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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 Approaches to Learning Skills Task Cards Bundle
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IB PYP Approaches to Learning Skills Task Cards Bundle

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All of the Approaches to Learning skills ( formerly transdisciplinary skills) combined with reading, speaking, listening and drama! These printable task cards are a terrific way to actively practise the growth mindset directly within the Thinking, Research, Communication, Social and Self Management skills developed within the IB PYP’S Approaches to Learning. The task cards can be used in a variety of ways that encourage the children to reflect and think positively of themselves and others in various scenarios that are easily relatable to them. They are asked to reflect on situations that require analysing, synthesising, categorising and evaluating, present doubt, possible antagonism, confidence issues and other difficulties. As you help the children with these skills in a safe, familiar environment, it will greatly benefit them throughout school and particularly as they approach the IB PYP Exhibition. A great review activity! Differentiated for 3rd-5th grade. UK and USA spelling. Suggestions: Whole class - sitting in circle, each child will have a card to read aloud and then share their opinion. These can be discussed as you go around the circle. Teacher led – read aloud a card to a small group and have them interact with each other to solve the problem or scenario. Small groups- Place a pile of cards face down in the middle of the group. Each person will take a turn to read a card, act out or offer their opinion and then those can be discussed within the group. Independent work - Each child can work with a few cards and write or draw how they would solve the social problems presented on the task cards. You will find over 100 task cards ready to print and go. Each skill is a separate PDF within a zip file. You can purchase them separately but with this bundle you save! And you get the entire set of classroom posters explaining the skills! You can find many more tools for implementing the IB PYP within my store and on my blog. There are separate sets for big kids and also for younger kids. Enjoy! Susan Powers PYPteachingtools.com
A Human Body IB PYP Science Unit of Inquiry
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A Human Body IB PYP Science Unit of Inquiry

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Flippables, foldables, 3d models, experiments, research, transdisciplinary…….all in the name of inquiry based science. With over 170 pages, this 6 week, IB PYP unit of inquiry is looking at the human body and how our organs and systems are interdependent, together with how we compare to the systems that give life to other organisms. It is wholly differentiated with tasks marked A being more challenging than those marked B. It is suitable for grades 4-6. I have planned around the key concepts of form, function and connection. Our lines of inquiry are: What are the major systems within our body and what is their purpose? .How do the organs function and connect within a body system? How are human body systems interdependent? .Compare and contrast human body systems with those of other living creatures. Included: We cover circulatory, respiratory, digestive, nervous, immune, skeletal and muscular systems. Pre assessment tasks Provocation activities Inquiry task cards Optical illusions for brain work! Over a dozen interactive notebook activities Collaborative science experiments Research tasks Expository writing Reading articles for each body system. STEAM craftivities Inquiry based maths Formative assessments and reflection sheets Summative assessment If you like this unit of inquiry, you may be interested in my other complete units as well, including: Revolutions Across Time, Rainforests, Rocks and Minerals, Money, The American Revolution, Extreme Weather and Global Warming, Adaptations of Living Things, to name a few. For more ideas and FREEBIES all related to inquiry based learning, check out my blog www.pypteachingtools.com . Enjoy! ~ Susan Powers
Developing IB PYP Student-Led Action Posters
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Developing IB PYP Student-Led Action Posters

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Inspiring student-led action is something that is an on-going, inclusive part of the enhanced IB PYP classroom. These posters are aligned with the PYP enhancements and can be used as a reference tool as the children come to understand the different forms that action can take; personally, locally and globally. You will find posters for: Social Justice Participation Social Entrepreneurship Lifestyle Choices Advocacy. Action Agency My wish is that this resource , aligned with the blog article, [Developing Student-Led Action in the IB PYP, ] you to clarify the process of developing student-led action and give your kiddos a few ideas that they will feel confident about sharing for bringing positive change to themselves, their community and even the world. By reading the article, you will also be linked to additional action inspiring posters that you can download for FREE! Cheers to encouraging your students to become their own superheroes! All my best, Susan Powers PYPteachingtools.com
IB PYP Key Concepts Question Cards for Any Age Level
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IB PYP Key Concepts Question Cards for Any Age Level

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Conceptual learning begins by understanding how to think conceptually and to formulate concept-based questions. These cards are ideal for developing understanding of the IB PYP Key Concepts as well as helping children to focus their thinking and develop higher level questioning skills. The cards are differentiated for Grades K-2 and Grades 3-6. Each card contains sentence stems for guiding the children’s thinking and structuring their questioning as they formulate their own questions with anything. Easy to print and keep in a box or a ring on table groups. I prefer to give each child their own set that they keep in their desks for easy access to use at ANY time and for ANY subject. I have seen children referring to the cards for formative assessments and reflections, for setting goals, for developing their own lines of inquiries as well as within literacy and maths. Perfect for collaborative thinking activities and encouraging accountable talk within discussions. Enjoy! Susan PYPteachingtools.com
The Human Body Systems Reading Articles
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The Human Body Systems Reading Articles

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These non fiction articles are great to add to your science unit about the human body. With the text suitable for upper elementary, they look at the facts behind six of our human body systems, with new vocabulary highlighted and provocations and inquiry based tasks included. The language aligns with the IB PYP phases 3 and 4 and NGSS. You will find spelling for USA and UK. This is a small part of my complete science unit of inquiry, Human Body Systems, that delves into the central idea of: The human body’s systems connect and function interdependently. With over 170 pages , it covers a six week study inquiring into the various organs and systems and how we compare to the systems that give life to other organisms. It is filled with transdisciplinary, inquiry based, multi-sensory learning activities and experiments, fully differentiated for grades 3-6. It is a thoroughly engaging and rigorous unit. Take a look here. We cover circulatory, respiratory, digestive, nervous, immune, integumentary, skeletal and muscular systems. You may also be interested in my other complete inquiry based units as well. They include: Revolutions and Revolutionaries Across Time The American Revolution Extreme Weather and Global Warming Adaptations of Living Things The Earth’s Structure and Landforms Rocks and Minerals Those are just a few. Feel free to explore further in my store and on my blog, where you will find many more inquiry based resources and ideas. Lets keep in touch. You can find me on Instragram @PYP teaching and on PINTEREST. Enjoy this freebie, ~ Susan Powers PYPteachingtools.com
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
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
A Geometry Inquiry: Tessellations All Around Us
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A Geometry Inquiry: Tessellations All Around Us

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Geometry is all around us. Tessellations are the art of maths. Make maths interactive and hands on. This 3 day math workshop includes trans disciplinary skills of observations, inferring and critical thinking, where the children have to identify polygons and create their own tessellations. This IB PYP aligned geometry presentation includes a slide show that demonstrates how patterns repeat and occur in nature. Take a walk outside and allow the children to explore and inquire for themselves! Then, watch a video about the activity and let them create their own fantastic tessellations. UK & USA spelling. You will need PowerPoint to view and show this lesson. It can be edited to suit your own needs for your class. I created it using PowerPoint 2007. I have used this with 3rd grade and 5th. Thus it is easy to differentiate for 3rd-5th grades. It aligns with KS2, CCSS Math standards and with the International Baccalaureate’s PYP Phases 3 and 4. There is a video clip included to demonstrate the activity as well as instructions with children’s examples. You can find many more inquiry based learning tools in my store and on my blog www.pypteachingtools.com. Enjoy! Susan Powers
The Digestive System - A Science Inquiry
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The Digestive System - A Science Inquiry

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Flippables, foldables, 3d models, experiments, research, transdisciplinary…….all in the name of inquiry based science. This mini unit inquires into the digestive system . It is aligned with the IB PYP and is a part of my complete unit of inquiry looking at the human body and how our organs and systems are interdependent, together with how we compare to the systems that give life to other organisms. This mini unit is perfect if you are only looking into the digestive system. UK & USA spelling included. It is wholly differentiated with tasks marked A being more challenging than those marked B. It is suitable for grades 4-6. I have planned around the key concepts of form, function and connection. Our lines of inquiry are: •What is the digestive system and how does it serve our body? •.How do the organs function and connect within a body system? Included: •Pre assessment/Provocation •interactive notebook activities •Expository writing Reading articles •STEM activities – building working models of the digestive system •Formative assessments and reflection sheets The complete unit of inquiry covers circulatory, respiratory, digestive, nervous, immune, skeletal and muscular systems. You can take a peek here. A Human Body Interactive Science Unit of Inquiry If you like this unit of inquiry, you may be interested in my other complete units as well, including: Revolutions Across Time, Rainforests, Rocks and Minerals, Money, The American Revolution, Extreme Weather and Global Warming, Adaptations of Living Things, to name a few. For more ideas and FREEBIES all related to inquiry based learning, check out my blog www.pypteachingtools.com . Enjoy! ~ Susan Powers
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
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
A Fun Figurative Language Scavenger Hunt
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A Fun Figurative Language Scavenger Hunt

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A Scavenger hunt is a great, get-em-out of their seats thinking activity. This printable literacy activity, focusing on the many different ways we can express ourselves, is perfect for assessing and reviewing the children’s ability to recognise and use figurative language. Through an active scavenger hunt, the kids have to find the form of expression in each text task card. But, also included in each card are examples of figurative language. They must find the figurative language too! Two rigorous and engaging activities rolled into one. This packet is aligned with 3rd and 4th grade CCSS ELA L.3 and RL4 and IB PYP. This is a great activity to use with literacy centres or whole class. I actually designed this for my 3rd graders as a lesson tying in with our unit of inquiry about How We Express Ourselves. I stuck the text cards around the room. The children then had to take their worksheet and clipboards and wander around, finding the form and figurative language in each card. The text is differentiated with the blue cards being more challenging than the pink, thus you can meet the needs of all readers. I do give the kids opportunity to choose for themselves whether they wish to challenge themselves with all of the cards or just stick to the pink cards. It was thoroughly engaging. There is also a follow up activity with longer text about American Indian folktales. The children had to identify the main idea and supporting details of this text as part of guided reading. This can also be used to find and identify the figurative language within this text, thus increasing the rigour once more. Included: Self-reflection/assessment sheet Differentiated quiz sheets: pink questions are less challenging than blue, I give the kids the choice. 12 differentiated scavenger hunt text cards. ( some contain more than one type of figurative language to increase the rigor) Differentiated text of American Indian folktale. Main idea and supporting detail worksheets Recording sheets for finding and identifying the figurative language from the story. 3 Picture sheets to use as provocation/background building, writing activity where the children have to create their own figurative language or as inspiration for descriptive writing. ( I used these for descriptive writing paragraphs and expository writing) I hope you enjoy this resource. Please take a look in my store for many more inquiry based activities. Thank you for your purchase! 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
The Scientific Method An Inquiry Based  Science Workshop
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The Scientific Method An Inquiry Based Science Workshop

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Over 14 experiments and STEM challenges helping to reinforce the Scientific Method, making you hands down, the BEST, funnest teacher ever! Hands on science becomes easy to incorporate into your day with this easy prep, inquiry based learning packet of activities that encourages critical thinking, inquiry, communication and questioning within children, from 2nd-5th grade. The skills developed from these science task card activities leave the planning to the children .The Scientific Method booklet is more suited to 3rd- 5th grades. Developing thinkers and inquirers is a focal point of the International Baccalaureate but also the CCSS. The speaking and listening opportunities are rich within this printable packet with UK & USA spelling. Each science activity uses minimal materials, mostly paper, sticky tape and scissors. A few require a wee bit more preparation with water, milk or soda. 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. The posters and booklet are designed to help reinforce the children’s understanding of the process of the Scientific Method. You can follow the lesson plan suggestions or mix and match the pages and create an order to suit you and your class. The children have to read through the instruction, discuss their hypotheses, decide upon a group plan, re-evaluate their plans based upon progress, constantly communicating with their peers. It is great to encourage their own awareness of their thinking and observations, questions and further inquiries as the project continues. As they become more familiar with the process, they can design their own experiments and suggest variables to test their hypotheses. Simply print the cards and laminate them. There is a recording sheet attached to each card that can be photocopied and cut for any number of students that you wish. These are designed with each activity card in mind but can easily be mix and match too. You will find: Recording booklet with step-by-step instructions and science tasks for each element of the scientific method. 8 science task cards 11 science & engineering activity cards A set of colourful classroom posters for the steps of the Scientific Method Differentiated recording sheets If you enjoyed this activity, you may also be interested in my complete science units of inquiry: Earth’s Structures & Landforms, Interconnectedness within the Rainforest, Animal and Plant Adaptations, the Human Body Systems, to name a few. Please check out my store for more inquiry based learning ideas. Enjoy! Susan Powers www.pypteachingtools.com
An Inquiry Based Maths Project with Measure, Fractions & Data Analysis
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An Inquiry Based Maths Project with Measure, Fractions & Data Analysis

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Help the chickens escape a life of drudgery with this week long inquiry based math project focusing on animal rights. It offers collaborative learning and hands on inquiry requiring the children to solve problems, think critically and apply their knowledge of measure, area, data analysis, fractions, ratio tables and word problems as they help: Chickens to escape a factory farm with the help of the fastest farm animals Plan and design a chicken farm, chicken coop and run using measure and fractions Research, compare and contrast data of wingspans, analyse data and record their data Build model wings based on measure and research Calculate the amount of food necessary for their chicken farm And much more! Informational text is included that the children will have to identify and use in order to solve the problems. Research will be necessary as the children have to know the various wingspans of certain birds and compare them with chickens. UK & USA spelling included. It culminates in a class presentation of the facts found ,reasoning as to their plan and design of their team’s escape and new chicken coop and run. Comparing and contrasting each group’s work, helps with critical thinking too and communication skills. Wholly differentiated, ( Task B 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. I prefer to have the children work on the design pages individually before they compare their designs within a small group and work together to collaboratively create their group plan of the chicken coop & run and the great escape! This inquiry based math packet is easy to print and go, perfect for an IB PYP Sharing the Planet theme and thoroughly encourages student agency throughout. I designed it for my IB PYP 4th grade class. It can be used 3rd – 5th grade too. You will find the following skills and standards ideally suited for the IB PYP Phases 3 & 4 and CCSS Math for 4th and 5th grade: Number sense and base ten operations Fractions: adding Measure: using measuring tools , area & perimeter Geometry: identifying polygons and angles Data analysis Make math fun, engaging and authentic! You can find many more inquiry based math projects in my store and on my blog. Enjoy! Susan Powers PYPteachingtools.com
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 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
Book Buddies A Paired Reading Activity
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Book Buddies A Paired Reading Activity

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Reading becomes engaging when there’s a buddy and a tangible outcome to plan. Many schools opt for reading buddies and this activity is a great multi-day activity that can be carried out with reading buddies. This can be done in class with higher level readers assisting lower level readers or with your higher age kiddos helping lower age levels, pairing up the classes. Simply print and go, mix and match the pages for easy differentiation. Reading skills can be reviewed as the children are engaged, using this easily with fiction or non fiction books. Aligned with the IB PYP for my PYP Buddies, this can be used within any school. I have included another cover page to use with non-IB schools. Due to the nature of reading buddies, this activity can be used at any level throughout the school, with options for words and/or pictures as a means of recording answers. UK & USA spelling. You will find 12 pages of this booklet that can be mixed and matched to suit your needs, with a final summative activity encouraging collaboration, communication and a summary of the children’s reading skills, presented in a creative, engaging and fun way. You can find many more inquiry based resources and tools for the IB PYP in my stores and on my blog PYPteachingtools.com. Enjoy! Susan Powers
End of Year Summer Learning Challenge Packet
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End of Year Summer Learning Challenge Packet

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Keeping those brains in training all summer long! This summer learning packet can be used to send home for a fun, quirky way to keep kids engaged in learning over the summer. The challenges are doable for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades and can be sent home at the end of the school year or used as homework at the beginning of the new school year as a great getting to know you activity. It promotes a growth mindset in that the children are being asked to be reflective & can challenge themselves with attainable goals. How many can you check off? What are you great with? Teach an adult what you know. Etc. UK & USA spelling included. Aligned with the IB PYP. Mix and match the pages to suit the skill levels of your kiddos or staple them all in fun packets. A cover sheet is included. I like to offer prizes to those who do their best to complete the challenges over summer, and they can hand them back to me when we all return to school in August. Included: Reading challenge Spelling challenge Writing challenge Maths challenge Acts of Kindness challenge IB Learner Profile challenge You can find many more inquiry based learning tools in my store and on my blog. Enjoy! And HAPPY, HAPPY SUMMER!  Susan Powers www.PYPteachingtools.com