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California Community Studies Weekly

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California Community Studies Weekly

California Third Grade Social Studies Standards Coverage


Week 1: Communities

Introduces your Studies Weekly paper; explains the study of history and why it’s important; explains the role and value of traditions. 3.1, 3.1.1, 3.3, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.4, 3.4.6

Week 2: Our Regions

Students learn where in the world their region is located, basic geography of California and geological features in the area. 3.1, 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.3, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.5, 3.5.1

Week 3: Our Resources

Trace how the use of resources in the past and present influences our environment,opportunities and circumstances. 3.1, 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.3, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.5, 3.5.1

Week 4: Our People

Learn the geographic distribution of human population in California with charts and graphs. Compares local demographics. 3.1, 3.1.2, 3.2, 3.2.4, 3.3, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.4, 3.4.6, 3.5, 3.5.1

Week 5: California’s First People

Students learn the locations and domestic economies of four groups of American Indians that lived here before white people. 3.1, 3.2, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.3, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.5, 3.5.1


Week 6: Early Californians’ Belief

Focus on various customs,folklore, beliefs and traditions of prominent native nations of California. 3.1, 3.1.2, 3.2, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.3, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.4, 3.4.6, 3.5, 3.5.1

Week 7: Tribal Traditions

Students learn about tribal government and tribal economics and their interaction with the U.S.federal government. 3.1, 3.2, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.2.3, 3.2.4, 3.3, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.5, 3.5.1

Week 8: The Spanish Are Coming!

Introduces the first European explorers who visited California and describes some of their interactions with the local native tribes. 3.3, 3.3.1, 3.3.2

Week 9: Missions

Introduces the first Europeans to settle permanently in California and tells why they came here. Explores their cultural traditions. 3.1, 3.1.2, 3.2, 3.2.4, 3.3, 3.3.1, 3.3.2

Week 10: Gold Rush

Describes permanent settlers, their industry and economics. Emphasizes the role of entrepreneurship and importance private property. 3.1, 3.1.2, 3.3, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.5, 3.5.1


Week 11: Laws and Our Community

Students explore contrasts between civilization and barbarism and look at the benefits of social respect for common rights and constitutional law. 3.3, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.4, 3.4.1, 3.4.2, 3.4.6

Week 12: Branches of Government

Describes the roles of the three branches of government with an emphasis on local government. Also, probes the contributions of tribes and other states. 3.2, 3.2.3, 3.3, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.4, 3.4.4, 3.4.5, 3.4.6

Week 13: Government Functions

Students survey the functions and services of our local governments. 3.3, 3.3.1, 3.3.2

Week 14: Symbols of Our Country

Students learn about important local and national landmarks, symbols and documents that help us remember the value of our citizenship and community. 3.3, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.4, 3.4.3, 3.4.6

Week 15: California Heroes

Learn about people in our state who took risks to secure our freedoms and rights. Learn about leaders in various industries who have changed our lives. 3.1, 3.3, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.4, 3.4.6


Week 16: Resources

Students explore examples of producers in the past and present and study their use of natural, capital and human resources to offer products and services. 3.1, 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.3, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.5, 3.5.1, 3.5.2

Week 17: Interdependence

Students learn about our interdependence with other states and countries to obtain goods and services. 3.1, 3.3, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.4, 3.4.6, 3.5, 3.5.1, 3.5.2

Week 18: Needs and Wants

Students study the difference between needs and wants.They make comparisons and study the trade-offs of costs and benefits of different choices. 3.3, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.4, 3.4.6, 3.5, 3.5.3

Week 19: Industries in Our Communities

Students survey various industries notorious of California. 3.3, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.5, 3.5.2

Week 20: Preparing for the Future

Students explore the requirements of various career opportunities and the lifestyles they provide in relation to the development of their own human capital. 3.3, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.5, 3.5.1

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.

Visit the Studies Weekly Blog to learn more about integrating Common Core Standards into your classroom.

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