New Units of Inquiry with a Science Focus

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New Units of Inquiry with a Science Focus
Michael Hughes

Read about the upcoming units of inquiry which all have a scientific inquiry focus.  This post contains links to the unit learning outcomes to help you support your daughter. 

Next week most grade levels will be starting their brand new units of inquiry.  Grades 1-5 will start their How The World Works units of inquiry, which all have a science and social studies focus.  Grade 6 started their Sharing their Planet unit over the last couple of weeks and it is also a focused science and social studies unit. 

Read more about these units and click the links, below, to access the unit SOLO learning continuums and vocabulary lists. 

Grade 1's central idea is Light and sound can be produced by different sources and can be changed.  They will be investigating how to produce and change shadows using a variety of light sources.  They will also work with Ms. Kampa in music classes to produce and change different sounds. Click here for the grade 1 How the World Works unit learning outcomes. 

The new grade 2 unit will see the students investigating how to build strong and stable structures.  Their central idea is The properties of materials and the forces that act upon them can influence the design of buildings and structures. As well as developing conceptual understanding of materials and their properties, this unit also helps the students to develop their scientific inquiry skills with lots of opportunities to manipulate variables. We're looking forward to seeing the imaginative creations from students in the coming weeks! Click here for the grade 2 How the World Works unit outcomes. 

Grade 3's central idea is People apply their understanding of forces and energy to create practical applications.  This will be an inquiry into the concepts of forces and work with students investigating how simple, compound and complex machines impact society.  Do you know what the six simple machines are? Click here for the grade 3 How the World Works unit learning outcomes. 

The new grade 4 unit will allow students to inquire into different forms of energy.  Their central idea is Scientific processes can be used to investigate how forms of energy are stored and transformed. Students will develop their understanding of energy forms and the difference between energy transfer and transformations.  They will explore examples of energy transfer and transformation in everyday life and will develop their scientific inquiry skills by designing lots of fair tests.  Click here for the grade 4 How the World Works unit outcomes. 

Grade 5's central idea is People use their knowledge of properties of matter to suit specific needs.  This inquiry into the properties of matter will allow the students to explore physical and chemical changes and find out how society takes advantage of the different properties of matter.  Click here for the grade 5 How the World Works unit learning outcomes. 

Grade 6 is working from a slightly different unit of inquiry schedule to other grade levels due to their upcoming Exhibition and so are around halfway through their Sharing the Planet unit.  Their central idea for this unit of inquiry is Access to medical care around the world varies and can influence how diseases are spread.  The unit of inquiry gives the students the chance to study various microorganisms and pathogens, how they affect the body, and how they are spread and controlled. Click here for the grade 6 Sharing the Planet unit learning outcomes. 

We look forward to showcasing some of the learning from these units of inquiry during Seisen's annual Big Science Day, being hosted on Wednesday, March 7th.  Below is the video created by the elementary school for last year's Big Science Day, in which you can see the types of scientific inquiry skills we aim to develop throughout the PYP. 

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New Units of Inquiry with a Science Focus

Read about the upcoming units of inquiry which all have a scientific inquiry focus.  This post contains links to the unit learning outcomes to help you support your daughter. 

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