Units of Inquiry 2017-18

Unit 1: Who We Are

Central Idea: Our beliefs and values help impact the choices we make.

Key concepts: perspective, reflection, connection

Lines of Inquiry:
  • how we can understand other people's beliefs and values through their actions
  • what we believe and value
  • how beliefs and values influence the way we behave

Unit 2: How We Organize Ourselves

Central Idea: People share their responsibilities in communities through offering goods and services in market places.

Key concepts: function, connection, responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:
  • how goods and services are exchanged
  • how people can act ethically in marketplaces
  • situations in which we don’t think of profit (example: non-profit, voluntary work, etc)

Unit 3: How The World Works

Central Idea: Energy production and its effects on the environment.

Key concepts: form, causation, reflection

Lines of Inquiry:
  • what is energy and what forms can it take
  • how people use natural resources to produce energy
  • saving energy and avoiding waste and the role of renewable and nonrenewable energy 

Unit 4: Where We Are In Place And Time

Central Idea: Maps connect people and places by allowing orientation.

Key concepts: connection, causation, change

Lines of Inquiry:
  • how we orientate ourselves on and with maps
  • maps that are important for me
  • what is important when creating a map
  • how we can orientate ourselves without maps

Unit 5: Sharing The Planet

Central Idea: Our knowledge of ecosystems allows us to aid in their conservation and protection.

Key concepts: form, connection, causation

Lines of Inquiry:
  • the relationship between life forms in an ecosystem and biodiversity
  • the importance of ecosystems and biodiversity for humans
  • how we can conserve and protect ecosystems

Unit 6: How We Express Ourselves

Central Idea: Theatre/Drama is an art form that allows us, to express ourselves and experiment with different roles.

Key concepts: perspective, reflection, connection

Lines of Inquiry:

  • why there are theatres
  • expressing emotions and arguing in role plays
  • what it means to slip into the role of another person
  • my dream part on stage and in real life


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