Third Grade – Unit 1
Culture Develops Over Time
“I Can” Statements
1. What is respectful listening and speaking during a discussion?
This means I can listen and respond respectfully to others.
-establish and follow agreed upon “rules for
-follow agreed upon rules for discussion
(listen to others, speaking one at a time)
-ask and answer questions to clarify
2. What is the purpose and function of various parts of speech?
This means I can use various parts of speech (noun, pronoun, verb, etc.) correctly
This means I can revise and edit narratives with the help of peers and adults
-explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs,
-identify and explain how parts of speech work
together to create meaning in text
3. How do I write correct and interesting sentences?
This means I can write sentences correctly.
-identify and produce simple, compound, and
-capitalize appropriate words in titles
-identify real life connections between words
and their use.
-recognize and observe differences between the
conventions of spoken and written standard
4. What are trickster tales?
This means I can determine the central message of various genres and how characters contribute to the story.
This means I can read poetry, focusing on expression, phrasing, tone, and dramatic effect.
-recount stories, fables and folktales, from
-write a short fantasy narrative in response to a
prompt based on the style of a text
-create a multimedia presentation of the recording and illustrations for book summaries
-identify and explain the central message,
lesson, or moral, with key details
-determine the trickster, the fool, the problem, and the solution in various cultures’ trickster tales
-describe characters (e.g., traits, motivations,
feelings) and explain how their actions
contribute to the sequence of events
-compare and contrast different Trickster Tales
by different authors
-use knowledge of narrative writing and
Trickster Tales to write a Trickster Tale
-write imaginary narratives using dialogue and descriptions of actions, thoughts, and feelings
-create a rubric and project for a PowerPoint presentation of a trickster tale you have written or enjoyed and present it to the class.
-identify and research the culture where
Trickster Tales are located
-write poetry to explain understanding of
Trickster Tales and/or the culture from where
-read and perform a poem dramatically, with expression and appropriate phrasing for meaning.
Utah State SOCIAL STUDIES Core Curriculum Standard
Enduring Understanding: Social Studies Standard 1 Objective 1,2:
Students will understand cultural factors that shape a community
“I Can” Statements
5. How do communities develop?
This means I can use text to explore and explain the key features of how culture shapes communities.
-compare elements of the local community with communities from different parts of the world
-describe how stories, folktales, music, and artistic
-investigate and explain changes in communities
that can or have occurred when two or more
-explain changes within communities caused by
human inventions (e.g. steel plow, internal
combustion engine, television, computer)
-read a variety of informational books on Ancient
Greece and Ancient Rome and summarize the
6. What are indigenous cultures of the Americas?
This means I can explain how indigenous cultures have changed over time.
-describe and compare early indigenous people of
-analyze how these cultures changed with the
arrival of people from Europe, and how the
-identify how indigenous people maintain cultural
-read about and describe the stories and contributions of the Native Americans