• 3RD GRADE PROGRAM OF INQUIRY


    WHO WE ARE:  An inquiry into the nature of the self ,beliefs and values, personal, physical, mental, social & Spiritual health, human relationships including families and friends, communities, culture, rights &responsibilities, what it means to be human   

     Central Idea: I can help my community

    Key Concepts:

    Function

    Form

    Responsibility

    Lines of Inquiry:

    ·   What would make my community better

    ·   What are our responsibilities as members of a community

    ·   How communities are created

    WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE AND TIME:  An inquiry into orientation in place and time, personal histories, homes and journeys, the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind, the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilization from local to global perspectives

    Central Idea: We use many things from Ancient Civilizations
     
    Key Concepts:

    Form

    Change

    Perspective

    Lines of Inquiry:

    ·  What is an "Ancient Civilization

     
    ·  What evidence do we have of lifestyles in ancient times
     
    ·  What things do we use that began in anicient civilizations

    HOW WE EXPRESS OURSELVES: An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values, the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity, our appreciation of the aesthetic    

    Central Idea: People communicate through art

    Key Concepts:

    Perspective

    Form

    Connection

    Lines of Inquiry:

    ·  People express themselves through literature

    ·  Different forms of art

    ·  How art brings communities together

    ·  Art transmits different messages to different people

    HOW THE WORLD WORKS: An inquiry into the natural world and its laws, the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and the human societies, how human scientific principles, the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

    Central Idea: The earth is constantly changing

    Key Concepts:

    Change

    Causation

    Form

    Lines of Inquiry:

    ·  Effects of temperature on the properties of matter (thermodynamics)

    ·  Interaction of hydrosphere & atmosphere

    ·  Changes in the Earth’s crust

    HOW WE ORGANIZE OURSELVES: An inquiry into interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organization; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.         

    Central Idea: Markets are systems for exchanging goods and services

    Key Concepts:

    Form

    Connection

    Causation

    Lines of Inquiry

    ·  How systems link to provide goods & services

    ·  Types of Markets (local to global)

    ·  Effects of open or closed markets

    ·  How markets influence migration

    ·  Production and consumption (Demand & Supply)

    SHARING THE PLANET: An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

    Central Idea: We depend on Energy to satisfy our needs

    Key Concepts:

    Form

    Function

    Change

    Lines of Inquiry:

    ·  What is energy

    ·  How do we use energy

    ·   Why do we need to conserve our energy