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Change: Cycles and Transformations - Sixth Grade

What are cycles and where do they appear in our world?
Students will understand...
  • Where cycles exist in culture
  • Where cycles exist in the environment
  • Where cycles exist within themselves
What are the costs and benefits of change?
Students will understand...
  • How to predict and evaluate the outcomes of changes
  • That with any change comes gains and losses
  • That perspective influences perception of change
How do I create change?
Students will understand...
  • How to identify and use available resources
  • How to create personal goals for change
  • That to create change, a commitment to a process is necessary

Character & Identity - Eighth Grade

Who am I and who am I becoming?
Students will understand...
  • How various influences affect their identity and character
  • How personal choices shape identity and character
  • How identity is expressed
What is character?
Students will understand...
  • How character is formed
  • How character is expressed
  • How character is judged
What is group identity?
Students will understand...
  • How group identity is created
  • How group membership affects point of view
  • How one maintains individual identity as a group member

Communities and Individuals - Fourth Grade

What makes a community?
Students will understand...
  • How communities develop and evolve
  • That there are similarities and differences within and among communities
  • That diversity enhances a community
  • How needs are met within a community
  • The interdependence of communities
What is my role as a community member?
Students will understand...
  • The privileges, rights, and responsibilities of community membership
  • How people shape and are shaped by groups
  • The need for balance between individuality and group identity
  • How to work effectively in groups

Communication - Fifth Grade

How does communication occur?
Students will understand.....
  • That there are many different ways, forms, means to communicate
  • Factors that influence communication
  • How to communicate effectively
What are the purposes of communication?
Students will understand.....
  • That communication is used for a variety of purposes
  • The importance of communicating ideas clearly

Conflict and Harmony - Seventh Grade

What is conflict?
Students will understand...
  • How to recognize different types of conflict
  • That conflict often leads to change
What is harmony?
Students will understand...
  • Where harmony exists in the world
  • How harmony can be achieved and sustained
What is my role in creating both conflict and harmony?
Students will understand...
  • How to resolve conflicts
  • How to recognize the importance of mutual respect and sensitivity in creating harmony

Time and Space

How am I an inheritor of the past and a shaper of the future?
Students will understand...
  • How one’s time and place influence one’s perception
  • How to make responsible decisions today that respect our past and protect our future
What are the effects of technology on time and space?
Students will understand...
  • How technology has changed our lifestyles
  • That technology has bridged some distances and created others
How do time and space vary among cultures?
Students will understand...
  • That different cultures perceive time and space in different ways

Work and Wellness

What defines work?
Students will understand:
  • how producers and consumers contribute to work
  • that there are many kinds of work
  • that energy is needed for work
What does it mean to be healthy?
Students will understand:
  • that choices affect wellness
  • that there are many types of health
  • that there are obstacles to wellness
How are work and wellness connected?
Students will understand:
  • that a healthy world requires work
  • how work influences well being
  • that perspective shapes work
Chronology:
2012-13
4: Communities & Individuals
5: Communication
6: Change: Cycles & Trans.
7: Conflict & Harmony
8: Character & Identity
(Reorganized in 2012 so each grade level has year-long theme. Previously every grade explored the same theme each trimester)
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2011-12
-Communication
-Change: Cycles and Transformations
-Character & Identity
2010-11
-Communities and Individuals
-Time and Space
-Conflict and Harmony
2009-10
-Communication
-Change: Cycles and Transformations
-Character & Identity
2008-09
-Communities and Individuals
-Time & Space
-Work & Wellness
2007-08
-Communities & Individuals
-Change: Cycles & Transformations
-Character & Identity
2006-07
-Communication
-Time & Space
-Conflict and Harmony
2005-06
-Communities & Individuals
-Change: Cycles & Transformations
-Work & Wellness
2004-05
-Character & Identity
-Time & Space
-Conflict & Harmony
2003-04
-Communities & Individuals
-Communication
-Change: Cycles & Transformations
2002-03
-Work & Wellness
-Time & Space
-Conflict & Harmony
2001-02
-Communication
-Change, Cycles & Transformations
-Character & Identity
2000-01
-Communities & Individuals
-Time & Space       
-Conflict & Harmony
1999-00
-Communication
-Change, Cycles & Transformations
-Character & Identity
1998-99
-Communities & Individuals
-Time & Space
-Conflict & Harmony
1997-98
-Communication
-Time & Space
-Character & Identity
1996-97
-Communities & Individuals
-Time & Space
-Conflict & Harmony
1995-96
-Communities & Individuals
-Change:  Cycles & Transformations
-Time & Space
-Conflict & Harmony
-Communication
1994-95
-Love in a Time of Cholera
-The Search for Meaning
-Where Are My Car Keys
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