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Sharing the Planet


*Communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities


Central Idea:


*Classification helps to build an understanding of structures.


Lines of Inquiry



●   Observation and classification


●   Identificationand patterns

●   Connections between change and survival



Key concepts: Change, Function, Reflection


Related conceptsInterdependency,Classification, Adaptation





Where We Are in Place and Time

*The relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, for local and global perspectives


Central Idea: 

* People's heritages and traditions influence life locally, nationally and globally.


Lines of Inquiry:


    ·    Location of different cultures


    ·    Cultural Contributions past or present

    ·    Influence of cultures on lifestyles


Key concepts:  Change, Causation, Perspective



Related conceptsGeography, Cultures, Diversity





How the World Works

*the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment


Central Idea:  Exploration of systems leads to the discovery of relationships


Lines of Inquiry:


  • Distinctive features and resources


  • Interdependence within systems


  • Impact of exploration



Key Concepts:  Causation, Change, Form

Related concepts:  properties, universe, exploration





Who We Are

* Human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures



Central Idea: Human needs and wants create economic societies and aide in personal, social relationships in communities.


Lines of Inquiry:


    ●  Factors that influence our decisions


    ●  Needs and wants

    ●  Buyers and sellers


Key concepts:  Connection, Responsibility, Reflection


Related concepts: economics, consumption, distribution





How We Express Ourselves

*Our appreciation of aesthetic
Central Idea: The arts empower people to communicate ideas and information.


Lines of Inquiry:


●   Features and purposes of different art forms


●   Expressing ideas and information


●   Interpretation of the arts across disciplines

●   Innovative thinking and use of media


Key ConceptsPerspective, Form, Function

Related concepts:  Diversity, Interpretation, Communication






How We Organize Ourselves

*The structure and function of organizations.

Central Idea: Power and authority emerges from interactions among living things.


Lines of Inquiry


     ·        Power and authority


     ·         Local, National, Global communities

     ·      Conflict and resolution

Key concepts:  Function, Causation, Responsibility

Related concepts: Consequences, Democracy, Organization