K1 Units of Inquiry

 

CYCLE B (2019-2020)

 

1.  Transdisciplinary Theme: How the World Works

Title: Balls, Ramps, Robots, and Miniworlds

Central Idea:   Experimenting with materials and technologies may help us solve problems and understand how things work.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • How problem solving is a process that allows us to learn.
  • How forces affect the movement of objects.
  • An inquiry into how materials work together

 

2.  Transdisciplinary Theme: How We Organize Ourselves

Title: Needs and Wants

Central Idea:

        Communities my help people satisfy wants and needs.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Making different choices to find a balance between our needs and wants.
  • How we have different needs and wants.
  • How people in communities exchange goods, services and money to meet their needs and wants.

 

 

3.  Transdisciplinary Theme: Where We Are in Place and Time

Title: Celebrations

Central Idea: Family and other groups of people come together to celebrate traditions.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • An inquiry in what, where, and when people celebrate.
  • Reflecting on why we celebrate.
  • Appreciating and respecting holidays and celebrations from other cultures.

 

4.  Transdisciplinary Theme: How We Express Ourselves

Title: Artistic Expression

Central Idea:  Artistic expression allows us to communicate our feelings and ideas in creative ways.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Sharing personal experiences through art
  • Ways in which people become inspired to express themselves artistically
  • The process in creating artistic expression.

 

5.  Transdisciplinary Theme: Sharing the Planet

Title: A Drop in the Bucket

Central Idea:  Responsible use of water may improve accessibility.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Conserving our water resources so that all living things have access.
  • An inquiry into different forms of water.
  • How temperature affects the states of water.

 

 

6.  Transdisciplinary Theme:  Who We Are

Title: Myself and Others

Central Idea:

Reflecting on our physical characteristics may help us appreciate similarities and differences.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • How we respect the physical characteristics of other people with words and actions.
  • How we inherit our physical characteristics from our parents.
  • How our physical characteristics change over time.

 

 

 

 

CYCLE A (2020\2021)

 

1.  Transdisciplinary Theme:  Who We Are

Title: The Five Senses

Central Idea:  We use our senses to explore our environment and to gain an awareness of the world around us.

Lines of Inquiry

  • How objects can be identified by the way they look, feel, sound, smell and taste
  •  How senses provide people with useful information about the physical and natural things in the environment
  •  How our senses help us to connect with and orient ourselves in our nearby surroundings

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Transdisciplinary Theme: How We Organize Ourselves

Title: Home Sweet Home

Central Idea:  Where we live affects the way we live.

Lines of Inquiry

  • How people build their homes according to landscapes and climate
  • How human beings live in different ways
  • Responsible use of resources ensures sustainability

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  Transdisciplinary Theme: Where We Are in Place and Time

Title: Then and Now

Central Idea: People learn from the past and design the future in order to function in an ever-changing world.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Our families’ personal histories
  • How people design the future through innovation
  • How the way we dress, travel, and communicate changes over time

 

 

 

 

 

4.  Transdisciplinary Theme: How We Express Ourselves

Title: Words at Play

Central Idea:  Different forms of writing help us express our thoughts and feelings.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Different structures to compose plays, poetry, letters, and cartoons
  • Writing for different purposes
  • How listeners and readers respond with respect, appreciation, and creativity to others’ writing

 

 

5.  Transdisciplinary Theme: Sharing the Planet

Title: Living Things

Central Idea:  All living things have needs that must be met in order to grow and change.

Lines of Inquiry

  • How living things are classified in different ways
  •  How environments support living the things that inhabit them
  • How living things change in order to adapt to their habitat

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.  Transdisciplinary Theme: How the World Works

Title: The Weather

Central Idea:   Changes in the earth’s atmosphere cause variations in the weather.

Lines of Inquiry

  • Predicting the weather by observing changes in the sky
  • Different tools that give us useful weather data
  • How weather affects us in different ways and provides energy resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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