A Complete Unit of Inquiry World Revolutions & Revolutionaries IB PYP
Take the children back in time with this complete IB PYP unit of inquiry. Over 130 pages of web quests, reading for information, inquiry based math projects, hands on writing, art, drama and much more; Where We Are in Place and Time: What have we learned from revolutionaries from the past and how have they influenced society today? By delving back in time the children can explore the concept of time and unrest and how the two big ideas have brought about change in our world, for the better or not.
I have taught this unit of inquiry with my 5th grade. Each time, I find that it is one of my favourites. There is so much to explore. With over 100 pages of interactive, hands on , engaging, inquiry based activities, this transdisciplinary unit will take you through math, critical thinking, writing, geography, reading for information and, of course, history. UK & USA spelling.

As we travelled through time with our interactive timeline, we travelled back and forth across the Atlantic ocean, exploring the American Revolution, the Rise of the Nazis in Europe, the French Revolution and more. The inquiries came flooding fast and furiously as we learned more and more about how people were affected by revolt through hands on research, various artefacts , communication and much ,much more. The unit culminates in a summative assessment where the children prepare their own wax museum character.
Why did Britain want to keep the American colony?
If Independence Day is 1776, why was the war still continuing?
Why are some revolutionaries violent and others are non violent?
How do you win if you don’t use violence?
Why were women arrested when trying to get the vote?
How did Ghandi win freedom for India if he didn’t fight?

Learning how to read clues from artefacts and also from evidence in the text, helped us to become incredible historians as we had to figure out the answers to our lines of inquiry. This involved a lot of reading for information, analysing text and recognising non fiction text features.

Through explorations within math, reading, writing, geography, history and art, the children gather knowledge of how revolutionaries brought about change to their world and contributed to societies today.
If you enjoy this complete unit of inquiry, you may also like my others: Ancient Civilizations, Rainforests and Food Chains, Adaptations of Living Things, Exploring Poetry, Exploring Explorers and many more found in my store and on my blog.
Susan Powers
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