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IICS Primary Program of Inquiry

POI 2016-2017 EARLY YEARS 3&4 Who we are

Where we are in place and time

How we express ourselves

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.

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.

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.

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 Changes that occur as we grow influence what we understand and what we do.

Central Idea Creativity and imagination allows individuals to express their ideas, feelings and emotions.

Central Idea Curiosity about the world can be discovered through observation, exploration, and experimentation.

Central Idea Living things in our environment are important and we need to protect and care for them.

Lines of Inquiry • The like and dislikes of ourselves and others • What can I do now that I couldn’t do before • How I have changed (from baby to toddler to now) • How I play and interact

Lines of Inquiry • How to express feelings and emotions • How to express ideas • What creativity is

Lines of Inquiry • Properties of light and water • Classifying, testing and selecting materials • Designing, planning, and creating with water and materials

Lines of Inquiry • The plants/animals in our environment • How plants/animals grow • How we can care for the plants/animals in our environment

Key Concepts • Function • Form • Causation

Key Concepts • Form • Change • Responsibility

Key Concepts • Reflection • Change • Connectionan.

Key Concepts • Reflection • Connection • Perspective

How the world works

How we organize ourselves

Sharing the planet

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.

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.

last updated: September 2016


IICS Primary Program of Inquiry

POI 2016-2017 EARLY YEARS 5 Who we are

Where we are in place and time

How we express ourselves

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.

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.

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 Knowing about our body helps us to take steps to keep healthy.

Central Idea Shelters look different and serve similar purposes depending on their location.

Central Idea Fairy tales have common elements and they can have different points of view.

Lines of Inquiry • Different types of shelters • The influence and impact that location has on a shelter

Lines of Inquiry • Stories in different cultures • How to express/present ideas and stories in different ways • The common features of fairy tales

Lines of Inquiry • Our body parts and how they work • Our body systems and how they work • How our choices can impact our body Key Concepts • Form • Reflection • Fuction

Key Concepts • Form/Change to Connection • Causation

Key Concepts • Perspective • Form

How the world works

How we organize ourselves

Sharing the planet

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.

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.

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 Materials behave, interact, and change in certain ways.

Central Idea Strong communities depend on people contributing to the well being of others.

Central Idea There are ways to manage waste responsibly.

Lines of Inquiry • Properties of materials • How materials can change • How materials interact with each other Key Concepts • Form • Change

Lines of Inquiry • Classroom/school as a community • Helpers in a community • How students contribute to their community Key Concepts • Responsibility • Function

Lines of Inquiry • Our responsibility towards shared resources • How waste is currently managed • How we can reduce what we waste Key Concepts • Responsibility • Change

last updated: September 2016


IICS Primary Program of Inquiry

POI 2016-2017 GRADE 1 Who we are

Where we are in place and time

How we express ourselves

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.

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.

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 Knowing about our family histories enables us to discover more about ourselves

Central Idea People use maps and globes to explore communities and the world around them.

Lines of Inquiry • The birthplaces of my ancestors and my family • How artifacts/important items and traditions contribute to my family’s identity • How to record and transfer personal stories

Lines of Inquiry • Types of communities and their characteristics • Landforms and their characteristics • Maps and globes

Key Concepts • Connection • Perspective

Key Concepts • Form • Function • Connection

How we organize ourselves

Sharing the planet

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.

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.

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 Puppetry is a creative art form through which people tell stories, express themselves and entertain.

Central Idea Water undergoes changes and is an essential element for our planet and all living things.

Central Idea People in organizations have different, interconnected roles.

Central Idea Humans have a responsibility to share the planet to ensure the survival of animals.

Lines of Inquiry • Expressing ourselves through our roles • How we use our inspirations to express our ideas • Engaging storytelling and puppeteering

Lines of Inquiry • Properties of water • Water cycle • The role of water plays in the environment and in living things

Key Concepts • Function • Reflection

How the world works

Key Concepts • Change • Form • Function

Lines of Inquiry • Roles and systems at IICS • The ways in which systems are interconnected • Why being interconnected is important Key Concepts • Function • Connection

Lines of Inquiry • How humans impact animals • Reasons animals become endangered • Our responsibility for the preservation of animals Key Concepts • Causation • Responsibility

last updated: September 2016


IICS Primary Program of Inquiry

POI 2016-2017 GRADE 2 Who we are

Where we are in place and time

How we express ourselves

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.

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.

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 to be developed

Central Idea Places have history that is shaped by the people who live there.

Central Idea to be developed

Lines of Inquiry • The history of Istanbul • History changes depending on who tells the story • The impact of people and communities on history Key Concepts • Form • Causation • Perspective

How the world works

How we organize ourselves

Sharing the planet

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.

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.

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.

Key Concepts Machines have an impact on time and efficiency in our daily lives.

Central Idea Cities are organized to meet the needs of the inhabitants.

Lines of Inquiry • The scientific principles of machines • The effect of machines on our daily lives

Lines of Inquiry • How people live • The different systems that make a city work • Challenges that cities face

Central Idea Reaching a resolution during conflict is influenced by the actions and reactions of all involved.

Key Concepts • Function • Causation • Form

Key Concepts • Connection • Function

Lines of Inquiry • Causes of conflict • Strategies used to resolve conflict • Consequences of our actions Key Concepts • Perspective • Responsibility

last updated: September 2016


IICS Primary Program of Inquiry

POI 2016-2017 GRADE 3 Who we are

Where we are in place and time

How we express ourselves

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.

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.

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 Individuals can influence society through their actions and contributions.

Central Idea Places have history that is shaped by the people who live there.

Lines of Inquiry • What makes a person influential • The effect of others' actions and contributions to society • What actions we can take to have a positive influence on our community

Lines of Inquiry • The history of Istanbul • History changes depending on who tells the story • The impact of people and communities on history

Key Concepts • Causation • Reflection • Change

Key Concepts • Form • Causation • Perspective

How we organize ourselves

Sharing the planet

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.

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.

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 Cultures have stories that can be told in different ways to preserve traditions and instill values.

Central Idea Various factors contribute to weather patterns that are observable and predictable on Earth.

Central Idea Production of goods is a system involving people in different roles.

Central Idea Over time, living things need to adapt in order to survive.

Lines of Inquiry • Different ways stories are told • The literary structures of traditional tales • What stories can tell us about the beliefs and values of a culture

Lines of Inquiry • How air moves and behaves • Causes of weather phenomena • What humans do to predict, harness, and adapt to weather

Lines of Inquiry • How to produce goods • Different systems of production • The responsibility of producers for humans and the natural environment

Lines of Inquiry • Adaptations of living things • The challenges faced by living things • Future adaptation due to environmental changes brought about by humans

Key Concepts • Function • Connection • Perspective

How the world works

Key Concepts • Form • Causation • Connection

Key Concepts • Responsibility • Connection • Causation

Key Concepts • Change • Connection

last updated: September 2016


IICS Primary Program of Inquiry

POI 2016-2017 GRADE 4 Who we are

Where we are in place and time

How we express ourselves

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.

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.

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 influence their actions.

Central Idea Space exploration leads to research that has an impact on our daily lives.

Central Idea The arts provide us with the opportunity to reflect on, enjoy, and extend our creativity.

Lines of Inquiry • Our personal beliefs • People’s beliefs influence their actions • Major world religions Key Concepts • Reflection • Connection

Lines of Inquiry • Why humankind continue to explore • What we currently know about the universe • How our lives have changed as a result of space innovation Key Concepts • Change • Form • Causation

Lines of Inquiry • How “the arts” are viewed • How people express their ideas through the arts Key Concepts • Perspective • Reflection

How the world works

How we organize ourselves

Sharing the planet

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.

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.

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 Current scientific understanding about sound, as well as a systematic approach, guide scientific investigations.

Central Idea Societies establish systems for trade and commerce to meet needs and wants.

Central Idea Ecosystems are communities of organisms that interact with each other and the physical environment.

Lines of Inquiry • Designing and conducting scientific investigations • How sounds are produced and what affects them Key Concepts • Function • Reflection

Lines of Inquiry • Types of businesses • The role of money • The roles and responsibility of the producers, traders, and consumers Key Concepts • Function • Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry • What is an ecosystem • The interdependency of organisms within an ecosystem • The human impact on ecosystems Key Concepts • Function • Connection

last updated: September 2016


IICS Primary Program of Inquiry

POI 2016-2017 GRADE 5 Who we are

Where we are in place and time

How we express ourselves

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.

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.

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 During adolescence physical, social, and emotional changes occur.

Central Idea The evolution of civilizations influences modern life and the future.

Lines of Inquiry • Changes which occur during adolescence • Different strategies to cope with emotional changes • Making informed choices regarding our health and wellbeing

Lines of Inquiry • What makes a civilization • The evolution of civilization • How ancient sites help us understand the evolution of civilizations

Key Concepts • Change • Responsibility • Reflection

Key Concepts • Form • Change

How we organize ourselves

Sharing the planet

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.

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.

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 The arts provide a medium for for promoting social, environmental, and political messages.

Central Idea Laws of physics are consistent and help us interact with the world around us.

Central Idea Government systems and decisions can promote or deny equal opportunities and social justice.

Central Idea to be developed

Lines of Inquiry • How messages are expressed through the arts • How to express a message in a powerful way • Making connections to social/environmental/poli tical issues through the arts

Lines of Inquiry • Motion of objects • What are Newton’s laws • How we interact with Newton’s Laws • How we use our understanding

Lines of Inquiry • Government systems • Current events • Responsibility of governments and citizens

Key Concepts • Form • Function

How the world works

Key Concepts • Connection • Function

Key Concepts • Connection • Function • Responsibility

last updated: September 2016


IICS Primary Program of Inquiry

POI 2016-2017 GRADE 6 Who we are

Where we are in place and time

How we express ourselves

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.

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.

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 Philosophical thinking allows us to explore our humanity.

Central Idea The physical science of the Earth affects people and the environment.

EXHIBITION

Lines of Inquiry • What philosophical thinking is • What it means to be human • How our perspective impacts who we are and who we will become

Lines of Inquiry • Physical science of the earth • The evidence supporting natural phenomena • The interconnectedness of humans and the Earth

Key Concepts • Perspective • Reflection

Key Concepts • Function • Change • Causation

Key Concepts Global citizens can identify an issue to make a difference and inspire others. Lines of Inquiry

• Identifying a need and understanding the issue (global or local) • My personal response to that issue (global and local) •My social responsibility to make a difference (awareness, action, service)

Key Concepts • Causation • Responsibility

How the world works

How we organize ourselves

Sharing the planet

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.

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.

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 Energy is converted from one form to another.

Central Idea People organize themselves into groups in order to fulfill a need.

Central Idea The accessibility of opportunities affects equality.

Lines of Inquiry • Ways to identify a need and make a difference • How needs arise based on local and global issues • How we know our organization is effective and sustainable

Lines of Inquiry • How opportunities enhance or hinder our future • Factors that contribute to inequity • Actions we can take to effect change

Key Concepts • Function • Responsibility • Reflection

Key Concepts • Reflection • Causation • Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry • Forms of energy • Transformation of energy • The science of renewable energy Key Concepts • Form • Connection • Change

last updated: September 2016

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