The Who We Are unit of inquiry is a wonderful unit to start off the school year as we inquire about the characteristics of influential people and how we influence each other. Establishing a “Growth Mindset” is also a part of this unit and is an essential part of being a self-directed learner.
As an opening learning engagement, students played with dominoes and watched videos of some cool domino tricks which led to a discussion about the ‘domino effect.’ Students then watched a video showing acts of kindness, and made the connection between the ‘domino effect’ and ‘paying it forward.’ This was an introduction to how we can influence others, either positively or negatively, and how our actions have an impact on those around us.
Central Idea: Through their, ideas, actions, and attitudes people have sought to solve problems to bring about change.
Lines of Inquiry:
- Characteristics of influential people
- How people influence others to act and change
- How we identify problems and solutions to bring about change
Impacts and Performance Areas:
Social Intelligence -> Interpersonal Skills
Self-Directed Learner -> Growth Mindset
Key Concepts: form, change, responsibility, connection
Related Concepts: influence, action, impact
For home learning, it would be helpful for families to engage in the unit with their third grader by discussing the Central Idea and Lines of Inquiry. Here are some possible discussion questions:
- What does it mean to have an influence on someone?
- What are the characteristics of influential people?
- Who has influenced you? How have they influenced you (it could be in a good way or a bad way)?
- Who do you think have influenced? How have you influenced them?
- What are some problems in your communities (family, school, Moscow)?
- How do people create solutions to problems – how do they know which is the right solution?