10-11 Years: Grade 5

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 - Changes people experience at different stages of their lives affect their evolving sense of self.

Key concepts:
  • Form, (pattern)
  • Change, (transformation)
  • Connection (relationship)
Related concepts: Maturity, Image, Well-Being, Reproduction

Lines of inquiry:
  • The physical, social, emotional and intellectual changes that occur throughout life.
  • Factors that contribute to well-being during adolescence
  • Relationships contribute to our self-concept

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 - Human migration is a response to challenges, risks and opportunities.

Key concepts:
  • Causation, (impact)
  • Change (adaptation)
  • Responsibility (values)
Related concepts: Population, Settlement, Diversity, Refugees

Lines of inquiry:
  • The reasons why people migrate
  • Migration throughout history
  • Effects of migration on communities, cultures and individuals

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 - People's beliefs, passions and life experiences influence self expression with varying consequences.

Key concepts:
  • Reflection
Related concepts: Choice

Lines of inquiry:
  • Freedom of expression
  • Our personal passions
  • The process of performance

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 - Natural materials can undergo changes that may provide challenges and benefits for society and the environment.

Key concepts:
  • Function (pattern)
  • Change (transformation)
  • Responsibility (initiative)
Related concepts: Sustainability, Transformation Industrialization

Lines of inquiry:
  • Conditions that cause reversible and irreversible changes in materials
  • Societies take advantage of the properties of materials.
  • The impact of retrieval, production and the use of materials on the environment

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 - Government systems influence the lives of citizens.

Key concepts:
  • Function, (systems)
  • Perspective, (opinion)
  • Responsibility (citizenship, justice)
Related concepts: Equality, Citizenship, Governance, Law, Politics

Lines of inquiry:
  • Functioning of government systems
  • Decision- making practices reflect human rights
  • Impact of government on citizens
  • The rights and responsibilities of citizenship

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.

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