Transdisciplinary Theme• WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE AND TIME : An inquiry into orientation into place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationship between the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.
Central IdeaHouses and homes are of different kinds and we all need them as they provide for different needs.
Subject Focus• Social Studies,• Language and• PSPE
Summative Assessment• Students will complete a writing sample in which they will describe their Dream House in English.• In Spanish they will describe a type of house in another time and a specific place (castle, gnome village)
Concepts• FORM – Understand what a home is. The difference between houses and homes as well as needs and wants.Explore the differences among houses around the world and in different times.• CHANGE- Understand why the way in which we build our houses has changed over the years.• REFLECTION- Why are homes important and the importance of sharing responsibility in our home
Lines of Inquiry• Different homes and houses• How people’s needs/ wants and environmental conditions influence the houses/homes they build• Responsibilities of household members
Experiences• Students will describe their houses, use literature both in English and Spanish, look at non fiction books, conduct guided internet searches to discover different types of houses and what makes a home and what are the responsibilities of household members.• Discuss a Power point presentation on the way in which houses have evolved through time and class discussion. (I.T. supported)
• Tour around school in order to see different buildings and think about their similarities and differences, also make the connection between form and function.• Research about a specific place (desert, jungle, city, polar region, etc) and how people build their houses on those places, the materials needed, etc. Math – explore vocabulary related to shape, identifying shapes in buildings.
After researching they will build in groups a 3D model of an idealhome in that area and present to the rest of the class.Students will also investigate some homes made with recyclablematerials. A video was shown as an initial prompt.www.youtube.com/watch?v=BG2YanG2PRk
• Responsibilities at home: Students will keep a journal about their responsibilities at home.
Transdisciplinary Skills• Self-manangment skills students were able to take responsibilities at home.• Social skills Students took different roles (leader or follower) in group activities for problem solving situations.• Thinking skills Students designed and create a 3d model of a house in order for it to meet needs and wants of specific families.• Communication skills students wrote several writing pieces to describe and explain how different types of houses meet given criteria.• Research Skills students look up information in books about differences and similarities among different houses.