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    PYP is the official curriculum framework and teaching methodology of the International Baccalaureate Organization which was developed to meet the needs of children in the Primary Years (Pre-school - Grade5). It emphasizes learning through active inquiry and aims to develop the whole child to meet certain competencies and attitudes outlined in the student profile.

    PYP is an inquiry approach to learning which is rigorous, yet designed for all students. A strong emphasis is placed on the ideals of international understanding and responsible citizenship.

    Units of study are driven by a set of six conceptual questions based on the following universal organizing themes:
    • Who we are
    • Where we are in place and time
    • How we express ourselves
    • How the world works
    • How we organize ourselves
    • How we share our planet
    Our aim is to develop globally-minded citizens who are:
    Inquirers - curious and actively enjoy questioning the workings of the world
    Thinkers - able to problem solve and think critically
    Communicators - able to think and communicate in more than one way
    Caring - sensitive to the needs of others
    Principled - fair and honest
    Reflective - able to think about oneself and make constructive changes when needed
    Knowledgeable - able to explore and apply relevant and significant concepts
    Balanced - healthy and aware of good choices
    Open-minded - able to consider many possibilities before making decisions Risk Takers - willing to try new things

    For more information about the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme visit their web site at http://www.ibo.org

    l;-- Throughout our third grade year we will explore the following units of inquiry: 

    How We Organize Ourselves: Who Make the Rules? 
    Central Idea: Humans in civilized cultures have developed governments to establish order.
    An Inquiry Into:
    • Basic human rights and how they differ from country to country
    • How and why government procedures are established 
    • Government systems in other countries: similarities and differences
    • Peaceful conflict resolution strategies
    Where We Are in Time and Place: Looking Back to Move Forward
    Central Idea: Civilizations have historically used their geographic locations and natural resources to develop their way of life. Cultural differences vary throughout the world. The past and present shape the future.
    An Inquiry Into:
    • How geographic location and natural resources effect an area’s development
    • How cultural differences are connected by many common threads
    • The impact of industrialization on the environment
    • The history of an area shapes its future
    How We Express Ourselves: The Moral Is…
    Central Idea: Folklore, an important part of our literacy heritage, records the history and beliefs of a culture. Lessons are taught through different mediums to stress the values of a particular time. 
    An Inquiry Into:
    • The origin and unique characteristics of fables
    • The presentation of fables is constantly changing to reflect the values of the time
    • Fables can be presented through a variety of media: art, self expression, writing, theater, etc…
    How the World Works: If You Can’t Grow It, It’s Mined
    Central Idea: As the building blocks of civilization, rocks are found everywhere on Earth and are used by people in a variety of ways. 
    An Inquiry Into:
    • Rocks are the oldest things on Earth, but yet are constantly changing with time
    • How rocks and minerals are formed
    • What people can learn about the past by studying rocks
    • Categorization and classification of rocks and minerals
    • How rocks are used by people in varying environments
    Sharing the Planet: We Need Each Other
    Central Idea: The global economy is impacted by the availability of goods and services that vary from country to country. 
    An Inquiry Into:
    • The need for a balance between economic basics
    • The factors that influence the supply and demand for goods and services
    • How consumers can make informed choices
    • How people from all countries are members of many interdependent groups
    • How students can make informed consumer choices
    Who We Are: We All Need A Little Support
    Central Idea: The human body is a complex system of many interdependent parts. The skeletal system defines who you are physically, and is impacted by cultural environments and habits. 
    An Inquiry Into:
    • Muscular and skeletal structures
    • Comparison of muscular and skeletal systems of vertebrates
    • The effects of cultural influences on body development and health
    • Making decisions to keep bodies fit