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Wisconsin's Third Grade Standards

  • WI.A. Content Standard: Geography

    People, Places and Environments: Students in Wisconsin will learn about geography through the study of the relationships among people, places, and environments.

    • A.4.1. Performance Standard:

      Use reference points, latitude and longitude, direction, size, shape, and scale to locate positions on various representations of the earth's surface.

    • A.4.2. Performance Standard:

      Locate on a map or globe physical features such as continents, oceans, mountain ranges, and land forms, natural features such as resources, flora, and fauna; and human features such as cities, states, and national borders.

    • A.4.3. Performance Standard:

      Construct a map of the world from memory, showing the location of major land masses, bodies of water, and mountain ranges.

    • A.4.4. Performance Standard:

      Describe and give examples of ways in which people interact with the physical environment, including use of land, location of communities, methods of construction, and design of shelters.

    • A.4.5. Performance Standard:

      Use atlases, databases, grid systems, charts, graphs, and maps to gather information about the local community, Wisconsin, the United States, and the world.

    • A.4.6. Performance Standard:

      Identify and distinguish between predictable environmental changes, such as weather patterns and seasons, and unpredictable changes, such as floods and droughts, and describe the social and economic effects of these changes.

    • A.4.7. Performance Standard:

      Identify connections between the local community and other places in Wisconsin, the United States, and the world.

    • A.4.8. Performance Standard:

      Identify major changes in the local community that have been caused by human beings, such as a construction project, a new highway, a building torn down, or a fire; discuss reasons for these changes; and explain their probable effects on the community and the environment.

    • A.4.9. Performance Standard:

      Give examples to show how scientific and technological knowledge has led to environmental changes, such as pollution prevention measures, air-conditioning, and solar heating.

  • WI.B. Content Standard: History

    Time, Continuity, and Change: Students in Wisconsin will learn about the history of Wisconsin, the United States, and the world, examining change and continuity over time in order to develop historical perspective, explain historical relationships, and analyze issues that affect the present and the future.

    • B.4.1. Performance Standard:

      Identify and examine various sources of information that are used for constructing an understanding of the past, such as artifacts, documents, letters, diaries, maps, textbooks, photos, paintings, architecture, oral presentations, graphs, and charts.

    • B.4.2. Performance Standard:

      Use a timeline to select, organize, and sequence information describing eras in history.

    • B.4.3. Performance Standard:

      Examine biographies, stories, narratives, and folk tales to understand the lives of ordinary and extraordinary people, place them in time and context, and explain their relationship to important historical events.

    • B.4.4. Performance Standard:

      Compare and contrast changes in contemporary life with life in the past by looking at social, economic, political, and cultural roles played by individuals and groups.

    • B.4.5. Performance Standard:

      Identify the historical background and meaning of important political values such as freedom, democracy, and justice.

    • B.4.6. Performance Standard:

      Explain the significance of national and state holidays, such as Independence Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and national and state symbols, such as the United States flag and the state flags.

    • B.4.7. Performance Standard:

      Identify and describe important events and famous people in Wisconsin and United States history.

    • B.4.8. Performance Standard:

      Compare past and present technologies related to energy, transportation, and communications and describe the effects of technological change, either beneficial or harmful, on people and the environment.

    • B.4.9. Performance Standard:

      Describe examples of cooperation and interdependence among individuals, groups, and nations.

    • B.4.10. Performance Standard:

      Explain the history, culture, tribal sovereignty, and current status of the American Indian tribes and bands in Wisconsin.

  • WI.C. Content Standard: Political Science and Citizenship

    Power, Authority, Governance, and Responsibility: Students in Wisconsin will learn about political science and acquire the knowledge of political systems necessary for developing individual civic responsibility by studying the history and contemporary uses of power, authority, and governance.

    • C.4.1. Performance Standard:

      Identify and explain the individual's responsibilities to family, peers, and the community, including the need for civility and respect for diversity.

    • C.4.2. Performance Standard:

      Identify the documents, such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, in which the rights of citizens in our country are guaranteed.

    • C.4.3. Performance Standard:

      Explain how families, schools, and other groups develop, enforce, and change rules of behavior and explain how various behaviors promote or hinder cooperation.

    • C.4.4. Performance Standard:

      Explain the basic purpose of government in American society, recognizing the three levels of government.

    • C.4.5. Performance Standard:

      Explain how various forms of civic action such as running for political office, voting, signing an initiative, and speaking at hearings, can contribute to the well-being of the community.

    • C.4.6. Performance Standard:

      Locate, organize, and use relevant information to understand an issue in the classroom or school, while taking into account the viewpoints and interests of different groups and individuals.

  • WI.D. Content Standard: Economics

    Production, Distribution, Exchange, Consumption: Students in Wisconsin will learn about production, distribution, exchange, and consumption so that they can make informed economic decisions.

    • D.4.1. Performance Standard:

      Describe and explain of the role of money, banking, and savings in everyday life.

    • D.4.2. Performance Standard:

      Identify situations requiring an allocation of limited economic resources and appraise the opportunity cost (for example, spending one's allowance on a movie will mean less money saved for a new video game).

    • D.4.3. Performance Standard:

      Identify local goods and services that are part of the global economy and explain their use in Wisconsin.

    • D.4.4. Performance Standard:

      Give examples to explain how businesses and industry depend upon workers with specialized skills to make production more efficient.

    • D.4.5. Performance Standard:

      Distinguish between private goods and services (for example, the family car or a local restaurant) and public goods and services (for example, the interstate highway system or the United States Postal Service).

    • D.4.6. Performance Standard:

      Identify the economic roles of various institutions, including households, businesses, and government.

    • D.4.7. Performance Standard:

      Describe how personal economic decisions, such as deciding what to buy, what to recycle, or how much to contribute to people in need, can affect the lives of people in Wisconsin, the United States, and the world.

  • WI.E. Content Standard: The Behavioral Sciences

    Individuals, Institutions, and Society: Students in Wisconsin will learn about the behavioral sciences by exploring concepts from the discipline of sociology, the study of the interactions among individuals, groups, and institutions; the discipline of psychology, the study of factors that influence individual identity and learning; and the discipline of anthropology, the study of cultures in various times and settings.

    • E.4.1. Performance Standard:

      Explain the influence of prior knowledge, motivation, capabilities, personal interests, and other factors on individual learning.

    • E.4.2. Performance Standard:

      Explain the influence of factors such as family, neighborhood, personal interests, language, likes and dislikes, and accomplishments on individual identity and development.

    • E.4.3. Performance Standard:

      Describe how families are alike and different, comparing characteristics such as size, hobbies, celebrations, where families live, and how they make a living.

    • E.4.4. Performance Standard:

      Describe the ways in which ethnic cultures influence the daily lives of people.

    • E.4.5. Performance Standard:

      Identify and describe institutions such as school, church, police, and family and describe their contributions to the well being of the community, state, nation, and global society.

    • E.4.6. Performance Standard:

      Give examples of group and institutional influences such as laws, rules, and peer pressure on people, events, and culture.

    • E.4.7. Performance Standard:

      Explain the reasons why individuals respond in different ways to a particular event and the ways in which interactions among individuals influence behavior.

    • E.4.8. Performance Standard:

      Describe and distinguish among the values and beliefs of different groups and institutions.

    • E.4.9. Performance Standard:

      Explain how people learn about others who are different from themselves.

    • E.4.10. Performance Standard:

      Give examples and explain how the media may influence opinions, choices, and decisions.

    • E.4.11. Performance Standard:

      Give examples and explain how language, stories, folk tales, music, and other artistic creations are expressions of culture and how they convey knowledge of other peoples and cultures.

    • E.4.12. Performance Standard:

      Give examples of important contributions made by Wisconsin citizens, United States citizens, and world citizens.

    • E.4.13. Performance Standard:

      Investigate and explain similarities and differences in ways that cultures meet human needs.

    • E.4.14. Performance Standard:

      Describe how differences in cultures may lead to understanding or misunderstanding among people.

    • E.4.15. Performance Standard:

      Describe instances of cooperation and interdependence among individuals, groups, and nations, such as helping others in famines and disasters.