New Units of Inquiry Learning Progressions Available!

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New Units of Inquiry Learning Progressions Available!
Michael Hughes

Come and read about the new PYP Units of inquiry in the elementary school!  You can download the learning outcomes for each unit and view how the inquiries may develop over the coming weeks. 

All classes will be starting their brand new inquiries in the coming week. This post provides a brief summary of each of these units.  To access detailed learning outcomes and vocabulary lists for each of the units, please click on the links, below.  

Units are organized around a broad conceptual statement or a central idea, and students spend around six weeks exploring concepts from different subject disciplines to help develop an understanding of the unit's central idea. The learning progressions linked below use the SOLO Taxonomy to take students on a journey to first develop surface knowledge-based learning outcomes that will enable them to 'go deeper' and process their knowledge to develop conceptual understanding.  This is scaffolded and guided using an inquiry process illustrated in the image, below. 

Grade 1 will begin their Sharing the Planet unit of inquiry and will be exploring the central idea Living things adapt to their habitats and use their adaptations to survive and reproduce. This will involve inquiries into animal adaptations and habitats, the interactions between living things in various habitats and the responsible ways people can act and behave to conserve these habitats.  Please click here for the learning progression and vocabulary list so you can support your daughter's learning at home. 

Grade 2 have begun their exploration into forces and motion in their How the World Works unit of inquiry with the central idea People apply their understanding of forces and energy to create simple, compound and complex machines. This unit will see the girls developing their understanding of how forces can change the shape, direction, and position of objects.  They will also inquire into how simple, compound and complex machines are used in daily life to make people's lives easier.  Please click here for the learning progression and vocabulary list so you can support your daughter's learning at home. 

The upcoming grade 3 Who We Are unit of inquiry focuses on healthy lifestyles as the students inquire into the central idea The choices people make can affect their health and well-being. The girls will explore what it means to have a balanced lifestyle and will compare different sources of information that help people make choices.  Please click here for the learning progression and vocabulary list so you can support your daughter's learning at home.  Have a look at the statements in the slideshow below - what is your current understanding of healthy lifestyle choices?

 

Grade 4 will begin their How the World Works unit of inquiry, which will be an exciting exploration of weather systems!  Their central idea Being able to predict weather systems and patterns can help people prepare for different conditions will take them on a journey to explore the different weather patterns around the world, how weather can be predicted and measured and the impact of extreme weather events! Please click here for the learning progression and vocabulary list so you can support your daughter's learning at home.  What do you see-think-wonder when viewing the images in the slideshow, below?

The grade 5 Where we are in Place and Time unit of inquiry focuses on ancient civilizations as the girls explore the central idea Evidence of past civilizations can be used to make connections to present-day societiesThe unit allows the girls to explore the characteristics of civilizations and societies and helps them make connections between the past and present.  Please click here for the learning progression and vocabulary list so you can support your daughter's learning at home.

Grade 6 will begin their How we Organize Ourselves unit of inquiry by exploring the central idea The way in which government systems function can influence the lives of citizens.  This unit allows students to explore how different government systems function.  This year we have also decided to include a strong focus on the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals.  Not only does this provide a context for the students to see how governments function to affect the lives of citizens, it also provides some background knowledge on real issues affecting people around the world - valuable thought-provoking knowledge that may help the girls when they select the PYP Exhibition issues later on in the school year! Please click here for the learning progression and vocabulary list so you can support your daughter's learning at home. 

If you have any experience or expertise with the content of any of these units of inquiry, we would love to hear from you! Please contact our PYP Coordinator (mhughes@seisen.com) or your daughter's homeroom teacher. 

 

 

 

 

 

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