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Who We AreHow We Express Ourselves How We Organize OurselvesWhere we are in Place and TimeHow the World WorksSharing the Planet
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Transdisciplinary
Themes
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 human.
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
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
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
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.
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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KG1Central Idea:
People discover positive self-awareness in the community by embracing differences.

Key Concepts:
Form, Function, Responsibilities

Lines of Inquiry:
An inquiry into self. (form)
An inquiry into how to develop a healthy relationship. (Function).
An inquiry into values expressed in roles and behaviors within relationships (responsibilities).

Learner Profile Focus:
Open-minded, caring, principled
Central Idea:
Feelings and emotions can be shown in many ways.

Key Concepts:
perspective, reflection, and connection

Lines of Inquiry:
An inquiry into ways in which stories, drama and music can show and share emotions.(reflection)
An inquiry into who is Eric Carle.
An inquiry into how we use art and writing to represent our ideas and feelings. (perspective)
An inquiry into the relationship between the author and reader.(connection)

Learner Profile Focus:
Risk-taker, Reflective, Communicators
Central Idea:
Movement causes change.

Key Concepts:
Form, Causation, Change

Lines of Inquiry:
An inquiry into where light comes from (sources of light) (form)
An inquiry into how light moves. (causation)
An inquiry into how light can stop. (change)

Learner Profile Focus:
Inquirers, Reflective, Thinkers
Central Idea:
Living things have specific needs in order to grow and stay healthy.

Key Concepts:
change, causation

Lines of Inquiry:
An inquiry into what living things need to grow. (change)
An inquiry into the characteristics of plants.(Causation) (life cycle and parts)
An inquiry into what would happen if there were no plants. (dependence)

Learner Profile Focus:
Thinkers, knowledgeable
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KG2Central Idea:
Personal characteristics and abilities reflect identity..

Key Concepts:
Form, Responsibility, Reflection

Lines of Inquiry:
An inquiry into my personal characteristics and my abilities
An inquiry into my role within the family, my role in school
An inquiry into my similarities to and differences from others

Learner Profile Focus:
Caring, Communicators, Open-mindedness
Central Idea:
People express feelings through pictures and words.

Key Concepts:
Form, Connection, Perspective

Lines of Inquiry:
An Inquiry into how we discover and express ideas, feelings, beliefs and values.
An Inquiry into how we reflect in different ways
An Inquiry into how we extend and enjoy our creativity.
An Inquiry into how patterns are created and expressed

Learner Profile Focus:

Principled, Thinker, Risk taker, Inquirer
Central Idea:
We live and work together in a community.

Key Concepts:

Function, Connection, Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:
An inquiry into how Community jobs depend on each other
An inquiry into services needed to support a community (Strategies and skills to be a responsible community member)
An inquiry into how a community function (Communities are organized to provide for basic needs)

Learner Profile Focus:
Balanced, Reflective, Principled
Central Idea:
Personal journeys can lead to change and new opportunities.

Key Concepts:
Connection, Causation, Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:
An inquiry into how important events can lead to change
An inquiry into how we have changed over the year
An inquiry into how living things grow and change
An inquiry into how living things survive

Learner Profile Focus:
Communicators, Inquirer, Open-minded
Central Idea:
Patterns and cycles help us understand the Earth

Key Concepts:

Form, Change

Lines of Inquiry:
An inquiry into the yearly cycle of seasons
An inquiry into weather patterns

Learner Profile Focus:
Balanced, Reflective, Principled
Central Idea:
The trash we produce affects our environment.

Key Concepts:
Responsibility, Function

Lines of Inquiry:
An inquiry into how trash affects the environment
An inquiry into our responsibility to reduce, reuse and recycle

Learner Profile Focus:
Caring, open-minded, balanced
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Grade 1Central Idea:
People need responsibilities to function cooperatively in their environment.

Key Concepts:
Function, responsibility, reflection

Lines of Inquiry:
An inquiry into the rights and responsibilities of the individual to their social group
An inquiry into identifying the qualities of a leader
An inquiry into our roles within different environments

Learner Profile Focus:
communicator, caring,
principled
Central Idea:
Culture influences ideas

Key Concepts:
Connection, reflection, perspective

Lines of Inquiry:
An inquiry into the ways people express themselves
An inquiry into traditions
An inquiry into how technology influences culture

Learner Profile Focus:
reflective, communicator, open-minded
Central Idea:
People develop specialized jobs to meet the needs of the community

Key Concepts:
Connection, causation, function

Lines of Inquiry:

An inquiry into the development of specialized goods and services and what makes them successful
An inquiry into the connection between supply and demand
An inquiry into how different cultures interact with their environment and use resources in a variety of ways.

Learner Profile Focus:
risk-taker, principled, communicator
Central Idea:
The properties of construction materials influence the design of buildings, structures and homes

Key Concepts:

Connection, form, function

Lines of Inquiry:

An inquiry into different building materials and their properties
An inquiry into the similarities and differences of the features and design of homes from around the world
An inquiry into the reason homes are made from different materials, and designed in different ways

Learner Profile Focus:
open minded, communicator, thinker
Central Idea:
Everything that happens is a result of using some form of energy.

Key Concepts:

Causation, connection, change

Lines of Inquiry:

An inquiry into the sun as a principle source of energy
An inquiry into how different types of energy is used in our daily life
An inquiry into how we can conserve energy

Learner Profile Focus:
balanced, knowledgeable, reflective
Central Idea:
Living things interact with, use and impact the natural environment in different ways.

Key Concepts:

Form, change, causation

Lines of Inquiry:
An inquiry into earth’s cyclical patterns and how they affect living things.
An inquiry into living things use of the environment.
An inquiry into the actions of living things that benefit or harm the environment.

Learner Profile Focus:
inquirer, knowledgeable
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Grade 2Central Idea:
Systems adopt rules that reflect values

Key Concepts:

Reflection , Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:
Inquiry into social systems
Inquiry into the impact of our values on our rules
Inquiry into rights and responsibilities in our community
Inquiry into roles and behaviors in different social systems

Learner Profile Focus:

Principled , Reflective
Central Idea:
Geography and history help one understand culture

Key Concepts:
Perspective , Connection

Lines of Inquiry:

Inquiry into culture
Inquiry into how aspects of past generations influence us today
How physical environments influence culture
Inquiry into expectations in different cultures

Learner Profile Focus:
Open minded , Knowledgeable,
Reflective
Central Idea:
Communities function and change to meet the needs of memebers

Key Concepts:

Connection, Change

Lines of Inquiry:

Inquiry into different organizations in the community
Inquiry into how communities change to meet the needs of its members
Inquiry into how goods and services can be exchanged locally and internationally to provide options

Learner Profile Focus:

Inquirers, Knowledgable
Central Idea:
Overtime human developed tools and techniques to make life easier

Key Concepts:
Function, Form , Change

Lines of Inquiry:

Inquiry into how simple machines are used to move objects
Inquiry into mechanisms
Inquiry into the impact of simple machines and mechanisms on our lives and the environment


Learner Profile Focus:
Risk-taker
Central Idea:
Scientific and technological advances impact society and the environment

Key Concepts:
Change, Causation, Form

Lines of Inquiry:

Inquiry into scientific and technological advances
Inquiry into how some materials can be harmful to humans and the environment
Inquiry into solids and liquids

Learner Profile Focus:

Knowledgeable , Thinker
Central Idea:
Human actions affect the quality of life

Key Concepts:
Causation, responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:

Inquiry into how human actions have an impact on animals and the environment
Inquiry into how pollution affects all living things
Inquiry into how humans can protect the environment for all living creatures

Learner Profile Focus:
Inquirer , Caring
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Grade 3Central Idea:
Our communities influence our identities, perceptions, and interactions with the world.

Key Concepts:

Reflection, Perspective

Lines of Inquiry:

An inquiry into the factors that shape the traditions and heritage of a community.
An inquiry into how our ancestors’ choices influence our community.
An inquiry into how our identities are influenced by our family and community

Learner Profile Focus:
Balanced, Communicator, Reflective
Central Idea:
A variety of beliefs and values facilitate local and global communications

Key Concepts:

Form, Connection, Reflection

Lines of Inquiry:
An inquiry into beliefs and values
An inquiry into why communication systems developed
An inquiry into specialized systems of communication

Learner Profile Focus:

Communicator, Open-Minded
Central Idea:
Local communities organize to meet the needs of their people.

Key Concepts:
Responsibility, Function

Lines of Inquiry:

An inquiry into the needs of the local community
An inquiry into the organization of the local community
An inquiry into community roles

Learner Profile Focus:
Caring, Knowledgeable, Reflective, Risk-Takers, Communicators
Central Idea:
The development of global perspectives is supported through understanding our place in the world in relation to others

Key Concepts:
Connection, Perspective

Lines of Inquiry:

An inquiry into how we represent place.
An inquiry into the representation of place through time.
An inquiry into the relationship between our location and other parts of the world

Learner Profile Focus:
Knowledgeable, Thinker
Central Idea:
The design of buildings and structures is dependent on the environment and available materials

Key Concepts:

Form, Function, Change

Lines of Inquiry:

An inquiry into what considerations to take when building a structure.
An inquiry into how building impacts the environment.
An inquiry into indigenous architecture

Learner Profile Focus:
Knowledgeable, Reflective, Risk Taker
Central Idea:
As environments change, living things continuously adapt in order to survive

Key Concepts:
Causation, Connection, Change

Lines of Inquiry:
An inquiry into the effect of soil type on the growth of plants.
An inquiry into how plants adapt or respond to environmental conditions
An inquiry into the interdependence of communities and environment

Learner Profile Focus:
Inquirer, Principled, Open Minded,
Risk-Takers
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Grade 4Central Idea:
Experiences, observations, interactions and thoughts shape identity.

Key Concepts:

Perspective, Connection, Reflection

Lines of Inquiry:

One’s strengths and weaknesses
How observations affect one’s perception
How interactions provide a deeper understanding of self.

Learner Profile Focus:
Caring, Knowledgable, Reflective, Risk-takers, Communicators
Central Idea:
Through art we express our feelings and ideas.

Key Concepts:

Causation, Perspective, Form

Lines of Inquiry:
The definition of art (Perspective)
The different forms of art (Form)
The expression of emotions through art (Causation)

Learner Profile Focus:
Balanced, Communicators, Reflective

Central Idea:
Understanding the properties of light and sound allow people to make practical applications.

Key Concepts:

Form, Function, Connection

Lines of inquiry:

The evidence and existence of light and sound (Form)
What light and sound do and how we use them (Function)
The relationship between light and sound (Connection)

Learner Profile Focus:
Knowledgable, Reflective, Risk-takers
Central Idea:
Human migration is a response to challenges, risks and opportunities.


Key Concepts:
Causation, Change, Perspective

Lines of Inquiry:

The reasons of migration
Migration throughout history
Effects of migration on communities, cultures and individuals

Learner Profile Focus:

Inquirers, Principled, Open-Minded, Risk-takers
Central Idea:
Humans worldwide face a variety of challenges and risks

Key Concepts:

Change, Reflection, Responsibility, Perspective, Form, Causation

Lines of Inquiry:
Challenges and risks that people face without organization
How people respond to challenges and risks
Ways in which individuals, organizations and nations work to protect humans from risk

Learner Profile Focus:
Knowledgabel, Thinkers
Central Idea:
The limit of natural resources influences human behavior.

Key Concepts:
Perspective, Responsibility, Form

Lines of Inquiry:
Renewable vs. nonrenewable resources
Human use of natural resources
Access and exploration of natural resources

Learner Profile Focus:
Review all learner profile attributes and related attitudes.
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Grade 5Central Idea:
Systems are interdependent.

Key Concepts:

Form, Function, Connection

Lines of Inquiry:

Systems and their purposes
Culture and society, and how they influence systems
Relationships between systems

Learner Profile Focus:
Balanced, Knowledgeable
Central Idea:
Institutions provide structure and expression

Key Concepts:

Form, Perspective, Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:

Modes of expression
The impacts of institutional change
The effects of cultural diversity

Learner Profile Focus:
Communicator, Caring
Central Idea:
Institutions provide structure

Key Concepts:

Form, Function, Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:

Balanced Forces
The purpose of government
Different structures and systems of governance.

Learner Profile Focus:
Balanced, Principled
Central Idea:
Exploration causes change

Key Concepts:

Perspective, Causation

Lines of Inquiry:

Changes caused by external factors.
Impacts of human exploration.
The effects of technology.

Learner Profile Focus:
Open Minded, Risk Taskers
Central Idea:
Change is an essential component of life.

Key Concepts:

Change, Causation, Reflection

Lines of Inquiry:
The constant state of change.
The evolution of experimentation.
Disciplined observation

Learner Profile Focus:
Inquirer, Thinker
Central Idea:
Humans affect the natural world

Key Concepts:
Causation, Responsibility, Reflection

Lines of Inquiry:
The way humans manipulate the natural world
The effects of energy
The movements of populations

Learner Profile Focus:
Inquirers, Reflective
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Grade 6Central idea :
Each individual is a unique contributor to humanity.

Key Concepts:
Causation, Perspective, Reflection

Lines of Inquiry:
Many factors influence an individual’s development
Each person is unique and has value
An individual is a part of humanity

Learner Profile Focus:
all attributes
Central Idea:
The development of cultural expression is influenced by many factors.

Key Concepts:
Perspective, Connection, Causation

Lines of Inquiry:
The environment influences the expression of culture
Cultures express creativity and demonstrate appreciation of aesthetics
Artifacts and migration patterns inform our understanding of cultural expression

Learner Profile Focus:
all attributes
Central idea :
Biodiversity sustains life on our planet.

Key Concepts:
Form, Change, Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:
In order to understand our world, humans organize and classify their environment
Biodiversity stabilizes the planet and benefits all living things
The natural organization of the planet is impacted by human activity

Learner Profile Focus:
all attributes
Central Idea:
Actions and decisions influence human migration and settlement.

Key Concepts:
Responsibility, Function, Connection

Line of Inquiry:
People migrate for a variety of reasons
Governments have a role in migration
Migration has a variety of consequences

Learner Profile Focus:
all attributes
Central idea :
People convert and use energy which impacts life and the environment.

Key Concepts:
Change, Form, Function

Lines of Inquiry:
Electrical energy can be transformed into and from other forms of energy
People have learned to use the characteristics of electricity to improve their lives
Energy plays a significant role in society.

Learner Profile Focus:
all attributes
Central idea :
Actions and decisions have consequences that affect society and the environment.

Key Concepts:
students will choose their own after developing their lines of inquiry

Lines of Inquiry:
These are student chosen and written.

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