In Social Studies we are currently using the inquiry process to answer the following question: If we live in the present, why should we care about the past? We will think like historians and use primary source documents to understand cause and effect. We will be looking closely at the history of the Ashford Ave Bridge and the construction that was recently completed. We will be exploring problems that were created in the past and looking for possible solutions to those problems.
By the end of the inquiry students will understand that:
- We should care about the past because we are connected to it through cause and effect.
- We should care about the past because it helps to explain why things are the way they are today.
- The present is more important than the past because we have to fix the problems that have already happened.
- The past and present are equally important to understand so that we know what happened, why it happened, and how it can help us make a better future.
As students explore their own communities in our Opinion Writing Unit, we will also begin to look at other types of communities. We will try to answer the question “How would our lives be different if we lived in a different kind of community?”
This inquiry leads students through an investigation of their communities as a way to deepen their understandings of the importance of place in general and the similarities and differences between different kinds of communities in particular. By investigating the compelling question “How would our lives be different if we lived in a different kind of community?” students learn that locations offer a range of experiences for the people who live there and that there are advantages and disadvantages of living in each kind of community.