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 organizations 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.