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3rd Grade Social Studies: Unit 2 of 4 of Third Grade Social Studies (FLEX)

Unit 2 of 3rd Grade Social Studies is the second part in a full curriculum of four units of third grade social studies taught to the National Council for the Social Studies (U.S.) standards, covering history, economics, and geography.
Beth Foster
258 total reviews for this teacher
3 reviews for this class
Completed by 10 learners
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No live meetings
Over 8 weeks
7-12
year olds
3-18
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does aFlexible Schedulecourse work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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Class Experience

Third Grade Social Studies is taught to the National Council for the Social Studies (U.S.) standards, covering history, economics, civics, and geography. Students begin to learn and practice analytic skills, consideration of multiple viewpoints and diverse backgrounds, intentional decisions about their communities and world, consideration of consequences of decisions, and relationships within society. They will also begin developing a foundation in U.S history and government, as well as world geography. In Unit 2, we focus on U.S. history. 
I have bachelor’s degrees in English, journalism, and political science, and am currently a master’s student in American history. I was a newspaper editor and reporter for 15 years, director of a social justice center for three years, and have been teaching English Language Arts, English As a Second Language, and social studies for the past five years. 
There will be weekly homework including quizzes, discussion questions, worksheets, projects and writing assignments. This flex class is for learners who just want to learn more about the topics, as well as students who want to get a letter of competition. For learners who are just practicing skills, homework is optional but highly recommended. For those learners seeking a letter of completion, there is 2-3 hours of homework to be completed each week. 
 1 file available upon enrollment
All materials learners will need will be provided in a PDF or on Google Apps.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Weekly Evaluation Rubric 
- Comprehension Quiz 10 Points
- Classroom Discussion Question Participation 20 Points
- Vocabulary Quiz 10 Points 
- Worksheets 20 Points
- Writing Assignment/Project 20 Points
- Interactive Project, "Class Timeline" 20 Points
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
As we study social studies, students may encounter descriptions and discussions of wars, colonization, disease, current events, and death. All subjects and topics will be covered in a manner that is as age-appropriate as possible, but some learners may be especially sensitive to these topics. 
The third grade social studies course pulls from a myriad of sources. We will use some primary sources to explore historical events and periods through the eyes of people who were firsthand witnesses.These may include diary entries, letters, court testimonies, and other sources. Assigned readings will come from sources such as NewsELA, Zinn Education Project, and Learning for Justice. 

As far as lecture development, I pull on several sources. The sources I use most often include Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States" and Eric Foner and Lisa McGirr's "American History Now." 

Teacher

Beth Foster
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Lives in the United States
The Foster Woods Folk School, Teaching Social Studies and English Language Arts within an EcoSocial Justice Framework
258 total reviews
205 completed classes

About Me

Stories are the beginning of understanding ourselves and the world, our place in history, and how we can create a better time and place for ourselves and those who will come after us. I love stories — reading stories, writing stories, hearing... 
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