3rd Grade Social Studies

Course Description

Semester A

In third grade, social studies students will begin to explore the basic fundamentals of social studies including geography, civics, and economics. Learners will begin by creating and labeling maps and looking at different types of landscapes. Students will also look at the first explorers of the Americas and learn about the beginning of the United States. They will take a close look at their own personal heritage by mapping their ancestry. The semester concludes with learning about citizenship and what it means to be a good citizen. Learners will follow a step-by-step approach for successfully completing each lesson, which includes storytelling, repetition, projects, arts and crafts, and videos.

Semester B

The second semester begins with introducing learners to the need for laws and government as well as governmental structures. Continuing in the semester, students will learn about money including how to save money as well as budgeting money. The semester concludes with an in-depth focus on economics.

Course Requirements

Grade Level

3rd Grade


Semester A Materials List

Semester B Materials List

*Materials listed should be acquired by the student prior to beginning work in the course.


2 Semesters

Technology Skills

  • Internet Navigation
  • Word Processing Skills
  • Email Communication (with assistance of parent or teacher)

Semester A

Major Concepts:

  • Maps and globes
  • Human characteristics
  • Physical characteristics
  • Frontier history and life
  • Leadership and citizenship

Semester B

Major Concepts

  • Civics- laws, government
  • Money
  • Human capital
  • Budgeting
  • Economics