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Skills available for New Mexico third-grade social studies standards

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  • I Students are able to identify important people and events in order to analyze significant patterns, relationships, themes, ideas, beliefs, and turning points in New Mexico, United States, and world history in order to understand the complexity of the human experience.

    • I-A Describe how contemporary and historical people and events have influenced New Mexico communities and regions

      • 1 Describe how the lives and contributions of people of New Mexico influenced local communities and regions.

    • I-B Understand connections among historical events, people, and symbols significant to United States history and cultures.

      • 1 Describe local events and their connections to state history.

    • I-C Students will identify and describe similar historical characteristics of the United States and its neighboring countries.

    • I-D Understand time passage and chronology.


  • II Students understand how physical, natural, and cultural processes influence where people live, the ways in which people live, and how societies interact with one another and their environments.

    • II-A Understand the concept of location by using and constructing maps, globes, and other geographic tools to identify and derive information about people, places, and environments.

    • II-B Distinguish between natural and human characteristics of places and use this knowledge to define regions, their relationships with other regions, and patterns of change.

      • 1 Describe how human and natural processes can sometimes work together to shape the appearance of places (e.g., post-fire reforestation).

      • 2 Explore examples of environmental and social changes in various regions.

    • II-C Be familiar with aspects of human behavior and man-made and natural environments in order to recognize their impact on the past and present.

      • 1 Identify personal behaviors that can affect community planning.

      • 2 Identify ways in which people have modified their environments (e.g., building roads, clearing land for development, mining, and constructing towns and cities).

      • 3 Describe the consequences of human modification of the natural environment (e.g., use of irrigation to improve crop yields, highways).

    • II-D Understand how physical processes shape the Earth's surface patterns and biosystems.

      • 1 Identify the components of the Earth's biosystems and their makeup (e.g., air, land, water, plants, and animals).

      • 2 Describe how physical processes shape features on the Earth's surface.

    • II-E Describe how economic, political, cultural, and social processes interact to shape patterns of human populations, and their interdependence, cooperation, and conflict.

      • 1 Describe how patterns of culture vary geographically.

      • 2 Describe how transportation and communication networks are used in daily life.

      • 3 Describe how cooperation and conflict affect neighborhoods and communities.

    • II-F Describe how natural and man-made changes affect the meaning, use, distribution, and value of resources.

      • 1 Identify the characteristics of renewable and nonrenewable resources.

Civics and Government


  • IV Students understand basic economic principles and use economic reasoning skills to analyze the impact of economic systems (including the market economy) on individuals, families, businesses, communities, and governments.

    • IV-A Understand that individuals, households, businesses, governments, and societies make decisions that affect the distribution of resources and that these decisions are influenced by incentives (both economic and intrinsic).

    • IV-B Understand that economic systems impact the way individuals, households, businesses, governments, and societies make decisions about goods and services.

      • 1 Recognize that a market system exists whenever buyers and sellers exchange goods and services.

      • 2 Understand how businesses operate in the United States' free enterprise system.

      • 3 Identify examples of economic systems.

    • IV-C Understand the patterns and results of trade and exchange among individuals, households, businesses, governments, and societies, and their interdependent qualities.

      • 1 Understand the purposes of spending and saving money.

      • 2 Identify currency, credit, debit, and checks as the basic mediums of exchange in Western society.