Third Grade Social Studies Curriculum Children explore cultures around the world, making connections between our lives in America (and the different cultures in America) and the lives of others around the world. Children learn that the world is made up of many different cultures to be celebrated, while noticing the similarities and differences between cultures. Units are planned that celebrate similarities and differences among different groups of people.
Each Social Studies Unit explores the following topics:
Geography (Where in the world is the country located? What are major landforms, animals, crops in the country?)
Government (How is the government of the country similar and/or different to the government in America?)
China Unit Our Social Studies units contain learning activities that give students background knowledge on different countries and cultures around the world. Background knowledge is built through reading fiction and nonfiction texts, viewing video clips, and experiencing connected field trips.
Once students have sufficient background knowledge, they become researchers by developing research questions on a specific topic within the culture studied. Students conduct research using websites, videos, nonfiction texts, and books. While researching, students learn various nonfiction reading and note-taking strategies, all the while thinking about how they can teach others what they have learned. Then students get to the work of creating a project that can teach others. Projects vary from powerpoint presentations to nonfiction books, posters, or dioramas. At conclusion of the unit, projects are shared in a celebration.
Online Research Website for P.S. 172 Third Graders: CLICK on the following link to access P. S. 172's 3rd grade China resources online: portaportal.com/ Once directed to the portaportal research site, enter 172china as the 'Guest Name' in the box on the right. P.S. 172 students have access to child-safe & child-friendly, categorized websites about China.
Curriculum Connected Field Trips & Workshops: In October, educators from Anthropology Arts will visit our 3rd grade classes to conduct a Chines Dragon Robe workshop. In this workshop, our children will learn all about the detailed robes worn by the emperors of China. They will learn about the special symbols, colors and details that only the emperors were allowed to wear. After studying the symbols and details, the children will create their own detailed dragon robe!
China Celebration- Save the date!! Tuesday, January 8, 2019- 2 p.m. P.S. 172 Auditorium P.S. 172 third graders invite their families to celebrate the learning that has taken place throughout the unit on China. Third graders will share research projects about China, as well as perform songs and dances that celebrate Chinese culture led by Mr. Mannino and Ms. Todras.
Egypt Unit Our Egypt unit contains learning activities that give students background knowledge on the geography, culture, and history of Egypt. Through reading fiction and nonfiction texts, studying pictures, videos, and artifacts and experiencing connected field trips- both real world and virtual, students will explore the questions: How do culture, geography, and history shape a community? How is Egypt similar and different to the United States of America and China, which was studied earlier this year.
Once students have sufficient background knowledge, they will become researchers by developing research questions on a specific topic. Then they will conduct research using websites, videos, nonfiction texts, and books. While researching, students learn various nonfiction reading and note-taking strategies, all the while thinking about how they can teach others what they have learned. Then students will create a project that to teach others. Projects vary from powerpoint presentations to nonfiction books, posters, models, or dioramas. At the conclusion of the unit, projects are shared in a celebration.