Units of Inquiry

Weeks 1- 6
Central Idea:
Everyday I can learn about who I am, what I can do, and my responsibilities as a human.

Points of Inquiry: Who am I?  What can I do?  What are my responsibilities as a human?

*What can I do? Field Trip We will walk to the 28th Street park to practice different activities such as hula hooping, tying shoes, skipping, balancing, standing still, throwing, and catching.
  Then we will discuss which activities we could do and which activities we wanted to learn to do better!


Weeks 7- 12
Central Idea:
We use different systems at home, at school, and in our communities to help keep us organized.

Points of Inquiry: Systems in our school, families organizing their homes, systems in our community

*Community Walk About We walked around the school's community, learning about what happens in various businesses (Ginseng Yoga, Alchemy, Grant's Marketplace) and how communities stay organized.

*Guest Speakers Throughout this unit, many different guests will visit to share with us about their jobs.  They will let us know the responsibilities that they have as well as how they keep themselves organized.  At the end of each presentation, students will create a verse explaining that job.  Click here to see how our song is coming along!


Weeks 13- 18
Central Idea:
Living, learning and playing has changed for children over time.

Points of Inquiry:
How living has changed over time, what students' responsibilities were at school long ago, how games have changed over time

*Kids learn how to knit like people had to a long time ago to make their own clothes

*Grandparent Guest Speakers
  We learn about how life was different (and the same) when our grandparents were children!

*History in a Trunk 
We learned all about what life was like long ago - from the clothes people wore, to the chores children were responsible for doing.

Weeks 19-24
Central Idea:
Non-verbal communication allows us to send messages to others without saying a word.

Inquiry into:
Types of non-verbal communication, understanding non-verbal communication, why we communicate without words.

*Judah the Mime
*Timkin Art Museum (Balboa Park)

Unit 5 Weeks 25-30
Central Idea:
Caring for plants helps other living things..
Points of Inquiry:
Types and the parts of a plant, ways in which plants help other living things, how we can care for plants.

*Botanical Gardens
*Radish growing
*Kindergarten Gardens
*AEA Farmer's market


Unit 6 Weeks 31-36
Central Idea:
Animals need and depend on Earth's resources and human intervention.
Points of Inquiry:
Types of animals; animals' need for Earth's resources; animals' need for human assistance.


*Chula Vista Nature Center

*Lizard Lady