Units of Inquiry

The PYP Support Learning Through Inquiry, an interdisciplinary discovery of the world around us. 

"How the World Works"

Central Idea: Over time innovation impacts how humans live.

Lines of Inquiry: 

  • Technology over time (change) 
  • Ways people solve problems (causation)
  • The advantages and disadvantages of human innovation (function) 


In this unit students explore and define technology as any human made item or process that solves a problem.  They will work to see how simple machines can be used to solve problems and make work easier.  Students will also work on their research skills, by selecting and invention and looking at how it has changed over time (innovations).  They will present their finding using complete paragraphs in a timeline format.  We'll be taking a field trip to The Works on December 15th to explore more about engineering.