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 were given a situation in which they have to build the perfect home for a given family in a given place. (Random prompt cards or letter) They will have to decide what type of house they build for that family, create a floor plan and a 3D model of the house. Students will then be asked to respond to some teacher created questions in order to check for individual understanding.
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.
• Responsibilities at home: Students will keep a journal about their responsibilities at home.
Transdisciplinary Skills• Self-managment 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.