3rd Grade Science and Social Studies

Students explore different civilizations, geography and the environment, the animal kingdom, world religion, and more by reading and discussing carefully selected, engaging nonfiction texts.

Course Summary

In this third-grade course, students explore and grapple with a wide variety of social studies and science topics while also building their skills and reading, analyzing and writing about informational texts. In social studies, students begin by exploring different civilizations and how daily routines, rituals, and structures help show what a civilization values. Students will also explore the ways in which the geography and environment influenced the ways the different civilizations met their needs, followed by a unit exploring the country’s many different religions. It is our hope that all social studies–based units will challenge students to appreciate and value different civilizations, beliefs, and actions. In science, students start by exploring the relationship between living things and their environment and the ways in which different animals adapt to meet their needs for survival. 

Our 3rd Grade Science and Social Studies course is one component of our complete English Language Arts program, paired with our 3rd Grade Literature course and Independent Reading. To learn more, see the Pacing Guide for this course.



Ancient Rome

Students explore the rise and fall of the ancient Roman Empire and Roman civilization, its various leaders, routines, and rituals, while practicing multiple informational reading strategies.

22 Lessons


Rediscovering Thanksgiving

Students learn about the Pilgrims and the first Massachusetts colonies, including why the Pilgrims came to the New World, their relationship with the Native peoples, and the truth behind the first Thanksgiving. 

25 Lessons


Understanding the Animal Kingdom and Adaptations

Students explore the relationship between living things and their environment, and how the environment can impact a species' ability to survive, while referring to the text to ask and answer questions.

24 Lessons


Indigenous Peoples: Then and Now

Students learn about Indigenous peoples and their history, including investigating Indigenous nations and Ingidenous heroes, and build an understanding that Indigenous people are an important part of our country. 

18 Lessons


Understanding World Religions

Students build a deeper appreciation and respect for world religions in the aim of better understanding the differences and similarities among the religions and cultures of their classmates.

19 Lessons

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