How the world works

Unit 5

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

Living things grow and change.

Key Concepts: Related Concepts


  • change: growth
  • form: transformation
  • causation: patterns

Lines of Inquiry

  • There are differences between things that are living and non-living.

  • Plants and animals have basic needs.

  • Plants and animals grow over time, and that growth can be measured and recorded

Attributes of the Learner Profile

  • inquirer

  • thinker

  • communicator

  • knowledgeable

Approaches to Learning

  • thinking skills
  • self-management skills
  • communication skills
  • research skills

FCPS Portrait of a Graduate Traits