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Skills available for Mississippi third-grade social studies standards

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Domestic Affairs

  • 1 Understand the role of rules and laws in our daily lives and the basic structure of the government at the local level.

    • a Describe the three branches of government at the local level.

    • b Explain how and why the local government makes laws, carries out laws, determines whether laws have been violated, and determines consequences for those who break the laws.

    • c Explain the purpose of rules and laws and why they are important to a community (e.g. littering, noise, etc.).

    • d Identify services provided by local government.

    • e Discuss spatial and ecological perspectives in life situations (e.g., locating waste disposal in the community, organizing a recycling drive, measuring food disposal at the school, etc.).

Global Affairs

Civil Rights/Human Rights

  • 3 Understand the historical circumstances and conditions of civil human rights struggles in local communities.

    • a Identify important beliefs commonly held by Americans about themselves and their government (e.g., following individual rights and freedoms, common good, respect for law, importance of work, education, volunteerism, conflict resolutions, etc.).

    • b Explain why certain civic responsibilities (e.g., following civic protocol, celebrating historic figures, etc.) are important to individuals and to the community.

    • c Describe different ways people in a community can influence their local government. (e.g., voting, running for office, or participating in meetings).


  • 4 Understand basic economic concepts and their effects on our community.

    • a Identify the ways in which a community depends upon other communities to provide for its wants and needs and goods and services.

    • b Define what a "tax" is and the purpose of paying taxes.

    • c Identify resources and scarcity of resources within the community.

    • d Describe opportunity costs of choices made in the community.

    • e Describe the division of labor within the community (e.g., interdependence of various jobs and careers).