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Kindergarten Unit of Inquiry

Unit 1
Who We Are

Me and My World
CENTRAL IDEA
LINES OF INQUIRY
Our home and school environments shape who we are.
  • Appreciation of self and others. (perspective)
  • Changes as we grow. (change)
  • My role in my family and my school. (connection)

Unit 2
How We Organize Ourselves

Communities
CENTRAL IDEA
LINES OF INQUIRY
The  structure of a community is organized to help us work and live cooperatively.
  • The function of a community. (function)
  • Understating the importance of rules. (reflection)
  • Helpful members of the community. (responsibility)

Unit 3
How We Express Ourselves

How We Express Ourselves
CENTRAL IDEA
LINES OF INQUIRY
Beliefs and values are expressed throughout cultural celebrations.
  • The manner in which people celebrate. (function)
  • The purpose and inspiration behind celebrations. (causation)
  • The importance of celebrations. (reflection)

Unit 4
How the World Works

A Drop of Water
CENTRAL IDEA
LINES OF INQUIRY
Water is a resource that the earth provides and it affects our daily life.
  • The elements of water. (change)
  • Water affects our daily life. (connection)
  • The importance of conserving water. (responsibility)

Unit 5
Where We Are in Place and Time

Our World Now and Long Ago
CENTRAL IDEA
LINES OF INQUIRY
The influence of our past helps to shape our lives today.
  • Similarities and differences of past and present times. (change)
  • Ways in which historical individuals have shown examples of courage honesty determinations and individual responsibility. (responsibility)
  • How accomplishments of historical individuals impact our lives today. (connections)

Unit 6
Sharing the Planet

Interdependence of Living Things
CENTRAL IDEA
LINES OF INQUIRY
Living things are interdependent.
  • What and how animals and plants provide for one another. (function)
  • The structure of living things. (form)
  • What living things need to grow and be healthy. (change)