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3rd Grade Unit of Inquiry

  Unit 1: Where We Are in Place and Time

CENTRAL IDEA:  The relationships with available resources and surroundings influence people's lives.

 

     LINES OF INQUIRY

 

  • An inquiry into how we use resources to survive. (Function)
  • An inquiry to the interactions with our surrounding resources. (Responsibility)
  • An inquiry into the exploration of new regions. (Change)

Unit 2: Who We Are

  CENTRAL IDEA:   Ancestry and the environment influence our identities and who we are.

 

    LINES OF INQUIRY

 

  • Biological and cultural traits. (Causation)
  • The different ways traditions are passed on and preserved. (Connection)
  • The cultural and biological changes that may occur in the environment. (Change)

Unit 3: Who We Are

CENTRAL IDEA:  Sharing the Planet.

LINES OF INQUIRY

 

  • How organisms adapt to change. (Change)
  • How earth and human activity impact the living organisms in an environment. (Responsibility)
  • Our role in preserving and protecting our environment. (Responsibility)
 

Unit 4:  How the World Works

 

CENTRAL IDEA:   Cause and effect relationships can explain changes in patterns.

 

    LINES OF INQUIRY

 

  • Weather- related hazards (Form)
  • How people have used the resources of a region and modified the physical environment. (Reflection)
  • Solution that can reduce the impact of weather-related hazards. (Function)

 

 

 


Unit 5:  How We Organize Ourselves.

CENTRAL IDEA: The structures of systems help people interact.

 

LINES OF INQUIRY

 

  • Rules and laws. (Function)
  • Our ole in decision making. (Responsibility)
  • The structure of the US Government. (Connection)

 


Unit 6:   How we Express Ourselves

CENTRAL IDEA:  Creativity influences the choices we make.

 

LINES OF INQUIRY

 

  • What makes people view the same experiences in different ways? (Perspective)
  • What influences our economic choices. (Change)
  • The impact that an artists' work of art has on others. (Responsibility)