Inquiry Resources: Grade 3

Who we are

Central Idea: Social well being affects relationships in community.

Key Concepts: causation, reflection, responsibility

Related Concept: Behavior, systems, health

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Personal choices.
  • Actions have consequences.
  • How we are responsible for each other.

Where we are in place and time

Central Idea: Explorations and significant events change how we perceive the world.

Key Concepts: connection, causation responsibility

Related Concept: Network, impact, initiatives

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Communities respond to significant events.
  • Results and consequences of exploration.
  • New discoveries and understandings require increased responsibility.

How we express ourselves

Central Idea: Various visual art forms can be used to affect other people.

Key Concepts: responsibility, connection, perspective

Related Concept: communication, opinion, impact

Lines of Inquiry:

  • How public perception can be manipulated.
  • How arts can be used to reach larger audiences.
  • Audience help determine one’s choice of art forms.

How the world works

Central Idea: Changes in the Earth and its atmosphere impact all living things.

Key Concepts: causation, change, connection

Related Concept: patterns, cycles, interdependence

Lines of Inquiry:

  • How the different components of the Earth are interrelated.
  • Why the Earth has changed and is continuing the change.
  • Human response to the changes in the Earth.

Sharing the planet

Central Idea: Living things depend on each other to sustain life.

Key Concepts: Causation, form, reflection

Related Concept: interdependence, behavior, balance

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Effects of human activities on environment.
  • The natural resources people use.
  • How humans interact with the environment.

how we organize ourselves

Central Idea: Signs and symbols are part of human made systems that facilitate local and global communication.

Key Concepts: function, connection, form

Related Concept: communications, systems, structures

Lines of Inquiry:

  • How familiar sign symbols are used worldwide.
  • How artists communicate meaning through symbols.
  • Specialized systems of communication.