Segment A of Social Studies 3 teaches students that Social Studies, which includes history, geography, economics, sociology, and government, is important because it is the key to understanding our world today. Geographical locations impact culture, economic interdependence, and settlement patterns. Groups that have influenced world history had diverse customs, cultures, beliefs, traditions, and social practices. History demonstrates the diverse cultural heritage of many peoples throughout the world.

Segment B of Social Studies 3 briefly reviews the history of our country, but quickly moves on to the study of the strong immigrant population which made our country great. Students will study the documents, symbols, and artifacts of our history which shaped the ideals we still hold dear today. They will also study and learn to classify different types of communities and groups, understanding that these groups have influenced world history, and had diverse customs, cultures, beliefs, traditions, and social practices. History demonstrates the diverse cultural heritage of many peoples throughout the world.

PRE-REQUISITES: None

ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME: 32-36 weeks or approximately 125 – 135 hours

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT A

An Overview of Social Studies

  • Understanding your world through Social Studies
  • Understanding Geography
  • Understanding Economics
  • Understanding Civics and Government
  • Understanding Cultural Diversity

World Geography

  • Around the Globe
  • Understanding Maps
  • Regions around the World
  • People and Geography
  • World Geography and You

World Cultures

  • What is Culture?
  • Diverse Cultures Around the World
  • Customs and Celebrations
  • People who have influenced the World pt. 1 and 2
  • Getting along in our World
  • Globalization

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT B

Early America

  • Birth of a Nation
  • Early Colonies, Early America, Explorers, Settlements
  • Immigration to America
  • Ellis Island
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Documents, Symbols, Artifacts, Ideals of the United States of America
  • Cause and Effect Relationships in History of U.S.
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • American Biographies

America Growing and Changing

  • American Biography
  • Primary Resources and Documents
  • Significant Events or Movements in US History to Demonstrate Disagreement and Collaboration
  • Cause and Effect Relationships in US History
  • States, Symbols
  • History Portrayed Through Art and Photojournalism

Communities

  • Types of Communities
  • Community Helpers
  • History and Development of Local Community
  • History and Development of Communication
  • History and Development of Transportation

LINKS TO FULL COURSE CURRICULUM MAPS

SEGMENT A

SEGMENT B