Social Studies Worksheets and Study Guides Third Grade. Effective Decision Making

The resources above correspond to the standards listed below:

Maryland Standards

MD.1.0. Political Science: Students will understand the historical development and current status of the democratic principles and the development of skills and attitudes necessary to become responsible citizens.
1.A. The foundations and function of government
1.A.2. Explain how certain practices are connected with the democratic principles (skills, attitudes, and dispositions) of being a citizen
1.A.2.b. Describe practices such as voting, following rules, volunteering, and recognizing national holidays associated with democratic principles
1.B. Individual and group participation in the political system
1.B.2. Analyze the role of individual and group participation in creating a supportive community
1.B.2.a. Explain the decision making process used to accomplish a community goal or solve a community problem
1.B.2.c. Describe the actions of people who have made a positive difference in their community, such as community and civic leaders, and organizations
1.C. Protecting rights and maintaining order
1.C.1. Explain the rights and responsibilities of being a member of the school and the community
1.C.1.a. Describe the responsibilities of being an effective citizen, such as cleaning up your neighborhood, being informed, obeying rules and laws, participating in class decisions, and volunteering
MD.4.0. Economics: Students will identify the economic principles and processes that are helpful to producers and consumers when making good decisions.
4.A. Scarcity and economic decision-making
4.A.1. Explain that people must make choices because resources are limited relative to unlimited wants for goods and services
4.A.1.a. Explain why people must make economic choices
4.A.1.b. Identify and apply the steps in the decision-making process
4.A.1.c. Identify the opportunity cost of a choice or decision
4.A.2. Examine the production process
4.A.2.b. Give examples of when limited resources affect the decisions producers make
MD.6.0. Social Studies Skills and Processes: Students shall use reading, writing, and thinking processes and skills to gain knowledge and understanding of political, historical, and current events using chronological and spatial thinking, economic reasoning, and historical interpretation, by framing and evaluating questions from primary and secondary sources.
6.A. Read to learn and construct meaning about social studies
6.A.1. Use appropriate strategies and opportunities to increase understandings of social studies vocabulary
6.A.1.a. Acquire and apply new vocabulary through investigating, listening, independent reading and discussing a variety of print and non-print sources
6.A.1.b. Identify and use new vocabulary acquired through study of relationships to prior knowledge and experiences
6.A.1.c. Use context clues to understand new social studies vocabulary
6.A.1.d. Use new vocabulary in speaking and writing to gain and extend content knowledge and clarify expression
6.A.2. Use strategies to prepare for reading (before reading)
6.A.2.a. Identify the characteristics of informational texts, such as print features, graphic aids, informational aids, organizational aids, and online features
6.A.2.b. Preview the text by examining features, such as the title, pictures, maps, illustrations, photographs, charts, timelines, graphs, and icons
6.A.2.c. Set a purpose for reading the text
6.A.2.d. Ask questions and make predictions about the text
6.A.2.e. Make connections to the text using prior knowledge and experiences
6.A.3. Use strategies to monitor understanding and derive meaning from text and portions of text (during reading)
6.A.3.a. Identify and use knowledge of organizational structures, such as chronological order, cause/effect, main ideas and details, description, similarities/differences, and problem/solution to gain meaning
6.A.3.b. Reread slowly and carefully, restate, or read on and revisit difficult parts
6.A.3.d. Look back through the text to search for connections between and among ideas
6.A.3.e. Make, confirm, or adjust predictions about the text
6.A.3.f. Periodically summarize or paraphrase important ideas while reading
6.A.3.g. Visualize what was read for deeper meaning
6.A.3.h. Explain personal connections to the ideas or information in the text
6.A.4. Use strategies to demonstrate understanding of the text (after reading)
6.A.4.a. Identify and explain what is directly stated in the text
6.A.4.b. Identify, paraphrase, or summarize the main idea of the text
6.A.4.f. Explain what is not directly stated in the text by drawing inferences
6.A.4.g. Confirm or refute predictions made about the text to form new ideas
6.A.4.h. Connect the text to prior knowledge or personal experiences
6.A.4.i. Draw conclusions and make generalizations based on the text, multiple texts, and/or prior knowledge
6.B. Write to learn and communicate social studies understandings
6.B.1. Use informal writing strategies, such as journal writing, note taking, quick writes, and graphic organizers to clarify, organize, remember and/or express new understandings
6.B.1.a. Identify key ideas
6.B.1.b. Connect key ideas to prior knowledge (personal experience, text, and world)
6.C. Ask social studies questions
6.C.2. Identify a problem/situation that requires further study
6.C.2.f. Develop a plan for how to answer questions about the problem/situation
6.E. Organize social studies information
6.E.1. Organize information from non-print sources
6.E.1.c. Find relationships between gathered information
6.E.2. Organize information from print sources
6.E.2.c. Find relationships between gathered information
6.F. Analyze social studies information
6.F.2. Evaluate information from a variety of sources
6.F.2.b. Compare information to prior knowledge