Nystrom Education

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


Nystrom’s Exploring Where and Why, Grade 3

Broaden third graders’ view of their community to include the surrounding region and the area’s people and activities. Based on the Map Champ atlas, this complete program provides a full year of cross-curricular geography and social studies activities that prompt students to explore the size, location, and history of their own community to understand where they are in the world and why it matters.


  • 15 Map Champ Atlases
    Sample pages from the atlas

  • A 296-page teacher's guide with step-by-step lesson plans and reproducible handouts
    Sample pages from the guide

  • 15 information literacy lessons
  • 1 literacy library with 12 age-appropriate fiction and nonfiction trade books, plus cross-curricular activities
  • 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

A Spanish-language version of this program is also available.

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

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