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3rd Grade Unit of Inquiry

Unit 1
​Who we are

Honoring Our Past, Focusing on Our Future
CENTRAL IDEA                               Culture and customs affect the human experience.
LINES OF INQUIRY                                The similarities and differences of various cultures and traditions. (function)
                                                                    The different ways traditions are passed on and preserved. (connection)
                                                                    The effect of customs and culture on people's perspectives. (perspective) 

Unit 2
​​Where We Are In Place and Time

The Land and the First People
CENTRAL IDEA
LINES OF INQUIRY
The use of resources and interactions with other  affect the way of life.
  • How we use resources to survive. (function)
  • The relationship amongst diverse populations. (connection)
  • The changes in the lives of various populations. (change)

Unit 3
Sharing the Planet

Actions and Consequences
CENTRAL IDEA
LINES OF INQUIRY
Individual and societal actions impact the environment.
  • How our choices impact the environment. (causation)
  • Our role in preserving and protecting our environment. (responsibility)

Unit 4
How we Organize Ourselves

Investing in Ourselves and the World
CENTRAL IDEA
LINES OF INQUIRY
Our local economy functions in both simple and complex ways.
  • World trade. (connection)
  • The use of resources in business. (function)
  • The impact of our economic choices. (responsibilities)

Unit 5
​How the World Works

What's the Matter
CENTRAL IDEA
LINES OF INQUIRY
The world can be understood through inquiry and exploration.
  • Observable patterns. (form)
  • The scientific process. (function)
  • The methods and evidence that draw reliable conclusion. (reflection)

Unit 6
​How We Express Ourselves

The Role of Art in our Society
CENTRAL IDEA
LINES OF INQUIRY
The arts influences ones' beliefs and values.
  • How one's beliefs and values influence the work produced. (perspective)
  • How art influences our beliefs and values. (change)
  • The impact that an artist's work of art has on others. (responsibility)