• globe Third Grade 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: Civilazations 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:t
    • 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:s
    • 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
Last Modified on August 23, 2011