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POI 2020-2021
Transdisciplinary Themes
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Who We Are 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 humanWhere We Are in Place and Time 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.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 with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.
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PRE-K (4-5 yo)CI: The world has many kinds of people in it. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Types of clothing (causation)
2) Jobs that help us (connection)
3) Cultural differences and similarities (form)
CI: We use play to express feelings and ideas in order to come to new understandings. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Games that teach us (function)
2) Communicating through play (causation)
3) Imaginative use of everyday materials (perspective)
CI: Families work well together when rules and routines are shared by all members. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Types of families (form) 2) Roles in a family (connection) 3) Treating others with respect (responsibility) CI: People are responsible for the Earth. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Types of trash and where it ends up (form) 2) Ways pollution hurts the planet (connection) 3) Ways to help the Earth (responsibility)
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K 5-6 yo https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GaMvFrShju9RIppkTgGvB2dcO_eBU-JJcvdcYvD3te4/edit?usp=sharing CI: Character is developed through communication and citizenship. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Relationships and friendships (form)
2) Good citizenship (responsibility)
3) Solving problems (function)
CI: We are part of a bigger world. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Map features (form)
2. Using technology to navigate (function)
3. People come from all over the world (change)
CI: Understanding an object's physical properties helps us to create art. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Physical properties of objects (form)
2) Comparing different materials (reflection)
3) Using objects in an artistic way (change)
CI: Understanding weather helps us plan our daily lives. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Weather features throughout the world and throughout the year (form)
2) The effects of weather on human activities (connection)
3) Common tools and technology to measure weather (function)
CI: Living things have unique characteristics. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Living and non-living things (form) 2) Comparing and contrasting the characteristics of living things (causation) 3) Animals unique to specific parts of the world (perspective)
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1st Grade 6-7 yo https://docs.google.com/document/d/1S55fvVGbq9TemKdeX92zbNVUm8SsHsJU7BongG6Wonc/edit?usp=sharing CI: People have the ability to create and maintain functioning communities. Lines of Inquiry: 1) The importance of rules (causation)
2) Roles of individuals in families and communities (form)
3) Ways to resolve conflict (connection)
CI: Members of communities are affected by past and present changes around the world. Lines of Inquiry: 1) the things maps teach us about where we are from
2) the places we're from then and now
3) daily life then and now
CI: An exploration of various cultures, customs, and traditions will increase our appreciation of diversity within the world. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Cultural diversity (connection)
2) Traditions and Celebrations (form/function) 3) Folklore (causation)
CI: Changes occur in the day and night sky. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Features of the day and night sky (form)
2) Movement of objects across the sky (function)
3) Change in the appearance of the moon (change)
CI: The needs and wants of humans are satisfied in a variety of ways in order to thrive in their environment. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Ways people meet their needs and wants (function)
2) Availability of goods (connection)
3) Needs and wants across cultures (perspective)
CI: The needs of organisms are met through interdependence within an environment. Lines of Inquiry: . 1) basic needs of plants and animals (form) 2) interconnectedness of plants and animals within an environment (connection) 3) how organisms are adapted to live in different environments (causation)
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2nd Grade 7-8 yo https://docs.google.com/document/d/188fYIm9OoqYzUvN3avpv2YXGteJN8YMQJnvYQuWxNjE/edit?usp=sharing CI: A community depends on certain structures and engaged citizens to work effectively. Lines of Inquiry: 1) The purpose of government (function) 2)Roles and responsibilities of citizens (connection)
3) Government jobs and services (form)
CI: Communities change over time. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Ways landscapes change (change)
2) Artifacts that reveal the past (perspective)
3) People who have impacted communities (connection/responsibility)
CI: We express our ideas and feelings through the creative use of sound Lines of Inquiry: 1) How sound is made and heard (function)
2) Types of instruments (form)
3) Musical components send a message (causation)
CI: The world around us goes through various changes that can be observed, measured, and predicted. Lines of Inquiry: 1) The properties of matter (form)
2) Weather patterns and factors that affect weather (change/causation) 3) Predicting weather changes (reflection)
CI: Decisions we make as producers and consumers impact the economy. Lines of Inquiry: 1) The four key areas of economics (form)
2) Financial decision-making (connection)
3) World trade and charities (responsibility)
CI: Living organisms are always changing. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Stages of an organism's life cycle (connection)
2) Behavioral/developmental changes that occur during an organism's life (causation) 3) Factor's that affect an organism's development (responsibility)
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3rd Grade 8-9 yo https://docs.google.com/document/d/18c5Mxi40kOCanRFDRrPJTsgSC-qsMxtBBkIJPHAdUQ8/edit?usp=sharingCI: Systems of the body function together to sustain life. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Function of skin, skeleton, and muscles (form/function)
2) Interdependence of systems (connection)
3) Ways to protect and keep body systems healthy (responsibility)
CI: People migrate and adapt to meet their needs. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Reasons for the immigration of people (causation)
2) Ways people adapt to and change their environment to meet their needs (change)
3) Effects of migration on local communities (perspective)
CI: People communicate their culture and beliefs through different forms of expression. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Purpose of language (function) 2) Forms of cultural expression (form) 3) Evidence of multiculturalism in our community (reflection) CI: Patterns shape our understanding of cycles. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Physical features of celestial bodies (form)
2) Patterns of movement (change) 3) Observational differences in the sky (perspective)
CI: Local government and citizens make decisions that impact their communities. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Structure of Local Government (form)
2) How local government serves its community (function)
3) Responsibilities citizens have in their community (responsibility)
CI: Certain environmental and manmade elements affect the growth and survival of living things. Lines of Inquiry:
1) Factors that affect plant growth(form/function) 2) Agricultural Methods (function) 3) Plant products and their uses (connection)
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4th Grade 9-10 yo https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UJDiOXsSG_RLNizo35AnHi8McI7xZB01KOVk5dLQsfo/edit?usp=sharing CI: Economic decision-making affects local and global communities. Lines of Inquiry: 1) ways scarcity affects one's lifestyle and choices
2) ways in which the environment (natural resources) is used in various regions to support economies
3) impact of local businesses on economies and the environment near and far (connection)
CI: A culture is shaped by the history of the region. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Characteristics of native and nonnative groups (form)
2) Immigration and migration then and now (change)
3) Lessons learned from the history of immigration (reflection) * subject to change
CI: People use symbols to express common ideas, feelings and beliefs in a variety of ways. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Types of symbols (form)
2) Reasoning behind symbols (causation)
3) Personal responses to symbols (perspective)
CI: Technological innovations transform societies. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Magnetism and electricity (form, function)
2) Reasons for inventions (causation)
3) The impact of technology on the world (connection)
CI: Regional government provides structure and organization for citizens. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Rights and responsibilities as defined in a regional government's constitution (responsibility)Historical significance of regional symbols (form)
2) Organization and role of regional governments (function)
3) Historical significance of regional symbols (causation)
CI: Over time, living things need to adapt in order to survive. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Basic needs of organisms (form)
2) Physical and Behavioral Adaptations (function)
3) Environmental changes to an organism's habitat (causation/change)
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5th Grade 10-11 yo https://docs.google.com/document/d/1L6ukb8iJAs0vm5n3rmY4HjSRGu4DLqe1DpgmOUz412I/edit?usp=sharing CI: Awareness of the human body and its development helps us make decisions that can affect our future. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Single and multi-cell organisms and genetics 2) Human body systems
3) Physical, mental, and emotional changes
CI: Regional perspective on a situation can cause conflict. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Causes of conflict (causation/perspective) 2) Effects of conflict (change) 3) Influential people (connection) CI: Gaining awareness of a culture can promote respect and appreciation for others. Lines of Inquiry:
1) Diversity and Settlement Patterns (Form)
2) Cultural Narratives (art, literature, music) (Perspective)
3) Stereotypes and Prejudice (Change/Reflection/Responsibility)
CI: Weather is affected by many variables and follows patterns. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Methods of heat transfer 2) Data collection and weather instruments (function) 3) Predicting weather events (reflection) 4) Seasonal and global weather patterns (causation) CI: Government can be affected by the evolving needs of humans. Lines of Inquiry: 1) the development, structure, and function of governments (function)
2) the values and principles of governments (perspective)
3) ways in which government has changed as a result of human rights movements (change)
CI: Living and nonliving things in an ecosystem are interconnected and impact each other. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Components of an ecosystem (form)
2) Interactions within an ecosystem (connection)
3) Human effects on an ecosystem (change)
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