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 critical thinking, problem solving, researching and measuring.  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 do organisms 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
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Dispositions
Responsibility
Caring