Idaho State Standards for Social Studies — Grade 3

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3.Goal 1.1

Build an understanding of the cultural and social development of the United States.

3.Goal 1.2

Trace the role of migration and immigration of people in the development of the United States.

3.Goal 1.3

Identify the role of American Indians in the development of the United States.

3.Goal 1.4

Analyze the political, social, and economic responses to industrialization and technological innovations in the development of the United States.

3.Goal 1.5

Trace the role of exploration and expansion in the development of the United States.

3.Goal 1.6

Explain the rise of human civilization.

3.Goal 1.7

Trace how natural resources and technological advances have shaped human civilization.

3.Goal 1.8

Build an understanding of the cultural and social development of human civilization.

3.Goal 1.9

Identify the role of religion in the development of human civilization.

3.Goal 2.1

Analyze the spatial organizations of people, places, and environment on the earths surface.

3.Goal 2.2

Explain how human actions modify the physical environment and how physical systems affect human activity and living conditions.

3.Goal 2.3

Trace the migration and settlement of human populations on the earths surface.

3.Goal 2.4

Analyze the human and physical characteristics of different places and regions.

3.Goal 2.5

Explain how geography enables people to comprehend the relationships between people, places, and environments over time.

3.Goal 3.1

Explain basic economic concepts.

3.Goal 3.2

Identify different influences on economic systems.

3.Goal 3.3

Analyze the different types of economic institutions.

3.Goal 3.4

Explain the concepts of good personal finance.

3.Goal 4.1

Build an understanding of the foundational principles of the American political system.

3.Goal 4.2

Build an understanding of the organization and formation of the American system of government.

3.Goal 4.3

Build an understanding that all people in the United States have rights and assume responsibilities.

3.Goal 4.4

Build an understanding of the evolution of democracy.

3.Goal 4.5

Build an understanding of comparative government.

3.Goal 5.1

Build an understanding of multiple perspectives and global interdependence.


Explain that people in the United States share a common heritage through patriotic holidays and symbols.


Investigate the history of your community.


Compare different cultural groups in the community, including their distinctive foods, clothing styles, and traditions.


Identify and describe ways families, groups, tribes and communities influence the individuals daily life and personal choices.


Share the origins of classmates' ancestors.


Describe how migration and immigration are continuous processes.


Identify reasons for voluntary immigration and involuntary movement of people.


Describe the concepts of globe, continent, country, state, county, city/town, and neighborhood.


Find the United States, Idaho, the state capital Boise, and own community on a map


Locate on a map waterways, landforms, cities, states, and national boundaries using standard map symbols.


Use a map title, map key, scale, cardinal directions, and symbols to interpret a map.


Use a number/letter grid to find specific locations on a map.


Analyze past and present settlement patterns of the community.


Identify geographic features influencing settlement patterns of the community.


Compare and contrast city/suburb/town and urban/rural.


Explain the concepts of supply and demand and the role of the consumer and producer.


Explain the difference between public and private property


Explain how land, natural resources, labor, trade, and/or technology affect economic activities in the local community.


Explain the purpose of a bank.


Describe the purposes and benefits of savings.


Explain why communities have laws.


Explain that there are benefits for following the laws and consequences for breaking the laws of the community


Identify the people or groups that make, apply, and enforce laws in the community.


Identify and explain the basic functions of local governments.


Explain how local government officials are chosen, e.g., election, appointment.


Describe services commonly and primarily provided by governments for the community


Identify ways children and adults can participate in their community and/or local governments.


Explore connections that the local community has with other communities throughout the world.


Examine the contributions from various cultures from other parts of the world to the development of the community and how they make that community unique