Unit of Inquiry
The transdisciplinary theme of our new unit of inquiry is ‘Who We Are’. Students will be investigating the function of communities and the responsibilities of its members. They will also inquire into how people’s actions affect their community. The focus will be placed on developing students’ understanding of their own roles and responsibilities within the communities they belong to.
Transdisciplinary Theme: Who We Are
Central Idea: The functioning of a community depends on people’s actions.
1. Function – How does it work?
2. Responsibility – What are our obligations?
3. Connection – How is it linked to other things?
Related Concepts: Community, Responsibilities, Consequences
Lines of Inquiry:
1. How a community function
2. The responsibilities of community members
3. How the actions of people affect a community
Learner Profile Attributes: Balanced & Principled
Approaches to Learning:
C1.1.6 Listen actively and respectfully while others speak.
SS1.2.4 Be aware of own and others’ impact as a member of a learning group.
SM2.5.6 Work through change.
In this unit our focus is to develop our students’ active listening skill by identifying appropriate listening behaviours. Additionally, we will explore different types of literary texts and learn how to choose appropriate reading materials for specific purposes. Our students will also be exposed to frequently used words to start building on their vocabulary. Lastly, we will begin the Daily 5 activities to foster students’ literacy skills.
In this unit the focus is on number sense. Our students will count and identify numbers from 1-50. As they learn to count, they will learn the strategies of skip counting by 2, 5 and 10. With their basic knowledge with numbers, they will then be introduced to simple addition and subtraction to solve problems and check calculations.
Students will choose a community that they belong to and describe some of their own roles, relationships, and responsibilities. They will demonstrate their understanding through oral or visual (poster, collage, diorama, family tree, etc.) presentation.
What can you do for your child at home?
To help deepen your child’s understanding of this inquiry you could:
· Have a discussion about the communities your family belong to.
· Discuss with your child what role they play in your family and what responsibilities they have (e.g. cleaning their room, doing their homework, feeding a pet, being a good student etc.) and the effects on your family if those responsibilities are not upheld.
· Help your child complete a “Family Tree”
· Complete the survey about each family members role and responsibilities.
· Come in as a guest speaker on “Career Day’ to share with the class how you help the community.
Responsibility, Function, Community, Actions, Member, Respectful, RoleConflict, Rule, Respect