How the world works

Unit 4

Unit Learning Experiences

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

Our world changes around us.

Key Concepts: Related Concepts


  • Responsibility
  • Function
  • Connection: perspective

Lines of Inquiry

  • People earn money to get what they want.
  • People choose to go to different places to access different resources.
  • People choose to do different things in our community.
  • People in a community make choices that affect others.

Attributes of the Learner Profile

  • Knowledgeable
  • Principled
  • Thinker

Approaches to Learning

  • Thinking skills
  • Self-management skills
  • Social skills

FCPS Portrait of a Graduate Traits