It’s that time again to kick off our newest Unit of Inquiry, ‘Connections to the Natural World.’  Below is an overview of this unit.  It would be great to review this with your child and see how you can make connections to their learning outside of the classroom!  This unit of study will challenge the children with questioning, researching, making connections, data collection and analyzing.  Feel free to contact me if you feel you’d like to come in during the next few weeks to help out or share your knowledge on the subject with the class.

Unit Summary

We are all inseparably a part of nature. Students will inquire into interdependency within ecosystems and the effect of human impact on biodiversity. Our actions have positive and negative effects on the Earth’s environment. We come to understand the beauty and wonder of the fragile world we inhabit and develop a profound respect for it.


Unit Understanding

Ecosystems rely upon the interdependent balance of organisms.


Essential Questions

How are living things interconnected?

How does human interaction with the environment affect the balance within systems?

How do plants, animals and other organisms adapt in order to survive?


Key Vocabulary and Phrases

Changes within different environments; biodiversity; why some livings things interconnect; adaptations; organism, ecosystem, environment, ecology, adaptation, interdependence, endangered, extinct, destroy, harm, protect, food-chains, food web, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, pollution, diversity, decomposer, predator, prey, consumer, producer, habitat, desert, tropical rainforest, temperate forest, ocean, coral reef, wetlands, savannah/grassland, tundra, life cycle, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, fish, insects, flora, fauna,protect, animals, plants, animals, river, lakes, interconnectedness, shelter


Transdisciplinary Skills

Research opportunities in this unit.

E.g looking at the Science Pond in HS; local flora (community garden?) and fauna (birds, bats, insects etc.)

Questioning – students will need to generate their own questions as to why organisms have developed and adapted as they have.

Gathering information from both primary (observational) resources.

Synthesizing information they have found to make it comprehensible to others.



 What is our responsibility with regard to human impact on the environment?

Why should we be caring with regard our impact on the environment, and about organisms changing?