Maine Learning Standards for Social Studies — Grade 3

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Identify research questions related to social studies - seeking multiple perspectives from varied sources.


Identify key words and concepts related to research questions, making adjustments when necessary.


Locate and access information by using text features.


Collect, evaluate, and organize for a specific purpose.


Communicate findings from a variety of print and non-print sources.


Describe plagiarism and demonstrate appropriate citation.


Distinguish between facts and opinions/interpretations in sources.


Identify examples of how geographic features unify communities and regions as well as support diversity.


Describe impacts of geographic features on the daily life of various cultures, including Maine Native Americans and other cultures in the United States and the world.


Explain that history includes the study of past human experience based on available evidence from a variety of sources.


Identify various major historical eras, major enduring themes, turning points, events, consequences, persons, and timeframes, in the history of the community, Maine, and the United States.


Trace and explain how the history of democratic principles is preserved in historic symbols, monuments and traditions important in the community, Maine, and the United States.


Describe examples in the history of the United States of diverse and shared values and traditions.


Describe various cultural traditions and contributions of Maine Native Americans and various historical and recent immigrant groups in the community, Maine, and the United States.


Contribute equitably to collaborative discussions, examine alternative ideas, and work cooperatively to share ideas, and individually and collaboratively develop a decision or plan.


Make a real or simulated decision related to the classroom, school, community, or civic organization by applying appropriate and relevant social studies knowledge and skills, including research skills, and other relevant information.


Students select, plan, and participate in a civic action or service-learning project based on a classroom, school or local community asset or need, and describe evidence of the projects effectiveness and civic contribution.


Explain that the study of government includes how governments are organized and how citizens participate.


Explain and provide examples of democratic ideals and constitutional principles to include the rule of law, legitimate power, and common good.


Explain and give examples of governmental structures including the legislative, executive, and judicial branches and the local, State, and national levels of government.


Explain how leaders are elected and how laws are made and implemented.


Explain that the structures and processes of government are described in documents, including the Constitutions of Maine and the United States.


Identify the rights, duties, and responsibilities of citizens within the class, school, or community.


Identify and describe the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights as documents that establish government and protect the rights of the individual United States citizen.


Provide examples of how people influence government and work for the common good including voting, writing to legislators, performing community service, and engaging in civil disobedience.


Identify examples of unity and diversity in the United States that relate to how laws protect individuals or groups to support the common good.


Describe civic beliefs and activities in the daily life of diverse cultures, including Maine Native Americans and various cultures in the United States and the world.


Explain that economics includes the study of scarcity which leads to economic choices about what goods and services will be produced, how they will be distributed, and for whom they will be produced.


Explain how entrepreneurs and other producers of goods and services help satisfy the wants and needs of consumers in a market economy, locally and nationally, by using natural, human, and capital resources.


Describe situations in which personal choices are related to the use of financial resources and financial institutions including the use of money, consumption, savings, investment, and banking.


Describe economic similarities and differences within the community, Maine, and the United States.


Identify economic processes, economic institutions, and economic influences related to Maine Native Americans and various cultures in the United States and the world.


Explain that geography includes the study of Earths physical features including climate and the distribution of plant, animal, and human life.


Create visual representations of the world, showing a basic understanding of the geographic grid, including the equator and prime meridian.


Identify the Earths major geographic features such as continents, oceans, major mountains, and rivers using a variety of geographic tools.


Explain examples of changes in the Earths physical features and their impact on communities and regions.