Utah Core Standards - Third Grade

Students will investigate how environments and communities change over time through the influence of people. They will survey indigenous (native) people of the United States and compare their environments and cultures with those of South America. One comparison will be the indigenous Inca people of South America. Expanded geography and map skills will assist students in their study of world connections. Using social studies, character, and life skills, students will examine communities and gain a better understanding of government, economics, and citizenship.

Core Standards for Social Studies

Materials and Lesson Plans

Utah Education Network (UEN):

National Standards

National Standards from National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
Founded in 1921, NCSS has grown to be the largest association in the country devoted solely to social studies education. NCSS engages and supports educators in strengthening and advocating social studies.



500 Nations (CD-ROM)
by Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, Washington
This is a comprehensive guide to Native American history in which students can tour historic structures, listen to Indian music, and examine art up close.


Bank Jr
Zions Bank and have created the Bank Jr website as the biggest and most comprehensive kid-friendly resource on the web for learning about finances.

K-12 Schools Pioneer: Utah's Online Library
Utah’s online library of electronic resources that provides statewide access to newspaper articles, magazines, professional journals, encyclopedias, video, photographs, maps, charts, and graphics.

Mali, Africa to Utah
On this Virtual Tour of Mali, Africa to Utah, U.S.A. you will find information,links and activities to support people and places in the Utah Social Studies Core for a Second Grade classroom.

Ouelessebougou and You
This virtual tour will help you compare and contrast Oulessebougou and Utah.

Recommended Instructional Materials System (RIMS)
Find instructional materials that have been adopted by the Utah State Office of Education (USOE).

The Learning Page
Designed to help educators use the American Memory Collections to teach history and culture.

Utah Education Network (UEN)
UEN provides education tools, activities, lesson plans, curriculum guides and professional development for teachers and educators in the state of Utah. You can also find other UEN resources like KULC channel 9, EDNET, and distance learning resources here.