Inquiry Resources: Grade 4

Who we are

Central Idea: People are defined by cultural values.

Key Concepts: responsibility, perspective, reflection

Related Concept: beliefs, values, cultures

Lines of Inquiry:

  • How we express our beliefs and values.
  • How people act based on their beliefs.
  • Learning about ourselves by studying the past.

Where we are in place and time

Central Idea: Inquiry leads to discovery and strengthens connections between people.

Key Concepts: form, causation, change

Related Concept: exploration, discovery, inspiration

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Tools of investigation.
  • What motivates exploration.
  • Changing life styles through discovery.

How we express ourselves

Central Idea: Beliefs influence personal expression.

Key Concepts: form, perspective, responsibility

Related Concept: genre, interpretation

Lines of Inquiry:

  • The different ways people express their beliefs.
  • How people interpret artwork.
  • How we learn from art.

How the world works

Central Idea: Human energy use has consequences for progress and the environment.

Key Concepts: form, causation, responsibility

Related Concept: energy, progress

Lines of Inquiry:

  • The ways in which we obtain and use energy.
  • The impact of energy use on our lives ,environment.
  • How people communicate about energy use.

Sharing the planet

Central Idea: Children encounter different challenges and opportunities.

Key Concepts: form, perspective, reflection

Related Concept: opportunity, risk, circumstance, rights

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Different lifestyles around the world.
  • Inquiry into variations of needs and rights.
  • How children feel about their lives.

how we organize ourselves

Central Idea: New digital media change the ways in which people access information and connect to each other.

Key Concepts: function, causation, connection

Related Concept: media, access, network, citizenship c

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Changes in communication.
  • How digital media work.
  • Using media to help people around the world.