Grade 1

Unit 1

Central idea:

People create stories to share their ideas.

 

Key concepts:

Form, connection

 

Related concepts:

Culture, influence

 

Lines of inquiry:

  • Stories are expressed in different ways
  • What makes an ‘engaging’ story
  • Different ways that stories can be told

 

PA Essential questions:

1. How do we tell stories through the arts?

2. How can the creative cycle be used to help us when planning and performing a story?

3. What makes a performance engaging for the audience?

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Unit 2

Central idea:

Exploring light and sound can help us understand the way scientists work.

 

Key concepts:

Form, function, causation

 

Related concepts:

Form: patterns, properties,structure

Causation: consequences, impact

Forces and Energy: forms (electricity, light, sound)

Health and Safety: well-being

 

Lines of inquiry: 

  • Light and sound have specific properties (form)
  • Scientists work through a process of investigation known as the scientific method (function)
  • Light and sound can be manipulated to meet our needs (causation)

Essential questions:

  1. What forms of sound are there?
  2. What are the properties of sound?
  3. How can sound be manipulated?
  4. Is light or sound easier to manipulate?
  5. Which is more important, light or sound?

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Unit 3

Central idea:

Performing Arts can communicate ideas in response to different forms of stimuli

 

Key concepts:

Form, function and perspective

 

Related concepts:

Record, process, composition

 

What lines of inquiry will define the scope of the inquiry into the central idea?

· Ways that the arts can be recorded (form)

· The composition and performance process (function)

· How Performing Arts are able to convey someone’s ideas (perspective)

 

What teacher questions/provocations will drive these inquiries?

1. How can we record performance pieces?

2. What are the stages that artists go through when creating and performing?

3. Why is music,drama and dance an effective way of expressing ideas?

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Unit 4

EY PRODUCTION

Central Idea:

Music, dance and drama are used to create and perform a musical.

 

PYP concepts:

Form, function, perspective

 

Related concepts:

  • Character
  • Expression
  • Stage choreography

 

Lines of inquiry:

  • The main characteristics of a musical (form)
  • The rehearsal process (function)
  • What makes an effective stage performance (perspective)

 

Essential questions:

  1. How is music, dance and drama used in a musical?
  2. What is the purpose of vocal, body and facial expression when performing in a musical?
  3. Why is good teamwork important when putting on a production?
  4. What are the different stages of putting on a musical?
  5. How is the creative cycle an effective tool in the rehearsal process?
  6. What makes a musical engaging for the audience?

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Unit 5

Central Idea:

The arts can make us feel different things.