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Grade 3 - Social Studies Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE)

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​What does every day social studies inquiry look like?​

Check out this 3rd Grade Social Studies Lesson "Using Inquiry to Launch a Lesson: American Indians" For lesson resources and more videos visit the Everyday Inquiry in Elementary Social Studies Video Series​


Content Resources

3rd Grade Georgia Standards of Excellence for Social Studies

Teacher Notes

Third Grade Teacher Notes

Teacher Content Videos

British Colonial America Part 1


British Colonial America Part 2


Early American Indian Cultures Part 1


Early American Indian Cultures Part 2


European Exploration of North America


Instructional Resources

3rd Grade Curriculum Map

Third Grade Curriculum Map

Resources for Any Unit

​Sample Lesson

Unit 1

​Sample Unit Connecting Themes Source Set

Unit 2

​Sample​ Unit United States Geography Source Set
​Sample Lesson Rivers & Mountain Ranges of the U.S.  Rivers & Mountain Ranges

Unit 3

​Sample​ Unit American Indians: Past and Present  Source Set
Social Studies Lab  American Indian Cultures and Environment

Unit 4

​Sample​ Unit Let’s Go Exploring Source Set-Part 1 Source Set-Part 2

Unit 5

​Sample​ Unit British Colonial America Source Set
​Sample Lesson Life in the Three Colonial Regions of the U.S.

Unit 6

​Sample​ Unit American Government Basics Source Set

Unit 7

​Sample​ Unit Economics 101 Source Set

Instructional Activity Videos

Inquiry Stations: American Indians – 3H1a-b, 3G3a, 3E1a

Investigating Explorers – 3H2, 3G3b

Reading Like a Historian


Using Fiction to Understand History

Using Historical Images 


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