• 4THGRADE PROGRAM OF INQUIRY

     

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

    Central Idea: Social problems impact the health of a community

    Key Concepts:

    Form

    Causation

    Connection

    Lines of Inquiry:

    ·  Emotional factors influence behaviors and body image

    ·  Description of components that promote personal well-being

    ·  Impact of alcohol & drug abuse on schools & communities


    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: People migrate for many reasons

    Key Concepts:

    Causation

    Change

    Reflection

    (Population,
    Settlement, Diversity, Patterns)

    Lines of Inquiry:

    ·  Significance of key historical events leading to early settlements

    ·  Compare/contrast development of early settlements

    ·  Describe/analyze population growth

    ·  Migration & settlement patterns in U.S. & World

    ·  Identify evidence left of early settlements

     
    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: Language is a universal communication tool

    Key Concepts:

    Perspective

    Function

    Change

    (Beliefs,
    Diversity, Adaptation)

     
    Lines of Inquiry
    :

    ·  Language promotes personal well being

    ·  Language can change the way we think about the world

    ·  Significance of the changes of language over time

    ·  The need/importance of self expression

     

    HOW THE WORLD WORKS: An inquiry into the natural world and its laws,the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and thehuman societies, how human scientific principles, the impact of scientific andtechnological advances on society and on the environment.

    Central Idea: Living things reproduce for the continuation of their species

     

    Key Concepts:

    Form

    Causation

    Reflection

    Lines of Inquiry:

    ·  Animal & plant classification

    ·  Describe traits in plants & animals that pass from one generation to another

    • Compare/contrast evidence of extinction vs. survival

    HOW WE ORGANIZE OURSELVES: 
    An inquiry into interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; thestructure and function of organization; societal decision-making; economicactivities and their impact on humankind and the environment        

    Central Idea: Governmental systems effect equal opportunity and social justice

    Key Concepts:

    Form

    Reflection

    Connection

    Lines of Inquiry:

    ·  Development & change over time of political structures

    ·  Types of governance

    ·  Principles of human rights & social justice

    ·  Organizational behaviors’ effects on attitudes of social justice

    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: All living things affect one another

    Key Concepts:

    Connection

    Function

    Responsibility

    (Behavior, Patterns,Initiative, Balance, Interdependence)

    Lines of Inquiry:

    ·  Characteristics of an ecosystem

    ·  Interdependence within ecosystems create a balance in nature

    ·  How human interaction with environment interferes with the balance of systems