Social Studies

3rd Grade Social Studies Standards

Power Standards (Listed) and Supporting Standards (Italicized) 


  • Explain how families, workplaces, organizations and government entities interact and affect communities in multiple ways. (SS.3.CV.1)
  • Using evidence, describe how people have strived to improve communities over time to achieve equitable outcomes, practices, or policies. (SS.3.CV.2)

Economics & Financial Literacy

  • Describe the role of banks and other financial institutions in an economy (SS.EC.FL.3.3)
  • Compare the goods and services that people in the local community produce and those that are produced in other communities.(SS.EC.1.3) 
  • Explain that when people borrow, they receive something of value now and agree to repay the lender over time.(SS.EC.FL. 4.3)
  • Generate examples of the goods and services that governments provide (SS.EC. 2.3)


  • Explain how culture influences the way people modify and adapt to the environment or the way people do not modify and adapt to their environments (SS.3.G.2.)
  • Using print and digital maps, globes, and other simple geographic models to identify topographic and other graphic representations of both familiar and unfamiliar locations. (SS.3.G.1)
  • Describe the movement of goods, people, jobs, and/or information and the effect of the cultural and environmental characteristics on movement of goods. (SS.3.G.3)


  • SS.3.H.2. Explain how the diverse perspectives of people and events develop and shape communities and/or regions. (SS.3.H.2)
  • SS.3.H.1. Create and use a chronological sequence of related events to compare developments that happened at the same time. (SS.3.H.1)
  • SS.3.H.3.3. Identify and analyze how different kinds of historical sources are used to explain events in the past.(SS.3.H.3.3)

Social Studies Inquiry Standards

  • Generate important questions to address local, regional, state, national, and global problems.
  • Create action steps to find answers to questions.
  • Evaluate and use credible sources that represent multiple points of view. 
  • Develop claims, formulate explanations,  and construct arguments using relevant evidence and data from multiple sources to answer important questions.
  • Share findings with authentic audiences using a variety of technologies to enhance the message.
  • Reflect on one’s inquiry process and findings to take informed action.