IB Program

IB Program

The International Baccalaureate – Primary Years Program (IB-PYP) is the official school reform model for Morris Brandon. Throughout the school, each grade level teaches six integrated units called the Program of Inquiry, each with an international perspective and focus on specific themes.  The state curriculum is woven throughout the six units of instruction for each grade level. These units are taught throughout the school year through an inquiry-based approach. This allows teachers to carry out the state’s curriculum and at the same time, elevate the level of discussion for a deeper dimension of learning.

It takes a school four years of preparation to learn the standards of an IB-school and develop its curriculum to meet those standards. During this time, our teachers were required to take the Georgia Performance Standards and create units of study that meet stringent IB requirements as well as Georgia requirements. A school actually has to “pass” both on paper and in presentation with a formal campus walk-through by IB officials. The heart of the IB-PYP philosophy is a commitment to structured inquiry as the vehicle for learning. In other words, the central focus of IB-PYP is on developing each child to be an inquirer both within the classroom and in the world at large.

That’s a sophisticated advantage for elementary school education. IB-PYP actually fosters character education too, with a formal student profile that encourages children to become inquirers, open-minded, knowledgeable, caring, communicators, principled, thinkers, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. Along with the student profile, the IB-PYP attitudes of appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect, and tolerance are taught daily via in-class instruction, presentations, speakers, and other more progressive and creative forums.

Then each spring, our fifth grade students culminate their IB experience by carrying out an extended, collaborative inquiry project, known as the IB-PYP Exhibition, synthesizing the program’s essential elements and presenting them to the whole student body.

Morris Brandon became designated as an IB school in 2007. And today, thanks to strong support from our PTA, we are able to uphold and advance the IB-PYP concepts through on-going staff support and development. Funding from the PTA ensures that our teachers attend workshops and relevant events to stay current on the most effective IB strategies. As a program, it all adds up to a big bonus for Brandon students: becoming the best they can be by instilling the skills necessary to excel, along with the responsibility required to become leaders.


IB Program by Grade

  1. Sharing The Planet – an inquiry into choices and how they affect me and my world
  2. Where We Are In Place and Time – an inquiry into time and nature patterns
  3. Howe We Express Ourselves – an inquiry into attributes and how they organize our world
  4. Who We Are – an inquiry into symbols, ideas and qualities
  5. How The World Works – an inquiry into relationships
  6. How We Organize Ourselves – an inquiry into cultures, celebrations and traditions
  1. Let’s Get Physical – Weather, Light, Sound, Magnets
  2. On Top of the World – Geography, Landforms, Continents, Oceans, Map Skills
  3. Individuals with Attitudes – Influential People in History
  4. Smart Start – School safety tips and rules, healthy choices
  5. Money Makes the World Go Round – Economics
  6. Clean, Green Living Machine – needs of plants and animals

1. Who’s in Charge

Central Idea: The people, their leaders and the laws shape a community.

Lines of Inquiry: Types of civil unrest; causes, effects, and perspectives of civil unrest; ways civil unrest is resolved.

2. Oh Dear, What Can The Matter Be?

Central Idea: Manipulating matter/force affects nature.

Lines of Inquiry: Identify types of matter and their properties; Identify and describe different sources of energy; the students will identify the many ways objects move and how pushes and pull affect the speed and direction of objects.

3. A Whole New World

Central Idea: The places we live help to shape who we are.

Lines of Inquiry: The various characteristics of regions in an area; use maps to understand regions; culture and ways of life in various regions.

4. Patterns Present Change

Central Idea: Patterns cause changes within the world.

Lines of Inquiry: The positions of the sun, moon, and stars show patterns; weather, plants, animals, and people can cause changes to the land.

5. At Your Service

Central Idea: People must make informed economic choices because of limited resource.

Lines of Inquiry: The relationship between scarcity and opportunity cost; allocation of goods and services; spending and saving choices; trading and bartering; wants versus needs.

6. Circle of Life

Central Idea: Environments consist of living things that must be balanced in order to survive.

Lines of Inquiry: Needs of living things; differences and similarities among habitats; the effects of change in habitats; ways habitats are protected.

  1. We The People
  2. Money Talks
  3. Blast From The Past
  4. Get Energized
  5. Rock My World
  6. Tree Huggers
  1. Are We There Yet?  Central Idea: Migration is a constant process that changes people and places.
  2. Waves of Change  Central Idea: Sound and light are forms of energy with properties that are used in different ways.
  3. I’m Just Sayin’  Central Idea: Poetry is one medium through which human beings express their feelings, ideas, and cultural history.
  4. There’s Gonna Be a Revolution  Central Idea: Revolutions stem from human desire for change and change has consequences.
  5. We the People  Central Idea: Rights, responsibilities, and freedoms are determined by the society in which we live.
  6. Pieces of the Puzzle  Central Idea: All organisms interact with one another and with their environment.


1. Do You See What I See?

Central Idea: Civil unrest impacts nations.

Lines of Inquiry: Types of civil unrest, causes, effects, and perspectives of civil unrest. Ways civil unrest is resolved.

2. We’re All in This Together

Central Idea: All organisms are linked together by common features.

Lines of Inquiry: How organisms are classified and structured, Offspring traits and features are affected by their parents, The relationship between microorganisms and larger organisms, Ethical issues and their short term/long term effects.

3. I Feel the Earth Move

Central Idea: Humans and nature play a part in how the earth is changing.

Lines of Inquiry: How constructive forces cause surface features, How destructive forces cause surface features, The role of technology and human intervention in controlling constructive and destructive forces.

4. Express Yourself

Central Idea: Self expression is influenced by historical events.

Lines of inquiry: How historical events are expressed through the arts, How the arts impact a nation’s perspective, How events changed the role of the arts, The role of the arts and its influence on the economy

5. We’re All In This Together

Central Idea: Decisions made after WWII affected and shaped modern society.

Lines of Inquiry: The origins and consequences of the Cold War, Efforts to stop the spread of communism, Importance of key people, events, and developments between 1950 and today

6. We Didn’t Start The Fire

Central Idea: Decisions made after WWII affected and shaped modern society.

Lines of Inquiry: The origins and consequences of the Cold War, Efforts to stop the spread of communism, Importance of key people, events, and developments between 1950 and today


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