International School Manila

Integrity - Service - Merit

Units of Inquiry

Elementary School Learning Map

Each grade level explores four units of inquiry over the course of the school year. These units are designed to meet the ISM Science and Social Studies Standards and Indicators, while also providing opportunities to integrate English Language Arts, Math, Music, Art, PE, Wellness and IT learning.

The tables that follow below are our Learning Map showing the units of inquiry that are studied at each grade level.

 

KINDERGARTEN UNITS OF INQUIRY

Personal Inquiry

We deepen our understanding of our world by developing the skills and dispositions of inquiry. 

Connections to Our Environment

Living things have needs in order to grow and survive.

Systems for Problem Solving and Predicting

Forces affect motion.

Communication Systems

Throughout time we have told stories to convey messages, to share ideas and to make us think.

 
GRADE 1 UNITS OF INQUIRY

Group Membership

We have rights and responsibilities as citizens of our classroom and the wider ISM community

Systems for Problem Solving and Predicting

Understanding how light and sound work helps us experience our world.

Connections to Our Environment

The design of our homes is dependent on, and impacts, the environment.

Systems for Problem Solving and Predicting

Patterns and cycles help us understand the natural world.

 
GRADE 2 UNITS OF INQUIRY

Group Membership

Exploring historical evidence and places helps us make connections to the past.

Connections to Our Environment

Organisms interact with their environments and can only survive if their particular needs are met.

Sustainable Production and Consumption

Sustainable consumers make informed decisions about their food choices.

Systems for Problem Solving and Predicting

The properties of materials determine how they can be used.

GRADE 3 UNITS OF INQUIRY

Sustainable Production and Consumption

Responsible innovators look to make sustainable change in the world around them. 

Systems for Problem Solving and Predicting

Understanding forces and interactions helps us innovate to solve problems.

Personal Meaning

Our behaviors are influenced by our beliefs and values.

Connections to Our Environment

Habitats are constantly changing and those changes impact organizms that live there.

GRADE 4 UNITS OF INQUIRY

Personal Meaning

Historical evidence provides an insight into our family's story and who we are.

Connections to Our Environment

Earth's surface has formed over time and is still changing.

Group Membership

Global citizens have responsibilities to make the world a better place.

Systems for Problem Solving and Predicting

Energy consists in different forms and can be converted to suit our needs.