Third  Grade – Unit 4

Civic Responsibility

Unit 4 LA Standards

Social Studies Standards

Managing Student Work in Labs

Informational Questioning Stems

Literature (Narrative) Questioning Stems

  (6 Weeks)

   Essential Questions

“I Can Statements

           & Assessments

                   Instructional Activities

       Lesson Resources

1. What are the common affixes and multi-syllable types?

This means I can give the meaning of affixes and use them to help decode unknown words.

-decode unfamiliar word using their understanding of affixes in a root or base word.

-understand and decode multi-syllable words using syllable types

Suggested Text

Suffixes and Prefixes

Multi-Syllable Words

2. What language skills are needed to comprehend third grade text?

This means I can use language components to make meaning clear.

-form and use regular and irregular verbs, including verb tenses

-understand, explain, and ensure subject-verb agreement in writing

-understand, explain, and ensure pronoun-antecedent agreement in writing

-form comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs

-choose words and phrases for effect

-recognize and observe differences between the conventions of spoken and written standard English

-determine literal and non-literal meaning of words and phrases

-understand text structures (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence)

-determine main idea and supporting details of presented material

-use glossary and beginning dictionaries


Subject-Verb Agreement

Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

Comparative and Superlative Adjectives and Adverbs

Words and Phrases

Spoken & Written Language

Literal vs. Non-literal

Sequencing and Cause-Effect

Text Structures and Features

Note Taking Skills

Dictionary and Glossary Use

Utah State SOCIAL STUDIES Core Curriculum Standards  

Enduring Understanding: Students will understand the principles of civic responsibility in classroom, community, and country.

                   Objective 2: Identify ways community’s needs are met by government

                   Objective 3: Apply principles of civic responsibility

Essential Questions

“I Can Statements

& Assessments

Instructional Activities

Lesson Resources

3.  What are community and country rights and responsibilities?

This means I can describe the rights and responsibilities inherent in being a contributing member of a community.

-understand and explain the vocabulary that describes civic responsibility

-determine and explain classroom and school responsibilities

-list the responsibilities community members have to one another

-explore, identify, and explain the rights and responsibilities of members in a community and country

-identify why these responsibilities are important for a functioning community (e.g. voting, jury duty, taxpaying, obedience to laws)

-conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.

Suggested Texts

Vocabulary (compassion, honesty, fairness, self-discipline, judgment, respect, courage, responsibility, citizenship, patriotism)

Responsibility in the Classroom, the School 

Responsible Citizenship


Rights and Responsibilities 

Responsible Citizen 

Importance of Voting 

So You Want to Be President 

Thank You Sarah...  

Additional Resources 

Money Matters

4.  What does the government do to meet community needs?

This means I can identify ways community’s needs are met by government.

-differentiate between personal and community needs

-identify roles of representative government (e.g. make laws, maintain order, levy taxes, provide public services)

Personal Economic Needs

5.  What is immigration?

This means I can explain how immigration changes and contributes to a community and the country.

-identify and consider the diverse viewpoints of the people who comprise a community

-demonstrate respect for the opinions, backgrounds, and cultures of others

-write an opinion piece on how students believe it would be to immigrate to a new country (cite information from speakers, interviews, and texts) using the opinion writing rubric.

Immigration-Sequence in History

6.  What documents and symbols reflect and inspire citizenship?

This means I can identify and interact with the United States documents and symbols that inspire and reflect citizenship.

-identify and explain how rights and responsibilities are reflected in the patriotic documents symbols of the United States (i.e. Pledge of Allegiance, flag etiquette)

We The People

Word Meanings – The Preamble

National Symbols