Second Grade PYP Units of Inquiry

 
PYP Units of Inquiry
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Welcome to Second Grade!

At Highland Park El. we utilize the students’ prior knowledge and real life experiences. This inquiry based learning encourages students to go in-depth with the concepts they are exploring and to think globally. Our curriculum is interwoven with the state and district standards. We focus on the assessment piece first and this drives the teaching of our units of inquiry. We incorporate transdisciplinary skills like self management, social, research, thinking and communication skills. Our program helps students learn through authentic experiences. This makes their learning valuable and important to them.

We have six unit planners we teach throughout the year.

They are under six global organizing themes: How We Express Ourlselves, How the World Works, Who We Are, Where We Are in Time and Place, Sharing the Planet and How We Organize Ourselves.


Below are the second grade units of inquiry:

Second

Central idea

Nutrition and exercise are factors in a healthy lifestyle.

Key Concepts

Responsibility, Causation, Function

Related Concepts

Consequences, impact, initiative, behavior

Lines of Inquiry

·       Effects of geography and culture on food choices

·       Nutrients and how they contribute to good health

·       Physical activity

Central idea

Maps, charts and graphs help people understand information.

Key Concepts

Form, Function, Connection

Related Concepts

Features, operations, systems

Lines of Inquiry

·       The use of maps, charts and graphs

·       The different types of maps, charts and graphs

·       How maps, charts and graphs organize information

Central idea

Theatrical performances combine music and drama into a unique form of communication and expression.

Key Concepts

Function, Perspective and Responsibility

Related Concepts

Sequences, modification, initiative

Lines of Inquiry

·       Elements of a story

·       The importance of music in a theatrical production

·       The role that movement plays in drama

·       The role of costumes, props, and scenery

Central idea

Plants are a part of all ecosystems.

Key Concepts

Change, Causation, Function

Related Concepts

Cycles, Adaptation, Patterns

Lines of Inquiry:

·       Needs of plants

·       Life Cycles

·       Adaptations that allow plants to live in specific environments

Central idea

People worldwide live in communities

Key Concepts

Causation, Change, Responsibility

Related Concepts

Impact, Citizenship, Adaptation

Lines of Inquiry

·       The reasons people live in communities

·       Different types of communities

·       Community members

 

Central idea

Human actions can change the environment

Key Concepts

Causation, Connection, Responsibility

Related Concepts

 

Lines of Inquiry

·       Human impact

·       Waste reduction

·       Garbage management

·       Properties of waste

 

 

 

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