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Hueytown Elementary

Third Grade

Unit Descriptions

2016-2016 School Year

Conceptual Lens: Change
Essential Understanding
1. One has the responsibility to develop and utilize their gifts and talents.
2. There are certain characteristic associated with being gifted. 
3. Leaders have the potential to affect change.

Unit One: What is gifted? Gifted students have particular affective needs, partly because of their different developmental patterns and partly because of the mismatch between their development and the expectations in schools and other places that cater to the developmental norm. The purpose of this unit is for students to learn how to deal with their particular needs in productive ways, so that they can feel happy and successful. This unit is built upon Alabama Gifted Education Programs: Standard and Student Outcomes. 
Conceptual Lens: Perceptions (Units Two and Three.)
Essential Understandings:
1. Perceptions vary based on experiences and beliefs.
2. When varying perceptions come together conflict can occur.
3. Conflict may interrupt the decision-making process but cooperation and compromise can lead to resolution.
Unit Two:
iZoo – Do You? The Answer Isn’t Black and White! is a concept-based unit of study, so it will continually move students toward understanding key concepts at a deeper level. This unit’s overarching conceptual lens is Perspective. Throughout this unit, students will gain a deeper understanding of perspective as it relates to the underlying concepts of beliefs, experiences, conflict, cooperation and compromise. Students will understand that these concepts are overarching and timeless, and can be applied to all fields and disciplines. The unit is built upon CCRS (College Career Ready Standards). 
The purpose of this unit is to give students the chance to explore the over-arching concept of perspective in relationship to the discipline of the existence variation of zoos. Students will come to understand that there are differing viewpoints on the mere existence of zoos, as well as the design of zoo habitats, and that often leads to conflict. As practicing professionals in a zoo-related field, students will come to understand that cooperation and compromise can be important components of conflict resolution.
Essential Understanding:
1. New inventions change how we perceive our world.
2. Inventors use their perceptions to know when to try different techniques.
3. Inventors use cooperation and compromise to bring an invention to market.

Unit Three: Inventions All Around Us 
The purpose of this unit is to help students become aware of the inventions around them and how they have changed how we perceive their world. The unit will teach multiple creative skills through problem based learning experiences.  Students will learn about previous inventions and their designs today. As well as, how cooperation and compromise led to bringing these inventions to market.   In the end, students will create their own invention. Upon closure of the unit, students should be able to understand that inventions are needed for progress and change how we perceive our world, understand problem solving needed to invent, understand that cooperation and compromise are necessary for bringing inventions to market, apply knowledge gained about inventors and inventions in a useful way for developing an original invention.


Students will work on Passion Projects throughout the school year. Passion Projects allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom.  It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school.