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Skills available for Tennessee third-grade social studies standards

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  • 3.1 Process and report information identifying, locating, comparing, and contrasting the major continents and oceans: North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia, Antarctica, Arctic, Atlantic, Indian, Pacific, and Southern using maps, globes, and other technologies.

  • 3.2 Interpret maps and globes using common terms, including country, region, mountain, hemisphere, latitude, longitude, north pole, south pole, equator, time zones, elevation, approximate distances in miles, isthmus, and strait.

  • 3.3 Use cardinal directions, map scales, legends, titles, and longitude and latitude to locate major cities and countries in the world.

  • 3.4 Examine major physical and political features on globes and maps, including mountains, plains, plateaus, mesas, buttes deserts, deltas, islands, peninsulas, basins, canyons, valleys, bays, streams, gulfs, straits, canals, seas, boundaries, cities, highways, roads, and railroads.

  • 3.5 Explain the difference between relative and absolute location.

  • 3.6 Use different types of maps (political, physical, population, resource, polar projection, and climate) and globe skills to interpret geographic information from a graph or chart.

  • 3.7 Explain how specific images contribute to and clarify geographical information (diagrams, landforms, satellite photos, GPS system, maps, and charts).

  • 3.8 Interpret digital sources and informational text to describe how humans interact with their environment.

  • 3.9 Analyze primary and secondary sources, maps, photographs, texts, and artifacts for contradictions, supporting evidence, and historical details.

  • 3.10 Trace the development of a product from its natural resource state to a finished product.

  • 3.11 Analyze how natural resources have impacted the economy of each region and their connections to global trade.

  • 3.12 Discuss how unique weather forces impact the geography and population of a region or continent (hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, drought).

  • 3.13 Summarize how people interact with their environment to satisfy basic needs and how geographic challenges are resolved, including housing, industry, transportation, communication, bridges, dams, tunnels, canals, freshwater supply, irrigation systems, and landfills.