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Grade 3 | Social Studies (Essential Elements)


Note: The Iowa Core Essential Elements are intended only for students with significant cognitive disabilities and who participate in alternate assessments.

Alternate Inquiry Anchor Standard

Constructing Questions

EE.SS.3.1. Identify supporting questions for a compelling question with a familiar inquiry.

Constructing Supporting Questions

EE.SS.3.2. N/A

Gathering and Evaluating Sources

EE.SS.3.3. Determine if a source is fact or opinion.

Developing Claims and Using Evidence

EE.SS.3.4. Identify evidence related to a compelling question.

Communicating and Critiquing Conclusions

EE.SS.3.5. Answer a compelling question with an example.

Taking Informed Action

EE.SS.3.6. N/A

EE.SS.3.7. Identify a civic problem within their classroom or community, and work with other partner(s) to create a possible solution.

Alternate Content Anchor Standard

Behavioral Science

Recognize the Interaction Between the Individual and Various Groups

EE.SS.3.8. N/A

Examine Factors that Led to Continuity and Change on Human Development and Behavior

EE.SS.3.9. Compare the treatment of a demographic group in the past and present.


Interpret Processes, Rules and Laws

EE.SS.3.10. Identify consequences of following or breaking rules/laws.

EE.SS.3.11. N/A


Engage in Economic Decision Making

EE.SS.3.12. N/A

Critique Exchange and Markets

EE.SS.3.13. Identify how people use natural resources and human resources to produce goods and services.

EE.SS.3.14. Identify the role of a financial institution in an economy. (i.e. banks, businesses).

Assess the Global Economy

EE.SS.3.15. N/A

Financial Literacy

Develop Financial and Career Goals

EE.SS.3.16. Identify one way a person can improve their income.

Create a Saving and Spending Plan

EE.SS.3.17. Identify the difference between paying now and paying later.

Evaluate Savings and Long Term Investments

EE.SS.3.18. Identify a benefit of saving money.


Create Geographic Representations

EE.SS.3.19. Use a geographic representation to display the characteristics of a place.

Evaluate Human Environment Interaction

EE.SS.3.20. Identify reasons that influence how people choose where to live.

Analyze Human Population Movements and Patterns

EE.SS.3.21. Use a geographic model to identify how the environment affects where people decide to live.


Analyze Change, Continuity, and Context

EE.SS.3.22. N/A

Compare Perspectives

EE.SS.3.23. Identify two conflicting perspectives on one historical event or issue.

Critique Historical Sources and Evidence

EE.SS.3.24. N/A

Justify Causation and Argumentation

EE.SS.3.25. Identify probable causes and effects of one historical event or development.

EE.SS.3.26. N/A

Iowa History

EE.SS.3.27. N/A

EE.SS.3.28. Identify how groups of people that live in Iowa impacted the state.