Nystrom Education

PEOPLE AND PLACES EVERYWHEREPut your 25-block community in its larger regional context to master social studies skills


Nystromís Exploring Where and Why, Grade 3

Strengthen social studies skills while broadening students' view of community to include the surrounding region. Third graders are prompted to explore the size, location, and history of their own community to understand where they are in the world and why it matters. This complete core curriculum includes solutions for all ages and learning styles so every student can succeed.

Step-by-step lessons paired with component-based activities build strong social studies skills and concepts. As students touch elevation levels on raised-relief maps and mark locations on globes, they grasp a new layer of geography. The Map Champ animals highlight key concepts in the atlas and pose critical-thinking questions. A companion library of trade books and activities reinforces literacy while involving students in relevant topics. A Spanish-language version of this program is also available.


  • 15 Map Champ Atlases humanize geography by surrounding maps with captioned photographs that illustrate how similar—or how different—people's cultures are in faraway places. 8½" x 11". 56 pages. 2013 updated edition.
    Sample pages from the atlas

  • One 296-page teacher's guide with step-by-step lesson plans based on national and state standards, complete with photocopy masters for reproducible handouts
    Sample pages from the guide

  • 15 information literacy lessons
  • 1 literacy library with 12 age-appropriate fiction and nonfiction trade books and cross-curricular activities expands the curriculum while developing literacy skills
  • 6 nine-inch globes (with cradle mounts) emphasizing the continents and their labeled countries
  • 30 laminated, markable, double-sided desk maps (11"h x 17"w) showing an urban and a rural communityr
    Sample images of the maps

  • 30 laminated, markable, double-sided desk maps (11"h x 17"w) showing the U.S. and the world (with most countries labeled)
  • 2 laminated, markable wall maps (33"h x 50"w) matching the urban and rural desk maps
  • 6 markable raised-relief maps showing a 3-D physical map of the U.S.
  • 30 fine-tip markers, 4 wide-tip markers
  • 1 cart to organize and store all components
  • Digital package with downloadable teacher's guide, Map Champ Atlas, interactive mapping tools, and outline maps
2EWW3LB Nystrom

QuantityOrder CodeISBNMedia/ContentPrice
NYS5214-WBNYS 9780782526615 COMPLETE PROGRAM $1,625.00
N2EWW3L-WBNYS 9780782512441 Additional literacy library $175.00

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