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4th Grade Unit of Inquiry

Unit 1
​Sharing the Planet

Conflict Resolution
CENTRAL IDEA                               People develop problem solving skills.
LINES OF INQUIRY                                
                                      
  • Define and identify possible causes of conflict. (causation)
  • Ways to manage and/or resolve conflict. (perspective)
  • Ways to evaluate and select. (reflection)

Unit 2
​How We Organize Ourselves

By the People
CENTRAL IDEA
LINES OF INQUIRY
Organization provides structure.
  • Characteristics/definition of organization. (form)
  • Possible ways to contribute to an organization. (responsibility)
  • Reasons/advantages of organization. (connection)

Unit 3
How we Express ourselves

Cultural Beliefs
CENTRAL IDEA
LINES OF INQUIRY
Personal expression is influenced by our interaction with people and nature/environment.
  • Identify the structure of artistic expression. (form)
  • Ways people and/or environment influence your personal expression. (change)
  • The role and purpose of the artistic expression. (change)

Unit 4
Where We Are in Place and Time

Migration
CENTRAL IDEA
LINES OF INQUIRY
Migration is a response to risks, challenges, and opportunities.
  • Reasons why people migrate. (risks, challenges, opportunities) [CAUSATION]
  • Impact of migration on immigrants/native residents. [CHANGE]
  • Role of citizens/government/migrant in migration. [perspective]

Unit 5
​Who We Are

A Person's Well-being depends on his/her Choices
CENTRAL IDEA
LINES OF INQUIRY
A person's well-being depends on his/her choices.
  • Characteristics of a balanced life. (causation)
  • Possible consequences to living a healthy to living a healthy or unhealthy life. (change)
  • Our choices affect our world. (reflection)

Unit 6
How the World Works

Energy!
CENTRAL IDEA
LINES OF INQUIRY
The world needs energy to function.
  • Dependency on energy.
  • Types of energy.
  • Impact of the misuse of energy resources.