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21st Century 3rd-Grade Learners

Lesson plans for "The 6 - 21st Century Skills Employers Want Across Industries." Included are lesson plans for broad skills that will likely be integrated into lesson plans.

Information about the 6 skills can be found at

Once to site, select Cooperation and Teamwork option.

Students will listen to a short fable emphasizing the idea of teamwork and collaboration. Discussion as a class will follow. Students will participate in a short activity that demonstrates the ideas of cooperation. Additional activities for other content areas are included.

Critical Thinking

Students will watch a video presenting a problem for solving. They will work to come up with ideas to solve the thief's problem. Additional questions and discussion prompts are provided.


"How well do your students know their peers? Students transform into investigative reporters as they interview a classmate, compile the biographical data into graphic form, and introduce the student to the class."

This activity will promote positive communication skills among classmates. Students will also have the opportunity to work on their presentation skills.


"This EFL lesson plan is designed a short film called The Adventures of a Cardboard Box in which a small boy finds myriad of uses for a cardboard box and the theme of critical thinking (reasonable reflective thinking focused on deciding what to believe or do) and divergent thinking (thinking to generate many different ideas about a topic in a short period of time)."

Students will utilize creative thinking as they participate in the activities and discussions within this plan.

Technology/Media Literacy

"Watch Ruff Ruffman as he searches for an appropriate balance of technology and media use, in this animated video from RUFF RUFFMAN: HUMBLE MEDIA GENIUS. The much-loved character Ruff Ruffman is back, offering advice about using technology in today's media landscape and guiding students on the appropriate use of this twenty-first century skill."


"Learning leadership skills from a young age can provide kids with an excellent head start in life. Even if they have personalities that are not automatically predisposed to leading other people, it can be extremely valuable to learn different leadership techniques to develop confidence and overall mental well being. "

This site does not include a lesson plan, but instead has several activities that promote leadership qualities within students. Discussions could be held with the class after the activities, with the teacher guiding the conversation to include qualities of good leaders.


Scroll down to the activity labeled Leadership Lessons. This lesson allows students to investigate historical figures that were known as leaders in their communities. Students have the opportunity to discuss what makes good leaders. Although this is geared toward 4th and 5th grade, the lesson could be modified to work for 3rd grade as well.