The French Revolution A Complete IB PYP Unit of Inquiry

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Take the children back in time to 1700s France with this complete IB PYP unit of inquiry. Over 80 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 the past and how has history 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. It can easily be adapted for 3rd-6th grades, although the math is geared for 4th-6th grades/IB Phase 4. 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.
Our lines of inquiry:
Comparing the perspectives of the time period & people of the French Revolution.
What were the causes of the French Revolution?
How developments from the revolution brought about change in the French communities and society.
Comparing violent and non violent revolutionary tactics.
Implications for the modern world.
As we travelled through time with our interactive timeline, we travelled back across the Atlantic ocean, exploring the French Revolution . 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 of a revolutionary. This unit inspired questioning such as:
Why did the poorer have to pay most taxes?
If the nobility were so wealthy why didn’t they help the poor?
Why are some revolutionaries violent and others are non violent?
How do you win if you don’t use violence?
Why were the people so violent to the upper classes?
Where women active in this revolution?
Why do we still have class systems in the world today if it didn’t work before?

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 , the Ocean, the American Revolution and many more found in my store and on my blog.
Susan Powers

Total Pages
115 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 months
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