How the world works

Unit 3

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

People investigate and experiment to understand the world around them.

Key Concepts: Related Concepts

  • form: properties
  • function: structure
  • change: cause and effect

Lines of Inquiry

  • Matter and Magnets
  • the form and function of the Scientific Process
  • How learners share their knowledge
  • How ideas can change or grow

Attributes of the Learner Profile

  • Inquirer
  • Reflective
  • Knowledgeable

Approaches to Learning

  • thinking skills
  • social skills

FCPS Portrait of a Graduate Traits

  • Collaborator
  • Communicator

FCPS Curriculum by Content Area

Language Arts



Social Studies

Students will experiment with the world around them using their five senses.