Fifth Grade Units of Inquiry

Fifth grade classes participate in six units of inquiry throughout the year. Click on each unit below to learn more.

Unit 1 - Who we are

Transdisciplinary Theme  

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.

Central Idea

Relationships create change.

Lines of Inquiry

  • The movement of the Earth
  • The interactions within an ecosystem
  • The impact of identity on communication
  • The culture of self and others

Attributes of the Learner Profile

  • Principled
  • Open-Minded
  • Caring

Parent Support

Questions to ask your child:

*What are some relationships in an ecosystem?

*How do humans impact communities?

*Can a rock change back?

Vocabulary words that may be used during your discussions: organism, population, community, ecosystem, living, non-living, rock cycle, igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic, weathering, erosion

Single Subject Connections

Unit 2 - How we organize ourselves

Transdisciplinary Theme 

Central Idea

Lines of Inquiry

Attributes of the Learner Profile

Parent Support

Single Subject Connections

Unit 3 - How the world works

Transdisciplinary Theme 

Central Idea

Lines of Inquiry

Attributes of the Learner Profile

Parent Support

Single Subject Connections

Unit 4 - How we express ourselves

Transdisciplinary Theme 

Central Idea

Lines of Inquiry

Attributes of the Learner Profile

Parent Support

Single Subject Connections

Unit 5 - Where we are in place and time

Transdisciplinary Theme 

Central Idea

Lines of Inquiry

Attributes of the Learner Profile

Parent Support

Single Subject Connections

Unit 6 - Sharing the planet

Transdisciplinary Theme 

Central Idea

Lines of Inquiry

Attributes of the Learner Profile

Parent Support

Single Subject Connections