Ms. Wright's Classroom

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"Who We Are"
August 31st-October 9th



Inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; person, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

An Inquiry into:


  • ancestry of family systems
  • family systems function with a unique purpose
  • commonalities bind family systems internationally

During this unit of inquiry we will answer the Key Concept questions, and develop the IB Learner Profile using the PYP attitudes.

Key Concepts

Connection

How are family systems 

connected to other family systems?


Function

How do family systems work?


Perspective

What are the different points of view in a family system?

IB Learner Profile

Inquirer

I can ask questions to learn how family systems are unique.


Communicator

I can speak and listen to my teacher, friends, and family members to learn and demonstrate my knowledge of how family systems are unique.


Open-Minded

I can appreciate my culture, and the views, values, and traditions of other family systems and cultures.


Reflective

I can think about what I have learned about different family systems, and how I can use this information in my own life.


IB Attitudes

Appreciation

I can develop appreciation for my family, and how we are a unique family system.


Confidence

I can share my questions, thoughts, and opinions with my teacher, friends, and family.


Respect

I can listen to the thoughts and opinions of others, and be open-minded to their ideas.


Enthusiasm 

I can be an active learner by participating , completing my work, and sharing what I learned with my teacher, friends, and family.


Standards: Social Studies - Strand 1.3 GLE 6; Strand 1.13 GLE 23; Strand 2.4 GLE 10; Strand 2.5 GLE 11

"How the World Works"
October 12th-November 20th

Inquiry into the natural world and its laws, the interaction between the 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 on the environment.

Central Idea: Everything is made of matter.

An inquiry into:

  • Materials can be classified as solid, liquids, or gas
  • Classifying objects and materials according to their state of matter
  • The structure of matter affects it’s properties

During this unit of inquiry we will answer the Key Concept questions, and develop the IB Learner Profile using the PYP attitudes.

Key Concepts

Form

What different forms can matter take?

Causation 

What causes matter to take different forms?


Change

How does matter change?

IB Learner Profile

Open-Minded

I can be open to leaning new ideas and changing my thinking.


Risk Taker

I can experiment to test my  hypothesizes. 


Thinker

I can problem solve during scientific investigations and develop new ideas based upon my learning.


Knowledgeable

I use what I know about matter to create my own hypothesis and share my learning.

IB Attitudes

Creativity

I can find new and interesting ways to think about how the world works.

Cooperation

I can work with my classmates to complete scientific investigations.


Curiosity

I can wonder about matter and inquirer to find out about how matter is everywhere.


Commitment

I can continue  to work hard and not give up when an activity does not go the way I think it should.

Standards: Science - 2-PS1-1; 2-PS1-2; 2-PS1-3; 2-PS1-4; 2-ESS2-3; K-2-ETS1-1; K-2-ETS1-2; K-2-ETS1-3

"Where We Are in Place and Time"
November 30th-January 20th

An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; 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.

Central Idea: Significant peoples' contributions make a difference.

An inquiry into:

  • Historical figures have made significant contributions
  • Significant contributions are being made today by many people
  • The importance of individual actions and character

During this unit of inquiry we will answer the Key Concept questions, and develop the IB Learner Profile using the PYP attitudes.

IB Key Concepts

Causation

Connection

Responsibility

Reflection

IB Learner Profile

Knowledgeable

Inquirer

Balanced

Reflective

IB Attitudes

Tolerance

Integrity

Commitment

Empathy

Independence

Standards:

"How We Organize Ourselves"
January 25th-March 11th

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.

Central Idea: Living things have special needs for survival.

An inquiry into:

  • All living things have basic needs for survival
  • Changes in climate affect all living things in different ways
  • Living things satisfy their needs for survival in different ways

During this unit of inquiry we will answer the Key Concept questions, and develop the IB Learner Profile using the PYP attitudes.

IB Key Concepts

Causation

Perspective 

Responsibility

IB Learner Profile

Reflective

Inquirer

Balanced 

Communicator

IB Attitudes

Integrity

Commitment

Respect

Cooperation

Standards:

"How We Express Ourselves"
March 15th-April 22nd

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.

Central Idea: Living things communicate in a variety of ways.

An inquiry into:

  • Signs and symbols that are used to facilitate local and global communication
  • How communication has changed over time
  • Living things can break communication barriers 

During this unit of inquiry we will answer the Key Concept questions, and develop the IB Learner Profile using the PYP attitudes.

IB Key Concepts

Change

Function

Connection

IB Learner Profile

Communicatior

Risk-Taker

Open-Minded

Thinker

IB Attitudes

Tolerance

Cooperation

Curiosity

Respect

Standards:

"Sharing the Planet"
April 25th-June 3rd

An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

Central Idea:  Environmental conditions affect how plants germinate and develop.

An inquiry into:

  •  Environmental conditions affect seed germination and plant development
  • Diversity of life in different habitats
  • Development of the scientific method

During this unit of inquiry we will answer the Key Concept questions, and develop the IB Learner Profile using the PYP attitudes.

IB Key Concepts

Form

Connection

Change

IB Learner Profile

Inquirer
Caring
Thinker
Reflective

IB Attitudes

Tolerance
Appreciation
Cooperation
Empathy

Standards: