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Rockdale County
High School

  • 1300 Pinelog Rd.
    Conyers, GA 30012

    P: 770.483.4410
    F: 770.483.0592

    Dr. Nadine Campbell


 CJ Hicks Units of Inquiry


There are six transdisciplinary themes which form the globally-minded focus for planner units developed by our teaching teams at each grade level. The themes are defined by the International Baccalaureate - PYP Programme:
* 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
Using the themes, teachers developed plans for modules which last several weeks. Throughout these modules, several “lines of inquiry” are explored and all plans integrate skill-building and assessment. Students are encouraged to develop the IB Attitudes and Learner Profiles including risk-taking and reflection.

Programme of Inquiry - 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.

Kindergarten: Central Idea: People are part of an intricate web/balance that make up who we are. Key Concepts: Form, Perspective, Function Lines of Inquiry: * Recognizing similarities and differences between myself and others.*Traditions and values around the world *Methods used to convey opinions Learner Profiles: Open-minded, Knowledgeable Transdisciplinary Skills: Social, Thinking
1st Grade: Central Idea: Relationships are enhanced by learning about other people's perspectives and communicating our own. Key Concepts: Form, function, connections Lines of Inquiry: *Types of human relationships *Distinguishing between fact and opinion Learner Profiles: Reflection, Perspective, Open-Minded Transdisciplinary Skills: Social, Research, Communication
2nd Grade: Central Idea: Our beliefs, values, environment, rights, and responsibilities impact our humanity. Key Concepts: Connection, Responsibility, Perspective Lines of Inquiry: *Our perspectives on beliefs and values * Environmental changes that affect who we are *Rights and responsibilities of humanity Learner Profiles: Open-minded, Knowledgeable Transdisciplinary Skills:  Thinking, Communication
3rd Grade: Central Idea: Understanding economics helps us develop an appreciation for interdependence. Key Concepts: Connections, Responsibility Lines of Inquiry:   * The lives and contributions of historical figures * An investigation of how our wold has changed over time *Researching the past using artifacts Learner Profiles: Reflective, Communicator Transdisciplinary Skills: Self-management, social
4th Grade: Central Idea:  Ones beliefs and value influence interactions and relationships with society.  Key Concepts: Connection, Responsibility, Perspective Lines of Inquiry: *Types of relationships * Effects fo group interactions in development of societies * Influences of beliefs and values on societies Learner Profiles: Open-minded, Risk-takers Transdisciplinary Skills: Social, Thinking, Communications Skills
5th Grade: Central Idea: Humans grow and change, developing into citizens who have rights and responsibilities within a community. Key Concepts: Causation, Function,  Change Lines of Inquiry:*Human growth and development *Citizen's rifghts and responsibilities * Belief and value systems Learner Profiles: Risk-taker, Open-minded Transdisciplinary Skills: Social, Thinking, Communication


Programme of Inquiry - Where We Are in Place and Time

An exploration of our orientation in place and time; of our personal histories and geographies; 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.

Kindergarten: Central Idea: Journeys, discoveries, personal histories and explorations teach us how to reconnect to the world locally and globally. Key Concepts: Causation, Connections, Change Lines of Inquiry: * Journeys and the reasons behind them * The ways journeys are recorded and shared * Effects of journeys on communitites, cultures and individuals Learner Profiles: Risk-taker, Inquirer Transdisciplinary Skills: Research, Communication, Self-Management
1st Grade: Central Idea: People impact society throughout time.  Key Concepts: Change, Responsibility, Perspective  Lines of Inquiry: *The comparison of people of thte past and today *Contributions of people throughout time * Exploration, migration, & discoveries Learner Profiles: Open-minded, Risk-takers Transdisciplinary Skills: Social, Communication 
2nd Grade: Central Idea: The geographical elements of an area impact the civilization past & present, tying it to each other. Key Concepts: Change, reflection, causation Lines of Inquiry: Where & why people live where they do. Learner Profiles: Balanced, Knowledgeable Transdisciplinary Skills: Social, Research, Thinking, Communication
3rd Grade: Central Idea: Contributions of the past have shaped the world today. Key Concepts: Change, Responsibility, Causation Lines of Inquiry: *Inquiry into the lives and contributions of historical figures *How our world has changed over time because of personal contributions *Researching the past using artifacts.  Learner Profiles: Transdisciplinary Skills: Research, Communication
4th Grade: Central Idea: Different perspectives of a situation or a set of events can lead to change. Key Concepts: Explorations Lines of Inquiry: *Humankind has experienced growth over time * Expansion has caused conflict * Exploration and Migration of Humankind Learner Profiles: Knowledgeable, Open-minded, Inquirer Transdisciplinary Skills: Communication, Social, Thinking

5th Grade: Central Idea: Contributions of the past have shaped ther world today. Key Concepts: Causation, Responsibility, Change Lines of Inquiry:*Lives & contributions of historical figures * How our world has changed over time *How we research the past using the artifacts Learner Profiles: Risk-taker, Reflective, Open-minded  Transdisciplinary Skills: Research, Communication

 Programme of Inquiry - 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.

Kindergarten: Central Idea: Expression is sharing our ideas and dthoughts in creative ways with others.  Key Concepts: Function, Connections, Perspective Lines of Inquiry: * How do we express ourselves using our bodies? *How do people around the world express themselves through symbols? *how do we show our creativity? Learner Profiles: Communicator, Reflective Transdisciplinary Skills: Social, Thinking
1st Grade: Central Idea: People around the world express themselves through stories and personal experiences. Key Concepts: Connection, Causation, Responsibility Lines of Inquiry: * How stories can reflect who we are *Comparing cultures and values between historical and present day people * Expressing our own stories Learner Profiles: Open-minded, Inquirer, Knowledgeable Transdisciplinary Skills: Social, Communication, Thinking
2nd Grade: Central Idea: We can explore and expand our creativity through sharing our ideas and thoughts in a variety of ways.  Key Concepts: Perspective, Reflection, Responsibility Lines of Inquiry: *Various ways to express our thoughts, beliefs, and values * Creating and using different ways to communiate * Ways in which people around the world express themselves Learner Profiles: Communicator, Caring Transdisciplinary Skills: Social, Thinking, Communication
3rd Grade: Central Idea: We share our ideas, beliefs and knowledge for change through discovering and analyzing data and knowldge of the world around us. Key Concepts: Change, Reflection, Perspective Lines of Inquiry: *Ways we share our knowledge with others *Methods for organizing ideas to persuade others * how we organize, classify and analyze our ideas and display information Learner Profiles: Thinker, Communicator Transdisciplinary Skills: Research, Thinking
4th Grade: Central Idea: Beliefs, feelings, discovers and ideas are shared through different expressions Key Concepts: Form, reflection, perspective Lines of Inquiry: *Writing is a visula of our mental process *Different types of writing to express communication *Differences and similarities in diverse culture Learner Profiles: Communicator, Risk Taker Transdisciplinary Skills: Communication, Social
5th Grade: Central Idea: Our need to share our ideas drove us to develop and update effective ways to communicate. Key Concepts: Causation, Connection, Perspective, Function  Lines of Inquiry:*Periods of rebirth within civilizations *How technology has influenced communication past and present *Communicating change through the amendment process Learner Profiles: Risk-taker, Communicator, Thinker Transdisciplinary Skills: Social, Communication

Programme of Inquiry - 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.

Kindergarten: Central Idea: Living things interact with and adapt to the changes in their environment.  Key Concepts: Function, Connections, Change Lines of Inquiry: *Climate, seasons & weather *Changes caused on earth by celestial activity *Adaptations made by living things when seasons change Learner Profiles: Inquirers, Thinkers, Risk-Takers Transdisciplinary Skills: Research Skills, Thinking
1st Grade: Central Idea: Interactions impact the humanity and its surroundings. Key Concepts: Function, Connections, Responsibility Related Concepts: Rock Cyce, Interdependence Lines of Inquiry: * How the natural world and its laws affect us * Interdependence involves utilizing resources * how environmental interactions affect our point of view  Learner Profiles: Risk-Takers, Inquirer, Thinkers Transdisciplinary Skills: Research, Thinking
2nd Grade: Central Idea: Natural, scientific and technological materials establish and change our world.  Key Concepts: Function, Change,  Responsibility  Related Concepts: weather, governmental systems, data analysis Lines of Inquiry: *Matter exists in changing states *The earth is constantly undergoing physical changes and evolving *Functions of a government *Charting change overtime Learner  Profiles: Inquirer, Reflective, Balanced Transdisciplinary Skills: Research, Self-managing
3rd Grade: Central Idea: The Earth is comprised of patterns that effect the environment. Key Concepts: Change, Function, Causation Related concepts: Time Patterns, Motion, Gravity, Weather Lines of Inquiry: *Characteristics of our four seasons *The way things move * Seasonal change affect plant and animal life Learner Profiles: Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Risk-Takers Transdisciplinary Skills: Research, Thinking
4th Grade: Central Idea: Weather affects and contributes to the natural world.  Key Concepts: Change, Causation, Connections Related Concepts: Scientific Season, Landforms, plants and animals Lines of Inquiry: *Scientific process *Environmental changes *Technological advances * Economic Understanding Learner Profiles: Communicator, Risk Taker Transdisciplinary Skills: Thinking, Research
5th Grade: Central Idea: Scientists classify living things into different groups in order to better understand them. Key Concepts: Causation, Function Related Concepts: Classification of organisms Lines of Inquiry:*How Scientists classify things? *Why scientists classify things? *How scientists group organisms? *What scientists do when soemthing doesn't fit into a classification? Learner Profiles: Balanced, Inquirer Transdisciplinary Skills: Research, Thinking


Programme of Inquiry - 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.

Kindergarten: Central Idea: In order to live together, people need to have common agreements for the function of the community. Key Concepts: Function, Responsibility, Form Related Concepts: Cooperation Lines of Inquiry: * The roles of elected officials *Exploring types of agreements past and present community organization Learner Profiles: Balanced, Communicators, Open-Minded, Reflective Transdisciplinary Skills: Research, Self-Management, Thinking
1st Grade: Central Idea: People around the world express themselves through stories and personal experiences. Key Concepts: Perspective Reflection, Change Related Concepts: Physical Sceince, Cultural beliefs, Values (economics) Lines of Inquiry: *Influential figures who contribute to the rights and freedoms *Organize ideas to show your perspective * Foundation of one's value system  Learner Profiles: Balanced, Reflective, Thinker Transdisciplinary Skills: Research, Communication
2nd Grade: Central Idea: The structure of a country reflects its economy Key Concepts: Form, Function, Causation Related Concepts: Economics Lines of Inquiry: *Economics affects the quality of life * People have wants and needs * We are provided with goods and services *Changes in political, social, and economic systems Learner Profiles: Knowledgeable, Thinkers Transdisciplinary Skills: Research, Communication
3rd Grade: Central Idea: Communities are composed of citizens who interact and work with each other to make the world function. Key Concepts: Causation, Connection, Responsibility Related ConceptsCitizenship rules  Lines of Inquiry: *How people work together to help our community * how we make decisions and take responsibility *Posing questions and sharing information accurately Learner Profiles: Principled, Reflective Inquirers Transdisciplinary Skills: Research, Thinking, Social
4th Grade: Central Idea: Our economic system includes making choices basaed on available resources and personal needs and wants.  Key Concepts: Causation; Connection, Responsibility Related Concepts: Economic System  Lines of Inquiry: *Personal choices about spending on individual needs and wants (scarcity) *Differences between goods and services *The relationship between producers and consumers Learner Profiles: Communicator, Risk Taker Transdisciplinary Skills: Research, Self
5th Grade: Central Idea: The evolving needs of humans affect the structure and function of government.  Key Concepts: Function, Perspective and responsibility Related Concepts: Civics Lines of Inquiry:*How government has changed over time *The function of various levels of government *The responsibility of a government to its citizens Learner Profiles: Knowledgeable, Thinker Transdisciplinary Skills: Research, Communication


Programme of Inquiry - 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.

Kindergarten: Central Idea: The world is an interconnected system that relies on all of its components for survival. Key Concepts: Connection, Responsibility, Form Related Concepts: Rocks and Soil, Resources, Living and Non-Living Lines of Inquiry: *The earth's resources and their uses * Classifying the Earth's componenets * Presercing the earth's resources Learner Profiles: Caring, Principled Transdisciplinary Skills: Self-management, Social, Research
1st Grade: Central Idea: People can establish practices in order to sustain and maintain the earth's resources. Key Concepts: Connection, Responsibility, Reflection   Related Concepts: Consumers and producers/Scarcity Recycling Lines of Inquiry: *Interdependence within ecosystems and environments *How humans can affect the balance of ecosystems *Relationships between living things Learner Profiles: Principled, Reflective, Open-minded Transdisciplinary Skills: Social, Communication
2nd Grade: Central Idea: Sharing responsibilities and resources within communities and the environment impacts peace. Key Concepts: Responsibility, caussation, reflection Related Concepts: Economics Lines of Inquiry: *Economics affects the quality of life * People have wants and needs * We are provided with goods and services *Changes in political, social, and economic systems Learner Profiles: Knowledgeable, Thinkers Transdisciplinary Skills: Research, Communication

3rd Grade: Central Idea: Biodiversity relies on maintaining the interdependent balance of organisms within systems. Key Concepts: Responsibility, Causation, Change Related Concepts: Conservation, Data Analysis, Pollution Lines of Inquiry: *Interpreting data *Interdependence of organisms within an environment *The consequences of pollution on the environment Learner Profiles: Principled, Reflective, Open-minded Transdisciplinary Skills: Communication, Social

4th Grade: Central Idea: Over time living things need to adapt in order to survive. Key Concepts: Causation; Connection, Responsibility Related Concepts: Adaptation, ecosystems, Exploration, Native Americans, Division Lines of Inquiry: *Exploration of ecosystems *Ways living things adapt * Impact of extinction Learner Profiles: Principled, Caring, Inquirer Transdisciplinary Skills: Research, Thinking
5th Grade: Central Idea: How we impact the planet can be observed, recorded, and analyzed for its affects on all things. Key Concepts: Responsibility, Causation  Related Concepts: Pollution, Deconstructive/Constructive Processes Lines of Inquiry:*The global impact of human activity on the planet * Recording and analyzing data *Interdependence of organisms on the planet Learner Profiles: Caring, Open-Minded, Knowledgeable Transdisciplinary Skills: Research, CommunicationSocial, Thinking Skills


Transdisciplinary Themes