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Grade 3

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Grade 3
George Marshall

Every day, third-graders (ages 8 – 9) have countless opportunities to showcase how ready they are to assume more responsibility and engage in self-directed learning. From making choices about what to read to which math strategies to use, they are eager communicators. By working together with others to solve problems, they develop even better collaboration and interpersonal skills. Third-graders learn about empathy and why it is important to be part of a strong community. By the end of the year, they feel empowered to make positive changes in their world.

Super Units

Understanding Ourselves - Teamwork, Dream Work 
Taking a deep dive into each of the SSIS Core Values, students consider how they can demonstrate them. They also learn about the importance of being good digital citizens. After investigating forces and motion, and learning about friction, gravity, pushes, and pulls, they build a “Rube Goldberg” machine - an intricate and quirky feat of engineering. Later they reflect on what works well and what needs improving and try again. It’s an exciting beginning to the year!

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Understanding Others - Kaleidoscope
Examining the different perspectives that make up our school community, students gain a new appreciation for the diversity of interests and skills within third grade alone. Building empathetic relationships and finding ways to show compassion is at the core of this unit, where students explore how to be an “upstander” rather than a “bystander” and learn how to create strategies for conflict resolution. Discussions blossom, as students reflect on how they can use their knowledge to have an impact on current events.

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Understanding Our Environment - Nature Talks
Students learn about ecosystems, biodiversity, and sustainability within our world. They have the opportunity to practice their research skills while delving deeper into how they can positively impact the environment around us. They also learn how to classify animals into groups and what animals need to survive in their habitat. By the end of the unit, the students are experts on the animal they have researched and produce an impressive report - filled with facts and figures. 

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Understanding Our World - Systems: Engage!
Surprise! When a planned disruption of systems and routines in their classroom causes chaos, students are propelled into an exciting reflection on what a system is and why some systems thrive. The students learn about systems thinking and how systems are made of different parts that all work together to make the system function. Students' sense of agency grows, as they note system deficits and propose improvements. Exploring systems allows all students to engage with the systems in the class, in our school, and also in our community. 

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