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      IB UNITS OF INQUIRY

       

      IB Units of Inquiry 2011-2012

      Unit 1:

      Who we are:

      Everyone has a story to tell

      Titel der Einheit: Jeder hat etwas zu erzählen.

      Central Idea:

      We learn about ourselves and the world around us through the written word

      Zentrale Idee:

      Durch das geschriebene Wort erfahren wir Dinge über uns selbst und die Welt um uns herum.

      An Inquiry into:                                                   Wir untersuchen:

              - Purposes of writing                                    den Zweck des Schreibens

              - Ourselves as writers                                   uns selbst als Schreibende

              - The writer's notebook                                das Notizbuch des Schreibenden

              - Tools and Crafts Writers Use                     das Handwerkzeug des Schreibenden           

               - Writer's cycle                                             den Schreibkreislauf

          

      Key Concept: Reflection

      Attributes: Reflective, Communicator

      Attitude Focus: Enthusiasm, Independence



      Unit 2:

      HOW WE ORGANIZE OURSELVES: RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

      Wie wir uns organisieren: Rechte und Pflichten

      Central Idea: 
      In an effort to meet human needs, societies have established rights and responsibilities

      Zentrale Idee :Im Bemühen menschliche Bedürfnisse zu befriedigen, haben Gesellschaften Rechte und Pflichten.

      An Inquiry into:                                                                                                                   Wir untersuchen:                                                                          

      • our rights and responsibilities as citizens of the world                                            - unsere Rechte und Pflichten als Weltbürger
      • making connections between rules, rights and responsibilities                              - den Zusammenhang zwischen Regeln,Verantwortung und Rechten
      • rights of a child                                                                                                         - Kinderrechte
      • how nations and international organizations aim to protect children's rights      - wie nationale und internationale Organisationen versuchen,
      •                                                                                                                                       Kinderrechte zu schützen
      Key Concept(s):
      Perspective and Responsibility

      Learner Attributes:
      Caring  and Open-Minded

      Attitude Focus:
      Tolerance and Cooperation

      Guest Speakers:  UNICEF representative
      Social Action:  Trick or Treat for UNICEF

      LINKS: 
      http://youth.unicefusa.org/games/
      http://freerice.com


      Unit:

       HOW WE EXPRESS OURSELVES:

        ARTRAGEOUS

      Central Idea:

      History and culture influence how people create and respond to visual art.

      An Inquiry into:

      • What is visual art?
      • What are the elements of visual art?
      • How do people's experiences and culture influence the creation of art?
      • How do people's experiences and culture influence the response to art?

       

      Key Concept:  Form
      Attributes: Balanced, Risk-taker
      Attitudes: Creative, Confidence

       

       



      Unit:

      SHARING THE PLANET:

      Web of Life

      Central Idea

      Living organisms depend on one another and their environment for survival. 

      An inquiry into:

      ·          Ecosystems and their living and non-living components

      ·          The needs of organisms to live and grow

      ·          Interdependency and survival within an ecosystem

      ·          The human strand in the web of life.

       

       Key concept:  Connection

      Learner Attributes:  Inquirer, Principled

      Attitude Focus:  Integrity, Commitment 

      Web links:
      Web of Life links from the AEACS library
      San Diego Zoo Animal Bytes 

      Animal Mask Poems (UNIT PROJECT)

      BZZZSPEAK Animal Sounds in Many Languages

       





       Unit:
      Where We Are in Time and Place:

      Where in the World Are We?

      Central Idea:

      All places on Earth have special features that distinguish them from other places.

      .
      An inquiry into: 

      •  mapping skills
      •  physical geography
      •  human geography
      •  the impact of geographical features on society.

      Key concepts:  Form, Causation

      Learner profile attributes: 
      Risk-taker, Thinker

      Attitude focus: 
      Confidence, Empathy

      Web links:

      GEOSENSE: WORLD GEOGRAPHY GAME       BE SURE TO SIGN IN WITH einstein:     

      WEBQUEST: CA REGIONS & NATIVE CULTURES

      CA INDIAN WEBQUEST



      Unit:
      How the World Works:

      The Changing Earth



      Central Idea:
       

      The Earth's structure is altered by many factors.


      An inquiry into:

      * The Earth's structure

      * Rocks and Minerals

      * Processes that cause changes to/in the Earth

      * Uses of the Earth's resources

      Key concepts:  

      Change and Function 

      Learner Attributes:  

      Knowledgeable 

      Attitude Focus:
      Curiousity and Respect

       

      Web Links:

      NASA "Kids Only Page

      Ask a Geologist

      What on Earth Quiz Game

      Geology.com

      Pangea Animation
       

       

      Discovery Channel Volcano Videos

       

       





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