Big Idea

Local Government
3.C&G.1.2 - Describe the structure of local
government and how it functions to serve citizens
Students will write a
letter campaigning for some issue
that is important to them.
3.E.2 Understand entrepreneurship in a market
Students are looking into a business
and recording how the products can
grow their company.
Human and Physical Characteristics
3.G.1. - Compare the human and physical characteristics of places.
-Write Activity
Introduction to human and physical
characteristics of a place.
3.E.2 - Understand entrepreneurship in a market economy.
-Paint or Record
Creating a business with a logo.
3.C.1.1 - Compare languages, foods and traditions of various groups living in local and regional communities.
How different places in the world may eat
different foods, speak different languages, listen to different music, etc.
Comparing Regions
3.G.1.6 – Compare various regions according to their characteristics
Extension Options: Paint, eToys
Comparing different regions from an outline to write small research paper.
Comparing Historical Perspectives
3.H.2.2 – Explain how multiple perspectives are portrayed through historical narratives
Review a great historical event from different points of view.
Absolute and Relative Locations
3.G.1.1 – Find absolute and relative locations of places within the local community and region
Using Google maps to explore different places.
Historical Figure Biography
3.H.1.2 Analyze the impact of contributions made by diverse historical figures in local communities and regions over time
3.RI.5 Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.
3.W.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
-Wikipedia or Browse
Create a biography of a historical figure.
Schools Around the World
3.C.1.3 - Use non-fiction texts to explore how cultures borrow and share from each other (food, languages, rules, traditions and behaviors)
-Browse (
-register if you haven’t already - it’s free!)
Compare and contrast US schools to schools around the world.
Change Over Time
3.H.2.1 - Explain change over time through historical narratives.(events, people and places)
3. RL.3 - Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
Creating a "Then" and "Now" Chart based on a reading of Journey of a Pioneer by Patricia J. Murphy