1718 Grade 5 – Who We Are (March – April 2018)

Transdisciplinary theme:  Who We Are

  • An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

Central idea :  

Changes people experience at different stages of their lives affect their evolving sense of self.

Concept: Change, Connection, Responsibility

Related Concepts: development, maturity, adolescence, self-concept, puberty

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Changes that occur throughout life
  • Factors that contribute to well being during adolescence
  • The contribution of relationships to our self-concept

Summative assessment task(s):

What are the possible ways of assessing students’ understanding of the central idea? What evidence, including student-initiated actions, will we look for?

What (knowledge): To know physical, emotional and social changes

Why (conceptual understanding): In order to understand the impacts of physical changes to the emotional and social aspects and strategies to cope with physical, emotional and social changes.

How (situation):  You are an author of a puberty book. You are going to explain what’s happening during puberty and how to cope with it.  


  • Define physical, emotional and social changes of puberty
  • Explain the impacts of those changes to themselves and others
  • Explain the strategies to cope with the “new me”

Process: Using presentation tools

Assessment Tools: Rubric

Assessment Strategy: Performance assessment


Inviting Expert : We are planning to invite a doctor and psychologists to explain about physical, emotional and social changes during puberty.

The focused learner profile within the Unit of Inquiry:

Inquirers, CaringReflective

Inquirers : Students will get opportunities to explore new things about physical, emotional, and social changes during puberty. They will develop their curiosity of those changes as they themselves are in the age of adolescence.

Caring : The great things they learn about changes during puberty will provide them with useful information on how to take care their personal hygiene in their daily life.

Reflective : Learning strategies on how to cope with physical, emotional and social changes during puberty will provide opportunities for the students to reflect on actions they have done so far either physically or mentally  and change themselves into better personalities.

Activities that parents can do to support their children to live the focused learner profile above at home:

  • Related to their physical changes, encourage your child to really take care of their personal hygiene.(Caring)
  • Read wonderful books, do online research of various topics with your child specially about the age of adolescence to get more information on how to behave during puberty. They might ask you several questions about it; listen to them and be wise to give clear and appropriate answers or solutions.(Inquirers,Caring, Reflective)
  • Provide time to discuss or to find out about your child daily activities, their peers and communities to make sure they build their social skills with the right people and do positive activities.(Caring and Reflective)
  • Supervise and monitor your child in using social media to make sure they apply the netiquette responsibly.(Caring and Reflective)
  • Accommodate your child’s emotional changes in great ways by doing positive things such as gardening,cooking, fishing,doing sports and other nature explorations activities regularly.(Caring,Inquirers, Reflective)
  • Celebrate your child’s birthday party in orphanages instead of at school, in an expensive restaurant or hotel.(Caring)
  • Avoid too much time in spending holidays in malls. Have a visit to zoos,museums  or other meaningful places where your child can explore the wonderful world around them.(Inquirers)
  • Join seminars for parents and children where both you and your children will  have further understanding on how to cope with changes during puberty appropriately.(Reflective and Inquirers)
  • Listen to your child personal problems attentively and help them to find the best solutions to solve them.Remember, in the age of adolescence, children needs somebody to talk to, to help them in building their self-concept better.(Caring,Inquirers, Reflective)
  • Be flexible to act as parents and friends at the same time for your child. Playing these two important roles at the same time will make your child more comfortable to express their feelings, needs and other problems they have.Remember that a child who does not feel accepted at home both physically and emotionally tend to find another people to share with. It is so dangerous if they come to someone who lead them to negative actions.(Caring and Reflective)

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