Standard 1: The World in Spatial Terms

General Information
Number: SS.3.G.1
Title: The World in Spatial Terms
Type: Standard
Subject: Social Studies
Grade: 3
Strand: Geography

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Access Points

Use a thematic map or chart to identify selected geographic information, such as land and body of water on a map or population on a chart.
Identify elements on a map, such as title, key/legend, cardinal directions, compass rose, and coordinate grid.
Identify selected continents and oceans on a world map.
Recognize a physical and a political map.
Identify differences between maps and globes.
Use maps to identify distances between two places.

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Lesson Plans

Regions of the United States:

In this lesson plan, students will be introduced to the five regions of the United States. Students will make connections between the five regions and the origin of symbols, individuals, and events that represent the United States of America. 

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Mapping U.S. Landmarks:

In this lesson, students will use map elements to identify six U.S. landmarks on a map. After identifying the landmarks, students will use the map scale to estimate the distance between the six locations.

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Mapping My Way Around School:

Students will learn more about maps during a class read aloud, practice identifying elements of maps, and creating their own maps in this lesson. Students will participate in a gallery walk of student maps and answer student-created questions on each map.

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