Programme of Inquiry: Where We Are in Place and Time

Grade Level Theme:

Where We Are in Place and Time

Overview: An exploration of our orientation in place and time; of our personal histories and geographies; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.
Kindergarten Central Idea: Understanding the way technology is used at home, school, and in the community.
Key Concepts: Function, perspective
Lines of Inquiry:
  • Types of media
  • Types of communication
  • Types of uses of technology
First Grade Central Idea: Members of communities are affected by past and present changes around the world.
Key Concepts: Change, causation
Lines of Inquiry:
  • Analyze past and present changes in local communities
  • Analyze past and present changes in communities around the world
  • Explore ways members of a community are affected by change
Second Grade Central Idea: Various factors contribute to change within communities over time.
Key Concepts: Change, causation, connection
Lines of Inquiry:
  • Changes in communities both past and present
  • How actions impact the future of a community
  • Effects on communities over time
Third Grade Central Idea: Humans adapt and/or migrate due to the physical environment.
Key Concepts: Change, perspective
Lines of Inquiry:
  • People adapt to and modify their communities’ environment in different ways.
  • People modify the environment by using land to farm and mine.
  • People add human features to the environment such as homes, dams, and roads.
Fourth Grade Central Idea: In response to needs and wants, humankind explores the world and beyond.
Key Concepts: Causation, reflection, change
Lines of Inquiry:
  • Reasons for exploration
  • Effects of exploration on the word and beyond
  • Changes reflect the challenges that were endured during exploration
Fifth Grade Central Idea: Regional perspectives on a situation can cause conflict.
Key Concepts: Causation, responsibility, perspective
Lines of Inquiry:
  • Causes of conflict
  • Conflict resolution
  • Living and working together peacefully

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