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TN History for Kids

Teacher's guide to Around the world in 3rd grade

Addendum: Click HERE for short introductions to the names in standard 3.16.

Chapter One

Standards: 3.2, 3.4

QUIZ (p. 11)

1. plateau

2. plain

3. A canyon has steeper sides than a valley.

4. boundary

5 and 6. Answers will vary. The idea here is to get students talking about words that they have probably heard before (valley, mountain) and those that they probably haven't (mesa, butte). It should become obvious that they are not familiar with certain words because of the terrain in Tennessee.

Chapter Two

Standards: 3.4, 3.22

QUIZ (p. 16)

1. Because your body can't digest salt water like it can fresh water. (In fact, the salt in the salt water will make you even thirstier!)

2. river

3. The Mississippi, the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers

4. A river is a natural feature, while a canal is made by people.

Chapter Three

Standards: 3.3, 3.5, 3.6 and 3.7

QUIZ (p. 24)

(Please note: We didn't want to confuse third graders with the concepts of degrees AND minutes.... so in this section we want students to "round off" to the nearest degree.

1. 26 degrees N, 80 degrees W

2. 51 degrees N, 0 degrees longitude

3. 36 degrees N, 140 degrees E

4. 34 degrees S, 151 degrees E

5. New York City, New York

6. Johannesburg, South Africa

7. Nashville, Tennessee

8. Suva, Fiji

SIDEBAR: Time zones -Standard: 3.2

Chapter Four

Standards: 3.10, 3.15, 3.18, 3.19, 3.20, 3.21, 3.22, and 3.25

Addendum: Click HERE for short introductions to the names in standard 3.16.

QUIZ (p. 34)

1. The United States, Canada and Mexico.
(By the way, Greenland is also a very large country, but not as large as it looks on most flat maps. If you look at Greenland on a globe, you will see that it is smaller than it appears on flat maps. The reason for this is because of what happens when you put a three-dimensional object, such as a globe, on a two-dimensional sheet of paper).

2. Mexico City, Mexico

3. The Missouri River

4. Because Mexico was, at one time, a colony of Spain

Chapter Five

Standards: 3.10, 3.32, 3.33, 3.34 and 3.35

QUIZ (p. 42)

1. Portugese and Spanish. These two languages are the most used languages in South America today because large parts of South America were colonies of Portugal and Spain.

2. Some of the dangers in the Amazon rainforest include jaguars, cougars, pirahna fish, scorpions and huge spiders.

3. Simon Bolivar was a political and military leader in South America when parts of that continent rebelled against the European countries that had created colonies there. George Washington was a leader in North America when the British colonies rebelled against Great Britain. So, Simon Bolivar is very much South America's "George Washington figure."

SIDEBAR: Amerigo's Land - Standard: 3.32

Chapter Six

Standards: 3.10, 3.39, 3.40, 3.41, 3.42, 3.44 and 3.45

QUIZ (p. 41)

1. Many Americans are descended from people who left Europe and came to America. Americans have twice been drawn into huge wars that started in Europe, those being World War I and World War II. Finally, many Americans vacation in Europe.

2. In the past, most European countries had monarchies.

3. Today, most European countries have democracies of some kind.

SIDEBAR: "I had never seen the ocean" - Standards: 3.9 and 3.40

Chapter Seven

Standards: 3.10, 3.46, 3.48, 3.49, 3.50, , 3.51 and 3.52

QUIZ (p. 63)

1. The southern part of Africa is much more hospitable to all kinds of life -- animal AND plant!

2. Egypt

3. Many Americans are descended from people who were brought from Africa to North America as slaves.

SIDEBAR: "Why this particular name" - Standard: 3.8, 3.9 and 3.47

Chapter Eight

Standards: 3.10, 3.58, 3.59, 3.60 and 3.62

QUIZ (p. 74)

1. China and India

2. China is important to the United States because it is has the highest population in the world, because many of the products that are made in China are used in the United States, and other reasons.

3. Marco Polo may have inspired Christopher Columbus to be an explorer. (Note the use of the word "may." We aren't certain!)

Chapter Nine

Standards: 3.10, 3.53, 3.54, 3.55 and 3.56

QUIZ (p. 80)

1. outback

2. Both the United States and Australia are large countries where English is the main language. Both used to be colonies of Great Britain. Both the United States and Australia have a history of conflict with the native peoples who were there before colonization.

3. the Aborigines (or the Aboriginal people)

4. Tantalum is an important mineral used in high tech products such as cell phones, computers, and I-pads.

SIDEBAR: Mystery of the moai - Standards: 3.8, 3.9, 3.11 and 3.12

Chapter Ten

Standards: 3.63, 3.64, 3.65, 3.66, 3.67 and 3.68.

QUIZ (p. 87)

1. Antarctica is the only continent that does not have permanent human residents. It is the dryest continent, the coldest continent and the continent with the highest elevation. It is lso the only continent that is permanently covered with a thick layer of ice.

2. In August, it is dark in Antarctica.