• Grade 3:  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.

    April, May, and June Update

    Social Studies - April, May, and June News

    We continued to travel around the world learning more about countries and cultures.  The children have been identifying the seven continents and five oceans. We have been discussing how geography directly impacts the way people live all over the world - from food to clothing and shelter and more.

    I was so proud of all the children for completing the “Fifty, Nifty Challenge” back in March.  This was a fun way to learn more about the location of the fifty states. Way to go to all the participants who chose to “exercise their brains” with this challenge.

    The children will also connect some of our ongoing social studies work about geography and sustainability to our inform ocean research unit of study.  They learned to take action to make change.  They are a part of the SOLUTION, not the POLLUTION.

    January, February, and March Update

    Social Studies:

    The children continue to learn more about the world around them.  They are also learning more about the geography of the world and specific to the United States.  Many children enjoyed exercising their brains with the “Fifty, Nifty States Challenge” in February.

    Finally, the children continue to learn more about cultures all around the world.  We are focusing on the diversity and similarities between cultures.  While the children learn that each culture is unique, we all share much more in common than what makes us different.  One way we continue to highlight this is through celebration.  We have continued to enjoy learning more about holidays celebrated both by members of the Class 3M Family and people throughout the world.

    We also enjoyed learning about influential people through our Black History Month and Women’s History Month studies.

    Social Studies - November/December News

    The third graders continue to learn about the world around them through our social studies work.  

    Concord Road School had the opportunity to learn more about the federal holiday of Veterans Day on Wednesday, November 10th.  We learned more about veterans and the service, bravery, and sacrifice of these men and women.   We all learned so much as a school community.

    The students enjoyed speaking about the national holiday of Thanksgiving. We spoke about some of the traditions and types of celebrations in the United States.  We also compared Thanksgiving to other harvest holidays around the world. Ask about Thanksgiving in Canada which is celebrated in October. The Yam Festival is celebrated in West Africa and the South Pacific Islands in August. The Harvest Moon Festival, known as Chuseok, is celebrated in Korea in August. Sukkoth is a harvest festival celebrated in Israel in September or October. We discussed the similarities found amongst all of the different holidays.  We also discussed that when people leave their home lands they take their celebrations with them. As a result, many of these celebrations are now celebrated all around the world - including right here in the United States!

    The children continue to travel all around the world learning about different cultural holidays.  We are noticing what makes each holiday unique while focusing on the many similarities between them all.  It is wonderful to live in a community which celebrates all of the different holidays we are learning about.  The children continue to be the very best teachers.

    We also continued to reflect on the cultures which make up our classroom community. As shared at our cultural holiday celebration, the students specifically focused on the similarities amongst the different holidays celebrated within our classroom and around the world. Below are the five areas we noticed all of the holidays around the world share in common.

    • When we celebrate a holiday, we gather together with family and friends.

    • When we celebrate a holiday, we eat and drink together.

    • When we celebrate a holiday, we play music and sing.

    • When we celebrate a holiday, we use fire and light.

    • When we celebrate a holiday, we dress in special clothing.

    It was wonderful for the students to learn more about one another's cultures and to specifically focus on the elements that every cultural celebration shares in common. Please remember to continue to point out these similarities as you celebrate the holidays with your families throughout the year.