Units of Inquiry

WHO WE ARE is an inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human. The central idea was that all humans have similarities in needs, appearances, and feelings. We learned that everyone needs water & food, clothing, shelter, oxygen and caregivers to live but may be met in different ways. We role played different feelings that people may have. We discovered that our needs and feelings are the same around the world.

SHARING THE PLANET is an inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution. Our CENTRAL IDEA: Plants provide a variety of essential resources. Lines of Inquiry: *Resources plants provide for people, animals and the environment *The parts of plants and their significances *Types of plants and their habitats *The needs of plants 

HOW WE EXPRESS OURSELVES is an inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic. CENTRAL IDEA: People appreciate the ways in which artists express creativity through visual arts. Lines of Inquiry: *Genres – still life, landscape, portrait, line & shape and ordinary life *Mediums - drawing, painting, collage, construction, printmaking and clay *Famous artists express their creativity through favorite genres and mediums.
 
HOW WE ORGANIZE OURSELVES is an inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.  Our central idea is: People's careers contribute to the well being of themselves and their communities.  Our lines of inquiry are *Different careers contribute to the community through either goods or services. *Careers help people meet their needs.  *People prepare themselves to make career choices.  
 

WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE AND TIME is an inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.  Our central idea is throughout history people have used transportation to move themselves and materials.  Our lines of inquiry are: *Different modes of transportation are used for different purposes. *Transportation has changed over time. * Different cultures develop different kinds of transportation.

HOW THE WORLD WORKS is an inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.  Our central idea for Where in the World Does That Come From: Different types of farms have produced goods for people all around the world. Our lines of inquiry are: *How different farms work. *The products produced on farms. *The jobs on farms. *The animals on farms.