Provincetown Schools

PYP

Program of Inquiry    2017-2018

Transdisciplinary

Themes

Age/Grade Level spans

WHO WE ARE

An inquiry into the nature of self;  beliefs and values; personal, mental, social, and spiritual health; human relationships including  families, friends, communities and cultures;  rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

WHERE WE ARE

IN PLACE AND TIME

An inquiry into  orientations 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.

 

HOW WE EXPRESS OURSELVES

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 .

HOW THE WORLD WORKS

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.

HOW WE ORGANIZE OURSELVES

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.

 

SHARING THE PLANET

An inquiry into  rights and responsibilities  in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities;  peace and conflict  resolution.

Pre-K

3 & 4 year olds

 

Central Idea:  

We are all humans, yet we are unique, and therefore different from one another.

Lines of Inquiry:

* Humans are living things

* Humans use their five senses

* External body parts and their functions

* Observing our differences and similarities

Key Concepts:

Connection/Perspective

Central Idea:

People choose to express themselves in many ways.

Lines of Inquiry:

* We use our bodies to convey meaning

* Global expressions

* Expressions through art, music, storytelling and dance

Key Concepts:

Form/Function/Causation

                         

Central Idea:

Individuals cooperate in order to organize themselves into communities.

Lines of Inquiry:

*Building a learning community

*Rules are impactful

Key Concepts:

Responsibility/Form/Function

Central Idea:

The choices humans make have an impact on the planet.

Lines of Inquiry:

*Basic needs for living things

*Humans, animals and plants use their local resources to survive

*Animals and plants depend on one another

Key Concepts:

Responsibility/Function/Causation

Pre-K

4 & 5 year olds

 

Central Idea:  

We are all humans, yet we are unique, and therefore different from one another.

Lines of Inquiry:

** Humans are living things

* Humans use their five senses

* External body parts and their functions

* Observing our differences and similarities

Key Concepts:

Connection/Perspective

Central Idea:

People choose to express themselves in many ways.

Lines of Inquiry:

* We use our bodies to convey meaning

*  Global expressions

*   Expressions through art, music, storytelling and dance

Key Concepts:

Form/Function/Causation

Central Idea:

Individuals cooperate in order to organize themselves into communities.

Lines of Inquiry:

* Building a learning community

*Rules are impactful

Key Concepts:

Responsibility/Form/Function

Central Idea:

The choices humans make have an impact on the planet.

Lines of Inquiry:

*Basic needs for living

*Humans, animals and plants use their local resources to survive

*Animals and plants depend on one another

Key Concepts:

Responsibility/Function/Causation

Kindergarten

5 & 6 year olds

 

Central Idea:  

People have a place in  the world.

Lines of Inquiry:

* Exploration of school rules

* Impact of rules on our lives

* Establishing self-discipline and responsibility

* Demonstration and celebration of new knowledge

Key Concepts:

Responsibility/Perspective

Central Idea:

In different seasons, people celebrate for different reasons.

Lines of Inquiry:

* Seasonal changes on plants, animals, and humans

* Harvests are essential to survival

* Personal and cultural traditions

Key Concepts:

Change/Perspective

Central Idea:

People discover and express themselves through the arts.

Lines of Inquiry:

* Types of creative expression

* Appreciation for the arts

* Creativity can be used to demonstrate values and history

Key Concepts:

Perspective/Reflection

Central Idea: 

Matter exists in different forms.

Lines of Inquiry:

* Structures and properties of matter

* Scientific method

* Properties of matter determine use

Key Concepts:

Form/Function/Causation/Change

Central Idea:

People contribute to the community and the environment in many ways that impacts the community and the world.

Lines of Inquiry:

* Jobs are connected in our community and world

* Skills, interests, and attitudes affect job choices

* Jobs in schools impact communities

Key Concepts:

Responsibility/Connection

Central Idea:

People, plants and animals share resources.

Lines of Inquiry:

* Plants and animals grow and change over time

* Plants provide a variety of resources for people and animals

* Different parts of plants are significant to an environment

Key Concepts:

Responsibility/Change

Grade 1

6 & 7 year olds

 

Central Idea:  

Interactions between global cultures leads to sharing ways of life.

Lines of Inquiry:

* Diverse celebrations around the world

* Humans are connected to countries through celebrations

Key Concepts:

Form/Perspective/Responsibility

Central Idea:

Individuals have contributed to local and global communities.

Lines of Inquiry:

* Features of  biographies

*The continuum of time

* Human impact on communities and environment

Key Concepts:

Form/Responsibility/Function

Central Idea:

Cultures and traditions are preserved through story-telling.

Lines of Inquiry:

* Tales

* Oral traditions

* Qualities of characters

Key Concepts:

Perspective/Function/Reflection

Central Idea:

Information in the natural and human world is organized through patterns and cause and effect.

Lines of Inquiry:

* Patterns are observed and predicted in nature

* Seasonal patterns and changes

* Patterns of time lapses and motion

Key Concepts:        

Causation/Function/Change

Central Idea:

Countries organize themselves with unique monetary and governmental systems.

Lines of Inquiry:

* Universal symbols of trade

* US government and symbols

* Currency and trade shape economic development

Key Concepts:

Perspective/ResponsibilityFunction

Central Idea:

Communities understand how organisms survive by using their  functional structures.

Lines of Inquiry:

* Diversity and external parts of organisms

* Organisms communicate needs

* Communities promote conflict resolution

Key Concepts:

Connection/Function/Causation

Grade 2

7 & 8 year olds

 

Central Idea:  

Leaders act on their beliefs and values to solve problems and impact their community.

Lines of Inquiry:

* Qualities that make a good citizen

* Factors that motivate someone to become a leader

* Leaders and the learner profile

Key Concepts:

Causation/Connection/Perspective

Central Idea:

The Earth is composed of landforms that change over time.

Lines of Inquiry:

* Earth’s landforms and bodies of water

* Natural forces that change landforms

* Human impact on landforms and bodies of water

Key Concepts:

Change/Causation/Responsibility

Central Idea:

People share their knowledge about factual information through words.  

Lines of Inquiry:

* Types of nonfiction

* Nonfiction text features

* Creating forms of nonfiction

* Becoming an expert on a topic

* Key Concepts:

Form/Connection/Responsibility

Central Idea:  

Understanding the interactions of matter helps us answer questions and solve problems.  

Lines of Inquiry:

* Structure and properties of matter

* Chemical reactions

* Interdependence of science, engineering and technology

Key Concepts:

Connection/Function/Change

Central Idea:

A network of producers exists and reacts to changes in the needs of consumers.

Lines of Inquiry:

* Essential roles within a community

* Rights and responsibilities of a student

* Rights and responsibilities of producers and consumers

Key Concepts:

Function/Connection/Perspective

Central Idea:

Knowledge of our heritage provides an insight into our culture and family and how we relate to others.  

Lines of Inquiry:

* Personal histories

* The countries and traditions of our ancestors

* Culturally significant places

Key Concepts:

Change/Perspective/Reflection

 

Grade 3

8 & 9 year olds

Central Idea:  

Humans may make contributions to the development of a country.

Lines of Inquiry:

* Causes of revolutions

* Revolutionary artifacts

* Impact on present day

Key Concepts:

Perspective/Causation/Reflection

Central Idea:

A community can be  formed by unique historical, geographical, and cultural influences.

Lines of Inquiry:

* Maps evolve over time

* Past and present local history

* Cultural influences impact communities

Key Concepts:

Causation/Perspective/Change

Central Idea:

Over time communities change in response to conditions in the human and natural world.  

Lines of Inquiry:

* The importance of humans and nature living in harmony

* Learning about the past of a community teaches us about the present and the future

Key Concepts:

Research/Thinking/Communication

Central Idea:

All organisms experience a general multi-step life cycle that is influenced by heredity and environmental conditions.  

Lines of Inquiry:

* Structures and processes

* Life cycles

* Inheritance and variation of traits

Key Concepts:

Reflection/Function/Change

Central Idea:

Systems help create organizations.

Lines of Inquiry:

* How and why people create new communities

* How laws and rules influence function of a system

* Similarities and differences of an organizations structure between communities

Key Concepts:

Causation/Perspective/Reflection

Central Idea:

Organisms may adapt in response to changes in environment.

Lines of Inquiry:

* Population is dependent on reproduction

* Survival within environments

* Failure to adapt

Key Concepts:

Causation/Change/Form

Grade 4

9 & 10 year olds

 

Central Idea:  

Societies are based on the interconnectedness of government and citizens.

Lines of Inquiry:

* Citizens’ rights and responsibilities

* The Constitution

Key Concepts:

Form/Responsibility

Central Idea:

Human migration results in challenges, risks, and opportunities.

Lines of Inquiry:

* Reasons for migration: social, political, economic, natural causes, other

* Immigration in North America

Key Concepts:

Causation/Perspective/Reflection

Central Idea:

Through language, in all forms,  people aesthetically express feelings, thoughts, and ideas.

Lines of Inquiry:

* Written language takes many forms

* Language is written for a variety of audiences

* Creation and presentation of written expression

Key Concepts:

Form/Function/Perspective

Central Idea:

Organisms inspire technology.

Lines of Inquiry:

* Over time, people's needs and wants change

* Engineers improve existing technologies or develop new ones

* New technologies bring about change in the way people live and interact

Key Concepts:

Function/Perspective/Responsibility

Central Idea:

Natural resources influence a region’s economic and political development.

Lines of Inquiry:

* Economic impact of natural resources on a region

* The affects of limited and unlimited resources

Key Concepts:

Causation/Connection/ Change                  

EXHIBITION

Central Idea:

Earth’s constant changes can result in conflict, which may or may not lead to peaceful resolutions.

Lines of Inquiry:

* Landforms

* Conflicts between different constituents over the environment and its uses

Key Concepts:

Change/Reflection/Responsibility

Elizabeth Francis: PYP Coordinator

Updated: 3-19-2018