How the world works

Unit 2

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

Change affects us.

Key Concepts: Related Concepts


  • causation: patterns
  • change: impact
  • connection: comparison

Lines of Inquiry

  • Motion creates change  
  • Ways to measure change
  • Change can follow a pattern or sequence
  • Learning can change our ideas

Attributes of the Learner Profile

  • Inquirer 
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinker

Approaches to Learning

  • Thinking skills

FCPS Portrait of a Graduate Traits