In Social Studies, the goal is for all students to develop a deep, rich network of understandings related to the world around them. The objectives and competencies included in this curriculum deal with history, geography, economics, and civics from a diverse, global perspective. Students engage in projects that require them to apply Social Studies skills in real-world contexts.
Social Studies core concepts covered in third grade include state and national history, local, state, and national government, economics, and elements of early civilizations. Studies of civics focus on rights and responsibilities in the context of American democracy. Students should be learning about public service and leadership, while being exposed to personal opportunities for voluntarism, leadership, and service. Third graders continue to develop historical analysis and awareness skills introduced in earlier grades. Geography studies should expand to include discussions of regions and populations. Topics covered in economics range from competition in a free-market economic system to an introduction of the world of work.