8-9 Years: Grade 3

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.

Central Idea - The effective interactions between human body systems contribute to health and survival.

Key concepts:
  • Function, (role, systems, behavior)
  • Connection (homeostasis, interdependence)
  • Responsibility (choices, initiative)
Related concepts: Systems Interdependence, Health, Homeostasis

Lines of inquiry:
  • Body systems and how they work
  • How body systems are interdependent
  • Impact of lifestyle choices on the body

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 civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

Central Idea - Exploration leads to discoveries, opportunities and new understandings.

Key concepts:
  • Causation (consequences)
  • Perspective (opinion)
  • Reflection (review, evidence)
Related concepts: Impact, Navigation, Colonialism, Power

Lines of inquiry:
  • Reasons for exploration (historical and personal)
  • The relationship between location and settlement
  • The consequences of exploration

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 - Throughout history, people have interacted with each other and communicated using arts.

Key concepts:
  • Change (transformation)
  • Connection
  • Perspective (interpretations, beliefs)
Related concepts: Aesthetics, Metaphor

Lines of inquiry:
  • How people communicate through arts
  • How art works provide insight and information
  • The role of arts in different cultures places and times.
  • Development of art forms over time

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 principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

Central Idea - Changes in the Earth and its atmosphere have impacts on the way people live their lives.

Key concepts:
  • Causation (impact, pattern)
  • Change (adaptation, sequences)
  • Connection (relationship, systems)
Related concepts: Geology, Adaptation, Weather, Energy

Lines of inquiry:
  • How the different components of the Earth are interrelated
  • Why the Earth has changed and is continuing to change
  • Human response to the Earth's change

How we organize ourselves

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.

Central Idea - People create organizations to solve problems and support human endeavour and enterprise.

Key concepts:
  • Function (communication, systems, role)
  • Connection (networks, interdependence)
  • Responsibility (values, initiative, rights)
Related concepts: Work, Collaboration, Entrepreneurship, Service

Lines of inquiry:
  • Iconography
  • Purpose of organizations
  • Why people join organizations
  • Strategies for problem solving within an organization
  • What makes an organization successful

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 - Water is essential to life, and is a limited resource for many people.

Key concepts:
  • Form (properties, similarities, differences)
  • Responsibilities (values, initiative)
Related concepts: Pattern, Initiative

Lines of inquiry:
  • Sources of water and how water is used
  • What happens to water after we have used it
  • Distribution and availability of usable water
  • Responsibilities regarding water