and use the grid system to locate points on a map.
  • Students will explain how changes in transportation and communication affect people’s lives.
  • Students will identify and locate the seven continents, the four great oceans, and the primary land forms found on each continent.


  • Students will distinguish between natural and human resources and their affect on population.
  • Students will explain how economic growth/ decline can cause a community to change.
  • Students will identify and explain public goods and services.
  • Students will explain why people living in different places and having different ways of making a living, need to interact with each other.


  • Students will compare and contrast how people’s needs have been met in different ways in different communities and cultures at different times.
  • Students will participate in constructive methods for resolving conflicts and problems (identify problem, list alternative behavior, evaluate alternatives and make a decision based on most acceptable behavior) in class meetings and religion class.

Political Science

  • Students will explain why cities make laws.
  • Students will discuss the responsibilities of citizens, including respect for rights of others.
  • Students will identify the main purpose of The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
  • Students will explain the National Anthem as a symbol of our nation.