This class is aligned with Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for 3rd grade social studies. It focuses on the United States, its geography and its people. The students will first learn how to read a globe and a map in order to understand the maps shown throughout the course. Next the students will learn about North America as a whole, including the countries of Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean. The students then learn about Native Americans and the first European settlers. They will then learn about the US constitution and how the nation is run. The rest of the course will be spent focusing on each region of the United Stated: the Northeast, Southeast, North Central, Rocky Mountain, Southwest, and Pacific Regions. The students will first learn about the geography of these regions, including the climate and any important landforms. Next, the students will learn about the people of these regions, including any important historical facts, where most of the people live in these regions, and what the people in these regions do for work.

1- Course Introduction
1- Welcome
2- Pretest
Assignment: Pretest

2- The World
1- The Globe
2- Parts of a Globe
Handout: Parts of a Globe
Assignment: Parts of a Globe
3- Continents
Handout: Continents
Assignment: Continents
4- Oceans
Handout: Oceans
Assignment: Oceans
5- North and South Pole
6- Equator and Prime Meridian
Quiz: The World

3- Maps
1- Parts of a Map
2- Map Skills
Assignment: Map Activity
3- Types of Maps
Worksheet: Types of Maps
4- Distortion in Maps
Assignment: Map Distortion

4- North American Continent
1- Countries in North America
2- Canada
Quiz: Canada
3- Mexico
Quiz: Mexico
4- The Caribbean
Quiz: The Caribbean

5- A Large and Varied Land
1- Introduction
2- Where is the United States?
3- Regions of the United States
4- Land of the United States
5- Climate of the United States
Quiz: A Large and Varied Land

6- Who is an American?
1- Introduction
2- The First Americans
3- New Americans
4- New Americans Meet the First Americans
5- More New Americans Arrive
6- Americans Living Together
7- Puerto Rico
Worksheet: Who is an American?

7- How Do Americans Live Together?
1- Introduction
2- Our Nation’s Leaders
3- The Constitution
4- Building a Nation
5- Our Natural Resources
6- Midtest
Assignment: Midtest
Essay: How Do Americans Live Together?
Worksheet: How Do Americans Live Together?

8- Geography of the Northeast Region
1- Introduction
2- States and Cities
3- Land and Water
4- Eleanor Roosevelt
Quiz: Geography of the Northeast Region

9- People of the Northeast Region
1- Introduction
2- Long Ago: The Pilgrims
3- Where do People Live in the Northeast Region?
4- Working in the Northeast Region
Worksheet: People of the Northeast Region
Assignment: People of the Northeast Region

10- Geography of the Southeast Region
1- Introduction
2- Where is the Southeast Region?
3- What is the Land Like?
Quiz: Geography of the Southeast Region

11- People of the Southeast Region
1- Introduction
2- Long Ago: Old Virginia in 1774
3- Who Lives in the Southeast Today?
4- Where do People Live in the Region?
5- Working in the Southest Region
6- Rosa Parks
Worksheet: People of the Southeast Region
Assignment: People of the Southeast Region

12- Geography of the North Central Region
1- Introduction
2- States, Cities and Transportation
3- The Land of the Great Lakes
Quiz: Geography of the North Central Region

13- People of the North Central Region
1- Introduction
2- Long Ago: The Treeless Plains
3- How Many People Live in the Region Today?
4- Where do People Live in the Region?
5- Working in the North Central Region
6- Abraham Lincoln
Worksheet: People of the North Central Region
Assignment: People of the North Central Region

14- Geography of the Rocky Mountain Region
1- Introduction
2- Mountains, Canyons, Basins
Quiz: Geography of the Rocky Mountain Region

15- People of the Rocky Mountain Region
1- Introduction
2- Long Ago in the Rockies: The Mountain Men
3- American Indians in the Region
4- Where do People Live in the Region?
5- Working in the Rocky Mountain Region
Assignment: People of the Rocky Mountain Region
Essay: People of the Rocky Mountain Region

16- Geography of the Southwest Region
1- Introduction
2- States and Cities in the Southwest
3- Land, Rivers and Climate
Quiz: Geography of the Southwest Region

17- People of the Southwest Region
1- Introduction
2- Long Ago: The Commanche
3- Who Are the People of the Region?
4- Where do People Live in the Region?
5- Traveling in the Southwest Region
6- Working in the Southwest Region
Worksheet: People of the Southwest Region
Assignment: People of the Southwest Region

18- Geography of the Pacific Region
1- Introduction
2- The Pacific Region: Non-Continuous
3- Geography
4- Water and Climate
5- Alaska
6- Hawaii
Worksheet: Geography of the Pacific Region

19- People of the Pacific Region
1- Introduction
2- Long Ago: The Hawaiian Islands
3- Where do People Live in the Pacific Region?
4- Working in the Pacific Region
5- Post-test
Assignment: Post-test
Worksheet: People of the Pacific Region?

20- Course Evaluation
Handout: Course Evalulation
Assignment: Course Evaluation