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ATransdisciplinary Themes
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This color indicates upcoming plannersWho 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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4-5 years oldCI: The world has many kinds of people in it. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Cultural differences and similarities (form)
2) Cultures at work (connection)
3) Types of clothing (function)
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)
SUBJECT TO CHANGE 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 trash and garbage hurt the planet (connection) 3) Ways to help the Earth (responsibility)
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5-6 years old 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: Individuals use their skills and knowledge of the world to make decisions in everyday life. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Needs and wants (form)
2) Ways environment provides our needs and wants (connection)
3) Jobs that help people meet their needs and wants (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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6-7 years oldCI: 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) Discover and analyze changes with oneself and one’s family.
2) Analyze past and present changes in local communities and communities around the world
3) Explore ways members of a community are affected by change
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: Humans have the responsibility of managing their environment. Lines of Inquiry: 1) How people use natural resources in their environment (function)
2) How the environment impacts people (form)
3) How people change their environment (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)Ways people meet their needs and wants (function)
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) how organisms adapt to different environments (causation) 3) interconnectedness of plants and animals within an environment (connection)
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7-8 years oldCI: Government influences the lives of its citizens and citizens may influence government. 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 changes that occur during an organism's development (causation) 3) Factor's that affect an organism's development (responsibility)
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8-9 years oldCI: Systems of the body function together to sustain life. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Function of skeletal and muscular systems (form/function)
2) Interdependence of systems (connection)
3) Ways to protect and keep body systems healthy (responsibility)
CI: Events and people influence local and regional communities. 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 native and immigrant people on a community (perspective)

CI: The creative use of language can express thoughts and emotions. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Purpose of language (function) 2) Forms of expression (form) 3) Making inferences (reflection)CI: Our perspective of the patterns and features of celestial bodies shape our understanding of the universe. 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 its 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 and reproduction (form/function) 2) Properties of soil (causation) 3) agricultural methods (function) 4) plant products and their uses (connection)
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9-10 years oldCI: A person's character evolves with their surrounding environment and life events. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Character traits (form)
2) Ways setting evolves character's traits (change)
3) Influential events in a character's life influences their traits (connection)
CI: Immigration affects the inhabitants and history of a nation. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Indigenous people (form)
2) Immigration then and now (change)
3) Conflicts between groups of people (causation)
CI: People express ideas, feelings, and beliefs in a variety of ways. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Written expression (form) 2) Influences and motivations of authors and illustrators (causation) 3) Various forms of sensory art (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) Historical significance of regional symbols (form)
2) Organization and role of regional governments (function)
3) Rights and responsibilities as defined in a regional government's constitution (responsibility)
CI: Over time, living things need to adapt in order to survive. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Basic needs of organisms (function)
2) Physical and Behavioral Adaptations (change)
3) Environmental factors that affect survival (causation)
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10-11 years oldCI: Increasing 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 perspectives on a situation can cause conflict. Lines of Inquiry: 1)Causes of conflict (causation/perspective) 2) Effects of conflict (change) 3) Influential people (connection)SUBJECT TO CHANGE CI: Rituals, traditions, and artifacts provide a window into the beliefs and values of culture. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Diverse cultures
2) Cultural traditions and beliefs
3) Cultural Misconceptions
CI: Weather is affected by many variables and follows patterns. Lines of Inquiry: 1) Data collection and weather instruments (function) 2) Predicting weather events (reflection) 3) Seasonal and global weather patterns (causation) 4) Methods of heat transfer (change)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 government (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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