Social Studies

3rd Grade Social Studies: Units 1-4 of Third Grade Social Studies

Units 1-4 of 3rd Grade Social Studies is 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, civics, and geography.
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over 20 weeks


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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. 
This class was developed by The Foster Woods Folk School Co-Director Beth Foster. Beth has degrees in English and political science, and is currently a graduate student in the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History program at Pace University for K-12 history educators. In addition to teaching English language arts and social studies, Beth was director of a non-profit social justice center for three years where the focus of her work was in education around issues of justice, inclusion, and equity. The Foster Woods Folk School, which focuses on education, storytelling, and the arts within an eco-social justice framework is aimed at celebrating and improving our connections as a global community of human and non-human earthlings. In her role as co-director of the folk school, Beth works with learners of all ages with a primary focus of working with learners in grades three through six. 
There is daily homework to be completed outside of class time. Homework includes reading and writing assignments, as well as worksheets and other learning projects. 
The school will provide PDF readers for materials covered. Some projects will include making art so learners are encouraged to have general art supplies available such as markers, crayons, etc. 
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Weekly homework is assessed as follows for learners seeking a letter grade and letter of completion: 
Comprehension Quiz: 30 Percent 
Writing Assignment: 35 Percent
Project/Worksheet: 35
50 minutes per week in class, 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 readers for third grade social studies were written and compiled by The Foster Woods Folk School Co-Director Beth Foster from sources including Aesop's Fables from The Library of Congress, "Violence over the Land: Indians and Empires in the Early American West" by Ned Blackhawk, "Haudenosaunee Guide for Educators" from The National Museum of the American Indian Education Office, "Ancestral Pueblos Curriculum" from Heard Museum, Native Governance Center, "A People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn, "American History Now" by Eric Foner and Lisa McGirr, NewsELA, Facing History and Ourselves, Rethinking Schools, the Zinn Education Project, Learning for Justice, the Council for Economic Education, Native Governance Center, The 1619 Project-The New York Times, Honor the Earth, and the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund. 

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The Foster Woods Folk School
Lives in the United States
Learning Within An Ecosocial Justice Framework
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