Grade Level: 3rd
Unit Title: Geography
Duration: 4 weeks
Map Skills (scale, compass rose <cardial & intermediate>, grid, legend, symbols, title)
1. Understandings: Essential Questions:
How to use scale, a compass rose, grid How does knowing your place in the world
system, a legend, and symbols to locate help you learn about yourself and others?
places on maps and globes. How are map skills used to learn more
The concepts of location, distance, and about yourself and others?
direction on maps and globes.
Scale determines the distance between Use a scale to determine the distance
places on a map. between places on a map.
Cardinal and intermediate directions help Create and interpret maps of places and
locate places on a map such as the Rocky regions, including title, compass rose,
Mountains, the Mississippi River, and legends, scale, and grid system.
Austin, Texas in relation to the local Identify and use the compass rose, grid
community. system, and symbols to locate places on a
The compass rose, grid system, and symbols map.
help locate places on a map. Use cardinal and intermediate directions to
Maps of places and regions contain map locate places on a map such as the rocky
elements, including a title, compass rose, Mountains, the Mississippi River, and
legend, scale, and grid system. Austin, Texas in relation to the local
2. Understanding: Essential Questions:
Dates and events can be organized in years, How does a timeline help understand the
decades, or centuries to describe historical events in a person’s life?
times. How does the organization of time and
Concept of time and chronology. events help understand history?
To create and interpret timelines using the
terms year, decade, and century to describe
3. Understandings: Essential Questions:
How humans adapt to variation in the How has our community adapted or
physical environment. modified the physical environment in
How humans adapt to the variations in the which we live?
physical environment, including climate, How have humans adapted or modified the
landforms, natural resources, and natural physical environment in which they live?
Variations in physical environments, Describe and explain variations in physical
including climate, landforms, natural environments, including climate,
resources, and natural hazards, shape the landforms, natural resources, and natural
Physical process such as volcanoes, Identify and compare how people in
hurricanes, and earthquakes shape the different communities adapt to or modify
landscape. the physical environment.
People in different communities adapt to
or modify the physical environment.
The human characteristics of various
Important People in Geography (Shaping the U.S)
4. Understandings: Essential Questions:
How Pierre-Charles L’Enfant, Benjamin How did the actions of Pierre-Charles
Banneker, and Christopher Columbus L’Enfant, Benjamin Banneker, and
influenced various communities. Christopher Columbus affect our world
Pierre-Charles L’Enfant and Benjamin Describe how Christopher Columbus
Banneker planned the design for our contributed to the creation of new
nation’s capital. communities.
Christopher Columbus was an explorer Identify how Pierre-Charles L’Enfant and
who paved the way for Europeans to come Benjamin Banneker helped shaped
to the Americans. communities.
Create a timeline of Christopher Columbus
using years, decades, and centuries.
Actions of People (Shaping the U.S.)
5. Understandings: Essential Questions:
How individuals, events, and ideas have How have the past actions of individuals
influenced the history of various affected our world today?
Human processes such as building new Describe the affects of human processes
homes, conservations, and pollution shape such as building new homes, conservation,
the landscape. and pollution.
Identify and compare the human
characteristics of various regions.