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Using the State Standards: Social Studies, Grade 3

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Geography:

Social Studies:

Standard 3.0 Geography

Students will use geographic concepts and processes to understand location and its relationship to human activities.

Topic

A. Using Geographic Tools

Indicator

  • 1. Use geographic tools to locate and construct meaning about places on Earth
Objectives
  1. Describe the purposes of a variety of maps and atlases, such as transportation maps, physical maps, and political maps
  2. Construct and interpret maps by using elements, such as title, compass rose, simple grid system, scale, legend/key, date, and author
  3. Identify the location of communities, major cities in Maryland, United States and the world using a globe, maps, and atlases

Topic

B. Geographic Characteristics of Places and Regions

Indicator

  • 1. Compare places and regions around the world using geographic characteristics
Objectives
  1. Compare places and regions using geographic features
  2. Identify natural/physical and human-made features of places and regions
  3. Describe population distribution of places and regions such as rural and urban
  4. Describe how geographic characteristics of places and regions change over time and influence the way people live and work

Topic

C. Movement of People, Goods and Ideas

Indicator

  • 1. Describe how transportation and communication networks link places through the movement of people, goods, and ideas
Objectives
  1. Explain how transportation and communication networks connect places, people, and ideas
  2. Identify reasons for the movement of people from one community or region to another

Topic

D. Modifying and Adapting to the Environment

Indicator

  • 1. Explain how people modify, protect and adapt to their environment
Objectives
  1. Describe how people in a community modify their environment to meet changing needs for transportation, shelter and making a living
  2. Describe why and how people make decisions about protecting the environment
  3. Compare ways that people adapt to the environment for food, clothing, and shelter

Date: 1/27/2015