3rd Grade Social Studies Passages Bundle - All About Communities

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It can be tough to find resources for 3rd grade social studies, but with these passages, you and your students will be ready to dive in! Check out this set of ten standards-based passages to integrate important social studies ideas into your ELAR block!

**This is currently a GROWING bundle. This means not all of the resources are currently included, but will be added over the following months. You can save by purchasing now before the bundle is complete.**

These passages and questions were created to help you integrate 3rd grade social studies into reading. I know classrooms are short on time, and this resource will give you twice the learning!


Included in the bundle will be TWENTY different units with TEN passages in each unit.

Each passage and set of questions takes up a single page and includes an optional extension activity for further learning. The topic of each passage was chosen to meet the streamlined social studies TEKS for 3rd grade. Multiple genres are used including fiction, expository, poetry, diary entries, biographies, infographics, graphic organizers, and maps.


These passages could be completed together in a small group setting, individually, or used for a station or center activity. The possibilities are endless!

This resource has both printable and digital formats to meet the needs of all classrooms and includes an answer key.

➡️Please view the preview for a more complete look at the resource.


Passage Set Topics Currently Included:

  • Why People Form Communities
    • 10 passages all about common characteristics of communities as well as reasons why people form communities including the need for safety and laws.

  • How Communities Meet Their Needs
    • 10 passages all about comparing ways people and their communities meet their needs including government, education, communication, transportation, and recreation.

  • Physical Environments of Communities
    • 10 passages all about similarities and differences in the physical environment, including climate, landforms, natural resources, and natural hazards of communities.

  • Adapting and Modifying Our Communities
    • 10 passages all about comparing how people in different communities adapt to or modify the physical environment in which they live such as deserts, mountains, wetlands, and plains.

  • Map Skills
    • 10 passages all about the concepts of location, distance, and direction on maps and globes including cardinal and intermediate directions, the use of scale, and map features.

  • Money and Budgeting
    • 10 passages all about the purposes of earning, spending, saving, and donating money including creating a simple budget.

  • The Free Enterprise System
    • 10 passages all about the concept of the free enterprise system and how businesses operate in the U.S. free enterprise system including supply and demand, scarcity, goods and services, and profit.

  • Entrepreneurship
    • 10 passages all about individuals, past and present, such as Henry Ford and Sam Walton who have started new businesses.

  • Government
    • 10 passages all about local governments, state governments, the national governments, and their respective officials and services.

  • Historical Government Documents
    • 10 passages on documents fundamental to the formation of the United States including the Mayflower Compact, the U.S. Constitution, patent applications, and the Declaration of Independence, among others.

  • Good Citizenship
    • 10 passages on how to be a good citizen, traits of good citizenship, and Americans who are exemplary examples of being a good citizen.
  • Civic Responsibility
    • 10 passages on involvement in community activities and civic responsibilities including organizations that support communities.


Passage Set Topics Coming Soon:

  • Culture in the Community
  • Heroes in the Community
  • Artists are Important to the Community
  • Scientific Discoveries and Inventions
  • New Technology
  • Celebrate Freedom

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4 unique passages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting).


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