Grade 3 Model Lessons (San Diego)

Students in grade three learn more about our connections to the past and the ways in which particularly local, but also regional and national, government and traditions have developed and left their marks on current society, providing common memories. Emphasis is on the physical and cultural landscape of the local region, including the study of American Indians, the subsequent arrival of immigrants, and the impact they have had in forming the character of our contemporary society.

  • Standard 1. Students describe the physical and human geography and use maps, tables, graphs, photographs, and charts to organize information about people, places, and environments in a spatial context.
  • Standard 2. Students describe the American Indian nations in their local region long ago and in the recent past.
  • Standard 3. Students draw from historical and community resources to organize the sequence of local historical events and describe how each period of settlement left its mark on the land.
  • Standard 4. Students understand the role of rules and laws in our daily lives and the basic structure of the U.S. government.
  • Standard 5. Students demonstrate basic economic reasoning skills and an understanding of the economy of the local region.

Standard 1

Standard 1. Students describe the physical and human geography and use maps, tables, graphs, photographs, and charts to organize information about people, places, and environments in a spatial context.

  1. Cover page – Exploring the Landscape of San Diego
  2. Standard 1 Acknowledgements
  3. Standard 1 Table of Contents
  4. Unit Overview: Exploring the Local Landscape
  5. Standard 1 Correlation Guide with Reflections: Our Communities
  6. Lesson 1: Where am I?
  7. Lesson 2: Geographical Features
  8. Lesson 3: Physical Features of San Diego
  9. Lesson 4: Human-Made Features of San Diego
  10. Lesson 5: People Modify the Landscape - Comunityville
  11. Unit Project: Atlas of San Diego
  12. Standard 1 Extended Activities
  13. Standard 1 Resources for Geography
  14. Standard 1 Teacher Evaluation Form

Standard 2

Standard 2. Students describe the American Indian nations in their local region long ago and in the recent past.

  1. Cover - American Indians of the Local Region – the Kumeyaay
  2. Standard 2 Acknowledgements
  3. Standard 2 Table of Contents
  4. Unit Overview: American Indians of the Local Region – the
    Kumeyaay
  5. Standard 2 Correlation Guide with Reflections: Our Communities
  6. Teacher Background: The Kumeyaay Indians
  7. Lesson 1: Influence of the Physical Geography
  8. Cahuilla Student Reader
  9. Lesson 2: The Government of the Local Indians
  10. Lesson 3: The Economy of the Local Indians
  11. Lesson 4: Preserving the Culture
  12. Standard 2 Extended Activities
  13. Resources for American Indians of the Local Region
  14. Standard 2 Teacher Evaluation Form
  15. Kumeyaay Map

Standard 3

Standard 3. Students draw from historical and community resources to organize the sequence of local historical events and describe how each period of settlement left its mark on the land.

  1. Cover - San Diego History: A Curriculum Guide for Grade 3
    Teachers
  2. Standard 3 Acknowledgements
  3. Standard 3 Table of Contents
  4. Unit Overview: History of San Diego
  5. Directions for Creating a Time Line of San Diego’s History
  6. A Time Line of San Diego’s History
  7. Directions for the Unit 3 Project: Living History Museum
  8. Directions for Preparing San Diego THEN & NOW Photos
  9. Lesson 1: Migration, Traditions, and Population
  10. Lesson 2: Early Explorers and First Settlers of San Diego The Spanish and Mexican Eras 1542-1850
  11. Lesson 3: California Statehood (1850) to the Panama-California Exposition (1915)
  12. Lesson 4: Economies and New Businesses - San Diego in the 20th Century and Beyond
  13. Lesson 5: Time Line of the Local Community
  14. Extended Activities for the History of San Diego
  15. Biographical Sketches
  16. Standard 3 Teacher Evaluation Form

Standard 4

Standard 4. Students understand the role of rules and laws in our daily lives and the basic structure of the U.S. government.

  1. Cover – The Structure of Government
  2. Standard 4 Acknowledgements
  3. Standard 4 Table of Contents
  4. Overview: The Structure of Government
  5. Correlation Guide for Harcourt’s Reflections
  6. Lesson 1: Rules and Laws
  7. Lesson 2: Levels of Government
  8. Lesson 3: The Structure of City Government
  9. Lesson 4: The Government of San Diego
  10. Lesson 5: Securing Our Freedoms
  11. Standard 4 Extended Activities
  12. Resources for the Structure of Government
  13. Back Cover – The Official Seal of the City of San Diego

Standard 5

Standard 5. Students demonstrate basic economic reasoning skills and an understanding of the economy of the local region.

  1. Cover – Economic Resources and Choices
  2. Standard 5 Acknowledgements
  3. Standard 5 Table of Contents
  4. Overview: Economic Resources and Choices
  5. Lesson 1: Natural, Human, and Capital Resources
  6. Lesson 2: Water in San Diego and San Diego’s Water Crisis
  7. Lesson 3: Agriculture in San Diego: Not Your Average Farm
  8. Lesson 4: San Diego’s Economy; Military/Defense Industry in
    the San Diego Region
  9. Lesson 5: Trading With the World
  10. Lesson 6: Choices and Trade-Offs
  11. Standard 5 Extended Activities
  12. Resources for the Economy of a Community
  13. Standard 5 Teacher Evaluation