West Goshen Program of Inquiry

Program of inquiry:  the overview of units for a whole school

Unit of inquiry:  a study of big ideas about a broad topic

Central idea:  the global understanding a unit is focused on

Lines of inquiry:  things studied to develop an understanding of the central idea

Key concepts:  concepts that provide a focus for a unit

 

Who we are Where we are in place and time How we express ourselves How the world works How we organize ourselves Sharing the planet
Life Skills Central Idea:

Our rights affect our daily lives.

Key Concepts:

Function, Causation, Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:

  • The purpose of rules and responsibilities
  • Ways rules affect our daily life
  • The impact of being responsible
Central Idea:

Our world changes over time. 

Key Concepts:

Change, Connection

Lines of Inquiry:

  • How objects from the past have changed over time.
  • How daily has changed over time.
  • Leaders from the past.
Central Idea:

Families express themselves through traditions.

Key Concepts:

Form, Connection, Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Family traditions
  • Respect of others traditions
  • Traditional holiday literature.
Central Idea: 

The sun affects our world. 

Key Concepts:

Form, Function, Causation

Lines of Inquiry:

  • The sun.
  • The purpose of the sun.
  • Ways the sun affects our world.
Central Idea:

Our rights affect our daily lives.

Key Concepts:

Function, Connection, Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:

  • The purpose of rules.
  • The ways rules affect our daily life.
  • The impact of being responsible.
The unit will be written in January when teachers have access to the Unique curriculum.
PreK Central Idea: 

People live in groups called families where adults provide for the needs of the children.

Key Concepts:

Function, Change, Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:

  • How families are organized and may differ from one another.
  • How families change over time with major family events.
  • How children can help their families.
Central Idea:

Authors use stories to express and communicate ideas and feelings.

Key Concepts:

Function, Causation, Perspective

Lines of Inquiry:

  • How stories are organized and may differ from one another.
  • Different ways stories are presented.
  • How stories make you and your audience feel.
Central Idea:

Farms are cooperative systems where some people work to grow live plants and/or animals to produce products for human use. 

Key Concepts:

Form, Connection, Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:

  • What farms look like and sound like.
  • How farmers provide resources for people.
  • How people can be responsible with products from farms
Central Idea: 

Communities are built on organizing people into jobs and systems that help one another. 

Key Concepts:

Function, Connection, Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:

  • How community helpers work together.
  • The links between our classroom and the outside community.
  • How people help our community.
Kindergarten Central Idea:

Interactions with others affect relationships.

Key Concepts:

Function, Causation, Perspective

Lines of Inquiry:

  • How people build relationships.
  • What causes relationships to change.
  • How we can understand other points of view.
Central Idea:

Our lives are impacted by time and place.

Key Concepts:

Function, Change, Connection

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Creating and reading maps.
  • How location, people and items change over time.
  • The link between people and where they live.
Central Idea:

Humans honor cultures through celebrations.

Key Concepts:

Form, Connection, Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Cultures and types of celebrations.
  • The connection between cultures and their celebrations.
  • How people honor cultures through celebrations.
Central Idea: 

Humans make changes when they observe the world around them.

Key Concepts:

Causation, Change, Connection

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Weather changes
  • Effects of weather
  • How knowing the weather help in everyday life.
Central Idea:

Places in our community improve or help daily life.

Key Concepts:

Function, Causation, Change

Lines of Inquiry:

  • The purpose of (library, park, grocery) in our community.
  • The need for services.
  • How services differ from place to place.
Central Idea:

Cycles in nature ensure survival.

Key Concepts:

Form, Change, Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Identify similarities and differences found in cycles of nature.
  • Current disruptions in nature cycles being positive or negative.
  • Human actions can affect the environment.
1st Central Idea:

Human behavior and choices affect relationships with family, friends, communities, and cultures.

Key Concepts:

Function, Connection, Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry: 

  • The purpose of rules and laws.
  • How a person’s behavior affects the community.
  • The factors humans need to consider when making choices. 
  • How humans help each other understand the importance of making good choices. 
Central Idea:

Communities are impacted by the actions of people.

Key Concepts:

Change, Connection, Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:

  • How communities have changed over time.
  • The similarities and differences between then and now.
  • How people can help when they see someone being treated unfairly.
Central Idea:

Humans learn about each other’s cultures through traditions, songs, stories, and celebrations.

Key Concepts:

Change, Perspective, Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:

  • How traditions change over time and from place to place.
  • How we can understand each other’s culture and help them understand ours. (point of view)
  • What factors are considered when deciding traditions.
Central Idea:

Humans notice and track patterns in nature to help them plan for their lives.

Key Concepts:

Form, Function, Causation

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Patterns we recognize in the natural world.
  • How humans use their understanding of patterns. 
  • Factors that change patterns. 
Central Idea: 

Humans create systems that benefit themselves and other communities.

Key Concepts:

Form, Causation, Perspective

Lines of Inquiry:

  • What goods and services are in our community.
  • The ways goods and services are influenced by the resources that are available.
  • How different people decide what goods and services are valuable.
Central Idea: 

The way humans manage resources affects life.

Key Concepts:

Change, Connection, Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:

  • How things change over time.
  • How our actions affect our resources.
  • Our responsibility in caring for our resources.
2nd Central Idea:

Our beliefs and values affect who we are and how we contribute to our community.

Key Concepts:

Connection, Perspective, Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Jobs in our community
  • Beliefs and values people hold
  • How beliefs and values affect a job.
  • How I use my beliefs and values to make a job decision.
Central Idea: 

Our interconnectedness with others helps us develop relationships and perspectives. 

Key Concepts:

Form, Connection, Perspective

Lines of Inquiry:

  • What a positive relationship looks like and sounds like
  • Ways we connect with other people through our actions and words
  • How our positive connections create positive relationships
  • Understanding other perspectives help us make new friendships
Central Idea:

The way we express ourselves influences others. 

Key Concepts:

Form, Causation, Change

Lines of Inquiry:

  • How people express themselves
  • What motivates individuals to work for a change
  • How laws change over time 
Central Idea: 

Changes in the world happen through causes and effects.

Key Concepts:

Causation, Change, Connection

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Describe a change.
  • Identify the causes of a change.
  • Make connections of how things were affected by the change.
Central Idea:

The way we choose to consume goods and services.

Key Concepts:

Function, Connection, Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Types of goods and services
  • How goods and services affect the community
  • How goods and services affect the environment
  • Decision-making about consuming, serving, and money
Central Idea:

Our connection to living things brings a responsibility to preserve animal communities. 

Key Concepts:

Form, Causation, Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:

  • The classification of animals
  • Causes of endangered animals
  • Possible solutions in protecting animals
3rd Central Idea:

Responsible citizens impact our world

Key Concepts:

Form, Change, Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:

  • What it means to be a responsible citizen.
  • The role of a responsible citizen
  • The actions we need to consider when making a decision
Central Idea:

Regions are impacted by the humans who inhabit them.

Key Concepts:

Causation, Change, Connection

Lines of Inquiry:

  • How people choose a region to live in and why.
  • How local regions have changed over time.
  • A region’s cultural characteristics
Central Idea:

Stories can be written in different forms and told in many ways that reflect their culture. 

Key Concepts:

Form, Causation, Perspective

Lines of Inquiry:

  • The structure of tall tales, fables or folktales.
  • How cultures pass down information.
  • How stories can be fact/fiction.
Central Idea: 

Scientific and technological advances affect societies around the world. 

Key Concepts:

Form, Change, Perspective

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Scientific and technology advances
  • How technology has changed over time
  • The role of technology in shaping society and influencing others.
  • What are the different points of view supported by the evidence.
Central Idea:

Cycles in nature are interdependent 

Key Concepts:

Function, Connection

Lines of Inquiry:

  • The function of cycles
  • How cycles interact
  • How cycles affect the world around them
Central Idea: 

Humans around the world depend on each other for goods and services.

Key Concept:

Function, Causation, Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:

  • How our local commerce connects us to the world.
  • How local commerce has changed over time.
  • What responsibilities do consumers have toward local commerce.
4th Central Idea:

Change in the environment influences humans and animals.

Key Concepts:

Form, Causation, Change

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Social, cultural, and physical environments
  • Animal adaptations due to environmental change
Central Idea:

Relationships in conflict lead to transformation. 

Key Concepts:

Change, Connection, Perspective

Lines of Inquiry:

  • How we can understand others’ points of view and help them understand ours.
  • How conflict changes a relationship.
  • The links between the conflict in the past and conflict now.
Central Idea:

Citizens impact their communities.

Key Concepts:

Function, Perspective, Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:

  • How people impact their community.
  • Why different people make decisions.
  • The factors we need to consider when making a decision.
Central Idea:

My role in energy consumption affects the world we live in. 

Key Concepts:

Form, Connection, Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Types of energy.
  • Connections between energy and conservation.
  • Ways we can conserve energy. 
Central Idea:

Societies are shaped by their geography.

Key Concepts:

Form, Function, Connection

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Geography. 
  • How landforms are shaped.
  • Links between landforms and societies. 
Central Idea: 

Groups determine how conflict is resolved.

Key Concepts:

Form, Function, Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:

  • What conflict looks like and sounds like. 
  • How people in a system resolve conflict.
  • What factors people need to consider when making a decision. 
5th Central Idea:

Conflict and cooperation shape who we are.

Key Concepts:

Form, Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Conflict prevention.
  • The characteristics of cooperation.
  • How conflict/cooperation shaped who the Native Americans were.
Central Idea:

People’s migratory patterns shape history. 

Key Concepts:

Function, Causation

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Why people migrate.
  • How migratory patterns are shown.
  • The role of migration in shaping society.
Central Idea:

Humans express themselves in different ways to solve local and worldwide issues.

Key Concepts:

Form, Causation, Change

Lines of Inquiry:

  • What it means to express yourself.
  • How the ways people express themselves have changed over time.
  • How expressing yourself draws attention to local and global issues.
Central Idea:

Interactions always create change.

Key Concepts:

Causation, Connection, Perspective

Lines of Inquiry:

  • How elements of a system (solar, families) interact with each other.
  • The laws of nature.
  • “Sphere” interactions.
Central Idea: 

Human-made systems help us organize ourselves toward a common purpose.

Key Concepts:

Function, Change, Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:

  • How an organization’s or human-made system’s rules help achieve a common purpose.
  • The role of the system in shaping society.
  • How the system helps people and how people help the system.
Central Idea:

Conflict and cooperation determine how we share our planet.

Key Concepts:

Form, Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Conflict prevention.
  • Characteristics of cooperation.
  • Preserving the planet.