Identify natural and man-made landmarks in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.


(e.g. Grand Canyon, Gateway Arch, Mount Rushmore, Devil's Tower, Mt. Denali, Everglades, Niagara Falls)
General Information
Subject Area: Social Studies
Grade: 3
Strand: Geography
Standard: Places and Regions
Date Adopted or Revised: 02/14
Status: State Board Approved

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
5021050: Social Studies Grade 3 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))
7721014: Access Social Studies - Grade 3 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))

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Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
SS.3.G.2.AP.5: Recognize major natural and man-made landmarks of the United States.

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Lesson Plans

Landmarks: Natural or Man-Made:

In this lesson plan, students will be introduced to natural and man-made landmarks. Students will use an interactive notebook that pairs with the teacher’s presentation. Students will write in the interactive notebook while the teacher discusses and shows examples of natural and man-made landmarks that are located in the United States. Teacher will also review landmarks that are symbols which represent the United States. 

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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 Features of the U.S.A:

In this lesson, students will label different geographic features, as well as natural and man-made landmarks and symbols around the United States.

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The Great Landmark Debate:

The purpose of this lesson is for the students to recognize Mount Rushmore and the Washington Monument as man-made landmarks that are symbols of the United States. The students will write an opinion piece about which landmark, Mount Rushmore or the Washington Monument, most represents the United States.

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Landmark Main Idea:

In this lesson, students will use key details to determine the main idea of informational text about landmarks. For the summative assessment, students will work in small groups to read an informational text about landmarks, fill out a Main Idea Pyramid Graphic Organizer, and then create a poster in the shape of the landmark they read about. Students will utilize the information on their graphic organizer when creating their poster.

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