Who We Are

Program of Inquiry: Who We Are

Overview: An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

Ages 18 months-3 years
Central Idea: Families and friends define and shape who we are as individuals.
Key Concepts: Form, responsibility, connection
Lines of Inquiry:

  1. Similar and different families
  2. Importance of friends and families
  3. Keeping families and friends, our responsibilities toward supporting them

Ages 4-5 years
Central Idea: Families and individuals around the world have similarities and differences.
Key Concepts: Connection, perspective
Lines of Inquiry:

  1. Investigate their uniqueness, as well as diverse family structures around the world
  2. Compare and contrast customs of families so that students gain an understanding of their environment and how relates to the world around them
  3. Understand and explain the similarities and differences of an individual, group family structure, and culture

Ages 6-8 years
Central Idea: Humans have rights and responsibilities to create and maintain functioning communities.
Key Concepts: Form, responsibility, connection
Lines of Inquiry:

  1. Explore roles of individuals in families and communities
  2. Responsible versus irresponsible actions and the consequences
  3. Develop and exhibit characteristics of a principled citizen

Central Idea: The elective process is our right and our decisions are influenced by beliefs and values.
Key Concepts: Perspective, responsibility, reflection
Lines of Inquiry:

  1. Importance and responsibilities of voting
  2. How our beliefs and values influence how we vote
  3. The impact of voting

Central Idea: Systems of the body function together to provide structure and movement.
Key Concepts: Function, form
Lines of Inquiry:

  1. Different systems of the body give support, protection, and locomotion
  2. Joints move in similar ways as real life objects.
  3. Systems of the body are dependent on one another.

Ages 9-11 years
Central Idea: Making balanced choices about daily routines enables us to have healthy lifestyles.
Key Concepts: Function, responsibility, reflection
Lines of Inquiry:

  1. Daily habits and routines
  2. Balanced choices
  3. Consequences of choices

Central Idea: Increasing the awareness of self development helps us make decisions that can affect our future.
Key Concepts: Causation, change, responsibility
Lines of Inquiry:

  1. Puberty causes multiple changes as we grow and develop
  2. Physical, mental, and emotional changes during puberty
  3. Physical similarities and differences between developing males and females