New Units of Inquiry Learning Outcomes

New Units of Inquiry Learning Outcomes
Michael Hughes

A brief summary of the current homeroom units of inquiry, along with detailed learning progressions and vocabulary lists for each unit to help you support your daughter's learning. 

Welcome back to school and a happy new year to you all! As we move closer to the second semester, classes are busy getting started on their new PYP units of inquiry.  To help support your daughter with her learning you can click on the links, below, for an overview of the learning pathways for each grade level's unit. These learning pathways use the SOLO Taxonomy to build on students' current understanding and take them from surface to deeper levels of understanding through an inquiry process illustrated in the image, below.

Grade 1 have started to inquire into living things.  The central idea for the unit is Living things share their habitats with other living things and compete for food and space.  This unit looks at how animals are adapted to suit their environment, how they interact (and eat!) each other, and how people can interact with habitats in a safe and responsible way.  The grade 1 students visited Orbi in Yokohama yesterday and are excited to get their inquiry underway! Click here for the unit learning progression and vocabulary list

 

Grade 2's inquiry is focused on different kinds of community.  The central idea for the unit is People play different roles in communities to which they belong.  This unit looks at the different communities (local, national and global) that people belong to, the jobs and services in different communities and the different ways they are organised.  The grade 2 students kicked off the unit before Christmas with a community walk where they made observations about the people and places in Yoga. Click here for the unit learning progression and vocabulary list

 

 

 

 

Grade 3 have started to inquire into inventions and inventors.  The central idea for the unit is Inventions create change and can lead to new possibilities.  This unit looks at important inventions from the past and present and requires students to analyse and evaluate different inventions.  The grade 3 students have started the unit by categorising different inventions into different groups and judging their effectiveness and usefulness. Click here for the unit learning progression and vocabulary list. 

The new grade 4 unit is an inquiry into exploration.  The central idea for the unit is Exploration can lead to discoveries, opportunities and new understanding.  This unit looks at different kinds of explorations that have taken place over time, as well as the reasons for and consequences of exploration. The grade 4 students have started the unit by unpacking the term 'exploration' and reflecting on what they already understand - is playing with a new toy a form of exploration? How about observing an ant, or going on holiday?  What is it that makes an activity an exploration? Click here for the unit learning progression and vocabulary list. 

Grade 5's unit is an inquiry into the changes that occur during adolescence.  The central idea for the unit is Changes people experience during adolescence can affect their evolving sense of self.  This unit looks at the physical, emotional, and intellectual changes that occur during adolescence, as well as how healthy relationships with peers and families can contribute to self-concept. The grade 5 students started the unit by watching the movie Freaky Friday and reflecting on some freaky 'What if...' questions.  What if we went through adolescence overnight?  What if adults thought in the same way as nine-year-olds?  What if all emotions stopped at the age of 13? Click here for the unit learning progressions and vocabulary list. 

The new grade 6 unit is an inquiry into the physical features of the Earth.  The central idea for the unit is The Earth's physical geography can have an impact on human interactions and settlements.  This unit focuses on the causes of the Earth's physical geography in Japan and around the world, and the impact these features have on different kinds of settlements. The grade 6 students started this unit before Christmas and are today visiting the Life Safety Learning Centre to experience an earthquake simulation and learn how people can prepare for natural disasters. Click here for the unit learning progression and vocabulary list.

 

Please click the links, above, and become familiar with your daughter's unit.  This will allow you to ask her questions related to her learning and may help you support her at home.  Additionally, if you have any interest in any of the units posted above (not only your daughters), and would be willing to share your experience with our students, we would LOVE to hear from you!

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