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Our Current Unit of Inquiry

Thompson K-8 International Academy PYP International Baccalaureate Unit Preview


3rd Grade September/October
Students gain Knowledge by inquiring into themes. Our current theme is: Rock On!
Who We Are
An inquiry into the nature of the
self; beliefs and values; personal,
physical, mental, social, and
spiritual health; human
relationships including families,
friends, communities and
cultures; rights and
responsibilities; what it means to
be human.
How The World Works
An inquiry into the natural world
and its laws; the interaction
between the natural world
(physical and biological) and
human societies; how humans
use their understanding of
scientific and technological
advances on society and on the
environment.

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
interconnections of individuals
and civilizations, from local and
global perspectives.
How We Organize Ourselves
An inquiry into the
interconnectedness of humanmade systems and communities;
the structure and function of
organizations; societal decisionmaking; economic activities and
their impact on humankind and
the environment.

How We Express Ourselves


An inquiry into the ways in which
we discover and express our
ideas, feelings, nature, culture,
beliefs and values; the ways in
which we reflect on, extend and
enjoy our creativity; our
appreciation of the aesthetic.

Sharing The Planet


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

Students will construct meaning to understand:


Central Idea:
Natural materials change in an environment due to human and physical effects.
Students create understanding of the Central Idea through Lines of Inquiry and Key
Concepts. Students are inquiring into:

What are some different resources are and how we use them
Properties of rocks and minerals
What causes landforms to change
The layers of the Earth

FORM
CHANGE

FUNCTION

What is it like?
is it changing?

CONNECTION
REFLECTION

How does it work?

PERSPECTIVE

How is it connected to other things?

What are the points of view?

CAUSATION
Why is it like it is?

How

RESPONSIBILITY
What is my responsibility?

How do I know?

Skills, Learner Profile Characteristics, and Attitudes are developed throughout the unit.
We are working on:
Thinking Skills
SelfSocial Skills
Communication
Research Skills
Adapted from Fenton Area Public Schools 2010 Document for Thompson K-8 International Academy 2012

Management
Skills
LEARNER PROFILE: Im working on being
Thinkers
Communicators
Inquirers
Reflective
Balanced

Knowledgeable
Open-Minded
Caring
Risk-Takers
Principled

Skills
ATTITUDES: In my learning, Im working on
showing
Empathy

Enthusiasm

Tolerance

Independence

Cooperation Skills

Integrity

Curiosity

Respect

Appreciation

Confidence

Creativity

Commitment

WHAT ACTION IS YOUR CHILD TAKING OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL?

Please take some time to discuss with your child how and what they are going to do to
use the skills and knowledge they are working on in this unit. It is important for us to
document and celebrate the actions that your child takes in and out of school. Please
help us by telling us about your childs action and sending this back to school. Actions
can be big or small. They may include questions, research, a project, a family activity, an
activity in your neighborhood or community, and or communicating his/her learning to
others.

Adapted from Fenton Area Public Schools 2010 Document for Thompson K-8 International Academy 2012