Inquiry Resources: Grade 5

Who we are

Central Idea: Personal and cultural identities change and adapt to different contexts and situations.

Key Concepts: change, responsibility, perspective

Related Concept: growth, cycles, transformation

Lines of Inquiry:

  • how personal qualities contribute to identities and inform world views.
  • how personal and cultural identities change over time.
  • how family, peers and the media influence how individuals interact in given situations.

Where we are in place and time

Central Idea: Past civilizations left legacies that are present today.

Key Concepts: connection, form, causation

Related Concept: continuity, development, technology

Lines of Inquiry:

  • How past civilisations developed and operated.
  • how past civilizations made important discoveries and inventions.
  • how ancient civilisations impact our lives today.

How we express ourselves

Central Idea: Art often reflects cultural experience and is influenced by technological progress.

Key Concepts: change, reflection, causation

Related Concept: interpretation, pattern, opinion

Lines of Inquiry:

  • How forms of expression adapt to evolving media.
  • How we observe culture through art.
  • How we reflect on our experiences to create art.

How the world works

Central Idea: Natural materials used to further human progress provide challenges and benefits for society and the environment.

Key Concepts: change, function, responsibility

Related Concept: transformation, consequences, impact

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Changes that natural materials must undergo to fulfill our needs.
  • How societies take advantage of the properties of materials.
  • The impact of retrieval, production and the use of materials on the environment.

Sharing the planet

Central Idea: Conflicts have multiple points of view and various paths to resolution.

Key Concepts: causation, perspective, responsibility

Related Concept: prejudice, justice, behavior

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Causes of conflict (local and global).
  • Strategies to resolve the conflict.
  • Consequences and responsibilities of resolutions.

how we organize ourselves

Central Idea: Economic activity relies on systems of production, exchange and consumption of goods and services.

Key Concepts: function, connection, responsibility

Related Concept: systems, interdependence, responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:

  • The role of supply and demand.
  • The distribution of goods and services.
  • Our responsibility as consumers.