The following is a year at a glance in a Kindergarten classroom here at Bancroft. Based on student's questions we search to learn more about each theme's central idea through the lines of inquiry.
THEME: HOW WE ORGANIZE OURSELVES (AUGUST-OCTOBER)
Classrooms are organized to help us learn and play together.
Lines of Inquiry:
*Routines – how our classroom works
*How we take care of our classroom and each other
*How we communicate in school
THEME: WHO WE ARE (OCTOBER-NOVEMBER)
Central Idea: People express themselves through celebrations.
*How and why people celebrate
*Exploring different types of celebrations
*What is a celebration and what we could celebrate
THEME: HOW WE EXPRESS OURSELVES (NOVEMBER-JANUARY)
Central Idea: We learn about language through rhymes, poems, and songs.
*The meaning of rhyme
*Poetry as a form of expression
*How songs help us learn
THEME: WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE AND TIME (JANUARY-FEBRUARY)
Central Idea: Games connect us through generations and across cultures.
*Why we play games
*How games bring us together
*Games around the world
THEME: SHARING THE PLANET (FEBRUARY-MARCH)
Central Idea: We have a responsibility in sharing the world with animals.
*Diversity of animals and their observable characteristics
*The environments animals live in
*How humans and animals co-exist
THEME: HOW THE WORLD WORKS (APRIL-MAY)
Central Idea: Plants have an impact on society and the environment.
*Parts of a plant
*How different plants fulfill a variety of needs
*How we depend on plants