3rd Grade: Communities around the World
In third grade, students will study “Communities Around the World”
Our third graders engage in structured inquiry to learn about:
Civic Ideals and Practices
Development, Movement, and Interaction of Cultures
Geography, Humans and the Environment
Time, Continuity, and Change
Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic Systems
These units represent five of the unifying themes of social studies. In “Communities around the World,” students learn about communities around the globe and about global citizenship. Students bring with them knowledge about their communities. In this course, students make comparisons across time and space, examining different communities and their cultures. Culture includes social organization, customs and traditions, language, arts and literature, religion, forms of government, and economic systems. Students are introduced to the concepts of prejudice, discrimination and human rights, as well as to social action.
The New York State K-12 Social Studies Framework is designed to prepare students for college, careers, and civic life with courses that are rigorous and aligned to New York State Learning Standards.
Concord Road Elementary Students are taught key ideas and conceptual understandings in Social Studies using structured inquiry. We use inquiries from the The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards. We utilize the inquiry design model (IDM) to support our instruction. Students are given a compelling question, asked supporting questions and participate in activities that are designed to help students practice the skills and acquire new content. Students often complete a summative assessment or take informed action. A variety of primary and secondary sources are used to help students build their understanding of the compelling and supporting questions and to practice the work of historians and social scientists. Our students also engage in six core practices in social studies. The Social Studies Practices represent the social science and historical thinking skills that students should develop throughout their K-12 education in order to be prepared for civic participation, college, and careers.