Grade 3 Historical Figures of the United States

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Revised July 2011

Subject Social Studies

Grade 3

Unit   3 - Historical Figures of the United States                

Pacing-Ongoing throughout the year

Essential Question(s):

  1.    Who are some historical people that helped shape the United States and what have they done?


Big Idea(s):

1. Many significant historical figures helped form the history of our country.




CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)


1.1.1 Explain the significance of events surrounding historical figures. (e.g. George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr.)







“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)



George Washington-first president of the United States. Leader of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.  

Abraham Lincoln-President during the Civil War which helped free the slaves.

Barack Obama-First African-American president of the United States.

Martin Luther King Jr.-built relationships and equality among races.

Christopher Columbus-“discovered” America.

Sally Ride-first American woman in space.

Sitting Bull-leader of the Native Americans in 1868.

George Carver Washington-a scientist who studied plants.

Helen Keller-overcame her loss of hearing and sight to inspire Americans.

Clara Barton-founder of the American Red Cross.

Cesar Chavez-worked to increase pay and medical benefits for farm workers.

Wilma Rudolph-overcame a physical disability to win three gold medals at the 1960 Olympic games, a first for American women.





-Students should be able to explain the significance of given historical figures.








Common Formative Pre- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):


“Dipsticks” (Informal Progress Monitoring Checks):





Common Formative Post- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):


Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

Leveled Readers (pending purchase approval)

          A Whole New World

          Exploring A New World

          Adventures in the Americas

Quick Reads articles and assessment materials.










Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:



Vocabulary/Word Wall


Interdisciplinary Connections