3rd Grade Social Studies Curriculum


In Grade 3, students learn how individuals have changed their communities and world.

  • Students study the effects inspiring heroes have had on communities, past and present.
  • Students learn about the lives of heroic men and women who made important choices, overcame obstacles, sacrificed for the betterment of others, and embarked on journeys that resulted in new ideas, new inventions, and new communities.
  • Students expand their knowledge through the identification and study of people who made a difference, influenced public policy and decision making, and participated in resolving issues that are important to all people.
  • Throughout Grade 3, students develop an understanding of the economic, cultural, and scientific contributions made by individuals.

To support the teaching of the essential knowledge and skills, the use of a variety of rich material such as biographies; folktales, myths, and legends; and poetry, songs, and artworks is encouraged.  Selections may include the legend of Paul Bunyan.  Motivating resources are also available from museums, historical sites, presidential libraries, and local and state preservation societies.

Throughout social studies in Kindergarten-Grade 12, students build a foundation in history; geography; economics; government; citizenship; culture; science, technology, and society; and social studies skills.  The content, as appropriate for the grade level or course, enables students to understand the importance of patriotism, function in a free enterprise society, and appreciate the basic democratic values of our state and nation.

19 TAC, Title 19, Part II
Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills for Social Studies

Chapter ยง113.5 (3rd Grade)
Subchapter A. Elementary


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