3rd Grade Social Studies


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PRIORITIZED BENCHMARKS

SST-03.4.01

3rd Grade SST Targeted Benchmarks
Standard 4: Political Systems

SST-03.4.01 Identify the roles, rights, and responsibilities of a citizen in a community (e.g., obedience to laws, the right to vote, service to the common good).

Student Learning Targets:

Knowledge Targets

  • can explain the roles and responsibilities of a citizen in a community.
  • I can list the rights of a citizen in a community.

Proficiency Rubric

Score   Description Sample Activity
4.0 In addition to a proficient score of a 3.0, the student demonstrates in-depth understanding and application of knowledge regarding more complex material. -
  3.5 In addition to a proficient score of 3.0, the student demonstrates in-depth understanding of knowledge on the content.  
3.0 The student identifies all of the following: roles, rights and responsibilities of a citizen in a community.   -
  2.5 The student demonstrates no major errors or omissions regarding the simpler details and processes (Score 2.0 content) and partial knowledge of the more complex ideas and processes (Score 3.0 content).
2.0 The student identifies 2 of the following: roles, rights and/or responsibilities of a citizen in a community.   -
  1.5 The student demonstrates partial knowledge of the simpler details and processes (Score 2.0 content) but exhibits major errors or omissions regarding the more complex ideas and procedures (Score 3.0 content).
1.0 The student identifies 1 of the following: roles, rights or responsibilities of a citizen in a community.   -
  0.5 The student is unable to identify the roles, rights or responsibilities of a citizen in a community.  

Resources

Websites

Discovery Education

Elementary Social Studies

Parents Helping Students

Helping Your Child With Social Studies

Social Studies in Third Grade 

 

Vocabulary

  • roles
  • rights
  • community
  • citizen
  • responsibility

SST-03.5

BPSS-SST logoStandard 5:

Concepts of Geography

Students understand and apply concepts of geography.

 Narrative for the Concepts of Geography

Through active learning experiences, third grade students gain knowledge and process information about their local community from a variety of resources. They identify important historical events, places, and persons from the past and make connections with their present community. Third grade students explore their own community, including its geographic location.  Students begin to understand other communities in the state and the world through simple comparative studies. Through group work and projects, students should increase communications and decision-making skills and build civic values relating to responsible community citizenship. Skills to receive special emphasis include: (1) using cardinal and intermediate directions and common map symbols; (2) locating their community, major land and water forms, and reference points on maps and globes.

Calculation Method for Standards

Standards are larger groups of related benchmarks. The Standard Grade is a calculation of all the related benchmarks. Click on the benchmark name below each Standard to access the learning targets and proficiency rubrics for each standard's related benchmarks.


SST-03.5.01

BPSS-SST geography concept logo3rd Grade (SST) Social Studies Targeted Benchmarks
Standard 5: Geography

SST-03.5.01 Identify the physical characteristics (e.g., landforms, bodies of water, vegetation, wildlife and climate) of the local community.

Student Learning Targets:

Knowledge Targets

  • I can identify the physical characteristics of my community including landforms, water, and climate.
  • I can

Reasoning Targets

  • I can 

Skills (Performance) Targets

  • I can

Product Targets

  • I can 

Proficiency Scale

The Student ...

(1) Beginning

  • demonstrates very limited new academic knowledge and skill for this grade level. The student performs retrieval skills. The student can determine whether provided information is accurate, inaccurate or unknown.

(2) Developing

  • demonstrates some academic knowledge and skills for this grade level. The student can identify the critical or essential elements of knowledge.

(3) Proficient

  • demonstrates proficiency in academic knowledge and skills for this grade level by showing his/her understanding through a PBL project, quick write using reliable sources/maps or reference maps to locate the physical features.

(4) Advanced

  • demonstrates in-depth understanding of academic knowledge and skills for this grade level beyond what was taught in the classroom through independent research to learn and share about landforms, climate and bodies of water.

Resources


SST-03.5.02

BPSS-SST geography concept logo3rd Grade (SST) Social Studies Targeted Benchmarks
Standard 5: Geography

SST-03.5.02 Identify the seven continents, four oceans, and major nations of the world (i.e. United States, Canada, Mexico; i.e. China, Brazil, Russia).

Student Learning Targets:

Knowledge Targets

  • I can identify the seven continents.
  • I can identify the four oceans
  • I can identify the United States, Canada, Mexico, and other major countries of the world.

Reasoning Targets

  • I can use directions to make decisions about location of continents on a map.

Skills (Performance) Targets

  • I can use a map to identify the continents and oceans.

Product Targets

  • I can 

Proficiency Scale

The Student ...

(1) Beginning

  • identifies one of the following categories: all seven continents, four oceans or major countries of the world.

(2) Developing

  • identifies two of the following categories: all seven continents, four oceans and major countries of the world.

(3) Proficient

  • identifies all three categories: all seven continents, four oceans and major countries of the world.
    The teacher will provide maps to the student to use while identifying the continents, oceans and major countries.

(4) Advanced

  • in addition to a proficient score of 3.0, the student demonstrates in-depth understanding and application of knowledge regarding more complex material.

Resources

Vocabulary

  • continent
  • ocean
  • nation
  • world
  • Asia
  • North America
  • South America
  • Australia
  • Antarctica
  • Europe
  • Africa

SST-03.6

BPSS-SST logoStandard 6:

Human Development and Behavior

Students understand the importance of culture, individual identity, and group identity.

 Narrative for the Human Development and Behavior

Through active learning experiences, third grade students gain knowledge and process information about their local community from a variety of resources. They identify important historical events, places, and persons from the past and make connections with their present community.Third grade students explore their own community, including its: human and material resources, major work and services, and basic beliefs and values.

Calculation Method for Standards

Standards are larger groups of related benchmarks. The Standard Grade is a calculation of all the related benchmarks. Click on the benchmark name below each Standard to access the learning targets and proficiency rubrics for each standard's related benchmarks.


STANDARD 1: SKILLS AND RESOURCES

SST-03.1

BPSS-SST logoStandard 1:

Skills and Resources

Students apply Social Studies skills and resources.

 Narrative for the Skills and Resources

Through active learning experiences, third grade students gain knowledge and process information about their local community from a variety of resources. They identify important historical events, places, and persons from the past and make connections with their present community. Third grade students explore their own community, including its: (1) geographic location, (2) human and material resources, (3) major work and services, and (4) basic beliefs and values. Students begin to understand other communities in the state and the world through simple comparative studies. For third graders, the study of history emphasizes continuity and change. Concepts of time and space should unfold through such direct experiences as historic role playing, interviews, and the construction of simple maps and charts. Through group work and projects, students should increase communications and decision-making skills and build civic values relating to responsible community citizenship. Skills to receive special emphasis include: (1) using cardinal and intermediate directions and common map symbols; (2) locating their community, major land and water forms, and reference points on maps and globes; (3) making simple generalizations about change, both past and future, and the influence of geographic relationships; (4) giving examples of the diversity of goods and services; (5) exploring the heritage of their own and selected communities; and (6) demonstrating responsible decision-making and citizenship skills.

Calculation Method for Standards

Standards are larger groups of related benchmarks. The Standard Grade is a calculation of all the related benchmarks. Click on the benchmark name below each Standard to access the learning targets and proficiency rubrics for each standard's related benchmarks.


SST-03.1.01

3rd Grade SST Targeted Benchmarks
Standard 1: Skills and Resources

SST-03.1.01 Use labels, symbols, compass rose (i.e., intermediate directions), and legends to locate physical features on a map.

Student Learning Targets:

Skills (Performance) Targets

  • can use labels and symbols to locate physical features on a map.
  • I can use intermediate directions on a compass rose to locate physical features on a map.
  • I can use legends to locate physical features on a map

Proficiency Rubric

Score   Description Sample Activity
4.0 The student demonstrates in-depth understanding of academic knowledge and skills for this grade level beyond what was taught in the classroom.   -The student creates a map using a compass rose, labels and symbols for physical features and a legend.  This is done independently.
  3.5 Has mastered the 3.0 knowledge and has shown some 4.0 understanding.  
3.0 The student demonstrates proficiency in academic knowledge and skills for this grade level.   -The student may show his/her understanding through a PBL project, quick write using reliable sources/maps or reference maps to locate the physical features.  
  2.5 The student has mastered the 2.0 knowledge and has shown some 3.0 understanding.  
2.0 The student demonstrates some academic knowledge and skills for this grade level.  The student can identify the critical or essential elements of knowledge.   -
  1.5 The student has mastered the 1.0 knowledge and has shown some 2.0 understanding.  
1.0 The student demonstrates very limited new academic knowledge and skill for this grade level.  The student performs retrieval skills.  The student can determine whether provided information is accurate, inaccurate or unknown.   -
  0.5 The student shows no understanding of the standard.  

Resources

Websites

Discovery Education

Elementary Social Studies

Parents Helping Students

Helping Your Child With Social Studies

Social Studies in Third Grade 

 

Vocabulary

  • compass rose
  • physical features
  • landforms
  • legend
  • symbols

SST-03.1.02

BPSS-SST Skills and Resources concept logo3rd Grade (SST) Social Studies Targeted Benchmarks
Standard 1: Skills and Resources

SST-03.1.02 Create a mental map that demonstrates understanding of the relative location, direction, size and shape of the local community (e.g., school, hospital, post office, stores, landmarks, home).

Student Learning Targets:

Knowledge Targets

  • I can

Reasoning Targets

  • I can 

Skills (Performance) Targets

  • I can

Product Targets

  • I can 

Proficiency Scale

The Student ...

(1) Beginning

  • with help, demonstrates a partial understanding of some of the simpler details and processes and some of the more complex ideas and processes.

(2) Developing

  • demonstrates no major errors or omissions regarding the simpler details and processes but exhibits major errors or omissions regarding the more complex ideas and processes.

(3) Proficient

  • demonstrates no major errors or omissions regarding any of the information and processes that were end of instruction expectations "the standard".

(4) Advanced

  • demonstrates in-depth inferences and applications regarding more complex material that go beyond end of instruction expectations.

Resources

Vocabulary

  • list
  • list

SST-03.1.03

3rd Grade SST Targeted Benchmarks
Standard 1: Skills and Resources

SST-03.1.03 Use a variety of resources (e.g., maps, charts, bar graphs, Internet, books) to gather information about people, places, and events.

Student Learning Targets:

Skills (Performance) Targets

  • can use a variety of resources to gather information about people, places, and events. 

 

Proficiency Rubric

Score   Description Sample Activity
4.0 In addition to Score 3.0, the student demonstrates in-depth inferences and applications regarding more complex material that go beyond end of instruction expectations. -
  3.5 In addition to Score 3.0 performance, the student demonstrates in-depth inferences and applications regarding the more complex content with partial success.
3.0 “The Standard.” The student is able to gather evidence about social studies topics from numerous resources and synthesize the information to share with others. -The student researches a topic such as continents, using non-fiction books and internet sources and shares the information when speaking or writing.
  2.5 The student demonstrates no major errors or omissions regarding the simpler details and processes (Score 2.0 content) and partial knowledge of the more complex ideas and processes (Score 3.0 content).
2.0 The student is able to gather information about a topic from different resources, but does not synthesize the information when presenting the information on the topic. -The student shares the information on the topic of continents, but presents the information from different sources seperately (does not make the connection between the two sources of information on a topic).
  1.5 The student demonstrates partial knowledge of the simpler details and processes (Score 2.0 content) but exhibits major errors or omissions regarding the more complex ideas and procedures (Score 3.0 content).
1.0 The student is able to gather information from one source. -The student uses only one non-fiction resource to gather information on the topic of continents.
  0.5 With help, the student demonstrates a partial understanding of some of the simpler details and processes (Score 2.0 content) but not the more complex ideas and processes (Score 3.0 content).

Resources

Websites

Discovery Education

Elementary Social Studies

Parents Helping Students

Helping Your Child With Social Studies

Social Studies in Third Grade 

 

Vocabulary

  • Information
  • Communicate
  • Resources
  • Sythesize

SST-03.1.04

3rd Grade SST Targeted Benchmarks
Standard 1: Skills and Resources

SST-03.1.04 Describe current events using print and electronic media (e.g., newspaper, children’s news magazines, television, Internet).

Student Learning Targets:

Knowledge Targets

  • I can describe current events using print and electronic media.  

 

Proficiency Rubric

Score   Description Sample Activity
4.0 The student demonstrates in-depth understanding of academic knowledge and skills for this grade level beyond what was taught in the classroom. -
  3.5 The student has mastered the 3.0 knowledge and has shown some 4.0 understanding.  
3.0 The student demonstrates some academic knowledge and skills for this grade level.  The student can identify the critical or essential elements of knowledge. -The student will share his/her knowledge through a quick write, by reading and discussing current events or in a PBL project.  
  2.5 The student has mastered the 2.0 knowledge and has shown some 3.0 understanding.
2.0 The student demonstrates some academic knowledge and skills for this grade level.  The student can identify the critical or essential elements of knowledge. -
  1.5 The student has mastered the 1.0 knowledge and has shown some 2.0 understanding.
1.0 The student demonstrates very limited new academic knowledge and skill for this grade level.  The student performs retrieval skills.  The student can determine whether provided information is accurate, inaccurate or unknown.   -
  0.5 The student shows no understanding of the standard.  

Resources

Websites

Discovery Education

Elementary Social Studies

Parents Helping Students

Helping Your Child With Social Studies

Social Studies in Third Grade 

 

Vocabulary

  • media
  • electronic
  • print
  • magazine
  • internet
  • news
  • newspaper


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