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FC: The Geography and Symbols of the USA


9 lessons that answer the standards as well as the framing and supporting questions

Grade: 3rd Grade

Weeks: 2

Pages: 129

Standards: 3.6, 3.6b, 3.6c, 3.6d, 3.6e 3.16, 3.19, 3.20, 3.21, 3.22, 3.23, 3.24, 3.25, 3.26

File Type: pdf

Slide Deck Included: Yes

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Product SKU: PEDFC322


The last topic focused on ‘papers’, this topic focuses on ‘places’. Here students will review their knowledge of U.S. geography (North America’s and the United States relative location in the world) and deepen their understanding of specific geographic features of the United States, along with some of our nation’s most cherished symbols. 

9 lessons that answer the standards as well as the framing and supporting questions

Lessons are developed using all the sources and readings that are in the social studies course frameworks provided by the Louisiana Department of Education.

What does it include?

  1. Detailed lesson plans aligned with the standards and frameworks
  2. Activities that include all the materials provided in the frameworks
  3. Assessments aligned to the new LDOE field test
  4. Lesson activity workbook/worksheets
  5. Slide deck


  • 3.1 Create and use a chronological sequence of related events to compare developments and describe instances of change and continuity. 
  • 3.2 Explain connections between ideas, events, and developments in U.S. history. 
  • 3.3 Use a variety of primary and secondary sources to:
  • 3.3a Analyze social studies content. 
  • 3.3b Explain claims and evidence.
  • 3.3c Compare and contrast multiple sources. 
  • 3.4 Construct and express claims that are supported with relevant evidence from primary and/or secondary sources, content knowledge, and clear reasoning in order to: 
  • 3.4a Demonstrate an understanding of social studies content. 
  • 3.4b Compare and contrast content and viewpoints.
  • 3.4c Explain causes and effects.
  • 3.4d Describe counterclaims. 
  • 3.5 Compare life in the United States in the past and present.
  • 3.6 Identify and describe national historical figures, celebrations, and symbols.
  • 3.6b Describe the significance of state and nationally designated holidays, including New Year’s Day, the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., Inauguration Day, Washington’s Birthday, Mardi Gras, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day,  Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
  • 3.6c Describe the history of American symbols, including the Liberty Bell, U.S. flag (etiquette, customs pertaining to the display and use of the flag),   bald eagle, national anthem, Uncle Sam, Statue of Liberty, The Pledge of Allegiance, and the national motto “In God We Trust.
  • 3.6d Identify and describe man‐made American monuments and landmarks including the Gateway Arch, the Golden Gate Bridge, Jefferson Memorial,  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C, Lincoln Memorial, Mount Rushmore, Pearl Harbor Museum, September 11 Memorial and Museum, Statue of Liberty, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, U.S. Capitol, Washington Monument, and the White House.
  • 3.6e Identify and describe natural American landmarks, including the Grand Canyon, Mississippi River, Monument Valley, Niagara Falls, Rocky Mountains, Smoky Mountains, and Yellowstone National Park.
  • 3.16 Identify how people use natural (renewable and non‐renewable), human, and capital resources to provide goods and services.
  • 3.19 Create and use maps and models with a key, scale, and compass with intermediate directions. 
  • 3.20 Describe the geographic features of places in the United States. 
  • 3.21 Interpret geographic features of the United States using a variety of tools such as different types of maps and photos.
  • 3.22 Identify and locate the four hemispheres, equator, and prime meridian. 
  • 3.23 Locate and describe the seven continents and five oceans. 
  • 3.24 Describe the relative location of the United States. 
  • 3.25 Describe why and how people in the United States have modified their environment. 
  • 3.26 Compare and contrast basic land use and economic activities in urban, suburban, and rural environments.

Framing Question

What are the major geographic features and national symbols associated with the United States?

Supporting Questions

  1. Where is the United States located in comparison to other parts of the world?
  2. What major landforms and waterways make up the United States?
  3. How have people in the United States modified their environments?
  4. What are the differences between urban, suburban, and rural communities in the United States?
  5. What are the major symbols associated with the United States?




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