5THGRADE 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: Governments evolve to meet the needs of its people


Key Concepts:

Causation

Connection

Perspective

Lines of Inquiry:

·  Foundations and function of early governments

·  Conflicts between Ideas and Institutions

·  Systems that protect citizen Rights and Maintain Order

·  Projections for the future of Governments

 
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: Colonization creates change and conflict

 

Key Concepts:

Connection

Causation

Change

Lines of Inquiry:

·  How are Native Americans represented in today’s society?

·  What objects and practices do we associate with Native American culture?

·  Traditions of specific Native American groups that still survive?

·  What native groups in other countries have changed due to colonization?     

 
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: Historic documents convey a society’s political ideas, values and systems



Key Concepts:

Perspective

Form

Reflection

Lines of Inquiry:

·  Types of Historic documents to review

·  Insight we can gain from the authors’ perspectives

·  The value of documenting (Today’s writing is tomorrow’s historic document!)

 
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: Living things have features that help them survive their environment.

 
Key Concepts
:

Form

Function

Change

Lines of Inquiry:

·  Biomes and habitats

·  Evolution of species

·  Implications for the future

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: Transportation systems influence the development of societies

Key Concepts:

Connection

Change

Causation

Lines of Inquiry:

·  Effects of transportation systems on societies

·  Types of transportation and how they’re linked to each other

·  Some transportation systems are developed around geographical features

·  Implications for the future

 
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: People have to conserve Earth’s finite resources

Key Concepts:

Change

Connection

Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:

·  Effects of pollution on living beings

·  Consumption rates of resources

·  Renewable/nonrenewable resources

·   Conservation as a responsibility