Oklahoma Academic Standards for the Social Studies (2014) — Grade 3

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With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.


Commemorate Celebrate Freedom Week by recognizing the sacrifices and contributions to American freedom by veterans and by reciting the social contract selection from the Declaration of Independence: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.


Examine and determine the main purposes of Oklahomas state government and identify representative leaders of the state of Oklahoma and the three branches of government. (CCRIT 2)


Describe the connection between the historic significance of past events and people and the symbols of Oklahomas history including the Oklahoma State Seal and the Oklahoma Flag. (CCRIT 3)


Describe relationships between people and events of the past which are commemorated on Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Washingtons Birthday, Lincolns Birthday, Flag Day, and Independence Day. (CCRIT 3)


Summarize how scarcity and surplus require people to make choices about producing and consuming goods and services. (CCRIT 2)


Compare differences among human, natural, and capital resources used to produce goods and services.


Examine how the development of Oklahomas major economic activities have contributed to the growth of the state including the oil and natural gas industry, agriculture and livestock, aviation, tourism, and military installations.


The student will examine Oklahomas political and physical features using text features and search tools. (CCRIT 5)


Distinguish among map symbols and identify relative location, direction, scale, size and shape using physical and political maps of Oklahoma including the use of latitude and longitude.


Interpret thematic maps of Oklahoma with the essential map elements of title, legend, scale, and directional indicators.


Identify Oklahomas major landforms and bodies of water on a physical map including Arbuckle Mountains, Ozark Plateau, Wichita Mountains, Kiamichi Mountains, Black Mesa, Red River, Canadian River, Arkansas River, Lake Texoma, Lake Eufaula, and Lake Tenkiller, Grand Lake of the Cherokees, and the Great Salt Plains.


Identify Oklahomas major metropolitan centers and cities on a political map including Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Lawton, Stillwater, Norman, Muskogee, Woodward, McAlester, and Ponca City.


Describe how early Native Americans used Oklahomas natural resources to survive including the use of the bison, fur trading, and farming. )


Describe how pioneers to Oklahoma adapted to and modified their environment including sod houses, windmills, and crops.


Summarize how contemporary Oklahomans affect and change their environments including the McClellan Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, creation of recreational lakes by the construction of dams, irrigation of croplands, and the establishment of wildlife refuges. (CCRIT 2


Understand and describe the relationship between historic events and chronology through the creation of basic timelines. (CCRIT 3)


Conduct short research projects and examine notable historic and present- day Oklahomans utilizing biographies and informational texts to describe their significant contributions including Sequoyah, Bill Pickett, Jim Thorpe, the Kiowa Six (formerly the Kiowa Five), Will Rogers, Wiley Post, Woody Guthrie, Clara Luper, Wilma Mankiller, Gordon Cooper, Shannon Lucid, Mickey Mantle, Carl Albert, and the Five Ballerinas. (CCW 7)


Develop an understanding and appreciation of the historic and contemporary racial, ethnic, and cultural groups of Oklahoma.


Identify and describe the historic significance of state and local landmarks including the Buffalo Soldiers Old Post at Fort Sill, the Nellie Johnstone Number 1, the Oklahoma Capitol, Route 66, and the Oklahoma City National Memorial.


Read and interpret primary sources related to key events in Oklahomas past to demonstrate understanding of a text including Catlins artwork, Sequoyahs syllabary, news accounts and photographs of the land openings, and the Dust Bowl, as well as the musical lyrics of This Land is Your Land and the state song, Oklahoma. (CCRIT 1) .


Describe the many Native American cultures that have inhabited present-day Oklahoma including the Spiro Mound Builders, the Five Tribes, and the Plains Indians.


Describe early expeditions in Oklahoma including those of Coronado, Washington Irving, and George Catlin.


Describe the migrations and settlements by Native Americans including the Trail of Tears.


Describe cowboy life and cattle drives as typified by experiences along the Chisholm Trail.


Explain the opening of the Unassigned Lands and distinguish between the points of view of both Native Americans and settlers. (CCRIT 6)


Commemorate Statehood Day as the joining of Indian and Oklahoma Territories.


Summarize how the weather and the environment have impacted the economy of Oklahoma in events like the Dust Bowl. (CCRIT 2)


Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.


Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.


Write narratives based on historic Oklahomans and/or events using descriptive details and clear event sequences.


Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic related to Oklahoma.


Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.


Write routinely over extended time frames and shorter time frames for a range of social studies tasks, purposes, and audiences.


Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on Grade 3 Oklahoma Studies topics and texts, building on others ideas and expressing their own clearly.


Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a social studies text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.


Ask and answer questions about social studies information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.


Report on a social studies topic or text or tell a social studies related story with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, and speaking clearly at an understandable pace.


Create engaging audio recordings of social studies stories or poems that demonstrate fluid reading at an understandable pace; add visual displays when appropriate to emphasize or enhance certain facts or details.


Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.


Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.


Describe the relationship between a series of historic events or social studies concepts, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.


Determine the meaning of general academic and social studies domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to Grade 3 Oklahoma Studies.


Use text features and search tools (e.g., timelines, maps, charts, graphs, images, artwork, photographs, key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic.


Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a primary or secondary text.


Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).


Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence).


Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.