• 1st GRADE PROGRAM OF INQUIRY


    WHO WE ARE

    An inquiry into the nature of the self , beliefs andvalues, personal, physical, mental, social & Spiritual health, human relationships
    including families and friends, communities,culture, rights &responsibilities, what it means to be human

    Central Idea: Families and communities reflect cultures

    Key Concepts:

    Function

    Form

    Perspective

    (Social interaction, Identity, Relationships)

    Lines of Inquiry:

    ·        
    What are culture and traditions

    ·        
    Family customs and traditions

    ·        
    Is it important to continue traditions and family values

    WHERE 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 civilization from local to global perspectives.

    Central Idea: Environmental features determine how we work and play 

    Key Concepts:

    Causation

    Form

    Connection 

    Lines of Inquiry:

    ·        
    What are the physical features of where we live & their characteristics

    ·        
    Identification of human characteristics of where we live

    ·        
    How the weather shapes our living styles

     
    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.   

    Central Idea: People create technology to express themselves 

    Key Concepts:

    Perspective 

    Form  

    Function

    Lines of Inquiry:

    ·        
    What is technology

    ·        
    What types of technology do we use to communicate

    ·                

    How technology affects our communication

     
    HOW THE WORLD WORKS

    An inquiry into the natural world and its laws, the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and the human societies, how human scientific principles, the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.         

    Central Idea: Our choices are key to our well-being

    Key Concepts:

    Connection

    Function

    Reflection

    (Interdependence, cycles)

    Lines of Inquiry:

    ·        
    Plants & animals depend on each other

    ·        
    All living things have parts

    ·        
    The purpose of living things’ features

     
    HOW WE ORGANIZE OURSELVES

    An inquiry into interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organization; societal decision-making;economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.   

    Central Idea: Societies are structured by their people and their leaders

    Key Concepts:

    Causation

    Responsibility

    Connection

    Lines of Inquiry:

    ·        
    How is a society structured

    ·        
    What roles do leaders play in a society’s systems

    ·        
    How does apathy effect leadership

    ·        
    What happens if there’s a breakdown in a society’s social order

    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.

    Central Idea: Unequal access to resources can lead to conflict

    Key Concepts:

    Causation

    Function

    Responsibility

    Lines of Inquiry:

    • Conflict vs. peace

    • Individual/group actions make a difference