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Grade 3: Social Studies Content Skills

Content Standard 1: The student will analyze the traits of good citizens.

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  2. Examine and determine the main purposes of Oklahoma's state government and identify representative leaders of the state of Oklahoma and the three branches of government (CCRIT 2).
  3. Describe the connection between the historic significance of past events and people and the symbols of Oklahoma's history including the Oklahoma State Seal and the Oklahoma flag. (CCRIT 3)

Content Standard 2: The student will identify and describe basic economic activities creating prosperity in the state of Oklahoma.

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  1. Summarize how scarcity and surplus require people to make choices about producing and consuming goods and services. (CCRIT 2)
  2. Compare differences among human, natural, and capital resources used to produce goods and services.
  3. Examine how the development of Oklahoma's major economic activities have contributed to the growth of the state including the oil and natural gas industry, agriculture and livestock, aviation, tourism, and military installations.

Content Standard 3: The student will examine Oklahoma's geography and how people of Oklahoma interact with their environment.

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  1. The student will examine Oklahoma's political and physical features using text features and search tools. (CCRIT 5)
    1. Distinguish among map symbols and identify relative location, direction, scale, size and shape using physical and political maps of Oklahoma including the use of latitude and longitude.
    2. Interpret thematic maps of Oklahoma with the essential map elements of title, legend, scale and directional indicators.
    3. Identify Oklahoma's major landforms and bodies of water on a physical map including Arbuckle Mountains, Ozark Plateau, Wichita Mountains, Kiamichi Mountains, Black Mesa, Red River, Canadian River, Arkansas River, Lake Texoma, Lake Eufaula, Lake Tenkiller, Grand Lake of the Cherokees, and the Great Salt Plains.
    4. Identify Oklahoma's major metropolitan centers and cities on a political map including Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Lawton, Stillwater, Norman, Muskogee, Woodward, McAlester, and Ponca City.
    5. Describe the climate and various natural vegetation zones found in Oklahoma including the Great Plains and the Cross Timbers.
  1. The student will examine through short research projects the interaction of the environment and the peoples of Oklahoma. (CCW 7)
    1. Describe how early Native Americans used Oklahoma's natural resources to survive including the use of the bison, fur trading, and farming.
    2. Describe how pioneers to Oklahoma adapted to and modified their environment including sod houses, wind mills, and crops.
    3. Summarize how contemporary Oklahomans affect and change their environments including the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, creation of recreational lakes by the construction of dams, irrigation of croplands, and the establishment of wildlife refuges. (CCRIT 2)

Content Standard 4: The student will analyze the significant events and historic personalities contributing to the development of the state Oklahoma

  1. Understand and describe the relationship between historic events and chronology through the creation of basic timelines (CCRIT 3)
  2. Read and interpret primary sources related to key events in Oklahoma's past to demonstrate understanding of a text including Catlin's artwork, Sequoyah's syllabary, news accounts and photographs of the land openings, and the Dust Bowl, as well as the musical lyrics of This Land is Our Land and the state song, Oklahoma. (CCRIT 1)
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  1. Describe the many Native American cultures that have inhabited present-day Oklahoma including the Spiro Mound Builders, the Five Tribes, and the Plains Indians

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  1. Describe early expeditions in Oklahoma including those of Coronado, Washington Irving, and George Catlin.

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  1. Describe the migrations and settlements by Native Americans including the Trail of Tears.

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  1. Describe cowboy life and cattle drives as typified by experiences along the Chisholm Trail.

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  1. Explain the opening of the Unassigned Lands and distinguish between the points of view of both Native Americans and settlers. (CCRIT 6)

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  1. Commemorate Statehood Day as the joining of Indian and Oklahoma Territories

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  1. Summarize how the weather and the environment have impacted the economy of Oklahoma in events like the Dust Bowl. (CCRIT 2)

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  1. Conduct short research projects and examine notable historic and present-day Oklahomans utilizing biographies and informational texts to describe their significant contributions including Sequoyah, Bill Pickett, Jim Thorpe, the Kiowa Six (formerly the Kiowa Five), Will Rogers, Wiley Post, Woody Guthrie, Clara Luper, Wilma Mankiller, Gordon Cooper, Shannon Lucid, Mickey Mantle, Carl Albert, and the Five Ballerinas. (CCW 7)

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  1. Develop an understanding and appreciation of the historic and contemporary racial, ethnic, and cultural groups of Oklahoma.

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  1. Identify and describe the historic significance of state and local landmarks including the Buffalo Soldiers' Old Post at Fort Sill, the Nellie Johnstone Number 1, the Oklahoma Capitol, Route 66, and the Oklahoma City National Memorial.

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