Introduction to History and Social Science: Focus on Ancient World Cultures

The standards for third-grade students include an introduction to the heritage and contributions of the peoples of ancient China, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the West African empire of Mali. Students should continue developing map skills and demonstrate an understanding of basic economic and civics concepts. Students will examine the social, cultural, and political characteristics of major ancient world cultures. Students will recognize that many aspects of ancient cultures served as the foundation for modern governments, customs, traditions, and perspectives. 

Internet Resources

Everyday Civics
The core of the mission of public school education is to produce effective citizens. This site provides a wealth of lessons and links to support that goal.
Mali: Ancient Crossroads of Africa
This site provides support for teaching about the Ancient African kingdom of Mali, part of the history strand in the 3rd grade curriculum.