Lesson Plan: “Who decides how the world works? Why?” (Elementary)

PYP IB Curriculum
Interdisciplinary theme: “How the World Works”
Grade: 5
Time: 12 sessions

Inspired by the media, world heroes, gods and comics, students designed their own comic superhero and made the character’s mask as a visual response to the impact of consumerism and contamination. They explored issues of identity, cultural heritage and contemporary art to create awareness about the importance of a fair use of resources in a globalized context while discussing how power is structured in the world in relation to the profit made out of the natural world and technology.  They applied the technique of mask making using recycled materials. During this unit of inquiry, students discussed content questions such as:

  • Why do we use/take/store energy to make the world work?
  • What “masks” humans use to express ideas about how the world works? Why?
  • Why do superheroes need to fix the world? What’s a superhero?

Meet the Superheroes


Vocabulary and “gut” reactions about “Man” comic video by artist Steve Cut


Students made their own sketchbooks to document their creative process


Mask making process


Exploratory class to learn the 7 elements of art


Initial Brainstorming


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