History 3

This list is representative of the materials provided or used in this course. Keep in mind that the actual materials used may vary, depending on the school in which you are enrolled, and whether you are taking the course as Independent Study.

For a complete list of the materials to be used in this course by your enrolled student, please visit MyInfo. All lists are subject to change at any time.

Scope & Sequence : Scope & Sequence documents describe what is covered in a course (the scope) and also the order in which topics are covered (the sequence). These documents list instructional objectives and skills to be mastered. K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

Course Overview

Continuing their investigation (spanning grades 1–4) into history from the Stone Age to the Space Age, third grade students will:

  • Explore the Renaissance, and meet Petrarch, da Vinci, Michelangelo, Gutenberg, Galileo, and more
  • Journey through the Age of Exploration with Dias, da Gama, Magellan, and more
  • Get to know the Maya, Aztecs, and Incas
  • Visit civilizations in India, Africa, China, and Japan
  • During England's Golden Age, meet Elizabeth I, Sir Walter Raleigh, and William Shakespeare
  • Explore Jamestown, Plymouth, and the thirteen colonies in Colonial America
  • Learn about the American Revolution
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Course Outline

Where Do We Go from Here?

  • Learn how to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire,process, and report information from a spatial perspective
  • Learn how to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on the earth's surface
  • Understand that people create regions to interpret the earth's complexity

Background to the Renaissance

  • Define "Renaissance" as rebirth, referring to a rebirth of interest in the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome
  • Describe Greece and Rome as civilizations that valued learning, reason, and human striving and potential
  • Characterize the Middle Ages as a dangerous time and an Age of Faith
  • Identify Christianity as Europe's dominant faith
  • Describe the late Middle Ages as a time when writers, thinkers, and artists rediscovered classical models

The Italian Renaissance

  • Identify Italy (with its numerous competing city-states) as the place where the Renaissance began
  • Identify Florence, Venice, and Rome as centers of Renaissance learning
  • Recognize that artists and scholars were inspired by ancient Greece and Rome
  • Describe the Renaissance ideal of a well-rounded individual (Renaissance man)
  • Identify key figures, characteristics, and accomplishments of the Italian Renaissance

The Renaissance Elsewhere and the Reformation

  • Identify the invention of the printing press as key to the spread of Renaissance ideas and ideals
  • Recognize Italy's role in spreading Renaissance ideas to northern Europe
  • State that strong monarchs emerged in England, France, and Spain
  • Identify key artistic and scientific advances in northern Europe
  • Define the Reformation as a split within Christianity
  • Identify Martin Luther as a German monk who led the Reformation
  • Know that the Reformation created political and religious splits in Europe

Moving from One World to Another

  • Locate and identify mountain ranges around the world
  • Identify selected mountain peaks on several continents
  • Explain the purpose of the scale on a map
  • Use the scale on a mp to measure the distance between places
  • Name agricultural product maps as maps that show where crops are grown and animals are raised
  • Use an agricultural product map to get information
  • Understand how to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information from a spatial perspective
  • Recognize the patterns and networks of economic interdependence on Earth's surface
  • Identify how physical systems affect human systems

The Age of Exploration

  • Describe the Renaissance as an age of exploration and discovery
  • List key advances in navigation that made voyages of discovery possible (for example, caravel, compass, and astrolabe)
  • Identify European motivations for voyages of discovery
  • Recognize Portugal and Spain as the leading powers of this time
  • Identify key individuals and their important voyages

The World They Found

  • Recognize that different civilizations and cultures inhabited the Americas before the arrival of Europeans
  • List the Maya, Aztecs, and Incas as three major pre-Columbian civilizations, and describe some of their skills and abilities
  • Describe the motivations of the Spanish in the New World
  • Characterize the conflict of Spanish and Native American civilizations as a clash of civilizations in which the Spanish conquered the Aztec and Inca empires
  • Identify key figures in the conflict: Moctezuma, Cortés, Atahualpa, Pizarro, and las Casas

Looking East: Ottomans and Mughals

  • Describe the Ottoman and Mughal empires as large and expanding Muslim empires during the Renaissance
  • Locate the Ottoman and Mughal empires on a map
  • Describe the Ottomans as rivals for trade and territory with European countries such as Spain and Portugal
  • Recognize Hinduism and Islam as two faiths present in India
  • Identify key places and people in the Ottoman and Mughal empires: Istanbul, Agra, the Süleymaniye mosque, the Taj Mahal, Süleyman, Akbar, and Shah Jahan

Africa, China, and Japan

  • Describe the growth of European trade with Africa, China, and Japan
  • Understand the impact of New World exploration on the development of a transatlantic slave trade
  • Locate the kingdoms of Benin, China, and Japan on a map
  • Recognize that both China and Japan closed themselves to the west in this period
  • Identify key places, dynasties, people, and products of the three areas: Benin, brasswork, the Niger River, Beijing, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Ming Dynasty, silk and porcelain, the Tokugawa shogunate, and Francis Xavier

England's Golden Age and Beyond

  • Identify the reign of Elizabeth I as a golden age, or time of cultural and political flourishing
  • Describe England as an increasingly strong nation-state under Elizabeth I
  • Identify Spain as England's main rival
  • State that England began to explore and colonize North America
  • Identify Shakespeare as England's most famous bard
  • Recognize historic English concern for defense of liberties in quarrel with James I and the Glorious Revolution

The America They Found and Founded

  • Recognize that different cultures inhabited North America before the arrival of Europeans
  • List the Pacific Northwest, desert, Plains, and Eastern Woodland peoples as major cultures, and describe some of their skills and abilities
  • Describe various motivations of the English who came to the New World World (for example, gold, religious freedom, land, and freedom from imprisonment)
  • Explain that many people with maverick ideas came to the British colonies in North America
  • Identify key figures and events in early settlement: John Smith, Pilgrims, Puritans, William Penn, Quakers, James Calvert, Catholics, and James Oglethorpe
  • Identify the physical and human characteristics of places
  • Recognize the characteristics, distribution, and migration of human populations on the earth's surface
  • Observe the processes, patterns, and functions of human settlement
  • Understand how physical systems affect human systems
  • Learn how to apply geography to interpret the past

The American Revolution

  • Describe the North American colonies as proud of their English heritage of liberty
  • Explain that American colonists had made laws for the colonies in their own assemblies
  • Explain why American patriots believed that being taxed by Parliament was an attack on their liberty
  • Identify key events and figures in the American Revolution: Paul Revere's ride; the battle of Lexington, Concord, and Bunker Hill; the Declaration of Independence; winter at Valley Forge; French aid; Yorktown; George Washington; John Adams; and Thomas Jefferson
  • Describe the result of the American Revolution as independence from England and the formation of a modern republic

America: Present to Past

  • Discover the geography of the original thirteen colonies
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Number of Lessons and Scheduling

60 minutes

You might choose to split the lessons into smaller segments and take a break between investigations. The K12 online lesson tracking system allows you to pick up wherever you left off in any given lesson.

Total Lessons: 108

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Please note: Course materials will be available in various formats, which may include physical and/or digital materials.

Standard Curriculum Items

  • "America 1492" (Kids Discover magazine)
  • Michelangelo by Mike Venezia (Children's Press, 1991)
  • The Revolutionary War by Brendan January (Children's Press, 2000)
  • Inflatable Globe (Grades 3–6)
  • U.S./World Map (Grades 3–5)
  • Map Skills and Our World—Level 3

NOTE: List subject to change.

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K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

  • Course Overview (as seen above)
  • Course Outline
  • Lesson Time and Scheduling