A remix of Michigan social studies resources all in one place. In this foundational lesson students are introduced to the ways geographers look at places and the questions they ask. Students begin by reviewing the concept of ‘community’ and the geography of their local community by completing a class chart.
3rd Grade Social Studies
The 3rd Grade Michigan Studies book consists of four major units with sections within each focused on the four main disciplines and public policy.
The Roadmap is a remix of Michigan resources all in one place. Students review relative and absolute (street address) location. They then use a Michigan map and cardinal directions to describe the relative location of their local community. Using a map of the United States and cardinal directions, students identify a variety of ways to describe the relative location of Michigan. The lesson concludes with a brief discussion of how location influences the development of a state. This lesson serves as the launching point for subsequent lessons in both history and economics.
After reviewing natural (physical) and human characteristics from Lesson 1, students use maps to identify and describe significant natural (physical) characteristics of Michigan including mountain ranges, sand dune areas, the Great Lakes, inland lakes and important rivers. In a connection to science students briefly explore how glaciers helped to create some of these natural (physical) characteristics. The lesson uses multiple resources including informational text, legends and photographs.
Important bodies of water include the Great Lakes, inland lakes, rivers and waterfalls. In a connection to science students briefly explore how glaciers helped to create some of these natural (physical) characteristics. The lesson uses multiple resources including informational text, legends and photographs.
The Roadmap is a remix of the Michigan Open Book, MC3 and GIANTS all in one place. In this lesson students continue their study of the geographic theme of ‘place’ by exploring significant human characteristics of Michigan including bridges, cities, highways and lighthouses. In addition, students explore how people interact with natural (physical) characteristics by creating human characteristics (e.g. bridges are built over rivers, towns are built along bays.)
The Roadmap is a remix of the Michigan Open Book, MC3 and GIANTS all in one place. This lesson expands upon the concept of region by having students invent ways to divide Michigan into regions. Students compare the Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula of Michigan and then explore other ways in which Michigan can be divided into regions based on common characteristics (e.g., the Thumb, the Fruit Belt). Finally students examine regions to which Michigan belongs. (e.g., Great Lakes Region, Midwest).
This Roadmap is a remix of Michigan Open Book, MC3 and GIANTS all in one place. In this lesson students connect geography to economics as they explore how natural resources are used to produce goods and services in Michigan. They use specific examples such as the use of fertile soil to grow major crops. Students then use a Michigan product to dissect the resources necessary for production. In exploring Michigan products, the concept of entrepreneurship is introduced.
The Roadmap is a remix of the Michigan Open Book, MC3 and GIANTS all in one place. This lesson begins with a scenario showing how scarcity results from the tension between limited resources and unlimited wants. Students then participate in a simulation involving economic decisions, choice, and opportunity costs. During the simulation, incentives such as sales are introduced. Students then apply these concepts to economic choices made in the state of Michigan by looking at how businesses and industries are affected by scarcity, choice and incentives.
This Roadmap is a remix of the Michigan Open Book, MC3 and GIANTS all in one place. In this lesson students continue to explore the concepts of scarcity, choice, and productive resources as they examine different types of economic activities in Michigan. They begin by identifying goods and services produced in their own local communities. Next, they explore a wide variety of Michigan products by playing a simple game and then categorizing the Michigan products according to economic activities such as manufacturing, agriculture, and mining. Next they take a brief look at service industries and tourism as well as research and development. Throughout the lesson, they use their knowledge of Michigan’s physical and human geography to answer the question: “Why is this economic activity located here?”
This lesson begins with students connecting back to second grade and brainstorming reasons that people specialize (e.g., they have a special skill or talent, availability of productive resources, etc.). They then examine how specialization results in trade with others as they complete a graphic organizer depicting the relationship among specialization, trade, and interdependence. They expand their thinking as they consider how states and countries also specialize and are interdependent through an exploration of Michigan imports and exports.
This lesson involves students using what they have learned about Michigan’s economic activities to explore Michigan’s economic future. Students are introduced to the importance of business development and entrepreneurship for Michigan’s economic future through a short, simplified newspaper article on a small company producing wind turbines. Next, they explore why wind turbine production and wind farms may become a vital part of Michigan’s economic future.
The Roadmap is a remix of the Michigan Open Book, MC3 and pieces of the GIANTS all in one place. This lesson expands on students’ understanding of the concept of government which was introduced in grade 2. It begins with a small group activity where students explore what a community would be like without a government. After examining some of the important purposes of government, students study specific ways the Michigan state government works to fulfill these purposes.
This Roadmap is a remix of the Michigan Open Book, MC3 and GIANTS all in one place. This lesson serves as an introduction to the concept of levels of government. It begins with a review of the purposes of government. Students then explore the similarities and differences of state and local governments. Finally, they draw conclusions as to why state governments are needed.
The Roadmap is a remix of the Michigan Open Book, MC3, and GIANTS all in one place. Through a brief introduction to the concept of a republic, students learn that in our system of government, the power resides with the people. During the lesson, students identify their state representative and state senator.
The Roadmap is a remix of the Michigan Open Book, MC3 and GIANTS all in one place. In this lesson students explore how the Michigan constitution limits the power of government by separating power. Students begin by creating a graphic organizer illustrating the organization of their local government. Students then examine how power is separated among the three branches of Michigan government and construct an organizer illustrating the branches.
This Roadmap is a remix of the Michigan Open Book, MC3 and GIANTS all in one place. This lesson explores some of the rights of citizens such as freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and the right to vote. After students brainstorm a list of rights, they discuss how laws and governments protect people’s rights and how rights come with responsibilities. The lesson concludes with students creating a visual depiction of some of the rights and responsibilities of Michigan citizens.
The Roadmap is a remix of Michigan Open Book, MC3 and GIANTS all in one place. This foundational lesson introduces students to historical reasoning through the analysis of primary sources, such as historical maps and photographs. They examine how historians are detectives of the past and use evidence from primary and secondary sources. Students then explore the chronology of the settlement of a village in Michigan and identify the causes and effects of the founding of the community.
The Roadmap is a remix of Michigan Open Book, MC3, and GIANTS all in one place. In this lesson students apply what they have learned about the study of history to American Indian cultures in Michigan. They explore early American Indian groups in Michigan. Students then identify similarities and differences among the groups known as the “Three Fires.” Geography concepts are applied when students examine how American Indians used, adapted to, and modified the environment. The lesson concludes as students connect the past to the present by investigating American Indians in Michigan today.
The Roadmap is a remix of the Michigan Open Book, MC3, and GIANTS all in one place. In this lesson, students explore the movement of the French into Michigan and the influence of these newcomers on native cultures. Students analyze illustrations, maps, narrative text, timelines, and other sources as they gather historical evidence about this time period in Michigan history.
Students will explore the principles and concepts of economics through the lens of Michigan today. Students use what they have learned in the previous unit about Michigan’s natural resources to explore how natural, human and capital resources combine to influence the types of businesses in our state today. Student then focus on the economic principles of scarcity, choice, and opportunity costs. Using a simulation model, students experience the impact of scarcity on their choices and the opportunity costs that result. After identifying Michigan’s current economic activities, students explain the reasons for their location. Using fruit as an example, students are introduced to how geography affects specialization and interdependence. The concept of interdependence exposes students to Michigan’s connection with the national and global economies. Finally, students explore the role of government with respect to goods, services, and incentives.
Students use a geographic lens to explore the state of Michigan. The chapter focuses around the five major themes of geography: movement, region, human/environment interaction, and location. Students explore the concept of “state” using a map of the United States. In studying location, students use cardinal directions, identify various ways to describe the relative location of Michigan, and begin to explore how location can influence the development of a state. When studying place, students identify and describe significant human and physical characteristics of Michigan using a variety of maps. Through literature, maps, informational text and other resources students also explore the concept of human/environment interaction as they learn about Michigan’s natural resources and how people have used, modified, and adapted to them. In studying movement, an emphasis is placed on the Great Lakes. Using shipping as a launching point, students explore how and why people, goods, jobs and ideas move within, into and out of Michigan. Finally, students apply the concept of region to the study of Michigan as they explore different ways Michigan can be divided into regions as well as the different regions to which Michigan belongs.
Students will extend their civic perspective from second grade local government to state government. They begin with an examination of the purposes of government and ways in which the government of Michigan works to fulfill those purposes. By exploring the concept of representative government, students learn how the power of government resides with the people. They build upon their knowledge of local government and community by distinguishing the roles of state government from local government and explore why state governments are needed. By learning about the Michigan Constitution, students are introduced to the concept of limited government and the history of Michigan’s Constitution. An understanding of limited government is further enriched through an exploration of how the powers of government are separated among the branches in state government. Students then explore the judicial branch by examining ways courts function to resolve conflict. Finally, students consider important rights and responsibilities of citizenship including the responsibility to be informed about public issues.
This Roadmap is a remix of the Michigan Open Book, MC3, and GIANTS all in one place. In this unit students use primary and secondary sources of information to explore the early history of Michigan. They begin by examining the work of historians and the types of questions they ask. Then, they apply historical thinking skills to a study of American Indians in Michigan, exploration and early settlement. The unit provides a strong link to geography as students analyze ways in which both American Indians and settlers used, adapted to, and modified the environment. Through stories and informational text, students examine Michigan’s past. Civics is naturally integrated as students explore how Michigan became a state. Throughout the unit, emphasis is placed on major historical concepts such as chronology, cause and effect, and point of view.
What do you think makes Michigan special? You might be thinking that Michigan is special because it is your home. Maybe it is special because the people you care about live in Michigan. These are wonderful reasons. This resource will help you learn about many other ways that Michigan is special.
In the first chapter you learned about geography, one of the important areas of social studies. You explored the geography of Michigan and its many special natural characteristics. What do people do with the natural characteristics of Michigan? They put them to use! They plant crops in the soil. They use wood from trees to build houses. What do they do with water??? Lots and lots of things! There is a special name for things in nature that people find useful: natural resources. In this section you will learn how natural resources are important in another area of social studies: economics.
You have learned that there are different areas of social studies. You have learned about geography. You have also learned about economics. In this chapter you will learn about civics. You will discover that civics is the study of government. It is also the study of the role people play in government. But, wait! What is government?
You have learned that there are different areas of social studies. You have learned about geography. You have also learned about economics. In this chapter you will learn about history. You will discover that history is what happened in the past.