IWIA IB Program of Inquiry



 is the IB

 Program of

 Inquiry for

 4th grade at

 Who we are Where we are in place and time How We Express Ourselves

How the World

How We Organize OurselvesSharing the Planet
 An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be humanAn 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.                                  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.An 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.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. 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. 
….   gradeTitle: We are the WorldTitle: Starry, Starry Night (The Solar System) Title: Express Yourself Title: Our inquiring MindsTitle: United we Stand Strong Title: Survival of the Fittest
  Focus: Language A and B, Social & Personal Education, Social Studies Concepts: Connection, Perspective, Reflection Focus: Science  Concepts:  Function, Causation, Change, Reflection Focus: Language A and B, Arts, Music, PE, Concepts: Function , Connection,  Reflection Focus: Science Concepts: Form, Function, Causation, Connection    Focus: Social Studies  Concepts: Causation, Connection,  Reflection  Focus: Science, Social EducationConcepts:  Connection, Responsibility, Perspective
 Central Idea: Increasing awareness of our personal characteristics and  abilities and those of others, allows our self identity to developAn inquiry into:  What can we learn about people from biographies, personal narrative, Autobiography? What are typical character traits in figures in the history of native people around the world? How are we the same, how different than people from other regions in the US or from other countries and cultures?  Central Idea: Observation of Space allows for a greater understanding of the universe An inquiry into: What do we know about the planets in our solar system? How do the phases of our moon influence the face of the planet earth? How are constellations alike or different?How were or are they used?  Central Idea: Personal Experiences shape the ways we express ourselves and communicate with others An inquiry into: What forms communication do we personally prefer and use most and why? How do emotions affect artistic expression? How diverse are ways to communicate in our and the Chinese culture? How can we build a bridge of understanding with this far away culture? Central Idea: The scientific method is a universal means of discovery that we can use to learn more in depth about our physical and  natural world An inquiry into: How can we know about the nature of light? How are sounds produced and changed? How became men able to move heavy burdens? How do simple machines help us?   Central Idea: A new nation needs structure in the form of government An inquiry into: What was the nature and purpose of rules and laws while and after the New Nation formed? What was the effect of the Voices of the American Revolution? Which were the challenges of the New Nation? How did the New Nation expand and grow?  Central Idea: In  an ecosystem all parts need to be and remain in a balance to best survive An inquiry into: What are causes of changes in ecosystems & its delicate balance? What is the impact of adding or removing organisms? What can we learn from the “Food Web”? (Producers, consumers & decomposers) Which forms of life are protected in Biomes? What triggers and/or decides survival & extinction?