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PROGRAM OF INQUIRY

GROUP MEMBERSHIP
Unit Understanding: We all have similarities and differences which make us who we are

SYSTEMS FOR PROBLEM-SOLVING & PREDICTING


Unit Understanding: Understanding how materials behave and interact determines how people use them Essential Questions: How do materials change? How do we change materials to use them? How do properties of materials influence their use? Inquiring into: How natural and human-made objects behave and interact How and why we use materials and objects for different purposes

PHYSICAL WELLBEING
Unit Understanding: Over time, our bodies grow and change Essential Questions: How does my body work? Why do our bodies change? Inquiring into: The human life cycle How to keep our bodies healthy The different stages of life across cultures

COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS
Unit Understanding: Throughout time people have told stories to convey messages, to share ideas and to make us think. Essential Questions: What is a story? How do we make meaning from stories? What do stories tell us about different cultures? Inquiring into: Why people share stories What stories convey How stories are created How stories make us feel

KINDERGARTEN

Essential Questions: Why is everybody important? What is a community? How do different communities connect with each other? Inquiring into: The various communities we belong to Our similarities and differences

CREATIVE EXPRESSION
Unit Understanding: We express ourselves in many different ways and through different media

SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION


Unit Understanding: The design of buildings and structures is dependent on the environment and available materials Essential Questions: What do we need to consider when building a structure? How have different cultures designed and constructed architecture? How does our environment impact upon the design of structures? Inquiring into: The design of buildings and structures

PERSONAL MEANING
Unit Understanding: People recognize important events through celebrations and traditions Essential Questions: How are special events celebrated similarly and differently across different cultures? How are traditions and celebrations established over time? Inquiring into: Different traditions Why and how people celebrate, and the similarities and differences across cultures

CONNECTIONS TO THE NATURAL WORLD


Unit Understanding: Plants are a life-sustaining resource for us and other living things. Essential Questions: How do plants live and grow? Why should we care for plants? Inquiring into: Caring for plants What plants provide

GRADE 1

Essential Questions: How do people express their ideas creatively? How does play reflect who we are? Inquiring into: How we express ourselves through different media

GROUP MEMBERSHIP
Unit Understanding: Learning about our family history enables us to understand the relationship between the past and the present and discover our cultural origins. Essential Questions: How can we know about our familys past? How does the past still influence us today? Inquiring into: Family histories The connection between family and personal and cultural identity

CONNECTIONS TO THE NATURAL WORLD


Unit Understanding: Ecosystems rely upon the interdependent balance of organisms. Essential Questions: How are living things interconnected? How does human interaction with the environment affect the balance within systems? How do organisms adapt in order to survive? Inquiring into: Interdependence within eco-systems Human impact on biodiversity

SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION


Unit Understanding: Many of the different foods we eat go through several stages of production and transportation before they reach us. Essential Questions: Where do the different foods we eat come from? What are the steps involved in producing and processing familiar foods? How is technology used in food production? Inquiring into: The origins of food products The stages of food production from field to table

CREATIVE EXPRESSION
Unit Understanding: Through literature, we can express ourselves, our thoughts, and our ideas. Essential Questions: How can I express myself through writing? How do different forms of writing support my message? Inquiring into: How we use a variety of literature to express ourselves How literature reflects our culture, beliefs and values

GRADE 2

ISM Program of Inquiry

SY 2013 2014

PROGRAM OF INQUIRY
PHYSICAL WELLBEING
Unit Understanding: Knowing how our bodies work and grow helps us to understand the importance of healthy habits

SYSTEMS FOR PROBLEM-SOLVING & PREDICTING


Unit Understanding: The Earth is in a constant process of cyclical change Essential Questions: Why does the Earth go through periodic change? How do the Earths seasonal patterns affect human activity? How does where we live influence how we live? Inquiring into: The changing nature of the earth How and why we observe and predict weather patterns and seasons

CONNECTIONS TO THE NATURAL WORLD


Unit Understanding: Energy comes from different sources and can be converted, harnessed and stored Essential Questions: What are the best energy sources and why? Does energy make our lives better? Inquiring into: Non-renewable versus renewable energy sources Sustainable energy practices Energy conservation and transformation

COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS
Unit Understanding: People use signs and symbols to communicate and represent ideas Essential Questions: How do we convey and make meaning using signs and symbols? How are symbols interpreted in different ways? Inquiring into: How signs and symbols facilitate communication How ideas are represented differently across languages and cultures

GRADE 3

Essential Questions: Why does the human body keep changing as we grow? How do we keep our bodies healthy? Inquiring into: What makes a healthy lifestyle The choices we make in our daily routines

COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS
Unit Understanding: Generating messages for others involves thinking creatively, with an awareness of the consequences Essential Questions: What does literacy mean today? How do media influence us in ways we may not be aware of? How can we get our message across creatively? Inquiring into: Media literacy How we access, analyse and evaluate the information from different media Our responsibility in creating content for others to see

GROUP MEMBERSHIP
Unit Understanding: Human migration can help us understand more about ourselves, others, and communities Essential Questions: What are the effects of migration on individuals, families and cultures? Why do we study migration? Inquiring into: The reasons why people migrate The effect of human migration on individuals, families and cultures

PERSONAL MEANING
Unit Understanding: We all have rights and together we can work towards upholding and protecting those rights Essential Questions: Why do we need rights? How are rights upheld? What are the responsibilities that go along with rights? Inquiring into: The challenges and risks that children face Why we need rights The responsibilities that go with our rights

SYSTEMS FOR PROBLEM-SOLVING & PREDICTING


Unit Understanding: Thinking scientifically can help us investigate, understand and explain the way our world works Essential Questions: What does it mean to think scientifically? How can I use my scientific findings to explain the world around me? Inquiring into: Thinking scientifically Explaining our observations about the natural world

GRADE 4

ISM Program of Inquiry

SY 2013 2014