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3rd Grade

Welcome third grade families! 
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As students move into the third grade they begin making deeper connections about the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme “Units of Inquiry” and the relationship to “IB Attitudes” and “Learner Profiles.”

IB is guided by “inquiry,” which is defined as a search for knowledge. It moves students from their current level of understanding to a new and deeper level. The IB Primary Years Programme emphasizes the importance of students being inquirers. Through the units of inquiry, teachers are constantly encouraging curiosity. Lessons are developed in ways that allow students to wonder, ask questions and identify problems. Third graders are provided with opportunities to make connections between school learning and life outside of school.

The third grade units of inquiry are:

  • “I Need a Hero” – defines the chracteristics of heroes versus fame, historic and contemporary heroes, cultures and values.
  • “Back in Time” — explores ancient civilizations and their contribution to modern society and technology.
  • “I’m a Poet and I Know It” — expresses forms of the written word, poetry, emotions and imagery.
  • “Chain Reaction” — shows how living things are interconnected through food chains and the responsibility to maintain balance.
  • “Money Makes the World Go ‘Round” — cashes in on economic systems, money history and fiscal management.
  • “Earth, Wind and Fire” — enlightens energy discussions with global impact, usage, renewable sources and conservation.

Third graders study “I Need a Hero” about heroes in life and make connections that they exhibit IB Attitudes and Learner Profiles. For example, Mother Theresa is empathetic, Cesar Chavez is caring, Thomas Edison was a thinker, Abraham Lincoln showed respect, Martin Luther Kind was open minded, Helen Keller was a communicator and Michael Jackson was a risk taker. Heroes are innovators in their fields. Students show their research and knowledge through timelines, posters and analytic self-reflection.

The Primary Years Programme ensures that all learning is significant, relevant, engaging and challenging. Your child can reflect on the connections between life in school, life at home and life in the world. By helping your child make these connections and see that all learning is connected to life, the PYP at Brown establishes a strong foundation for your child’s future.

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