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Skills available for Hawaii third-grade social studies standards

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Historical Understanding


  • 3 Understand change, cause and effect, and continuity in history and contemporary life

    • Community Life Past and Present

      • SS.3.3.1 Analyze issues and concerns of own community and those of a similar community in the past

        • Compares issues and concerns (e.g., employment, safety, population, transportation) of own community with those of a community in the past.

Political Science/Civics

  • 4 Understand the purpose and historical impact of political institutions, the principles and values of American constitutional democracy, and the similarities and differences in government across cultural perspectives

    • Governance, Power, and Authority

      • SS.3.4.1 Explain the purpose of rules and laws and the differences between them

      • SS.3.4.2 Describe ways in which people exercise power without authority

        • Explains power without authority (e.g., illegal, unofficial such as bullying).

  • 5 Understand roles, rights (personal, economic, political), and responsibilities of American citizens and exercise them in civic action

    • Rights and Responsibilities

      • SS.3.5.1 Describe roles and rights of citizenship and demonstrate responsibilities of citizenship

        • Identifies roles (e.g., active, informed participant), rights, (e.g., freedom of speech, freedom of religion) and responsibilities (e.g., paying taxes, voting) and fulfills own responsibilities within the classroom.

Cultural Anthropology


  • 7 Use geographic representations to organize, analyze, and present information on people, places, and environments and understand the nature and interaction of geographic regions and societies around the world

    • Human and Physical Characteristics in Spatial Terms

      • SS.3.7.1 Use geographic representations (e.g., maps, globes, graphs, charts, models) to organize and analyze geographic information

        • Draws a conclusion about the place under study based on the geographic information gathered.

    • Places and Regions

      • SS.3.7.2 Compare the physical and human characteristics of different communities and regions

        • Analyzes why physical and human characteristics differ from place to place.

      • SS.3.7.3 Describe the physical and human characteristics that make different regions unique

        • Creates a geographic representation showing the physical and human characteristics of a place or region and explains its uniqueness.

    • Environment and Society

    • Human Systems

      • SS.3.7.5 Examine the economic and geographic factors that influence why people migrate and where they settle

        • Analyzes the factors that influence why people migrate and where they settle (e.g., natural resources, major waterways, physical features, natural hazards, connections, populations, climate, job opportunities).


  • 8 Understand economic concepts and the characteristics of various economic systems

    • Limited Resources and Choice

      • SS.3.8.1 Explain that opportunity cost is the best alternative given up when making a choice

        • Describes a time when he or she had to make a choice, and explain what he or she gave up by making that choice.

      • SS.3.8.2 Explain that goods and resources are limited because there are not enough natural, human, and capital resources to satisfy everyone's wants

        • Explains that people need to use resources (natural, humans, and capital) wisely because they are in short supply.

    • Economic Interdependence

      • SS.3.8.3 Describe how money makes it easy to trade goods and services

        • Explains why it would be harder to try to trade a personal belonging for something than it would be to pay money for that same thing.