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Tennessee's Third Grade Standards

  • TN.3.1. Content Standard: Culture

    Culture encompasses similarities and differences among people, including their beliefs, knowledge, changes, values, and traditions. Students will explore these elements of society to develop an appreciation and respect for the variety of human cultures.

    • 3.1.01. Learning Expectation:

      Understand the diversity of human cultures.

      • 3.1.01.a. Benchmark:

        Recognize that changes in culture occur through the spread of people, languages, ideas, and goods.

      • 3.1.01.b. Benchmark:

        Compare cultural differences in various regions of the United States and the world.

    • 3.1.02. Learning Expectation:

      Discuss the cultures and human patterns of places and regions of the world.

      • 3.1.02.a. Benchmark:

        Describe similarities and differences in the ways groups, societies, and cultures address similar human needs and concerns.

      • 3.1.02.b. Benchmark:

        Compare ways in which people from different cultures think about and deal with their physical environment and social conditions.

      • 3.1.02.c. Benchmark:

        Identify and explain the significance of selected individual writers, and artists and their stories, poems, statues, paintings, and other examples of cultural heritage from regions around the world.

    • 3.1.03. Learning Expectation:

      Recognize the contributions of individuals and people of various ethnic, racial, religious, socioeconomic groups to the development of civilizations.

      • 3.1.03.a. Benchmark:

        Explain the significance of selected ethnic and/or cultural celebrations in Tennessee, the United States and other nations such as St. Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Kwanzaa.

      • 3.1.03.b. Benchmark:

        Retell the heroic deeds of characters from folktales and legends.

    • 3.1.04. Learning Expectation:

      Understand the contributions of individuals and people of various ethnic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic groups to Tennessee.

      • 3.1.04.a. Benchmark:

        Compare ethnic and/or cultural celebrations in Tennessee, the United States, and other nations.

      • 3.1.04.b. Benchmark:

        Explain the significance of selected individual writers and artists and their stories, poems, statues, paintings and other examples of cultural heritage from regions in Tennessee and around the world.

  • TN.3.2. Content Standard: Economics

    Globalization of the economy, the explosion of population growth, technological changes and international competition compel students to understand, both personally and globally, the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. Students will examine and analyze economic concepts such as basic needs versus wants, using versus/saving money, and policy making versus decision making.

    • 3.2.01. Learning Expectation:

      Describe the potential costs and benefits of personal economic choices in a market economy.

      • 3.2.01.a. Benchmark:

        Identify ways of earning, spending, and saving money.

      • 3.2.01.b. Benchmark:

        Analyze a simple budget that allocates money for spending and saving.

    • 3.2.02. Learning Expectation:

      Give examples of fundamental economic concepts.

      • 3.2.02.a. Benchmark:

        Identify examples of private and public goods and services.

      • 3.2.02.b. Benchmark:

        Identify examples of scarcity.

      • 3.2.02.c. Benchmark:

        Explain how supply and demand affects the price of a good or service.

      • 3.2.02.d. Benchmark:

        Distinguish between imports and exports.

    • 3.2.03. Learning Expectation:

      Discuss the patterns and results of international trade.

      • 3.2.03.a. Benchmark:

        Recognize that the world has different agricultural and industrial regions.

      • 3.2.03.b. Benchmark:

        Explain the characteristics of a technologically expanding global economy.

      • 3.2.03.c. Benchmark:

        Explain the impact of scarcity on interdependence within and among regions.

      • 3.2.03.d. Benchmark:

        Recognize that Tennessee and the United States have different agricultural and industrial regions.

      • 3.2.03.e. Benchmark:

        Be aware of how goods and services are interchanged between communities at the local, and national levels.

      • 3.2.03.f. Benchmark:

        Trace the development of a product from a natural resource to a finished product.

  • TN.3.3. Content Standard: Geography

    Geography enables the students to see, understand and appreciate the web of relationships between people, places, and environments. Students will use the knowledge, skills, and understanding of concepts within the six essential elements of geography: world in spatial terms, places and regions, physical systems, human systems, environment and society, and the uses of geography.

    • 3.3.01. Learning Expectation:

      Understand how to use maps, globes, and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process and report information from a spatial perspective.

      • 3.3.01.a. Benchmark:

        Show how the spatial elements of point, line, and area are used on a map or globe.

      • 3.3.01.b. Benchmark:

        Explain the difference between relative and absolute locations.

      • 3.3.01.c. Benchmark:

        Locate places on a map using cardinal and intermediate direction.

    • 3.3.02. Learning Expectation:

      Recognize the interaction between human and physical systems around the world.

      • 3.3.02.a. Benchmark:

        List the similarities and differences of local places and regions with other places and regions.

      • 3.3.02.b. Benchmark:

        List the basic components of earth's physical systems (e.g., landforms, water, climate and weather, erosion and deposition).

      • 3.3.02.c. Benchmark:

        Understand the concept of an ecosystem.

      • 3.3.02.d. Benchmark:

        Describe how environments and regions differ around the world.

      • 3.3.02.e. Benchmark:

        Understand how technology allows people to adapt the environment to meet their needs.

    • 3.3.03. Learning Expectation:

      Demonstrate how to identify and locate major physical and political features on globes and maps.

      • 3.3.03.a. Benchmark:

        Locate the major cities of Tennessee and the world on a map or globe.

      • 3.3.03.b. Benchmark:

        Describe the concept of formal (uniform) regions.

      • 3.3.03.c. Benchmark:

        Define the characteristics that comprise a region.

      • 3.3.03.d. Benchmark:

        Explain how change affects region and place over time.

      • 3.3.03.e. Benchmark:

        Show the population distribution of the state, and country.

      • 3.3.03.f. Benchmark:

        Differentiate between urban, suburban, and rural regions.

  • TN.3.4. Content Standard: Governance and Civics

    Governance establishes structures of power and authority in order to provide order and stability. Civic efficacy requires understanding rights and responsibilities, ethical behavior, and the role of citizens within their community, nation, and world.

    • 3.4.01. Learning Expectation:

      Discuss the structure and purposes of governance.

      • 3.4.01.a. Benchmark:

        Describe the basic structures of government in the state.

      • 3.4.01.b. Benchmark:

        Recognize who makes laws in the state.

      • 3.4.01.c. Benchmark:

        Know that governmental agencies exist to protect the environment at local, state, and national levels.

      • 3.4.01.d. Benchmark:

        Describe varied basic structures of governments in the state, nation, and world.

      • 3.4.01.e. Benchmark:

        Examine how regions choose to govern in different ways.

    • 3.4.02. Learning Expectation:

      Describe the Constitution of the United States and the Tennessee State

      • 3.4.02.a. Benchmark:

        Constitution in principle and practice..

      • 3.4.02.b. Benchmark:

        Identify services commonly provided by the state government and contrast with other regions.

      • 3.4.02.c. Benchmark:

        Compare the Tennessee and the United State Constitutions with other governing procedures around the world.

    • 3.4.03. Learning Expectation:

      Understand the rights, responsibilities and privileges of citizens living in a democratic republic.

      • 3.4.03.a. Benchmark:

        Identify government officials and explain how they are chosen.

      • 3.4.03.b. Benchmark:

        Explain the concept of the consent of the governed and its importance to the functions of government.

      • 3.4.03.c. Benchmark:

        Identify examples of rights and responsibilities of citizens.

      • 3.4.03.d. Benchmark:

        Describe how public policies are used to address issues of public concern.

      • 3.4.03.e. Benchmark:

        Identify and explain the importance of acts of civic responsibility, including obeying laws and voting.

      • 3.4.03.f. Benchmark:

        Identify diverse historic figures that exemplified good citizenship.

      • 3.4.03.g. Benchmark:

        Identify ordinary people who exemplify good citizenship.

    • 3.4.04. Learning Expectation:

      Understand the qualities of a contributing citizen in our participatory democracy.

      • 3.4.04.a. Benchmark:

        List the differences between community, city, county, state, and country events which occur.

      • 3.4.04.b. Benchmark:

        Recognize the relationship of local governments to the state, the nation, and the world.

  • TN.3.5. Content Standard: History

    History involves people, events, and issues. Students will evaluate evidence to develop comparative and casual analyses, and to interpret primary sources. They will construct sound historical arguments and perspectives on which informed decisions in contemporary life can be based.

    • 3.5.01. Learning Expectation:

      Identify major people, events, and issues in Tennessee, United States, and world history.

      • 3.5.01.a. Benchmark:

        Identify the heroic deeds of characters from state, national, and global histories.

      • 3.5.01.b. Benchmark:

        Identify historical figures that helped to shape regions.

    • 3.5.02. Learning Expectation:

      Understand the place of historical events in the context of past, present and future.

      • 3.5.02.a. Benchmark:

        Describe the order of events by using designation of time periods such as ancient times and modern times.

      • 3.5.02.b. Benchmark:

        Describe how individuals, events, and ideas cause regional change over time.

      • 3.5.02.c. Benchmark:

        Use vocabulary related to chronology, including past, present and future.

      • 3.5.02.d. Benchmark:

        Describe and measure calendar time by days, weeks, months, and years.

    • 3.5.03. Learning Expectation:

      Explain how to use historical information acquired from a variety of sources.

      • 3.5.03.a. Benchmark:

        Create and interpret timelines.

      • 3.5.03.b. Benchmark:

        Identify factors that cause development and change in communities.

      • 3.5.03.c. Benchmark:

        Compare various interpretations of the same time period using evidence such as photographs and interviews.

  • TN.3.6. Content Standard: Individuals, Groups, and Interactions

    Personal development and identity are shaped by factors including culture, groups, and institutions. Central to this development are exploration, identification, and analysis of how individuals, and groups work independently and cooperatively.

    • 3.6.01. Learning Expectation:

      Recognize the impact of individual and group decisions on citizens and communities.

      • 3.6.01.a. Benchmark:

        Give examples of conflict, cooperation and interdependence among individuals, groups, and nations.

      • 3.6.01.b. Benchmark:

        Examine the relationships and conflict between personal wants and needs and various global concerns, such as use of imported oil, land use, and environmental protection.

      • 3.6.01.c. Benchmark:

        Give examples of economic, social, or political changes that result from individual or group decisions.

    • 3.6.02. Learning Expectation:

      Understand how groups can impact change at the local, state, and national level.

      • 3.6.02.a. Benchmark:

        Identify examples of actions individuals and groups can take to improve the community.

      • 3.6.02.b. Benchmark:

        Identify examples of nonprofit and/or civic organizations such as the Red Cross and explain how they serve the common good.