This Grade 3 Social Studies teaching resource offers an in-depth coverage of all the indicators for the outcome DR3.2 – Assess the degree to which the geography and related environmental and climatic factors influence ways of living on and with the land
Although it has been written to meet the outcome and indicators for the Saskatchewan Social Studies curriculum, it will meet the needs of educators teaching students about using different representations of the Earth.
Lessons are presented in the order of the indicators:
a. Identify the influences that geography has on societies (location of settlements, transportation of goods and people, types of industry, such as farming, ranching, forestry, mining, tourism, and manufacturing)
b. Recognize how environmental and climatic factors are influenced by location (proximity to water bodies influences precipitation and temperature, mountainous terrain influences soil formation, precipitation and temperature)
c. Describe the impact of environmental factors and events on ways of life in communities studied (climate, vegetation, natural resources, landforms, floods, droughts, storms)
Evaluation is on-going throughout the unit. Projects, class discussions, group work and individual activity should be noted and used for assessment purposes.
One tactic that has been found to work well is to use a binder with pages for each students. Choose four students a day to observe and write anecdotal notes about their work in all subjects for that day. Then when time comes to write report cards you have all the information you need for your grade and comments in accordance with the assessment rubrics.
Other resources for Grade 3 Social Studies to match the Saskatchewan curriculum are:
Grade 3 Social Studies I Can Statements and Teacher Checklist
Life in Diverse Communities
Interdependence of Communities
Using Various Representations of the Earth
Impact of Geography, Environment and Climate on the Use of the Land
Beliefs of Indigenous People About the Land
Divergent Viewpoints and Conflict Resolution
Defining the Rights of Children
Meeting the Needs and Wants of Communities
Distribution of Wealth and Technology
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