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I have almost 28 years teaching experience both in New Zealand and internationally. For the past 12 years have taught the IB Primary Years Programme so many of my resources reflect this.

I have almost 28 years teaching experience both in New Zealand and internationally. For the past 12 years have taught the IB Primary Years Programme so many of my resources reflect this.
Forces & Motion Inquiry Unit Plan
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Forces & Motion Inquiry Unit Plan

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Let STEM come alive with this 6-7 week How the World Works (IB PYP) inquiry unit. It can be easily adapted to suit your own class and school and includes: transdisciplinary theme, central idea, lines of inquiry, key concepts and questions approaches to learning (ATLs) and learner profile focus agency and action ideas assessment - before views, formative, summative, self-assessment and peer. detailed learning experiences and provocations science lessons and engineering/ design activities resources and links learning goals and assessment criteria examples. Cover Photo here is by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash with thanks.
Friendships Inquiry Unit
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Friendships Inquiry Unit

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This 6-7 week Who We Are (IB PYP) inquiry unit will help learners develop empathy, tolerance and good communication skills within friendships. It can be easily adapted to suit your own class/school and includes: transdisciplinary theme, central idea, lines of inquiry, key concepts and questions approaches to learning (ATLs) and learner profile focus agency and action ideas assessment - before views, formative, summative, self-assessment and peer. detailed learning experiences and provocations wellbeing and mindfulness activities connections to other subject areas resources with some links learning goals and assessment criteria examples.
Thinking Routines Teacher's Guide - Assessment & Learning - Templates
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Thinking Routines Teacher's Guide - Assessment & Learning - Templates

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This is an easy to use teacher guide for using thinking routines to help students and adults identify, analyse, collaborate, question and extend their thinking skills. This guide explains what thinking routines are and ways they can be used in a variety of different learning contexts and subject areas. Printed offs for each routine are included and can also be used digitally. The following 14 routines are included, as well as information on their use: See Think Wonder Think Puzzle Explore I used to think… but now I think… Plus & Minus - Positives & Negatives Think Pair Share KWL - Know Wonder Learned Peel the Fruit CSI: Colour Symbol Image Compass Points Connect - Extend - Challenge Three C’s Four C’s Claim - Support - Question Step Inside
Materials & Matter  Inquiry Unit Plan
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Materials & Matter Inquiry Unit Plan

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Let STEM come alive with this 6-7 week How the World Works(IB PYP) inquiry unit. It can be easily adapted to suit your own class/school and includes: transdisciplinary theme, central idea, lines of inquiry, key concepts and questions approaches to learning (ATLs) and learner profile focus agency and action ideas assessment - before views, formative, summative, self-assessment and peer. detailed learning experiences and provocations science experiments and engineering/design activities resources and links learning goals and assessment criteria examples. Cover Photo by Alex Kondratiev on Unsplash with thanks.
Thinking Routines for Assessment & Learning 2
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Thinking Routines for Assessment & Learning 2

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Thinking Routines These thinking routines help students and adults identify, analyse, collaborate, question and extend their thinking skills. They can be used in a variety of different learning contexts and subject areas. Print offs for each routine are included and can also be used digitally. The following routines are included, as well as information on their use: Peel the Fruit CSI: Colour Symbol Image Compass Points Connect - Extend - Challenge Three C’s Four C’s Claim - Support - Question Step Inside
Heroes Inquiry Unit
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Heroes Inquiry Unit

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This 6-7 week Who we are (IB PYP) inquiry unit will show learners how heroes can be powerful examples in others’ lives and how learners can become heroes themselves! It can be easily adapted to suit your own class/school and includes: transdisciplinary theme, central idea, lines of inquiry, key concepts and questions approaches to learning (ATLs) and learner profile focus agency and action ideas assessment - before views, formative, summative, self-assessment and peer. detailed learning experiences and provocations wellbeing and mindfulness activities resources and some links learning goals and assessment criteria examples. Cover image by John Hain @ Pixabay with thanks.
Plants Inquiry Unit Plan
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Plants Inquiry Unit Plan

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In this 6-7 week Sharing the Planet (IB PYP) inquiry unit learners will discover how plants are key to the survival of our planet. It can be easily adapted to suit your own class/school and includes: transdisciplinary theme, central idea, lines of inquiry, key concepts and questions approaches to learning (ATLs) and learner profile focus agency and action ideas assessment - before views, formative, summative, self-assessment and peer. detailed learning experiences and provocations science experiments resources and some links learning goals and assessment criteria examples. Cover Photo here by Daniel Öberg on Unsplash with thanks.
Planet Earth - IB PYP Unit Plan
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Planet Earth - IB PYP Unit Plan

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Earth is an amazing planet! Students will love learning about Earth and it’s connection to other bodies in space. This comprehensive Where We Are In Place & Time Enhanced PYP unit plan can be easily adapted to suit your own class and school and includes: transdisciplinary theme, central idea, lines of inquiry, key concepts and questions approaches to learning (ATLs) and learner profile focus agency and action ideas assessment - before views, formative, summative, self-assessment and peer. detailed learning experiences and provocations resources and some links learning goals and assessment criteria examples transdisciplinary learning experiences.
Number Maths Year Long Inquiry Unit 7-8yrs
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Number Maths Year Long Inquiry Unit 7-8yrs

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Planning your year in the number strand of mathematics is made easier with this How the World Works (IB PYP) year-long inquiry unit. Different areas of the number strand are covered systematically and sequentially over the year to build solid knowledge, strategies and skills. It can be easily adapted to suit your own class and school and includes: transdisciplinary theme, central idea, lines of inquiry, key concepts and questions approaches to learning (ATLs) and learner profile focus agency and action ideas assessment - before views, formative, summative, self-assessment and peer. detailed learning experiences and provocations connections to other curriculum areas resources and some links learning goals and assessment criteria examples Cover photo here by Markus Krisetya on Unsplash with thanks
Number Maths Year Long Inquiry Unit 6-7 yrs
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Number Maths Year Long Inquiry Unit 6-7 yrs

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Planning your year in the number strand of mathematics is made easier with this How the World Works (IB PYP) year-long inquiry unit. Different areas of the number strand are covered systematically and sequentially over the year to build solid knowledge, strategies and skills. It can be easily adapted to suit your own class/school and includes: transdisciplinary theme, central idea, lines of inquiry, key concepts and questions approaches to learning (ATLs) and learner profile focus agency and action ideas assessment - before views, formative, summative, self-assessment and peer. detailed learning experiences and provocations connections to other curriculum areas resources and links learning goals and assessment criteria examples Cover photo here by Markus Krisetya on Unsplash with thanks
Cultural Identity Inquiry Unit Plan - Social Studies - IB PYP
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Cultural Identity Inquiry Unit Plan - Social Studies - IB PYP

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Help students develop cultural empathy by learning more about their own culture and sharing this with others. Integrate language and the arts in this comprehensive How We Express Ourselves Enhanced PYP plan that can be easily adapted to suit your own class and school. It includes: transdisciplinary theme, central idea, lines of inquiry, key concepts and questions approaches to learning (ATLs) and learner profile focus agency and action ideas assessment - before views, formative, summative, self-assessment and peer. detailed learning experiences and provocations resources and links learning goals and assessment criteria examples links to mathematics and other subject area tasks.
Inquiry Unit Planning Teachers Guide - Workbook - Collaboration
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Inquiry Unit Planning Teachers Guide - Workbook - Collaboration

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This sequential, supportive unit planning model, will help teachers plan for all aspects of an inquiry unit. It includes: How to plan a central idea, lines of inquiry, key concepts and key questions. Examples from real units that have been done successfully with classes. Designing quality learning experiences. Considering learner agency and action. Identifying learning values and learning learning skills Planning for learner self-reflection, evaluation and feedback. Organisation templates and thinking routines.
Arts Elements Inquiry Unit Plan
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Arts Elements Inquiry Unit Plan

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Integrate language and the arts in this 6-7 week How We Express Ourselves (IB PYP) inquiry unit that can be easily adapted to suit your own class and school. It includes: transdisciplinary theme, central idea, lines of inquiry, key concepts and questions approaches to learning (ATLs) and learner profile focus agency and action ideas assessment - before views, formative, summative, self-assessment and peer. detailed learning experiences and provocations resources and links learning goals and assessment criteria examples links to mathematics and other subject area tasks. Cover photo here on Tes by Eugenia Maximova on Unsplash with thanks.
Biomes Inquiry Unit Plan
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Biomes Inquiry Unit Plan

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Explore the relationships between living things and their environment in different biomes with this 6-7 week Sharing the Planet (IB PYP) inquiry unit. It can be easily adapted to suit your own class/school and includes: transdisciplinary theme, central idea, lines of inquiry, key concepts and questions approaches to learning (ATLs) and learner profile focus agency and action ideas assessment - before views, formative, summative, self-assessment and peer. detailed learning experiences and provocations science experiments resources and some links learning goals and assessment criteria examples. Cover Photo here by Darren Acomb with thanks.
Personal Body Safety Inquiry Unit
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Personal Body Safety Inquiry Unit

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Help students learn to respect their own and others’ bodies and gain confidence with using strategies to keep their bodies safe. This 2-3 week Who We Are (IB PYP) inquiry unit can be easily adapted to suit your own class/school and includes: transdisciplinary theme, central idea, lines of inquiry, key concepts and questions approaches to learning (ATLs) and learner profile focus agency and action ideas assessment - before views, formative, summative, self-assessment and peer. detailed learning experiences and provocations wellbeing and mindfulness activities resources and some links learning goals and assessment criteria examples. Cover photo by Kawin Harasai on Unsplash with thanks.
Team Work Inquiry Unit
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Team Work Inquiry Unit

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This 6-7 week How We Organise Ourselves (IB PYP) inquiry unit will promote team and group work and collaboration skills that will promote life-long learning. can be easily adapted to suit your own class and school and includes: transdisciplinary theme, central idea, lines of inquiry, key concepts and questions approaches to learning (ATLs) and learner profile focus agency and action ideas assessment - before views, formative, summative, self-assessment and peer. detailed learning experiences and provocations resources and some links learning goals and assessment criteria examples wellbeing and mindfulness activities links to other subject areas a rubric and a group reflection task
Thinking Routines for Assessment & Learning 1
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Thinking Routines for Assessment & Learning 1

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This is an easy to use teacher guide for using thinking routines to help students and adults identify, analyse, collaborate, question and extend their thinking skills. This guide explains what thinking routines are and ways they can be used in a variety of different learning contexts and subject areas. Printed offs for each routine are included and can also be used digitally. The following 6 routines are included, as well as information on their use: See Think Wonder Think Puzzle Explore I used to think… but now I think… Plus & Minus - Positives & Negatives Think Pair Share KWL - Know Wonder Learned
Passion Project Workbook 1 - Personal Inquiry, Research, Action & Agency
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Passion Project Workbook 1 - Personal Inquiry, Research, Action & Agency

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A step-by-step guide to help learners to plan and carry out a Passion or Personal Project. It supports learners’ ideas, choice and opportunities for agency and action. Use as individual workbooks or as a slideshow for a group. It includes: a work agreement a Passion Project rubric optional process and meeting journals outlines to support with planning, research, learning experiences, transdisciplinary links, action, presentation, and reflection and evaluation. Organisation templates and thinking routines. Designed for Grades 3-6 (Years 4-7)
Celebrations Inquiry Unit - WAPAT - Social Studies - IB PYP
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Celebrations Inquiry Unit - WAPAT - Social Studies - IB PYP

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Help students develop an understanding of the history behind their own and others’ celebrations while also increasing their sense of personal identity and tolerance. This comprehensive Where We Are In Place & Time Enhanced PYP plan can be easily adapted to suit your own class and school and includes: transdisciplinary theme, central idea, lines of inquiry, key concepts and questions approaches to learning (ATLs) and learner profile focus agency and action ideas assessment - before views, formative, summative, self-assessment and peer. detailed learning experiences and provocations resources and some links learning goals and assessment criteria examples transdisciplinary learning experiences.
Calming Book - Wellbeing & Mindfulness - Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)
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Calming Book - Wellbeing & Mindfulness - Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)

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A tried-and-true Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) tool. Choose from the different covers, templates and checklists in this resource to create a unique Calming Book that reflects your class, small group or individual learner. Creating a Calming Book helps learners become more aware of calming techniques they already use and new strategies they can try. This resource can be used with a whole class, small group or with individual learners needing behavioural support. It includes: A ‘how to’ guide for teachers Two lists of suggestions that can also be used as checklists A learner self-reflection 2 cover options (one colour and one black and white) 12 templates learners can use to identify what makes them upset and anxious and what makes them calm: Designed with different learning styles in mind. Options to suit drawers and writers.