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Third Grade Social Studies

Democracy Studies Weekly

Core Social Studies
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Democracy Studies Weekly

Alabama Third Grade Social Studies Standards Coverage


Week 1: Democracy Studies Weekly

Students will identify the influence of ancient Greeks and Romans on the US (e.g., Olympic Games, laws, Roman aqueducts). Students will learn about ancient myths as stories that reflect a civilization’s customs and beliefs. 6

Week 2: Ancient Greece and Rome

Students will identify contributions of both the Greeks and the Romans to American ideas, including our form of government, the military and architecture. 6

Week 3: American Independence

Students will study the colonists’ struggle for independence, as well as the responsibilities we have as Americans. Students will learn about American symbols. 6, 10, 12

Week 4: A New Nation

Students will learn about the three branches (executive, legislative, judicial) and the three levels (national, state, local) of government. Students will also learn about the US Constitution as the foundation of our democracy. 10, 12

Week 5: Slavery in America

Students will discuss the role of 19th century Americans in the fght for freedom for all people living in the United States. Students will learn how American laws are made and can be changed. 6, 10, 12

Week 6: American Liberty

Students will learn about the struggle for civil rights in America and the people who have expanded our rights and freedoms. Students will also learn about national holidays in America. 6, 10

Week 7: Women's Rights

Students will study the struggle for women’s rights in the 19th and early 20th centuries, with an emphasis on the role of Susan B. Anthony. Students will learn the difference between primary and secondary sources. 6, 10


Week 8: US Geography

Students will learn about major landforms of the United States, and locate these physical features on a map. 1

Week 9: World Geography

Students will learn about lines of longitude and latitude and will use the globe to locate the Equator, Prime Meridian and hemispheres. Students will also learn about different kinds of maps. 1, 2

Week 10: Explorers Opened the Way

Students will learn about the journeys and accomplishments of explorers such as Christopher Columbus, Ponce de Leon, Jacques Cartier, and Christopher Newport. They will identify the intended goals and actual outcomes of their journeys from Europe to the Americas. 1

Week 11: Education for All

Students will learn about Mary McLeod Bethune and her efforts to bring education to African American children. They will also discuss responsibilities children have as a student. 6

Week 12: American Character

Students will identify and discuss positive character traits of various historical figures in our nation’s past. Students will learn how cooperation and diligence helped create our nation and why those traits are important today. 6

Week 13: Government Services

Students will learn about goods and services provided by national, state, and local government (e.g., schools, roads, police/fire protection). They will learn that taxes pay for these goods and services. 6

Week 14: A New Deal for America

Students will study the life and presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, with an emphasis on the New Deal and America’s role in WWII. Students will also learn about sources historians use to get information and distinguish between primary and secondary sources. 6


Week 15: Eleanor Roosevelt

Students will learn about the life of Eleanor Roosevelt, her role in the United Nations, and her work to secure human rights for people around the world. 6

Week 16: Justice and Tolerance

Students will learn about the meaning of justice and tolerance through looking at accomplishments of Americans throughout our nation’s history. Students will discuss ways they can show justice and tolerance. 6

Week 17: Resources

Students will learn about the different kinds of resources in their lives, (i.e., natural, human, and capital). They will discuss how resources to make products often come from other areas in the US and the world. 7

Week 18: We Depend on Each Other

Students will learn about producers and consumers. They will discuss the characteristics of a healthy economy and how trade is important to a community. Students will learn how imports and exports help economies stay strong. 5

Week 19: How Much Does It Cost?

Students will learn about the elements of supply and demand. Students will discover why scarcity impacts the price of a product, and why two items that seem very much alike, can have very different costs. 5

Week 20: Money, Money Everywhere

Students will explore types of currency, including both money and bartering to provide for wants. Students will have an opportunity to create a budget and design an advertising campaign for a product. 5

Week 21: Money in Your Pocket

Students will learn about the costs and benefits involved in the choices people make about using their money. They will discuss spending, saving, and charitable donations. 5


Week 22: American Justice

Students will learn about Thurgood Marshall and his contributions to American society. They will learn about his part in the Civil Rights movement and his position on the Supreme Court. 6

Week 23: Becoming A Great Society

Students will learn that change affects everyone and is universal and inevitable. They will discuss this concept by learning about Lyndon Johnson and the conflicts that helped change our country during his presidency. 6

Week 24: Law and Order

Students will learn the importance of rules and laws, as well as the need to respect people in authority. They will discuss the concept that some rules may need to be changed from time to time and how this might be done. 6

Week 25: American Labor

Students will learn about the work of Cesar Chavez and his efforts to gain rights for migrant workers. Students will discuss the movement of migrant workers to other locations and the causes contributing to this movement. 6

Week 26: Diversity and Culture

Students will learn about the significance of ethnic and cultural celebrations in the US and other countries. Through folktales, myths, poems and visual artworks, students will understand the importance of the arts in the culture of various communities. 6

Week 27: Mali - A Young Democracy

Students will study the West African country of Mali from its time as an empire to its current status as a young democracy. They will understand the importance of trade to Mali’s economy throughout history and discuss the physical and human characteristics of the country. 7

Week 28: Democracies Around the World

Students will explore reasons people form communities and compare ways people around the world have adapted to their environment. They will learn ways communities have met their needs for government, education and security over time. Students will also discuss ways people change their environments for transportation, agriculture and manufacturing purposes. 7

Common Core

K-5 Required to Read 50% Informational Text - Meet or exceed the 50% Informational Text requirement in your state with Studies Weekly. Teach CCSS-aligned Social Studies and Science content during your literacy block!

Staircase of Complexity - Lexile levels gradually increase over the course of each grade level. We provide researched-based lesson plans with scaffolding/differentiated instruction so that all students succeed.

Text-Based Answers - Students are required to write about what they read, perform additional research, cite sources and consider other points of view. Assessment questions require students to recall, examine and analyze the text they have read.

Writing from Sources - Students will develop research and media skills using primary and secondary sources. We provide 2.0 digital tool suggestions for creating online products like videos, avatars, posters and slide shows.

Academic Vocabulary - With domain-specific vocabulary for each lesson, our lesson plans help you teach students how to determine the meaning of unknown words within a text (CCSS for ELA RI.4).

Computer-Based, Machine-Scored Assessment for Grades 3-5 - Online assessment is provided at With instant analysis, including pie charts for every question, you.ll identify where re-teaching or additional test-taking strategies are needed.

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