Other Units of Inquiry

Unit of Inquiry – 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: Images

Central idea:
Images come in different forms and communicate ideas, information, and feelings.

Lines of inquiry:

  1. Different forms of images
  2. Creating images
  3. Communicating ideas, information, and feelings through images

Teacher Questions:

  • What images are all around us?
  • What skills do we need to create images?
  • What techniques and materials can we use to create images?
  • How can we use images to express feelings and ideas?

Key Concepts:

  • form
  • function
  • perspective


Unit of Inquiry – 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 different identities look?

Key Concepts:

  • Form
  • Connection
  • Reflection


Unit of Inquiry – Transdisciplinary Theme:
How We Organize Ourselves

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.

Title: Earth Cycles

Central idea:
Systems and cycles help organize human activity.

Lines of inquiry:

  • Systems and cycles in our lives
  • The functions of systems and cycles
  • How systems and cycles help us organize our lives and activities

Teacher Questions: 

  1. What systems or cycles do we know?
  2. What systems or cycles do we use in KG?
  3. How do the systems or cycles that we use function?
  4. What is the purpose of the systems or cycles that we use?
  5. How do systems or cycles help us organize ourselves?

Key Concepts:

  • Form
  • Function
  • Change