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Susan Powers

I am an avid fan of inquiry based learning. Having taught for 23 years, mostly with the International Baccalaureate's Primary Years Programme, I have discovered that children love to be an interactive part of their own learning. The products in my store are engaging and hands on, promoting inquiry, critical thinking, research and communication skills. You can find more tips and tools on my blog too. Enjoy! Susan

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I am an avid fan of inquiry based learning. Having taught for 23 years, mostly with the International Baccalaureate's Primary Years Programme, I have discovered that children love to be an interactive part of their own learning. The products in my store are engaging and hands on, promoting inquiry, critical thinking, research and communication skills. You can find more tips and tools on my blog too. Enjoy! Susan
If the World Were A Village Inquiry Based Math Project
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If the World Were A Village Inquiry Based Math Project

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Inquiry based math offers collaborative learning and hands on inquiry requiring the children to solve problems, think critically and apply their knowledge of volume, fractions, ratio tables and the four operations., as they plan and build a global village using 3d shapes. Research will be necessary as the children have to know the countries within the continents and a few flags of the most populated countries in the world, together with how education and homes around the world, compare to their own. This week long , authentic learning activity is based on the book, “If the World Were A Village” by David J. Smith and it focuses on the inequality of our global population. I designed this as a part of our complete IB PYP unit of inquiry of How We Organise Ourselves, looking into Human Rights and Responsibilities. The book is not necessary, since there is text included, with data for the children to pull from. It culminates in a class presentation of the facts found and reasoning as to their plan and design of their team’s world village. Comparing and contrasting each group’s work, helps with critical thinking too and communication skills. Wholly differentiated, ( Task A cards are less challenging) you can use it as a summative assessment tool of the skills and standards included. It can be created as a booklet or in a binder., with a front cover included, being used as a goal setting pre assessment for the children. Mix and match the pages to suit your students’ needs. This inquiry based math packet is easy to print and go, perfect for back to school or all year round. I designed it for my IB PYP 5th grade class. It can be used 4th – 6th grade too. You will find the following skills and standards ideally suited for the IB PYP Phase 4 and CCSS Math for 4th and 5th grade: Number sense and base ten operations Fractions: adding, subtracting and simplifying Measure: using measuring tools , area and volume Geometry: identifying and classifying polygons and polyhedrons Place value: using standard form, word form and expanded form. Data analysis Make math fun, engaging an authentic! You can find many more inquiry based learning tools in my store and on my blog. Enjoy! Susan Powers www.pypteachingtools.com
IB PYP Transdisciplinary Themes Posters
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IB PYP Transdisciplinary Themes Posters

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This colourful set of IB PYP Trans Disciplinary themes posters is a great way to display the theme of your unit. The kid friendly language helps with the understanding of the overall theme and allows the children to make that connection between your central idea and the theme. (with English and American spelling  ) Display them altogether or simply introduce each theme as you begin a new unit of inquiry. Either way that you choose, it’s a wonderful way to introduce the new unit as you also introduce the central idea and key concepts. You can find many more IB PYP ideas and resources in my stores and my blog. Look out for the freebies for followers too! Enjoy! Susan Powers www.pypteachingtools.com
Christmas Sort n' Solve Activity  Multiplication & Division Word Problems
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Christmas Sort n' Solve Activity Multiplication & Division Word Problems

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Solving math word problems is more engaging when there is an interactive puzzle aspect. With this problem solving activity, the children have to identify the operation needed to solve the problem, categorise it according to multiplication or division and then solve and explain their answers. There are 24 differentiated word problems ( cards 1-6 are easier than 19-24) focusing on multiplication & division skills ideally suited for higher level 3rd, as well as 4th and 5th grades, with multi-step problems also. The problems require the children to solve the equations mathematically but also to be able to explain their answer, and so insists that there must be the ability to verbalise the concepts involved. This is a great way to have the children reflect upon their own learning and understanding of the concepts taught within these math strands and standards. This 10 page packet can simply be printed and put to great use as a review, homework practice or laminated and used as math centres task cards. An answer sheet is provided. For guided groups, I like to have the children cut and glue the photocopied sheet into their notebooks with space to really reflect upon their answers and write their explanation below the problem. If you like these holiday activities, you will find more Sort n’ Solve packets with a Thanksgiving and Winter theme in my store and on my blog. Happy Holidays! ~ Susan Powers wwwPYPteachingtools.com
The Gingerbread Man A Reader's Theatre with Props
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The Gingerbread Man A Reader's Theatre with Props

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Drama! Bring out the risk taking, creativity in your young actors t with this fun script for reading and fluency. Complete with fun props, which are entirely optional, you could have a full blown Oscar worthy performance! With masks, speech bubbles and puppets, let the children decide how to perform this classic fairy tale. Perfect for literacy groups with 9 in the cast. The script is designed for 3rd-5th grade. With a focus on the traditional American fairy story of The Gingerbread Man this drama will reinforce the children’s understanding as well as reinforcing reading fluency. The performance takes approximately 12 minutes once rehearsed. The props are easy to print and go, with simple preparation involving nothing more than construction paper, scissors and glue. Bring this engaging and funny reading activity into your classroom and enjoy the kiddos’ creativity. This readers’ theatre is a part of my complete unit of inquiry of Fairy Tales. You may also be interested in these dramas too - Pilgrims in A Pickle , a tale of the American Thanksgiving story and The Nose Glows, a comedy about Rudolph and the need to be friends. Follow along with my store. You can find many more hands on tips and tools in my store and on my blog. Enjoy! Susan Powers PYPteachingtools.com
IB PYP Transdisciplinary Skills Posters for Little Kids
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IB PYP Transdisciplinary Skills Posters for Little Kids

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Use these colorful, printable posters to introduce and review the language of the trans- disciplinary skills within the PYP. They are designed with the lower elementary in mind and use a lot of the verbiage directly from the International Baccalaureate. Learning to use the academic language confidently is, in itself, a trait of the Learner Profile as well as the Common Core State Standards. The trans-disciplinary skills are the building blocks to effectively allowing the children to step up to their role of learner in an engaging and relevant way. These skills are used across all of the trans-disciplinary themes and beyond school, in our daily lives, thus building upon the social skills of a child as well as the academics. I have used these posters as a continual review of the daily language used within the PYP. Other times, I focus on only a few of the skills as part of the REFLECTION at the end of each of our units of inquiry. You can find more ideas and resources for implementing the IB PYP in my blog and in my stores.There are matching posters for Big Kids for the Learner Profile, the IB Attitudes and the Key Concepts. Enjoy! Susan Powers. www.pypteachingtools.com
IB PYP Rainbow Learner Profile and Attitudes Bunting Display
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IB PYP Rainbow Learner Profile and Attitudes Bunting Display

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These banners or bunting are a splash of bright colour for your IB PYP classroom. They are easy to assemble and contain all of the IB Attitudes and the Learner Profile. Use them to hang or to pin as a beautiful wall display. The kid friendly descriptions of each profile trait and attitude are a great reminder for the students. I designed these for my third grade class. The language is suitable for the upper elementary classes. Simply print, trim the bottom corners off and fold the top over at the dotted line and staple each edge down below the dotted line to ensure leaving a space to loop the string through. Then, once they are all folded over and stapled, position the banners in the order you prefer and string them together, by pulling the string through each folded area. It is a good idea to attach the string to a pencil to make it easier to “thread” the string through each pennant. You may wish to laminate the pennants before you fold them over. For more ideas and FREEBIES you can visit my blog at www.pypteachingtools.com Enjoy! ~ Susan
Free Biography Writing Powerpoint Presentation
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Free Biography Writing Powerpoint Presentation

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This slide show will guide you through the form and structure of writing a biography, from the different forms of lead to the conclusion. There is text to compare too. You can find the complete inquiry based writing lesson for Creating Living History in my store or on my blog. www.pypteachingtools.com Enjoy! Susan
Math Multi Step Word Problems Task Cards.
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Math Multi Step Word Problems Task Cards.

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A free sample of my inquiry based math, multi step word problems. These are easy to print and go and can be mixed and matched for simple differentiation. Designed for my 3rd graders, they cover 3rd and 4th grade CCSS Math standards and are aligned with IB PYP Phases 3 and 4. These task cards can be used as centres activities, for mall guided math groups and as homework review sheets. You will find word problems that cover the following: Number and place value Number and operations Measure: area and perimeter Data analysis As with all problem solving, the critical thinking skills are rehearesed as the children learn to do multi-step problems. You can find many more inquiry based products in my stores and on my blog. www.pypteachingtools.com Enjoy! Susan Powers
Colourful Scientific Method Posters
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Colourful Scientific Method Posters

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These posters are a great, colourful tool to use as you teach the scientific method. Hang them all year long to reinforce the concepts of inquiry and critical thinking skills. These are a part of my complete unit study of The Scientific Method, complete with over a dozen hands on experiments and STEM challenges. Hands on science becomes easy to incorporate into your day with this easy prep, inquiry based learning packet of activities that encourages thinking, communication and questioning within children, from 2nd-5th grade. The skills developed from these engineering science activities leave the planning to the children. Developing thinkers and inquirers is a focal point of the International Baccalaureate but also the more recent CCSS. The speaking and listening opportunities are rich within this printable packet. Each science activity uses minimal materials, mostly paper, sticky tape and scissors. Each task can be done as part of a group, thus adding social skills into the mix, or with a partner. You can have each group working on a single task or rotate the tasks around a few groups. Find more inquiry based learning tools on my blog and in my store. Enjoy! Susan www.pypteachingtools.com
A Complete IB PYP Unit of Inquiry Exploring Explorers
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A Complete IB PYP Unit of Inquiry Exploring Explorers

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Inquiry is all about exploring and this complete IB PYP unit of inquiry is all about exploring explorers! With over 100 pages filled with activities, this printable packet is a complete, trans-disciplinary unit filled with engaging, hands on lessons, interactive notebook activities and research based inquiries that cover the central idea of : Exploration from the past, present and future can change the way people live. The theme is Where We Are in Place and Time. Lines of inquiry: Compare the perspectives of the explorers and those conquered. Why were explorers interested in settling new territory? What developments from explorers brought about change in society over time? What should be the responsibilities of explorers and settlers? Within this complete unit of inquiry, you will find pre-assessments, provocations, formative assessment and a summative assessment, along with a final reflection for portfolios. I have included lesson suggestions for all of the activities, worksheets and interactive notebook tasks. Strands covered include: Math: angles, lines, rays and polygons, coordinates and 4 quadrant graphs, negative numbers STEM: observing sailing vessels, design and build. Non fiction literacy: skills compare & contrast, cause and effect, expository writing; biographies Descriptive writing: planners and figurative language, creative writing leads Personal Narrative writing: letters/journals Geography: continents, oceans and compass points History: articles for reading and independent research Art and craft activities The explorers include: Christopher Columbus, Lief Eriksson, Cortez, Neil Armstrong, Ferdinand Magellan, Roald Amunsden, James Cook, Captain Scott, Tom Crean and more. If you like this, you may be interested in my other complete units of inquiry in my stores which include Revolutions and Revolutionaries, Rainforests, Animal Adaptations, Poetry, Media Impact, Extreme Weather and many more. Enjoy! Susan Powers www.PYPteachingtools.com
Editable Awards Certificates for the IB PYP Learner Profile and Attitudes
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Editable Awards Certificates for the IB PYP Learner Profile and Attitudes

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Colourful awards certificates for the IB PYP Learner Profile and the IB Attitudes. Make the moment more memorable for the award winners with these fun certificates. I created them with Power point 2007 .You can edit them using Power Point. The language within these certificates is aligned with the International Baccalaureate Organization's descriptions. Therefore, the children become more used to the language used along with the academic language used constantly within the Primary Years Programme. You will find certificates that are preferable for girls and boys for each of the profile traits and the attitudes. There is a certificate for both courageous and risk taker, depending on the option of your school. This 43 page packet contains everything you need to host a fabulous IB PYP awards ceremony. You can also purchase the matching IB PYP classroom display posters as separate packets for the Learner Profile and the Key Concepts, the Skills and the Attitudes, all found in my stores. You can find more ideas for implementing the IB PYP in my blog or in my stores. Enjoy! ~ Susan Powers
Ancient Civilizations Inventors Extraordinaire IB PYP Unit of Inquiry
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Ancient Civilizations Inventors Extraordinaire IB PYP Unit of Inquiry

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Take the children back in time. Be the Miss Frizz of your classroom with this complete IB PYP unit of inquiry. Where We Are in Place and Time: Ancient Civilizations contributed to today’s society. This is one of my favourite social studies units of inquiry. By delving back in time, thousands and thousands of years, the children can explore the concept of time and exactly how life was like back in time, how the ancient inventions brought change to society and how they have impacted our life today. I have taught this unit of inquiry for 5 years, with both 3rd grade and 5th grade. Each time, I find that it is one of my favourite. 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, science, geography, reading for information and, of course, history. As we travelled through time with our toilet paper timeline, we explored the cradle of civilization: The Mesopotamians. From there, we travelled into North Africa to visit the Ancient Egyptians. The inquiries came flooding fast and furiously as we learned more and more about how people lived way back then through hands on technology experiments, design experiments, research, communication and much ,much more. How do they sail back up the river? How did they move such enormous rocks to build the pyramids? How did the wheel begin? How do scientists come up with ideas? Who invented math? How did our writing evolve from their symbols of writing? Why do they have different gods? What happened to their gods? 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 source of ancient artwork. 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 ancient civilizations developed and contributed to societies today. If you enjoy this complete unit of inquiry, you may also like my others: Revolutionaries, Rainforests and Food Chains, Adaptations of Living Things, Exploring poetry, Exploring Explorers and many more found in my blog store. Enjoy! Susan Powers www.pypteachingtools.com
A Complete Unit of Inquiry Exploring Explorers IB PYP
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A Complete Unit of Inquiry Exploring Explorers IB PYP

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Inquiry is all about exploring and this complete IB PYP unit of inquiry is all about exploring explorers! This 54 page, printable packet is a complete, trans-disciplinary unit with engaging, hands on lessons, interactive notebook activities and research based inquiries that cover the central idea of : Exploration from the past, present and future can change the way people live. The theme is Where We Are in Place and Time. Within this complete unit of inquiry, you will find pre-assessments, formative assessment and a summative assessment, along with a final reflection for portfolios. I have included lesson suggestions for all of the activities, worksheets and interactive notebook tasks. Strands covered include: Math: angles, lines, rays and polygons, coordinates and 4 quadrant graphs, negative numbers Non fiction literacy: skills compare & contrast, expository writing; biographies Descriptive writing: planners and figurative language, creative writing leads Personal Narrative writing: letters/journals Geography: continents, oceans and compass points History: articles for reading and independent research Art and craft activities The explorers include: Christopher Columbus, Cortez, Neil Armstrong, Ferdinand Magellan, Roald Amunsden, James Cook, Captain Scott, Tom Crean and more. If you like this, you may be interested in my other complete units of inquiry in my stores which include Revolutions and Revolutionaries, Rainforests, Animal Adaptations, Poetry, Media Impact, Extreme Weather and many more. Enjoy! Susan Powers www.PYPteachingtools.com
A Mega Bundle of IB PYP Inquiry Based Learning Activities
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A Mega Bundle of IB PYP Inquiry Based Learning Activities

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Immerse your students in the IB Primary Years Programme with this mega bundle of lessons and activities that will allow them to become very familiar with the language of the PYP and also the idea of being a concept based inquirer and learner. Perfect for IB PYP teachers. With 9 of my best selling activities and over 170 pages of easy to produce materials, these products are great hands on inquiry based activities to help the kids learn the language of the PYP, the concepts behind the units of inquiry and ALL of the disciplines within the knowledgeable element. Each of these activities is available in my store individually. However, combined with this bundle you SAVE! Learner Profile for Literacy task cards: 40 task cards with questions that focus on the Learner Profile and how those traits relate to literacy. I have used these successfully as book reviews,reading skills reinforcement and writing tools and prompts. Again, they allow the children to see how the Learner Profile is the central point of the PYP. IB Attitudes and Learner Profile Flip Flap Book: This is a fun flip flap book that can be used at any time of the year. Developing Inquirers with Science Activities: 15 pages of engineering inquiries that require the children to design and build based upon specific challenges. Very much focuses on cooperative learning and communication. Getting to Know the PYP; Create Your Own Posters for Learner Profile & IB Attitudes Activities: 30 pages of poster templates for the IB Attitudes and Learner Profile that have famous quotes and are ready for the children to illustrate and colour themselves to reinforce their understanding of the Profile traits and the attitudes. Tic Tac Toe Homework Challenges: 11 pages of menus of activities that can be used as homework or for early finishers. These menus all tie in with each of the six themes of the PYP. Developing Inquirers Task Cards Activity: Teaching children how to become inquirers, researchers and communicators can be done with these task cards and spinners and can be incorporated into any of the six themes of our units of inquiry. Drama Circles: Getting to Know the IB Attitudes: This is such a fun and interactive e drama activity where the children act out the scenarios on the task cards and it helps them to review the language of the IB Attitudes. Student Reflection sheets packet: 17 pages with a variety of reflection templates suitable for each theme. Easy to differentiate and mix and match. Just print and go. A Student Led Conference packet with 3 family friendly inquiry activities for practising understanding of the Key Concepts and teacher templates for all of the necessary paperwork for these conferences; parent letters, invitations, portfolio cover sheets etc. With this mega bundle you are all set for the IB Pri
An Inquiry Based Maths Project Design A Haunted House: Data Analysis, Measure, Geometry
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An Inquiry Based Maths Project Design A Haunted House: Data Analysis, Measure, Geometry

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Inquiry based math offers collaborative learning and hands on inquiry requiring the children to solve problems, think critically and apply their knowledge of data analysis ( data is provided) ,volume, fractions, area, geometry, place value and operations., as they plan and build a haunted house using 3d shapes. Research will be necessary as the children have to know the country and culture of where their haunted house will be situated .( in theme parks around the world) This week long , authentic learning activity is great to use any time of the year but particularly fun around Halloween! USA & UK spelling included. I designed this as a part of our complete IB PYP unit of inquiry of How We Express Ourselves, looking into multi-cultural awareness around the world. It culminates in a class presentation of the facts found and reasoning as to their plan and design of their team’s Haunted House. Comparing and contrasting each group’s work, helps with critical thinking too and communication skills. Wholly differentiated, ( Task A cards are more challenging) you can use it as a summative assessment tool of the skills and standards included. It can be created as a booklet or in a binder., with a front cover included, being used as a goal setting pre assessment for the children. Mix and match the pages to suit your students’ needs and class attainment goals. This inquiry based math packet is easy to print and go, perfect for Halloween or all year round. I designed it for my IB PYP 5th grade class. It can be used 4th – 6th grade too. You will find the following skills and standards ideally suited for the IB PYP Phase 4 and CCSS Math for 4th and 5th grade: Number sense and base ten operations Fractions: identifying and simplifying Measure: using measuring tools , area and volume ( surface area) Geometry: identifying and classifying polygons and polyhedrons Place value: identifying standard form to the millions, rounding, ordering Data analysis – graphing ,analysing, ordering data Make math fun, engaging an authentic! You can find many more inquiry based learning tools in my store and on my blog. Enjoy! Susan Powers www.pypteachingtools.com
A Complete Unit of Inquiry The French Revolution IB PYP
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A Complete Unit of Inquiry The French Revolution IB PYP

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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. 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 bl
A Halloween Drama Circle Activity
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A Halloween Drama Circle Activity

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Drama and Halloween! It brings out the risk-taking, creativity in all kids and everyone has so much fun! These printable cards are just one of my drama circle activities that I use to practice the trans-disciplinary skills of cooperation, social, communication and thinking to name a few. One card begins the round and each child has to act out the instructions on their card, following on from the previous card. The language within this activity focuses on the IB attitudes and the Learner Profile traits, thus reinforcing the children’s knowledge and understanding of the IB’s academic vocabulary. It is great for literacy centers activties as well as cooperative group work. This drama was designed for my 5th graders as a fun review of the speaking and listening strands. The theme is around a few of the world traditions surrounding Halloween, with humour added. Simply gather the children into a seated circle, shuffle the cards and distribute a card to each child. The start card leads the way and the children have to read their own instructions on their card and then listen and look for the actions and words from the acting of each person so that they know when to take their turn. This is developing listening and observational skills as well as communication, presentation and thiking skills. Not every card requires speaking; some ask only for miming. There are 25 cards within this packet, an instruction card and title card for your centers if you wish. I have also included additional blank cards for your own use. The drama cards can be used for 3rd-6th grade and used within a whole class scenario or smaller groups, where the children are given several task cards to read and act from. The concept of drama circles I a great ice-breaking activity or a fun review of the IB language. It works well as a refresher of the trans-disciplinary skills prior to the Exhibition also. You can find more ideas and freebies for the IB PYP on my blog at www.PYPteachingtools.com. Enjoy! ~ Susan Powers
How To....An Hilarious  Instructional Writing Workshop
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How To....An Hilarious Instructional Writing Workshop

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Constructing a paragraph correctly is one thing. Making the content of the paragraph to a higher standard is yet another thing. This 5/6-­‐day writer’s workshop intends to work on both factors, with the outcome at the end of the week, being a confident and more articulate young writer. I have planned for 6 days; however, you can condense it into one school week or stretch it out for longer as you see necessary for your group of students. Differentiation strategies are highlighted for your convenience. The fact that we will throw in a whole host of fun activities will definitely put us in line for the funnest teacher award! Enjoy! Susan CCSS: LANGUAGE -­‐ Grades 3 and 4 Text Types and Purpose: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension. Develop the topic with facts, definitions, and details. Use linking words and phrases (e.g., also, another, and, more, but) to connect ideas within categories of information. Provide a concluding statement or section Production and Distribution of Writing 5. With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
A Complete IB PYP Unit of Inquiry Government Structures, Civics and Citizens
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A Complete IB PYP Unit of Inquiry Government Structures, Civics and Citizens

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Welcome to the World of Civics. This is a 4-6 week transdisciplinary unit study with the theme of How We Organise Ourselves. Using the idea of what it means to be a citizen in the world, we inquire into the central idea and how leaders have governed world citizens over time. The summative assessment has an emphasis on action through raising awareness of issues and how, we, as a group united with common goals and just means, can educate others in order to create change. The lessons are suggestions as to how you could use the materials and resources created. Everything is aligned with the IB PYP phases 3 & 4 and the CCSS standards for 5th grade. Central idea: Interconnectedness of human structures can impact society’s perspective and promote or deny social justice and equal opportunities. Lines of inquiry: Different forms of governing systems Human rights and social justice Responsibilities of governments and leaders. Lessons include: Reading skills and strategies: close reading, annotating, inferring, predicting, cause and effect. Personal narrative writing Biography writing Research skills Collaborative group work Communication skills Math: critical thinking and problem solving, data analysis, geometry If you enjoy inquiry based learning, you may also be interested in my other complete units of inquiry in my store. Many other IB PYP ideas and resources can be found on my blog too. Enjoy! Susan Powers www.pypteachingtools.com
All You Need is Love Drama Circle Activity
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All You Need is Love Drama Circle Activity

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Drama and Valentines! It brings out the risk-taking, creativity in all kids and everyone has so much fun! These printable cards are just one of my drama circle activities that I use to practice the trans-disciplinary skills of cooperation, social, communication and thinking to name a few. One card begins the round and each child has to act out the instructions on their card, following on from the previous card. The language within this activity focuses on the IB attitudes and the Learner Profile traits, thus reinforcing the children’s knowledge and understanding of the IB’s academic vocabulary. It is great for literacy centers activties as well as cooperative group work. This drama was designed for my 5th graders as a fun review of the speaking and listening strands. The theme is around an original story about tolerance and acceptance, with humour added. Simply gather the children into a seated circle, shuffle the cards and distribute a card to each child. The start card leads the way and the children have to read their own instructions on their card and then listen and look for the actions and words from the acting of each person so that they know when to take their turn. This is developing listening and observational skills as well as communication, presentation and thiking skills. Not every card requires speaking; some ask only for miming. There are 24 cards within this packet, an instruction card and title card for your centers if you wish. I have also included additional blank cards for your own use. The drama cards can be used for 3rd-7th grade and used within a whole class scenario or smaller groups, where the children are given several task cards to read and act from. Cards marked with a star have less text and therefore can be used with more struggling readers. The concept of drama circles is a great ice-breaking activity or a fun review of the IB language. It works well as a refresher of the trans-disciplinary skills prior to the Exhibition also. You can find more ideas and freebies for the IB PYP on my blog at www.pypteachingtools.com. Enjoy! ~ Susan Powers