Where We Are in Place and Time

Program of Inquiry: Where We Are in Place and Time

Overview: An exploration of our orientation in place and time; of our personal histories and geographies; 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.

Ages 18 months-3 years
Central Idea: I am growing and changing as time goes by.
Key Concepts: Change, Causation
Lines of Inquiry:

  1. I was a baby, now I am a child
  2. What did I like when I was a baby, what do I like now
  3. What could I do as a baby, what can I do now

Ages 4-5 years
Central Idea: Understanding the way technology is used at home, school, and in the community.
Key Concepts: Function, perspective
Lines of Inquiry:

  1. Types of media
  2. Types of communication
  3. Types of uses of technology

Ages 6-8 years
Central Idea: Members of communities are affected by past and present changes around the world.
Key Concepts: Change, causation
Lines of Inquiry:

  1. Analyze past and present changes in local communities
  2. Analyze past and present changes in communities around the world
  3. Explore ways members of a community are affected by change

Central Idea: Various factors contribute to change within communities over time.
Key Concepts: Change, causation, connection
Lines of Inquiry:

  1. Changes in communities both past and present
  2. How actions impact the future of a community
  3. Effects on communities over time

Central Idea: Humans adapt and/or migrate due to the physical environment.
Key Concepts: Change, perspective
Lines of Inquiry:

  1. People adapt to and modify their communities’ environment in different ways.
  2. People modify the environment by using land to farm and mine.
  3. People add human features to the environment such as homes, dams, and roads.

Ages 9-11 years
Central Idea: In response to needs and wants, humankind explores the world and beyond.
Key Concepts: Causation, reflection, change
Lines of Inquiry:

  1. Reasons for exploration
  2. Effects of exploration on the word and beyond
  3. Changes reflect the challenges that were endured during exploration

Central Idea: Regional perspectives on a situation can cause conflict.
Key Concepts: Causation, responsibility, perspective
Lines of Inquiry:

  1. Causes of conflict
  2. Conflict resolution
  3. Living and working together peacefully