Current Units of Inquiry for 4th Grade

 Themes for  
4th Grade  
 Who We Are Where We Are in Place and Time How We Express Ourselves How the World Works How We Organize Ourselves Sharing the Planet
 Unit TitleBeliefs and Values 
8/17 to 9/25
Civilizations 
9/26 to 11/18
Communication
1/25 to 3/4 
 Energy
3/7 to 4/29
Development
11/30 to 1/22
 
Organisms
5/2 to 6/3 
 Central Idea Beliefs, values and ethical obligations are able to impact the health and well being of individuals and communities.Present civilizations are a result of the past. Communication is ever changing and fluid reflecting the people and technology over time.  Energy comes in many forms and can be converted and distributed.Various individuals, groups, ideas and natural resources affect the development of an area. There is interaction and interdependence between living and non living components of ecosystems. 
 Lines of Inquiry
Beliefs and values influence a person's decisions to act or not to act.

Decisions have consequences.

Communities reflect the values and beliefs of its citizens.
 The knowledge of the past is obtained from artifacts, stories, and ideas.

Timelines show the relationship of events in history.

Past actions impact and influence today’s societies.
 Communication reflects the unity and diversity of an area.

Historical narratives express information about real experiences.

Technological developments have changed the way people communicate
 Identify and describe a variety of energy sources.

Energy transformation takes place in electrical circuits where light, heat, sound and magnetic effects are produced.

Energy can be conserved, renewed and converted.
 People respond to positive and negative incentives.

People make connections between groups, ideas and natural resources to develop an area.

Maps show how areas have changed and developed over time due to human activity.
 All living things share similar characteristics, but they have differences that can be described and classified.

Resources are shared among organisms in ecosystems.

Nonliving components influence living components in an eco
system.
 Key Concepts
 Perspective
Connection
 Connection
Change
    Reflection    
 Connection
Perspective
Responsibility
 Responsibility
Change 
Causation
 Form
Function
Causation
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