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Carter Lake Elementary

Program of Inquiry

Who We Are

Where We Are in Place & Time

How We Express Ourselves

How the World Works

How We Organize Ourselves

Sharing the Planet

Extended Learning Program

Central Idea: Family and friends help shape us as people and community members.

Lines of Inquiry: individual qualities, social settings, relationships

Key Concepts:

Responsibility, Form

ATLs: social skills

Learner Profile: principled,  caring

Subjects Addressed: reading, writing, math, social studies, science

Central Idea: People express feelings, beliefs, and values in many ways

Lines of Inquiry: cultural celebrations, cultural components, forms of expression

Key Concepts: connection, perspective

ATLs: Research Skills, Thinking Skills

Learner Profile: open minded, risk taker, communicator

Subjects Addressed: reading, writing, math, social studies, science

Central Idea: People express feelings, beliefs, and values in many ways

Lines of Inquiry: cultural celebrations, cultural components, forms of expression

Key Concepts: connection, perspective, function

ATLs: Research Skills, Thinking Skills

Learner Profile: open minded, risk taker, communicator

Subjects Addressed: reading, writing, math, social studies, science

Central Idea: Humans can take responsibility for caring for our earth.

Lines of Inquiry: life cycle, caring for our planet, conserving resources

Key Concepts: causation, responsibility, change

ATLs: communication skills, research skills

Learner Profile: caring, communicator, inquirer, reflective

Subjects Addressed: reading, writing, math, science, social studies

Preschool

Central Idea: Individuals have unique qualities and feelings.

Lines of Inquiry:  

Individual characteristics, Family dynamics, Regulating emotions

Key Concepts:

Function

Responsibility
Perspective

ATLs: communication skills, social skills

Learner Profile: open-minded, balanced, communicators

Subjects Addressed: Social Studies, Literacy, Mathematics, Social-Emotional Learning, Spanish

Central Idea:  People can express themselves through play.

Lines of Inquiry: Establishing and sustaining positive relationships, Using language to express thoughts and needs while engaged in play, Socio-dramatic play  

Key Concepts:Perspective, Responsibility

ATLs: social skills, self-management skills

Learner Profile: reflective, caring, communicators

Subjects Addressed: Physical Education, Musical Expression, Mathematics, Science, Literacy, Spanish

Central Idea: People use their 5 senses to explore the world.

Lines of Inquiry: The function of each of the 5 senses, How the 5 senses affect daily life, Using senses to explore our environment

Key Concepts:  Function, Perspective

ATLs: communication skills, thinking skills

Learner Profile: open-minded, thinkers

Subjects Addressed: Science, Literacy, Art, Spanish

Central Idea: People have different roles to help serve our community.

Lines of Inquiry: Students’ role within the community,Roles of adults within our community, Taking action within the community

Key Concepts: Connection, Responsibility

ATLs: Social skills, Research Skills

Learner Profile:

 Open-Minded, Reflective, knowledgeable

Subjects Addressed:

Social-Emotional Learning, Social Studies  LIteracy, Spanish

Central Idea:

Cycles are patterns of change.

Lines of Inquiry:

Cycle of living things, Cycles within our lives, How can cycles impact our lives

Key Concepts:

Change, Causation, Form

ATLs: Research Skills, Thinking Skills

Learner Profile: Inquirers, Principled

Subjects Addressed:

Spanish, Science, Musical Expression, Mathematics, Literacy, Social-Emotional Learning

Kindergarten

Central Idea: Humans are unique and have rights and responsibilities to themselves and their communities.

Lines of Inquiry:

Responsibilities within a school community, Responsibilities to self and others, Similarities and differences between group members

Key Concepts:

responsibility

form

ATLs:

Self Management Skills, Social Skills

Learner Profile: Open-Minded, Principled, Caring

Subjects Addressed:

Guidance

Social Studies

Math

Language Arts, Spanish, PE

Central Idea: Humans make observations and respond to changes in weather.

Lines of Inquiry:

The effect of sunlight on the earth’s surface, Patterns of weather over time, The purpose of weather forecasting

Key Concepts: Causation, Change

ATLs: Research, Self-Management

Learner Profile: Balanced, knowledgeable, reflective

Subjects Addressed: Science, ELA, Math, Guidance

Central Idea:  People can communicate in many different ways.

Lines of Inquiry: Ways in which people express themselves (storytelling, art, music), Storytelling around the world

Key Concepts: Perspective, Connection, Form

ATLs: Communication Skills, Social Skills

Learner Profile: Open-minded, Communicators, Risk-Takers

Subjects Addressed:

Spanish, Art, Music, Social studies, PE

ELA, Math

Guidance

Central Idea: Pushes and pulls influence the ways in which objects move.

Lines of Inquiry:

Ways in which objects move, Forces and interactions, The impact of speed

Key Concepts:

Causation, Function, Change

ATLs:

Communication Skills,

Thinking Skills

Learner Profile:

Inquirers, Risk-Takers, Thinkers

Subjects Addressed:

Science, Math, ELA, Spanish, PE

Guidance

Central Idea: Living things depend on and impact each other.

Lines of Inquiry: Needs of living things, How living things change the environment, Caring for the environment

Key Concepts:

Connection, change, responsibility

ATLs:

social skills, communication skills

Learner Profile:

Caring, inquirer,

principled

Subjects Addressed:

Science, ELA, Math, Spanish, Guidance, PE

1st Grade

Central Idea: People within a group share responsibilities.

Lines of Inquiry: Different groups of which humans are a part, Roles and responsibilities within a group, Responsibility in caring for our minds and bodies

Key Concepts:

Responsibility, Perspective

ATLs:  Social skills,

Self management

Learner Profile:

Principled, Open Minded, Balanced

Subjects Addressed:

Spanish, Social Studies, Guidance, Math

Central Idea:

The past affects the present, the present affects the future.

Lines of Inquiry:

National symbols, Influential people, National events  

Key Concepts:

Causation, Perspective, Change

ATLs:

Research skills, Self management

Learner Profile:

Reflective, Principled

Subjects Addressed:

Spanish, Guidance, Social Studies, Math

Central Idea: People express their beliefs in many different ways.

Lines of Inquiry:Basic components of culture,

Similarities and differences in traditions/celebrations, Ways in which people express feelings/ideas

 

Key Concepts: Form, Connection

ATLs :Communication Skills, Social Skills

Learner Profile: Open-Minded, Caring, Risk-Takers

Subjects Addressed:

Spanish, Art, Guidance, Social Studies, Math

Central Idea: Technology changes how we experience our world.

Lines of Inquiry:The manipulation of light and sound, The use of light and sound, The importance of light and sound

Key Concepts:

Change, Function, Causation

ATLs: Communication Skills, Social Skills

Learner Profile: Inquirers, Thinkers, Communicators

Subjects Addressed:

Spanish, Science, Music, Guidance, Math

Central Idea:

Societies base decisions on environmental factors.

Lines of Inquiry:

Predictable patterns, Seasonal changes, Decision making

Key Concepts:

Form , Function, Causation

ATLs:

Thinking Skills

Self Management Skills

Learner Profile:

Thinkers, Knowledgeable

Subjects Addressed:

Spanish, Math, Science, Social Studies

Central Idea: Living things depend on resources for survival.

Lines of Inquiry: Human impact on living things, Similarities and differences between young plants and animals and their parents, How plants and animals use their external features/parts for survival (including communication)

Key Concepts:

Responsibility, Function

ATLs: Thinking Skills, Research Skills

Learner Profile:Caring, Thinkers, Knowledgeable

Subjects Addressed:

Spanish, Guidance, Math, Social Studies, Science

2nd Grade

Central Idea: Every choice has a consequence

Lines of Inquiry:

Physical and mental health, consequences of our actions, personal responsibility

Key Concepts:

Responsibility, Change

ATLs: Social Skills, Self-Management Skills

Learner Profile: Balanced, Reflective, Thinkers

Subjects Addressed:

Spanish, Reading, Social Studies,

Guidance,

Central Idea: Many factors affect where and how people live.

Lines of Inquiry:

Types of changes to the earth, effects of changes to the earth, solutions to slow/prevent changing of the land, reasons for settlement

Key Concepts: Causation, Change, Responsibility

ATLs: Thinking Skills, Communication Skills

Learner Profile: Reflective, Communicators, Thinkers

Subjects Addressed:

Spanish, Science, Social Studies, Reading,

Central Idea: People can create change by expressing themselves in different ways.

Lines of Inquiry:

Historical figures who have created change, expression as a form of activism, various ways to express yourself

Key Concepts: Perspective, Causation

ATLs: Social Skills, Communication Skills

Learner Profile: Risk-Takers, Reflective, Communicators

Subjects Addressed:

Spanish, Art, Social Studies, Writing, Reading, Guidance

Central Idea: Change impacts our world.

Lines of Inquiry:

Properties and states of matter, how matter changes, how changing matter affects humans

Key Concepts: Change, Form

ATLs:  Research Skills, Communication Skills

Learner Profile: Inquirers, Knowledgeable

Subjects Addressed:

Spanish, Science, Reading, Writing, Guidance

Central Idea: Community members can cooperate to achieve a goal

Lines of Inquiry: The organization of groups within a community, Ways in which individuals contribute to groups (zones of regulation), Problem solving within a group

Key Concepts: Responsibility, Function, Perspective

ATLs: Social Skills, Communication Skills

Learner Profile: Principled, Open Minded, Balanced

Subjects Addressed:

Math, reading, social studies, technology, Spanish, Art, Guidance,  Music

Central Idea: Diversity exists in our world

Lines of Inquiry:

Plant and animal diversity, Life within an ecosystem, Human impact on life within and ecosystem, The choices people make regarding scarce reserves

Key Concepts:

Connection, Causation, and Responsibility

ATLs: Thinking Skills,

Self Management Skills

Learner Profile: Caring, Inquirers, Knowledgeable

Subjects Addressed:

Science, reading, Social Studies, Spanish, Art, Guidance

3rd Grade

Central Idea: Human well-being is influenced by relationships

Lines of Inquiry: Development of community, Human well-being

Key Concepts: Responsibility, Connection, Perspective

ATLs: Self Management and Social Skills

Learner Profile: Principled, Caring, Open-Minded

Subjects Addressed: Social Studies, Math, Science, Reading, Writing, Spanish, Guidance

Central Idea: Adaptations and traits can be influenced by change

Lines of Inquiry: Geographical influences, Availability of resources, Migration

Key Concepts: Change, Form, Causation

ATLs: Thinking and Research Skills

Learner Profile: Caring and Knowledgeable

Subjects Addressed: Social Studies, Math, Science, Reading, Writing, Spanish, Music

Central Idea: Communication can connect people around the world

Lines of Inquiry: Expression of ideas and feelings, Connections between communities and types of communication that globally connect people

Key Concepts: Connection, Function, Responsibility

ATLs: Communication and Self Management Skills

Learner Profile: Open Minded, Reflective, Communicators

Subjects Addressed: Social Studies, Math, Science, Reading, Writing, Spanish, Guidance

Central Idea: Interactions can be dependent on force and motion

Lines of Inquiry: Effects of balanced and unbalanced forces, Cause and effect between magnetic and electric interactions, Patterns of motion

Key Concepts: Change, Causation, Responsibility

ATLs: Social and Communication Skills

Learner Profile: Inquirers, Risk-Takers

Subjects Addressed:

Spanish, Social Studies, Math, science, Reading, Writing, Guidance

Central Idea: Choices influence the economy

Lines of Inquiry: The impact of wants and needs on the economy, Scarcity  and abundance, Economic costs

Key Concepts: Responsibility, Function and Connection

ATLs: Social and Self-Management Skills

Learner Profile: Risk-Taker, Principled, Balanced

Subjects Addressed:

Spanish, Social Studies, Math, Science, Reading, Writing, Art, Guidance

Central Idea: Change impacts humans and the environment

Lines of Inquiry: Impacts of weather, Solutions that reduce the impact of weather, characteristics of living things, Survival of living things

Key Concepts: Connections, Change, Responsibility

ATLs: Research, Thinking  and Self-Management Skills

Learner Profile: Reflective and Thinkers

Subjects Addressed:

Spanish, Social Studies, Math, Science, Reading, Writing

4th Grade

Central Idea: The lives and decisions of people are affected by events in their lives.

Lines of Inquiry:

Events that have influenced people's’ lives, Impact of historical events on our lives today

Settlement of various regions - West and Future

Key Concepts: Change, Causation, and Perspective

ATLs: Communication Skills and Thinking Skills

Learner Profile: Communicators, thinkers, Risk-Taker, and Reflective

Subjects Addressed:

Reading, Writing, Math, Social Studies and Spanish, Guidance

Central Idea: A variety of factors impact the way in which we live.

Lines of Inquiry:

The layers of earth and their formation, The processes that shape the earth, The impact of processes that shape the earth.

Key Concepts:  Causation and Change

ATLs:  Communication Skills, Social Skills

Learner Profile: Thinkers, Inquirers, and Knowledgeable

Subjects Addressed: Reading, Writing, Math, Social Studies and Spanish

Central Idea: People have different ways of expressing their ideas, feelings, beliefs and values.

Lines of Inquiry:

Cultural groups, Social groups, Forms of expression within a group

Key Concepts:

Perspective, Connection, and Causation

ATLs:

Communication Skills and Thinking Skills

Learner Profile:

Open-Minded, Caring, and Reflective

Subjects Addressed:

Spanish, Guidance

Central Idea: Plants and animals react differently to the information they receive.

Lines of Inquiry:

Information processing and response to stimuli, Internal structures of plants and animals (be sure to include human growth and development), External structures of plants and animals  

Key Concepts: Form and Function

ATLs: Thinking Skills and Research Skills

Learner Profile: Reflective, Knowledgeable, and Risk-Taker

Subjects Addressed:

Reading, Writing, Math, Science, ART and Spanish, Guidance

Central Idea: Organizations around the world have structure and purpose.

 

Lines of Inquiry:

The impact of organizational structures, Similarities and differences between organizations

Key Concepts: Function, Causation, and Responsibility

ATLs: Self-Management Skills, Communication Skills, and Research Skills

Learner Profile: Open-Minded, Communication, and Research

Subjects Addressed: Reading, Writing, Math, Social Studies, and Spanish, Music

Central Idea: The ways in which humans convert energy impact our planet.

Lines of Inquiry:

Types of energy and their movement (waves), The transfer of energy, Uses of energy and their impact

Key Concepts: Change and Responsibility

ATLs: Social Skills and Self-Management Skills

Learner Profile: Thinkers, Caring, and Principled

Subjects Addressed: Reading, Writing, Math, Science, and Spanish

5th Grade

Central Idea: Relationships, rights and responsibilities contribute to who we are as humans.

Lines of Inquiry: How relationships affect  personal views, values and beliefs, How dynamics affect human relationships, How rights and responsibilities vary among different communities and cultures

Key Concepts: Responsibility, Function

ATLs: Self-Management Skills, Social Skills

Learner Profile: Balanced, Reflective, Principled

Subjects Addressed: SEL, Social Studies, ELA, Spanish, Guidance

Central Idea: Migration has many causes and effects.

Lines of Inquiry: Causes of migration, Effects of migration, and the global impact of migration

Key Concepts: Change, Perspective, Causation

ATLs: Research Skills and Thinking Skills

Learner Profile: Open-minded, knowledgeable

Subjects Addressed: Social Studies, SEL, ELA, Spanish, Guidance

Central Idea: Humans respond to conflict in a variety of ways.

Lines of Inquiry: Conflict within our country, Conflict within our world, Human response to conflict.

Key Concepts: Perspective, Causation

ATLs: Communication Skills, Social Skills

Learner Profile: Open-Minded, Communicators, Caring

Subjects Addressed:

Social Studies, SEL, ELA, Spanish, Music, Guidance

Central Idea: Reactions can cause change.

Lines of Inquiry: Chemical and physical properties of matter, Reaction of matter to the environment, Measuring and graphing.

Key Concepts: Change, Form

ATLs: Thinking Skills/ Self-Management Skills

Learner Profile: Inquirer, Thinker, Knowledgeable.

Subjects Addressed: Science and Math, Spanish, Guidance

Central Idea: The ways in which we organize ourselves can impact our quality of life.

Lines of Inquiry: Societal decisions, Global interdependence, Organizational systems.

Key Concepts: Responsibility, Connection, Function

ATLs: Self-Management Skills, Communication Skills, Thinking Skills.

Learner Profile: Caring, Principled, Balanced.

Subjects Addressed: Social Studies, ELA, Spanish, Guidance

Central Idea: The Earth’s systems are dependent upon one another.

Lines of Inquiry: Ecosystems, Interactions within systems, and human impact on ecosystems

Key Concepts: Connection, Function, Responsibility

ATLs: Communication SKills, Research Skills

Learner Profile: Balanced, Inquirers

Subjects Addressed: Science, Math, ELA

Spanish, Art, Guidance