Anything body or fitness related is an excellent opportunity for PE specialists to integrate their subject area into the unit of inquiry happening in the classroom. At Nanjing International School, the grade 3 class has just started their year off with a unit of inquiry on body systems. The transdisciplinary theme, central idea, key concepts, lines of inquiry, and teacher questions are as follows:
Transdisciplinary Theme: Who We Are
Central Idea: We need to care for our body systems to be healthy
Key Concepts: Function, Causation, and Responsibility
An inquiry into:
*how the systems of our body work
*consequences of our choices
1. How do our body systems work?
2. What choices do we have?
3.What are the consequences of our choices?
To introduce the central idea in PE class, we unwrapped the central idea that is being used in the classroom, but did so from the perspective of PE. Please see the picture below of the thoughts and ideas that the students came up with. As you can see, the focus in PE will be on the circulatory, respiratory, and muscular systems. I will do another blog soon that discusses the specific learning experiences and how these experiences integrate with the unit of inquiry. Have any good suggestions? Please send them my way and I will post them.