Kindergarten Units of Inquiry

Kindergarten classes participate in four 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

We use observations to make choices within our community.

Lines of Inquiry  

  • the five senses (Function) 
  • citizenship within the community (Responsibility) 
  • our role as readers and writers (Function and Responsibility)

Learner Profile Attributes

  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring

Unit 2 - How we express ourselves

Transdisciplinary Theme

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.

Central Idea

People communicate in different ways   

Key Concepts

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values

Lines of Inquiry

  • Characteristics of maps 
  • Characteristics of communities

Attributes of the Learner Profile

  • Communicator
  • Knowledgeable
  • Inquirer 

Parent Support

Questions to ask

*What are different way we can communicate?

*What patterns do you see?

*How can you describe that?

*What words can you use to communicate your ideas?

Single Subject Connections:

Music: Kindergartners will explore patterns of pitch and rhythm in music.  They will identify patterns as same or different and discover ways patterns can be combined in the form of a song.

Art:  Kindergarteners will explore the characteristics of different types of clay.  They will model different 3-dimensional forms to create non-objective and functional art works.  Students will also explore patterns in their artmaking process.

Unit 3 - Sharing the planet

Transdisciplinary Theme

Sharing the planet: an inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and other living things; communities and the relationship within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

Central idea  

We use observations to understand connections in our community 

Lines of Inquiry 

  • growth of living things  (Change) 
  • characteristics of nonliving things (Classify)
  • protecting our world (Connection)
  • making connections to texts (Connection) 

Learner Profile Attributes:

  • Caring
  • Reflective
  • Thinker

Unit 4 - How the world works

Transdisciplinary Theme

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.

Central idea 

Actions can cause reactions..

Lines of Inquiry  

  • Use of magnets (causation and function) 
  • Relationship between light and objects  (causation and function) 
  • Natural and human-made changes (causation) 
  • Asking and answering questions (causation) 

Learner Profile Attributes:

  • Risk-taker
  • Inquirer
  • Knowledgeable