Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

Communities  around the World “Communities Around the World – Learning about People and Places” teaches  students about communities across the globe. Students bring with them knowledge  about the structure of communities and cultures.  Students make comparisons across time and  place. Students examine the different cultures, values, and symbols that give  identity to a community. They also learn that meanings of places have changed  over time. They learn that there are a variety of ways to create and enforce  the rules that govern a community. They learn that the world can be divided  into geographic regions based on physical landscapes and human adaptations in  adjacent communities. In economics, students learn that the resources are  unevenly distributed, that some people in communities have comparative advantages,  and that communities can trade with other communities to acquire resources they  do not have. Across the study of the five units there is an embedded theme that  communities and people in these communities do not have equal political,  economic, and social access. As with all of our educational programs, all instruction is centered in our  Catholic Faith foundation. 

In the context of all social studies instruction, students are expected  to use social studies practices which include:

  • chronological and reasoning causation – how events are related  chronologically and how they relate to earlier ideas and events and subsequent  ideas and events which in turn result in periods of history
  • comparison and contextualization – similarities and differences among geographic  regions where varying historical development affected societies, economics and  culture
  • geographic reasoning – the relationship between people, places, and the  environment and the overall effects on human activities over time
  • gathering, using and interpreting evidence-using evidence from diverse  sources and multiple perspectives to understand as well as to construct and  deconstruct arguments related to topics of social studies
  • role of individual in social and political participation-investigate ways  of participation, respectful dissent and engaging in methods of change  including written, verbal (debate) and social media

The content of grade three social  studies is centered around the following Common Core Domains and Key Ideas:

Development,  Movement and Interaction of Cultures

  • families,  schools, and communities differ from place to place around the world 
  • American  culture and other global cultures are similar and different in values,  traditions, beliefs, holiday and lifestyles
  • communities  around the world interact and exchange cultural ideas and practices

Civic Ideals  and Practices

  • governments  around the world have authority to make and enforce laws and the role of  citizens varies with types of governments
  • human rights  suggest that all should be treated fairly and can meet their basic needs
  • in an  interconnected world individuals, groups, governments and nations need to work  together to solve global problems

Geography,  Humans, and the Environment

  • geographic  regions represent areas of Earth’s surface that have unifying characteristics.
  • regions form  and change as a result of unique physical and environmental conditions,  economies, and cultures.
  • causes and  effects of human migration and settlement vary in different world regions and  may be influenced by geography
  • people living  in communities around the world depend on, adapt to, and modify their physical  environment

Time,  Continuity, and Change

  • each community  or culture has a unique history, including heroic figures, traditions, and  holidays
  • world  communities and civilizations change over time

Economic Systems

  • communities,  countries, and regions make use of natural resources to meet their needs and  wants
  • production,  distribution, and consumption of goods and services are interrelated and  affected by global market and events in the world community