Where we are in place and time launch/SOLO/Vocabulary Lists - Grade 3

Where we are in place and time launch/SOLO/Vocabulary Lists - Grade 3
Serrin Smyth

Grade 3 Launches their new unit - Where we are in place and time - Inventors & Inventions

Where we are in place and time launches!

This week Grade 3 have begun their unit of inquiry Where we are in place and time - Inventors and Inventions. They are exploring the central idea 'Inventions create change and can lead to new possibilities'. This involves investigating and exploring types of inventions and how they work, inventions that impact people's lives and how circumstances lead to the creation of important inventions. 

To launch the unit, students engaged with a pre-assessment task requiring them to consider, explore, think and question the concepts they may be engaging with throughout the unit of inquiry. They were asked to draw examples of inventions, write their own definition of the meaning of an invention, ask questions about inventions they wish to know more about and give a rating of the inventions depending on their importance. 

As a provocation, students went on an invention hunt around the school. Drawing sketches of inventions they could see around them. Following on from this, students will be sorting these inventions into categories, labeling these categories, attempting to develop a timeline for these inventions, before developing more questions to continue to guide the inquiry. Teachers and students will use these ideas to assist in the co-construction of the design of this unit. 

Here are some photos from the pre-assessment and the provocation:

SOLO/Vocabulary Lists for the unit of inquiry:

Below you will find links to the updated SOLO Taxonomy and Vocabulary Lists for Grades 3. It is important to note that in alignment with the Enhanced PYP, students may develop the SOLO taxonomy by co-constructing this with their teachers. This is to provide students with agency - choice, voice and ownership throughout the process of their learning. Therefore the SOLO co-constructed by students may look slightly different this one. This learning progression and vocabulary list is developed so you can support your daughter's learning at home. These can also be found as a hard copy near the Cafeteria Display. Please feel free to come and take one. 

How can I use the SOLO at home?

You will now see a row underneath the possible assessment criteria titled 'Possible questions to discuss'. These are teacher guided questions that help to direct the unit of inquiry. You may wish to use these questions to begin a conversation with your chid about their unit of inquiry at home. Equally, you may wish to develop some questions with your child that they could bring to school and share with their class to assist with their inquiries. 

How can I use the Vocabulary Lists at home?

The Vocabulary Lists are a guide for the possible vocabulary that may be explored throughout the unit of inquiry. It is encouraged that you explain and explore the words within this list with your child in their mother tongue. Perhaps you may talk about the concept of some of the words in English and also in your home language in order to deepen their understanding of them. 

LINK to the SOLO 

LINK to the Vocabulary List

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