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Skills available for Virginia third-grade social studies standards

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History

  • 3.2 The student will explain how the contributions of ancient China and Egypt have influenced the present world in terms of architecture, inventions, the calendar, and written language.

  • 3.3 The student will explain how the contributions of ancient Greece and Rome have influenced the present world in terms of architecture, government (direct and representative democracy), and sports.

  • 3.4 The student will describe the oral tradition (storytelling), government (kings), and economic development (trade) of the early West African empire of Mali.

Geography

  • 3.5 The student will develop map skills and an understanding of change over time by locating major ancient world cultures on world maps

    • a at the beginning of their culture;

    • b during their period of greatest influence; and

    • c today.

  • 3.6 The student will develop map skills by using globes and maps to locate and describe major rivers, mountain ranges, and other geographic features of

    • a Africa;

    • b Asia;

    • c Europe;

    • d North America; and

    • e South America.

  • 3.7 The student will describe how people in ancient world cultures adapted to their environment.

Economics

  • 3.8 The student will demonstrate an understanding of different cultures and the natural, human, and capital resources they used in the production of goods and services.

  • 3.9 The student will recognize that because people and regions cannot produce everything they want, they specialize in what they do best and trade for the rest.

  • 3.10 The student will identify examples of making an economic choice and will explain the idea of opportunity cost (what is given up when making a choice).

Civics

  • 3.11 The student will explain the responsibilities of a good citizen, with emphasis on

    • a respecting and protecting the rights and property of others;

    • b taking part in the voting process when making classroom decisions;

    • c describing actions that can improve the school and community;

    • d demonstrating self-discipline and self-reliance;

    • e practicing honesty and trustworthiness; and

    • f describing the purpose of rules.

  • 3.12 The student will recognize the importance of government in the community, Virginia, and the United States of America by

    • a explaining the purpose of laws;

    • b explaining that the basic purposes of government are to make laws, carry out laws, and decide if laws have been broken; and

    • c explaining that government protects the rights and property of individuals.

  • 3.13 The student will recognize that Americans are a people of diverse ethnic origins, customs, and traditions and are united by the basic principles of a republican form of government and respect for individual rights and freedoms.