7-8 Years: Grade 2

Who we are

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.

Central Idea - Choices of role models reflect the beliefs and values of individuals and societies.

Key concepts:
  • Causation - (impact)
  • Perspective - (opinion)
  • Reflection (behavior)
Related concepts: Identify, Peer Pressure, Opinion

Lines of inquiry:
  • What determines our beliefs and values
  • How and why role models are chosen
  • Influence of role models on our choices and actions

Where we are in place and time

An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; 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.

Central Idea - The earth's physical geography has an impact on human interactions and settlements.

Key concepts:
  • Form – (properties, structure)
  • Causation (impact)
  • Connection (relationships)
Related concepts: Geography, Settlement, Modification

Lines of inquiry:
  • Variability of physical geography around the world
  • The relationship between location and settlement
  • Impact of human interaction on the physical environment

How we express ourselves

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

Central Idea - Through the arts people use different forms of expression to convey their uniqueness as human beings.

Key concepts:
  • Function (communication)
  • Perspective (subjectivity)
  • Reflection (interpretation, behaviour)
Related concepts: Perception, Self- Expression

Lines of inquiry:
  • The diverse ways in which people express themselves
  • How everyone can express their uniqueness through the arts
  • The role of art in culture and society

How the world works

An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

Central Idea - People apply their understanding of forces and energy to invent and create.

Key concepts:
  • Form (properties)
  • Function (role)
  • Causation (consequences)
Related concepts: Ingenuity, Technology, Energy, Forces

Lines of inquiry:
  • Inventions that impact people's lives
  • How circumstances lead to the creation of important inventions
  • How understanding forces and energy helps inventors

How we organize ourselves

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.

Central Idea - Signs and symbols are part of human –made systems that facilitate local and global communication.

Key concepts:
  • Form (differences)
  • Function (communication)
  • Connection (relationship)
Related concepts: Culture, Media, Pattern, Access

Lines of inquiry:
  • Iconography
  • How visual language facilitates communication
  • Specialized systems of communication

Sharing the planet

An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

Central Idea - When interacting with natural habitats, humans make choices that have an impact on other living things.

Key concepts:
  • Causation (impact, consequences)
  • Change (adaptation)
  • Responsibility (initiative)
Related concepts: Habitat, Diversity Interdependence, Behavioral Adaptations

Lines of inquiry:
  • Balance between rights and responsibilities when interacting with natural habitats
  • Human impact on natural habitats
  • How living things respond to changing environmental conditions