MY CHILD IN SCHOOL – Informed Parent, Involved Parent


What your child is learning

In Grade 3, your child learns about the following four themes:

  • Connecting with Canadians
    • rights and responsibilities
    • national anthem and Remembrance Day
    • identity, leadership, and decision-making
    • dealing with conflict and bullying

    Exploring the World

    • geographic regions of the world
    • connections among world communities
    • human rights
    • personal responsibility

    Communities of the World

    • communities and cultures of other countries (one indigenous, one other)

    Exploring an Ancient Society

    • ways of life, customs and contributions of one ancient society, selected from Egypt, China, Japan, the Vikings, Incas, Mayas or Aztecs

    Learning experiences help children consider the consequences of their actions, respect differences, and interact fairly with others. Children have opportunities to express reasoned opinions that are based on information and evidence, and to show concern for the environment as they explore what it means to be citizens in their community, Canada, and the world.

    To find out more about what you child is learning, we encourage you to talk to the teacher. The department has also developed Curriculum Essentials posters that provide an overview of the knowledge, processes and skills for this subject area. You may also wish to refer to the Manitoba Curriculum Framework of Outcomes.

  • How your child is assessed

    Assessment in Social Studies is based on the themes and topics in the tab WHAT  MY CHILD IS LEARNING. Your child’s progress will be reported under three areas of learning:

    • Knowledge and Understanding: What does your child know and understand about the social studies themes and topics?
    • Research and Communication: How does your child gather, organize and share ideas in social studies? 
    • Critical Thinking and Citizenship: How does your child apply social studies learning as a citizen in her/his community, Canada, and the world?

    The teacher will report on your child’s progress in these areas three times a year.
    The information from each report helps you to support your child’s learning. You can use it to talk with your child and your child’s teacher about results, strengths, challenges and what your child will be doing next.


    Kayak, Canada’s History Magazine for Kids

    Family Education, website with resources, activities, crafts for at home 

    About Canada and Canadian culture, website of Canadian Heritage

    Eco-Kids, a Canadian environmental website

    History for Kids

    Canadian Museum of History (formerly Civilization)

    Aboriginal peoples of Canada, website of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (select Kids’ Stop)

    Canadian Geographic Kids Atlas online

    About Canada, Government of Canada website (select Play, Teach and Learn, and select topic or theme)

    Activities to do with your children in the community

    Visit museums and historic sites
    For example, the Manitoba Museum, Lower Fort Garry, the Forks, community parks and landmarks.

    Participate in cultural events
    For example, the Festival du Voyageur, Culture Days in Manitoba, Canada Day celebrations, National Aboriginal Day, Heritage Day, international days.

    Activities to do with your children in the home

    Talk to your children about current events, the calendar and time, look at maps and globes, look at pictures of other times and places, share stories of communities and people working together.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Here are some questions that are often asked about Social Studies:

    If you have a question that isn't answered here, you can ask your child's teacher or use the comment form on the left of the page.

    How do GRADE 3 children demonstrate citizenship?

    How do GRADE 3 children demonstrate critical thinking?