Other Units of Inquiry

Unit of Inquiry #1 (Year-Long Unit)

Transdisciplinary Theme: Who We Are
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 human.

Inspiring Individuals

Central idea:
Self-development engages people in meaningful action.

Lines of inquiry (and teacher questions):
Creating an inclusive and caring community
– What skills do we need to create friendships and be inclusive?

Striving for understanding
– How can we manage our relationships?
– How do we stay safe within our relationships?

Develop passion in ourselves and others
– How can we be positive and encourage others?

Taking ethical action
What strategies do we use to solve conflicts?

Key Concepts:
– Causation
– Perspective
– Responsibility
(Reflection will occur on an ongoing basis throughout the inquiry.)


Unit of Inquiry 2 – Transdisciplinary theme:
How We Express Ourselves

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.

Title: Expression

Central idea:
Self-expression allows us to communicate our feelings and ideas.

Lines of inquiry:

  • Different forms of self-expression
  • Creative ways to express ourselves
  • Sharing our ideas and feelings

Teacher Questions:

  • How can people express themselves?
  • What types of ways can we express ourselves?
  • What are the ways people around us express themselves
  • What skills do we need to express ourselves?
  • What techniques (resources) can we use to express ourselves?
  • How can we convey our feelings and ideas?

Key Concepts:

  • form
  • function
  • perspective


Unit of Inquiry 3 – Transdisciplinary theme:
Where We Are in Place and Time

An inquiry into the 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

Title: Family Histories

Central idea:
Personal personal identities connect to family histories.

Lines of inquiry:

  • The components of identity
  • Family histories
  • The connection between family histories and identity

Teacher Questions:

  1. What is identity?
  2. Where do our families come from?
  3. How do our identities connect to our families?

Key Concepts:

  • Form
  • Connection
  • Reflection


Unit of Inquiry 4 – Transdisciplinary Theme:
How the World Works

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.

Title: Simple Machines

Central idea:
We use simple machines to make life easier.

Lines of inquiry:

  • The ways forces and energy work
  • The function of simple machines
  • The ways we use simple machines in our lives

Teacher Questions:

1. What is a force?
2. How do simple machines move objects?
3. How does it make it easier?

Key Concepts:

  • Form
  • Function
  • Causation