Inquiry Resources: Kindergarten

Who we are

Central Idea: People change physically, emotionally, intellectually and socially.

Key Concepts: form, change, responsibility

Related Concept: growth, development, responsibilities

Lines of Inquiry:

  • What people are like.
  • How our friends and families change over time.
  • The importance of being responsible.

Where we are in place and time

Central Idea: Personal histories inform people`s lives.

Key Concepts: reflection, perspective, connection

Related Concept: stories, memories, experience

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Interpreting memories from our lives.
  • How our stories shape our point of view.
  • The memories we share.

How we express ourselves

Central Idea: Expression of ideas and feelings enriches our culture.

Key Concepts: form, function, causation

Related Concept: culture, identity, expression

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Why people choose to express themselves.
  • Celebrations as a form of cultural expression.
  • How expression of ideas differ among cultures.

How the world works

Central Idea: All living things go through a process of change.

Key Concepts: function, causation, change

Related Concept: life cycles, growth

Lines of Inquiry:

  • How living things change over the course of their life time.
  • Factors that influence life cycles.
  • How living things adapt to their environments over generations.

Sharing the planet

Central Idea: People interact with, use and value local environments in different ways.

Key Concepts: form, function, responsibility

Related Concept: personal preference, opinion, conservation

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Natural and human made elements of local environments.
  • How local environments address people`s needs.
  • Our responsibility towards a sustainable future.

How we organize ourselves

Central Idea: Communities make efforts to create transportation systems that meet their needs.

Key Concepts: form, causation, connection

Related Concept: systems, networks

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Features of transportation systems.
  • How the local transportation evolved.
  • How the local transportation connects to and compares with global transport.