You wouldn’t expect your students to love to learn about Settlement Patterns in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean – would you? It sounds kind of….. boring. But – they LOVE to learn about the world around them! This unit has so many different cultures and geography that they really enjoy it!
The standard for 3rd grade is:
SS.3.G.4.1: Explain how the environment influences settlement patterns in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
First of all. Your students will probably love learning about how people have settled in these countries. It’s new knowledge and it’s kind of interesting. Sometimes I’m surprised at what my students find interesting, but trust me – they will like this.
Second. You will be combining Social Studies content and reading skills which are perfect for 3rd graders – who need lots of practice!
Introducing the Topic
Your students can underline, circle, or highlight important information. There is a note-taking box at the end of each passage for them to jot down notes and questions they have.