Maryland Social Studies Standards — Grade 3


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SS.3.1.A.1.a

Identify local government leaders, such as the mayor, county council members or commissioners, and county executive and explain their role in protecting citizens and maintaining order

SS.3.1.A.1.b

Explain the consequences of violating rules and laws

SS.3.1.A.1.c

Describe the selection process and duties of local officials who make, apply, and enforce laws through government

SS.3.1.A.2.a

Identify and explain democratic principles, such as individual rights and responsibilities, patriotism, common good, justice and equality

SS.3.1.A.2.b

Describe practices such as voting, following rules, volunteering, and recognizing national holidays associated with democratic principles

SS.3.1.B.1.a

Describe the contributions of local government leaders such as county executives, county council, mayor and city council

SS.3.1.B.1.b

Describe the contributions of people who contributed to the common good of society

SS.3.1.B.2.a

Explain the decision making process used to accomplish a community goal or solve a community problem

SS.3.1.B.2.b

Explain the roles and responsibilities of effective citizens in a political process

SS.3.1.B.2.c

Describe the actions of people who have made a positive difference in their community, such as community and civic leaders, and organizations

SS.3.1.C.1.a

Describe the responsibilities of being an effective citizen, such as cleaning up your neighborhood, being informed, obeying rules and laws, participating in class decisions, and volunteering

SS.3.2.A.1.a

Use fiction and non-fiction to compare the elements of several cultures and how they meet their human needs for clothing, food, shelter, recreation, education, stories, art, music, and language

SS.3.2.A.1.b

Explain how and why media such as the internet, television, radio, and newspaper provide an opportunity to understand various perspectives about cultures

SS.3.2.B.1.a

Use non-fiction texts to identify and discuss examples of how communities borrow and share from other cultures

SS.3.2.C.1.a

Identify and demonstrate appropriate social skills necessary for working in a cooperative groups such as using concern, compassion, and respect among group members

SS.3.2.C.1.b

Explain how different points of view in school and community situations may result in compromise or conflict

SS.3.3.A.1.a

Describe the purposes of a variety of maps and atlases, such as transportation maps, physical maps, and political maps

SS.3.3.A.1.b

Construct and interpret maps by using elements, such as title, compass rose, simple grid system, scale, legend/key, date, and author

SS.3.3.A.1.c

Identify the location of communities, major cities in Maryland, United States and the world using a globe, maps, and atlases

SS.3.3.B.1.a

Compare places and regions using geographic features

SS.3.3.B.1.b

Identify natural/physical and human-made features of places and regions

SS.3.3.B.1.c

Describe population distribution of places and regions such as rural and urban

SS.3.3.B.1.d

Describe how geographic characteristics of places and regions change over time and influence the way people live and work

SS.3.3.C.1.a

Explain how transportation and communication networks connect places, people, and ideas

SS.3.3.C.1.b

Identify reasons for the movement of people from one community or region to another

SS.3.3.D.1.a

Describe how people in a community modify their environment to meet changing needs for transportation, shelter and making a living

SS.3.3.D.1.b

Describe why and how people make decisions about protecting the environment

SS.3.3.D.1.c

Compare ways that people adapt to the environment for food, clothing, and shelter

SS.3.4.A.1.a

Explain why people must make economic choices

SS.3.4.A.1.b

Identify and apply the steps in the decision-making process

SS.3.4.A.1.c

Identify the opportunity cost of a choice or decision

SS.3.4.A.2.a

Explain how producers make choices because of limited natural, human, and capital resources

SS.3.4.A.2.b

Give examples of when limited resources affect the decisions producers make

SS.3.4.A.2.c

Describe steps in the production process to produce a product

SS.3.4.A.2.d

Explain how specialized work results in increased production

SS.3.4.A.3.a

Describe how changes in technology have affected the lives of consumers, such as UPC bar codes, and online shopping

SS.3.4.A.3.b

Describe how changes in technology have affected lives of producers, such as robot-powered assembly lines

SS.3.4.B.1.a

Identify markets that are not face-to-face meetings, such as Internet shopping or catalog shopping

SS.3.4.B.1.b

Describe how countries around the world trade in the global market

SS.3.4.B.2.a

Classify goods and services according to who produces them, such as the government, business, or both

SS.3.4.B.3.a

Develop a budget indicating income and expenses

SS.3.4.B.3.b

Develop a plan that shows how money is obtained, such as selling things, getting a gift, and getting allowance

SS.3.5.A.1.a

Develop a timeline of events in the community

SS.3.5.A.1.b

Explain the relationship among events in a variety of timelines

SS.3.5.A.2.a

Collect and examine information about people, places, or events of the past using pictures, photographs, maps, audio or visual tapes, and or documents

SS.3.5.A.2.b

Compare family life in the local community by considering jobs, communication, and transportation

SS.3.6

Students shall use reading, writing, and thinking processes and skills to gain knowledge and understanding of political, historical, and current events using disciplinary and inquiry literacies.