I am excited to share the wonderful journey our third-grade students have embarked upon this school year as they explore the transdisciplinary unit, “Who We Are”. In this unit, our young learners are delving into the captivating world of role models and their influence on human behavior.
Our students have participated in discussions, readings, and activities to comprehend the similarities and differences among famous scientists, artists, athletes, public speakers, educators, and more. Through collaborative dialogues, they have analyzed the key characteristics that enabled these individuals to learn from their mistakes, seek innovative solutions, and devise practical ways to simplify our lives.
Among the remarkable individuals discussed, students highlighted modern-day heroes such as Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and Malala Yousefzai as individuals who make a significant difference in the world. These role models exemplify attributes like being knowledgeable, effective communicators, critical thinkers, risk-takers, and inquisitive learners – all of which our students recognize as essential qualities.
In their individual research reports, the students are harnessing these identified traits to inform our school community about their chosen role models. They aim to showcase how these role models can positively influence our lives and inspire others to make a difference.
To deepen their understanding of these extraordinary figures, students have engaged in hands-on activities. They have built gliding paper airplanes inspired by Amelia Earhart, recreated Vincent Van Gogh’s nature scenes, used tools to explore fossils akin to Marry Anning and other paleontologists, and employed mathematics to calculate distances on maps.
It is truly inspiring to witness the curiosity and passion our third-grade students bring to the learning environment. Their growth as inquisitive learners and thoughtful individuals is a testament to their remarkable journey in this “Who We Are” unit.