This collaborative project can be integrated into the third grade social studies and writing curriculum to meet specific classroom goals as well as goals of the overall project. The third grade Common Core State Standards that will be met are listed below. If you look further down the page you will see that these standards are aligned with the goals and objectives of the National Geographic Project Standards.
Classroom/CCSS Objectives: Writing Standards:
W2 CCR Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content. W2.a Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension. W2.b Develop the topic with facts, definitions, and details. W2.c Use linking words and phrases (e.g., also, another, and, more, but) to connect ideas within categories of information W2.d Provide a concluding statement or section.
W3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences. W3.a Establish a situation and introduce a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally. W3.b Use dialogue and descriptions of actions, thoughts, and feelings to develop experiences and events or show the response of characters to situations.W3.d Provide a sense of closure.
W4 With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.
W5 With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
W6 With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
W8 Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.
W10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences
Social Studies: Standard 2.0 Peoples of the Nation and World Students will understand how people in Maryland, the United States and around the world are alike and different.
TOPICA. ELEMENTS OF CULTURE INDICATOR 1. Analyze and describe elements of a multicultural setting OBJECTIVES 2. Explain how and why media such as the internet, television, radio, and newspaper provide an opportunity to understand various perspectives about cultures
TOPIC B. CULTURAL DIFFUSION INDICATOR1. Identify and describe how individuals and groups share and borrow from other cultures OBJECTIVES 1. Use non-fiction texts to identify and discuss examples of how communities borrow and share from other cultures
TOPIC C. CONFLICT AND COMPROMISE INDICATOR1. Analyze how groups of people interact OBJECTIVES 1. Identify and demonstrate appropriate social skills necessary for working in a cooperative groups such as using concern, compassion, and respect among group members 2. Explain how different points of view in school and community situations may result in compromise or conflict