New York State Learning Standards and Core Curriculum
NY.RI.3. Reading Standards for Informational Text
Key Ideals and Details
RI.3.1. Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
RI.3.2. Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
RI.3.7. Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
RI.3.10. By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
NY.3P. Grade 3: Social Studies Practices
3P.A. Gathering, Interpreting, and Using Evidence
3P.A.5. Identify inferences.
3P.D. Geographic Reasoning
3P.D.3. Describe how human activities affect the environment of a world community; describe how the environment of a specific world community affects the human activities in that community.
3P.D.5. Describe how human activities alter places and regions.
NY.3. Communities around the World
Geography, Humans, and the Environment
3.3. Geographic factors often influence where people settle and form communities. People adapt to and modify their environment in different ways to meet their needs.
3.3b. People make adaptations and modifications to the environment. Advancements in science, technology, and industry can bring about modifications to the environment and can have unintended consequences on the environment. People have attempted to take actions to protect the environment.
3.3b.1. Students will examine how each selected world community has adapted to and/or modified its environment to meet its needs.
Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic Systems
3.9. Communities meet their needs and wants in a variety of ways, forming the basis for their economy.
3.9a. World communities use human and natural resources in different ways.
3.9a.1. Students will investigate available resources for each selected world community and how these resources are used to meet basic needs and wants.
3.9a.2. Students will explore the concepts of surplus and scarcity in relation to resources for each selected world community.