Civics and Government | 3rd Grade Social Studies

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Grade Levels
2nd - 4th, Homeschool
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50 pages
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I really enjoy the other Close readings that you offer, so when I needed a Government one I came straight to you. It was exactly what I needed, and the students did a good job with it.
We used these passages to review some of our reading standards as well as enhance our Social studies curriculum.


This Civics and Government bundle includes three important Social Studies concepts in a close reading format that will make it easy for you to integrate reading across the curriculum! Students will learn about how the Constitution set the purpose for the U.S. government, the three branches of government, voting, elections, checks and balances, and more!

Each text set (Purpose of Government, Three Branches of Government, and How Government Gets Its Power) includes a reading passage, graphic organizer, text-dependent questions, vocabulary activities, and a quiz. 


⭐What's Included:

★ Purpose of Government Close Reading Passage
Three Branches of Government Close Reading Passage
★ How Government Gets Its Power Close Reading Passage
★ 1st Reading: Guiding Questions, What's the Gist?, and Vocabulary in Context
★ 2nd Reading Guiding Questions and Comprehension Questions
★ Graphic Organizers: 1.) Main Idea and Key Details, 2.) Three Branches of Government Tree Map, 3.) Voting Bubble Map
★ Quiz for each passage
★ Vocabulary Mapping Organizer
★ Vocabulary Sort
★ Word Wall Words
★ Teacher Resources: Pre-teaching Vocabulary Instructions, Close Reading Tips


EASEL™ Activity & Assessment: This resource is ready for students to access on TpT's EASEL platform! Easel is an interactive layer over the original PDF worksheets that you can use on the TpT platform OR assign in Google Classroom.


How to Use in Your Classroom:

This Print and Go resource can be used as Social Studies activities and/or Language Arts activities which gives you the flexibility to fit it in wherever you can! It's perfect for:

  • Centers
  • Small Groups
  • Independent Work
  • Whole Group Instruction


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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.
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.


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