Elementary Academic Words

Words for students from kindergarten to grade 8, each grade has 4 lists: art, math, science, and social. They are essential vocabulary for elementary academic classes.

Grade 3: Word List - Social

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artifact  Read Word
object made by human beings; inaccurate observation, effect, or result
ballot  Read Word
printed or written ticket used in voting; act of voting; whole number of votes cast at an election
candidate  Read Word
person who is considered for something; person who seeks or is nominated for an office, prize, or honor
chronology  Read Word
time sequence; arrangement of events in time
city council  Read Word
a governing body of people elected to oversee management of a city and represent the interests of residents
civic  Read Word
relating to city or citizen; relating to man as a member of society
court  Read Word
enclosed space; courtyard; uncovered area shut in by the walls of a building
culture  Read Word
all the knowledge and values shared by a society ; foster; raising of plants or animals
currency  Read Word
money; general acceptance or use
demand  Read Word
a condition requiring relief; required activity
democracy  Read Word
a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them
distribution  Read Word
act of distributing or spreading or apportioning
division of labor  Read Word
the assignment of different parts of a manufacturing process or task to different people in order to improve efficiency
economics  Read Word
branch of social science that deals with the production and distribution and consumption of goods and services and their management
equator  Read Word
the imaginary great circle on the earth's surface, everywhere equally distant from the two poles, and dividing the earth's surface into two hemispheres
executive  Read Word
role of government which makes sure that laws are carried out; administrator
folktale  Read Word
a tale circulated by word of mouth among the common folk
global community  Read Word
the people or nations of the world connected by modern telecommunications
hemisphere  Read Word
halves; half of a sphere bounded by a great circle
immigrant  Read Word
one who comes to a country where they were not born in order to settle there; non-native
judicial  Read Word
pertaining or appropriate to courts of justice, or to a judge; sanctioned or ordered by court
laws  Read Word
first five books of the Old Testament
legislative  Read Word
relating to a legislature or composed of members of a legislature
migrate  Read Word
move from one country or region to another and settle there
peaceful demonstration  Read Word
a demonstration or street protest is action by a mass group or collection of groups of people in favor of a political or other cause
pollution  Read Word
contamination; undesirable state of the natural environment being contaminated
power  Read Word
the ability or official capacity to exercise control; authority
primary  Read Word
of first rank or importance or value; essential or basic
public meeting  Read Word
open to stakeholders and the public where the government makes a formal presentation on a policy, project or issue and the public is given the opportunity to react with questions and comments
public works  Read Word
structures (such as highways or schools or bridges or docks) constructed at government expense for public use
resource  Read Word
materials; abilities; available source
rights  Read Word
anything in accord with principles of justice; free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth
scarcity  Read Word
a small and inadequate amount
secondary sources  Read Word
a document or recording that relates or discusses information originally presented elsewhere
specialization  Read Word
the special line of work you have adopted as your career; the act of specializing; making something suitable for a special purpose
supply  Read Word
an amount of something available for use; offering goods and services for sale
timeline  Read Word
a sequence of related events arranged in chronological order and displayed along a line, usually drawn left to right or top to bottom
tolerant  Read Word
showing respect for the rights of others; open-minded; showing capacity for endurance
toxic waste  Read Word
poisonous waste materials; can cause injury, especially by chemical means
trade  Read Word
do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood; turn in as payment or part payment for a purchase