Grade 3 Social Studies

Standard 2: OK Geography

Content Standard 2: The student will examine Oklahoma’s geography and how people of Oklahoma interact with their environment.
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Examine Oklahoma’s political and physical features.
A. Identify the state of Oklahoma using relative location, absolute location (latitude and longitude), direction, scale, size, and shape using physical and political maps.
B. Interpret thematic maps of Oklahoma with the essential map elements of title, legend, scale, and directional indicators.
C. Identify Oklahoma’s major landforms and bodies of water on a physical map.
D. Identify Oklahoma’s major metropolitan centers and cities on a political map.
E. Describe the climate and various natural vegetation zones found in Oklahoma.
F. Identify the six states bordering Oklahoma on a map.
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Examine the interaction of the environment and the peoples of Oklahoma.
A. Describe how early American Indians used Oklahoma’s natural resources, such as bison hunting, fur trading, and farming.
B. Describe how pioneers to Oklahoma adapted to and modified their environment, such as sod houses, windmills, and crops.
C. Summarize how the weather and the environment have impacted the economy of Ok in events such as the Dust Bowl, floods, and tornadoes.
D. Summarize how Oklahomans affect and change their environments such as the construction of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, creation of recreational lakes by the building of dams, irrigation of croplands, and the establishment of wildlife refuges.
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Identify the characteristics of renewable and non-renewable resources and evaluate the role of citizens in conserving natural resources.