• Third Grade Social Studies (GSE)

    United States History

    Year 1: American Indian Cultures through Colonization



    • Early American Indian cultures and their settling/development in North America: Arctic, Northwest Southwest, Plains, Northeast, and Southeast
    • European exploration in North America: John Cabot (England), Vasco Núñez de Balboa (Spain), Hernando de Soto (Spain), Christopher Columbus (Spain), Henry Hudson (The Netherlands), and Jacques Cartier (France)
    • Cooperation and Conflict between European Explorers and American Indians
    • British Colonial America: New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern colonies
    • Colonial life in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern colonies



    • Major Rivers of the United States of America: Mississippi, Ohio, Rio Grande, Colorado, Hudson, and St. Lawrence
    • Major Mountain Ranges of the United States of America: Appalachian, Rocky
    • Equator, Prime Meridian, and Lines of Latitude and Longitude on a globe


    Government and Civics:

    • Representative Democracy
    • Three Branches of National, State, and Local Government and their Responsibilities
    • Rights and Responsibilities as Citizens: Respecting the Rights of Others, Promoting the Common Good, Obeying Reasonable Laws/Rules Voluntarily, Participating in Civic Life (staying informed, voting, volunteering, and communicating with public officials)



    • Productive Resources (Natural, Human, Capital, and Entrepreneurs)
    • Goods, Services, and Taxes (schools, libraries, roads, police/fire protection, and military)
    • Interdependence and Trade, Consumers and Producers, Currency
    • Opportunity Costs