Middle School

Integrated Learning

Our curriculum uses essential themes and questions to create a framework for learning. Essential themes are big ideas, and the essential questions, which are generated from the themes, have no easy answers. They provide a deep and rich context for inquiry and learning across disciplines and allow students to examine issues through many different lenses.

Essential Themes and Questions by Grade

List of 9 items.

  • K = Patterns

    • What is a pattern?
    • How do people use patterns in their everyday lives?
    • How can patterns help us learn?
  • 1 = Relationships

    • How does where you live affect how you live?
    • How does what we do affect others—in both positive and negative ways?
    • What do living things need to survive and thrive in their environment?
  • 2 = Adaptation

    • Why do people need to adapt?
    • How do groups adapt to their natural surroundings?
    • How does modernization and a changing environment present challenges to culture groups?
  • 3 = Change

    • What is change?
    • What causes change?
    • What is a change agent?
  • 4 = Systems

    • What is a system?
    • How can we keep a system in balance?
    • How can we learn from systems?
  • 5 = Structures

    • What is a structure?
    • What happens when structures are altered?
    • What are the costs and benefits of structure?
  • 6 = Diversity

    • What is diversity?
    • What is the value of diversity in the world?
    • How are diverse cultures shaped by the forces of nature?
  • 7 = Identity

    • How does identity shape an individual?
    • How do I maintain my identity in society?
    • What role does genetics play in creating our individual identities?
  • 8 = Community

    • What is community?
    • What are the characteristics of strong communities?
    • How do identity and diversity impact community?

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