Third Grade students explore the social studies disciplines of history, geography, civics and government, and economics, through the context of Michigan Studies. Building on prior social studies knowledge and applying new concepts of each social studies discipline to the increasingly complex social environment of their state. Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations help prepare students for more sophisticated studies of their country and world in later grades.
Instruction is based on The Michigan Citizenship Collaborative Curriculum (MC3). These activities use an inquiry approach to teach children about the geography, economics, and early history from Native settlement to early industrialization in the 1800's. Teachers use prepared lessons, teacher created Smart Board lessons, desk maps, and a variety of related trade books and leveled chapter books.