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1 Grade Pre-Kindergarten Who We Are- An inquiry into the nature of the self: human relationships including families, friends,, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human. Learning about ourselves helps us build self-identity and reflect on learning Form, Perspective, Reflection Identity, Diversity, Image, Self- Regulation Physical and emotional characteristics differences of myself and others Reflection about personal strengths and areas for improvement Social, ELA, Social Emotional IMS Programme of Inquiry 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 interconnectedness of civilizations and, from logical 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. Through play we can express feelings, ideas and gain new understandings Imagination, Communication, Performance Interpretation Arts as a way to convey messages Understanding the perspectives of others Responsibilities of group members Art, Music, Drama, ELA How the World Works-- An inquiry into natural world and it s laws; the interaction between 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 the environment. Natural cycles influence the activity of living things for survival Change,, Adaptation, Cycles, Differences Adaptations and survival of living things Natural Cycles Patterns of behavior in living things related to the environment Science, Math, Health, ELA How We Organize Ourselves-- An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human- made systems and ; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision making; economic activities and their impact on human kind and the environment. Community rules and routines can help us function in the environment Form, Function, Behavior,, Roles Essential agreements in Responsible behaviors in various environments differences of rules and routines Social, ELA, Social Emotional Sharing the Planet- An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; and relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

2 Kindergarten First Understanding who we impacts relationships within, Perspective, Safety, Teamwork,Relationships Understanding points of view to develop relationships Feelings and relationships Making responsible choices Social, ELA, Technology, Art Humans can use senses to make decisions and explore their world Form, Function, Adaptation, Biology, Systems Senses and their impact on decision making Living things have shelters that reflect their environments and resources Change, Form, Structure, diversity, Location Types of shelters Reasons shelters are built the way they are homes/shelters of the past and present homes/shelters of living things ELA, Math, Social,Art Human migration transforms homelands and impacts, Change, Perspective Impact, Transformation, differences Authors can stimulate learning and creativity by sharing personal experiences and knowledge through stories Form, Reflection, Communication, Expression, Emotions Purposes of text Connecting text to personal experiences Ways to create and share knowledge and experiences ELA, Music, Art, Social Stories can express ideas, feelings, and cultures and help us understand the world around us., Change, Perspective Transformation, Impact, Beliefs Transformation of stories The world is made up of materials that have different properties, and can be changed for different purposes Change, Function, Transformation, Properties, Similarities, Differences Behavior and uses of materials Changing properties of materials natural and man- made materials Simple machines affect the way people work Function,, Form machines, power, physics, forms of energy Concepts of work Properties of simple machines and how they Transportation Impacts Communities,, Change Impact, Transportation, Relationships Purposes of transportation Transportation as a tool to connect Changes of transportation over time ELA, Math, Social Citizens create systems to organize their community Function,, Reflection Role, Rights, Being an active citizen Systems of organization in Choices humans make affect the environment Function,, Conservation, Pollution, Consumption The effects of personal choices on the planet Being an active, global citizen The uses of natural resources by living things Natural Resources are Essential to Communities, Form, Structure, Interdependence, Adaptation Community Natural

3 Second Exploring the world using senses senses ELA, Math, Science Beliefs, values and environment shape who we are physically, spiritually, and emotionally Perspective,, Reflection Relationships, Beliefs/Opinions, and Responsibilities The impact of heritage on beliefs and values Beliefs and values influence who we are and our overall health The affects by our beliefs, values and environment on interactions ELA, Math, PE, Social now and long ago Transformation of our country through time Perspectives of people impacted by migration ELA, Math, Social Art, Science Geography impacts cultures, societies, and economies Function, Change, Geography, Migration, Dependence Reasons for migration differences between urban, suburban, and rural around the globe Location impacts living things ELA, Math, PE, Social across cultures Impact of fairy tales on beliefs Expression of beliefs and values ELA, Social, Art, Music, Spanish Imagination extended the ability to think, create, and express ourselves Subjectivity, Opinion,Interpretation Imagination as a tool to demonstrate perspectives Technology as a tool to extend creativity Imagination and problem solving Appreciation of the aesthetics ELA, Math, Art, Technology, PE, Music work Purpose of design process Matter has unique properties, behaviors, and various uses Form, Function, Properties, Impact, Roles of Materials The structures of matter Behaviors of matter The uses of matter Rights and responsibilities within ELA, Social The distribution of power impacts individual freedoms Function,, Perspective Systems, Roles, Consequences, Truth The purpose and functions of government at local, state, national, and international levels. Interactions between citizens, government, and law Individual freedoms within systems and organizations ELA. Social Resources Implications for Communities Conservation distribution and protection of Natural Resources ELA, Social, Science, Math Societal Choices Impact Living and Non- Living Things, Change, Cycles, Initiative, Consequences Lines of Inquiry Living and non-living things go through a process of change Personal actions affect the environment Environmental conditions affect living things ELA, Science, Social

4 Third Learning about identity helps us to understand the perspective of others Perspective,, Reflection Beliefs, Relationships, Interpretation, Identity Understanding our own and others perspectives Beliefs, values and attitudes of individuals and other Recognizing our biases ELA, Social, Social Emotional Historical values and beliefs impact relationships within, Change, Values, Transformation, Impact Values and beliefs past and present Actions of individuals Community beliefs Social, ELA Forms of expressions provide insight into the beliefs and values of societies Function Opinion, Interpretation, Communication Societal expression of beliefs and values Significance of different expressions Influence of expressions on society Art, Music, Social, ELA Transformation of the Earth is caused by natural and manmade events, Change, Form Consequences, Transformation Properties Developing and using technology to interact with the natural world Weather and climate and its connection to erosion Formation of land due to Earth s events Science, ELA Community organizations provide services that can aide in sustaining community,, Function Relationships, Networks Citizenship, Role, Systems s of individuals and organizations within Responsibilities of individuals and organizations Purpose of services within Social, ELA Biodiversity relies on maintaining the connectedness of organisms within systems, Change Interdependence, Impact, Adaptation Behaviors of living things in an environment Human interaction with the environment can affect the balance of ecosystems Interdependence within ecosystems, biomes and environments

5 Social, Science, Math, ELA Fourth Interactions between citizens and governments impact rights and responsibilities, Function, Form Governments, Justice, Citizenship Characteristics of a responsible citizen Purpose, structures, and functions of government Impact of laws on citizens ELA, Social Past civilizations shape present day systems and technologies, Change, Reflection Technology, Progress, Inventors Aspects of past civilizations that have survived Reasons systems and technologies are developed The continued use and adaptations of systems and technologies ELA, Social, Science Art represents culture and personal experience to communicate perspective Beliefs, Opinions, Relationships Various ways to reflect, evaluate and describe expressions culture and the arts Artistic representations of personal experiences and culture ELA, Social, Art, Music Changing environments cause living things to adapt or react for survival,, Ecosystems, Interdependence, Adaptation Effects of natural phenomena and human activities on environments and resources to take action for the environment Interconnectedness of ecosystems ELA, Social, Math Resources influence economic decisions Function,, Wealth, Poverty, Consumption Responsible use of money The role of economics in society Economic activities and their impact on the environment Interdependence of economies ELA, Social, Math Unequal access to opportunities limits individual s rights Reflection,, Education, Freedom, Rights Causes of unequal access to opportunities Humans responsibility to ensure equal access for themselves and others Long term effects of unequal access ELA, Social

6 Fifth Human systems provide information necessary to sustain life Perspective,, Function Systems, Sustainability, Cycles, Communication Functions of body systems Interpretation of information and responses Human behavior and responses to change Learning and constructing meaning ELA, Science Human migration is a response to challenges, risks, and opportunities Change,, Perspective Geography, Discovery, Progress, Settlement between built environment and natural environment Historical interpretations of migration Influences of geography on human organization and events (past/ present ELA, Social Forms of energy can enhance creativity and artistic expression of ideas and knowledge Form Forms of Energy, Creativity, Diversity, Perception Uses of sound and light in expressing creativity Exploration of perspectives to stimulate communication Interpreting audience responses to encourage reflection ELA, Science, Art, Music The world is full of interacting systems that depend on each other to function, Function, Atmosphere, Space, Systems, Cycles Observable cycles in the solar system Patterns of change related to the solar system the earth and the sun Human-made systems can influence decisionmaking., Form, Perspective Rights, Equality, Government/Governance, Systems Human made systems for organization differences of organizations Historical influences on human made systems, Social Conflict can result from the human desire for freedom Change,, Ethics, Conflict, Freedom, Rights, Equality, Consequences Lines of Inquiry beliefs and conflict Impacts of conflict on economics and society Strategies for resolving conflict ELA, Social

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