How the world works

Unit 4

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 government.

Central Idea

We connect learning to make meaning and take action.

Key Concepts: Related Concepts


  • function: patterns
  • change: inquiry
  • causation: relationships

Lines of Inquiry

  • an inquiry into cycles and needs of living things
  • an inquiry into how relationships and patterns help us understand the world
  • an inquiry into how to investigate and share our learning

Attributes of the Learner Profile

  • Knowledgeable
  • Communicators
  • Balanced

Approaches to Learning


  • self-management skills
  • communication skills
  • research skills

FCPS Portrait of a Graduate Traits

  • Goal Directed and Resilient Individual
  • Communicator
  • Creative and Critical Thinker

FCPS Curriculum by Content Area

Language Arts



Science Standards Covered:

K.4 Water is important

K.6 Living and nonliving

K.7 Basic needs and life processes 

K.8 Light influences temp/shadows

K.9 (NEW) Patterns in nature

K.10 Change occurs over time

K.11 Resources