Grade 5 - Canadian International School
Programme Of Inquiry
How We Express Ourselves
23 August 2010 to 24 September 2010
The purpose of this Unit is for students to develop an
understanding of how we can use technology to
communicate to a local and global audience. We will
explore the connections between the presenter and the
audience and the decisions that must be made to get a
message across to an audience most effectively.
Changes in communication technology create different types of connections
between people and their audience.
The enduring understandings that we intend the students to gain are as follows:
1. Through the changes in technology, we are both creators and recipients of information.
2. Communication technologies have given people a broader voice and a greater audience.
3. There is a greater sense of responsibility as
we connect to a wider audience.
The concepts being taught in this unit:
CHANGE - How is communication technology
CONNECTION - How is the presenter connected to
FORM - What is communication technology like?
Ethics, Integrity, Responsibility
LINES OF INQUIRY: “STOP SPEAKING TO ME WITH CAPS LOCK ON!”
- different kinds of communication technologies
- changes in communication technologies over LEARNER PROFILE:
time (Concept: CHANGE) We intend to develop the following attributes of
- how audience interaction has been affected by the IB Learner Profile:
changes in communication technology (Concept: - Communicator: The children will work towards
CONNECTION/CHANGE) understanding and expressing ideas and
- Inquirer: The children will work towards
TEACHER QUESTIONS: acquiring skills to conduct inquiry and
1. Ho do connections develop between people and research; They will work towards showing
their audience? independence.
2. When we express ourselves, how do we know - Principled: The children will work towards
which communication technology will be most acting with integrity and honesty; They will
effective? work towards taking responsibility for own
ATTITUDES UNIT ASSESSMENT
We will encourage the students to
develop the following attitudes: Assessment tasks will give the students the opportunity
to demonstrate an understanding of the Central Idea as
Respect - They will respect themselves, well as the Enduring Understandings, Knowledge and
others and the world around them Skills. They will also be assessed on the use of
appropriate subject-specific vocabulary.
Independence - They will think and act
independently and make their own The assessment tasks and assessment criteria will be
judgements based on reasoned shared and discussed with students in the early stages of
arguments; justifying and defending the unit, so they are best prepared for success.
What you can do with your child at home ...
SKILLS: - Discuss how people and groups of people
Throughout this Unit of Inquiry, we will communicate with each other.
focus on and assess the following skills: - Talk about your child’s experiences when they have
tried to convey a message and/or deliver information.
Thinking Skills: - Following relevant news stories on the T.V., Radio or
The children will read and understand a Newspaper
wide variety of texts, presentations and - Look at other people’s blogs and discuss the
situations. effectiveness of the message being given.
Research Skills: CROSS CURRICULAR LINKS
The children will present their research A number of cross curricular links will be made in the
findings to an audience. study of this unit of inquiry:
These technology skills will be taught Numeracy -
throughout the year: The children will interview people about their use of
Technology Skills: typing, blogs, iMovie, technology in communicating with others. They will then
Photobooth/iPhoto, Garageband, Comic- conduct an analysis of the survey results and present the
Life, Survey Software, Excel/Numbers, findings in a graphic format (ie. pie charts, bar graphs,
Word/Pages, Keynote/Powerpoint. line graphs, etc.)
SPECIALIST SUPPORT: Literacy -
To complete our Unit of Inquiry, we will The children will look at poetry as a way of
be supported by the following communicating ideas, thoughts and feelings. They will
specialists within school: read and analyze a number of different poetry styles
looking for more effective presentations and styles. They
- LTT Department to support the children will be given an opportunity to write their own
teaching and learning with the whole
unit KEY VOCABULARY
- Guidance Counselor to support the - Audience - Network
teaching and learning of ethics. - Communication - Community
- Connection - Identity
- Content - Effective
- Media/Medium - Presenter
- Technology - Tools