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Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions

3rd Grade EQ’s and EU’s

Reading – Determining Importance

Enduring Understandings: 
The students will understand that: 

  • readers determine importance to validate or revise their thinking.
  • one continually decides what is important throughout daily life.
  • readers remember ideas that are important.
  • many factors influence what a person determines to be important.
Essential Questions:
  •  How do people determine what is important?
  • Why do we determine importance?
  • What makes information important?
Writing – Nonfiction
Enduring Understandings:
The students will understand that:
  • writers use language purposefully.
  • writers acquire information through research.
  • writers organize their information in different ways.
Essential Questions:
  • How do writers learn more about a topic?
  • How do writers communicate a deeper understanding of their topic to their audience? 
  • How do writers organize information? 
  • How do writers use language purposefully?

Math –Perimeter, Angles and Area

Enduring Understandings:
Students will understand that...

  • We can better understand different shapes by measuring their different, smaller attributes (such as side lengths and angles)
  • Complex objects can be better understood by looking at their simplest components (their building blocks).
  • Every object in the universe can be measured and quantified using its three dimensions of length, width, and height.
Essential Questions:
  • How big is this shape?
  • What are some common mistakes people make when measuring length, perimeter, and area?
  • How much information do I need to know about the parts of a shape in order to understand everything about the whole shape?
Science – Force and Motion
Enduring Understandings:
  • Forces affect motion.
  • Simple machines can make work easier.
  • The mass of an object affects the amount of force needed to do work.
Essential Questions:
  • How and why do objects move?
  • How does force affect movement? 
  • How can work be made easier?
  • How does friction affect force?

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