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Grade 3: Communities On The GO!

As third graders grow in their capacity to grapple with more complex systems, Communities On The GO! helps them to understand the basic building blocks of communities. Students explore the concepts of urban, rural and suburban community life, along with ideas of how these communities change and grow. A focus on the Dallas-Fort Worth area helps students understand the significant role that transportation plays in shaping community history and geography. Communities On The GO! brings communities to life with explanations, explorations and choices.

Communities On The GO! features two lessons: 1) My Community Is Unique and 2) Finding My Way Around Town. Highlights include PowerPoints.

In addition to the lessons, Communities On The GO! has four activities:

Lesson One - My Community Is Unique

  Activity 1.1 - Types of Communities
In this activity, three common types of communities are defined.

Activity 1.2 - Change Happens - Or Does It?
Students explore the nature of communities - how they develop and change and what makes them work or not work.

Lesson Two - Finding My Way Around Town

  Activity 2.1 - Follow That DART Bus!
Students learn basic map skills by following a bus route on a simplified map. They answer questions about distance, direction and location, focusing on familiar places.
Download the Follow That DART Bus! PDF
Download the Reading A Map PowerPoint

Activity 2.2 - Math On The GO!
Students use mathematics to solve word problems representing everyday transportation scenarios.

All lessons, activities and learning materials are designed to augment your existing class curriculum and align with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Activities involving mathematics align with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards. Life skills are also listed.

Standards and Skills

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
  • History knowledge and skills: Influences of various communities [113.14 SS (1) A & (2) B]
  • History knowledge and skills: Common characteristics of communities and comparisons to meet their needs [113.14 SS (1) B & (2) C]
  • Historical concepts of time and chronology [113.14 SS (b) (3) A]
  • Communicates in written, oral and visual forms [113.14 SS (b) (18) (B)]
  • Geography: Understands location, distance and direction on maps and globes [113.14 SS (b) (5) B-D]
  • Reading and comprehension [110.14 F]
  • Geography: Map elements [110.14 SS (b) 5 (B-D)]
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  • Algebra: Model problem situations [NCTM 3-5 Grade Algebra]
Life Skills
  • Building relationships
  • Interdependency within and among communities
  • Map reading skills
  • Familiarity of downtown Dallas landmarks
  • Map reading and calculations (fares)
  • Saving energy or going green: Alternative transportation
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