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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

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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
A Complete IB PYP Unit of Inquiry Human Rights and Responsibilities
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A Complete IB PYP Unit of Inquiry Human Rights and Responsibilities

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Welcome to the world of inquiry based social studies, civics and human rights. This interactive, complete, six week unit of inquiry is perfect for the IB PYP. Created with a transdisciplinary theme of How We Organise Ourselves, it is ideal for 4th - 6th grade. U.K and USA spelling included. The central idea is: Global citizens have certain rights and responsibilities and, when violated, take action to protect those rights. This unit takes you on a six week journey exploring the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the U.S.A’s Bill of Rights, comparing and contrasting those rights and the responsibilities that go along with human rights in an authentic, current and concept based way. Activities are hands on, engaging, differentiated and include the following: Vocabulary Reading skills and strategies: Close reading Inferring Main idea and supporting details Math: Inquiry based project: Volume, Measure and Fractions through building a 3d Global Village. Art: giving a voice to the voiceless Personal narrative writing Poetry Persuasive writing And much more. This unit of inquiry culminates with the children holding their own civil rights rally, complete with banners, chanting and persuasive arguments. If you like this unit, you may also be interested in my other complete units of inquiry found in my store or in my blog. Thanks for looking! Enjoy! Susan Powers www.pypteachingtools.com
A Number Talk Speaking and Listening Activity for Number Sense and Operations
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A Number Talk Speaking and Listening Activity for Number Sense and Operations

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Make number analysis fun! Number Talk is a fun way to get critical thinking and speaking and listening skills actively. going in math. Number Sense ,Place Value and Operations is a large part of math throughout the year. This activity is a rigorous way to get the children really thinking about their knowledge of place value, prime numbers, multiples and factors using the academic language. Use it as a skills review any time of the year. These printable cards are just one of my circle activities that I use to practice the trans- disciplinary skills of cooperation, social and communication to name a few. This activity was designed for my 5th graders as a fun review of the speaking and listening strands and our CCSS Math standards. It can be used with 4th grade too. Each child has a number card depending on the skills that you are working on and the level that the child is within math. So easy to differentiate. They then have to listen to the inquiry cards, analyse the numbers and try to solve the problems. For example: What is the odd number out? 2, 7, 13 or 9? Or, create an equation using multiplication and division only to create an answer of 123. This is developing listening and thinking skills as well as communication and presentation as the children communicate their thoughts and share their solutions; learning that there is more than one solution for many problems within math. There are 20 inquiry cards within this packet, a conversation bingo card, scratch paper and an instruction card. The cards can be used with 4th-6th grade and used within a whole class scenario or smaller groups, where the children are given several cards to read and think from. The concept of number talk circles is a great ice breaker or a fun review of the IB skills and attitudes. You can find more ideas and inquiry based activities on my blog at www.pypteachingtools.com. Enjoy! ~ Susan Powers
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
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
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
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
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
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 Complete Unit of Ocean Life and Interdependence for the IB PYP
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A Complete Unit of Ocean Life and Interdependence for the IB PYP

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Experiments ! Math fun! Food chains! And flipables, foldables, gardening, web quests, and the science goes on and on. This makes you the coolest teacher ever! Kids love inquiry based learning and there are over 70 pages full of hands on inquiry that engages and promotes learning in this complete, interactive science unit of inquiry. I created this for our IB PYP theme of Sharing the Planet, with our central idea of: Living things are interdependent with predictable cycles and patterns. Lines of inquiry: How are ocean animals connected to one another? How does the ocean biome sustain the cycle of life? What happens if the pattern is broken or interrupted? What role do humans play in the cycle of ocean life? You will find: Interactive notebook activities, Science experiments that involve hands and eyes and hypothesising. Task cards for math, literacy and science Non fiction literacy articles for reading and writing. Collaborative group work tasks Formative assessments and homework Summative assessment Interactive web sites Links to cool videos. And much more besides. Designed for my 4th graders, this unit can be used with 3rd -6th grade. There are many more IB PYP units, ideas and resources found in my store and on my blog at www.pypteachingtools.com Enjoy! Susan Powers
An Editable Print and Go Reflection Pack for the IB PYP
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An Editable Print and Go Reflection Pack for the IB PYP

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Fun ways to encourage reflection and goal setting. Reflection can be a tricky concept to genuinely learn. There are fun templates to suit the early years as well as the older students. The templates are ALL editable. You will require Power Point in order to manipulate the slides. You can click on the subject area and change it to suit your school or class. Similarly, the key concepts can be adjusted as your unit demands. Or you can change the subjects for skills, key concepts, Learner Profile traits and IB Attitudes. All as you prefer for your class, unit and school. You will find a collection of 13 reflection templates one of which one is a flip flap book. Use all of the pages in the book or only those pertinent to you and your unit. These can also be edited to suit. The templates include spaces for writing or drawing, depending on the ages and abilities of the students. Three of the templates include multiple subject areas, so that there can be one reflection template for multiple subjects. For example: specials. Use them with: End of unit reflections Portfolios Goal setting for any curricular area Reflection of Learner Profile, IB Attitudes and Skills used. Student Led Conferences You may also be interested in my other IB PYP resources which can be found in my store or on my blog. I have complete units of inquiry for each theme as well as resources to build understanding of the Learner Profile, Attitudes and Key Concepts. 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
Communication Skills Task Cards Activity for Growth Mindset
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Communication Skills Task Cards Activity for Growth Mindset

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Encourage a growth mindset by helping children to communicate positively, be flexible and provide them with problem-solving strategies and solutions that help them to cope with the myriad of situations and emotions that life presents with these fun task cards focusing on communication skills. These printable task cards are a terrific way to actively practise the growth mindset directly within the IB PYP Communication Skills. 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 social settings that are easily relatable to them. They are asked to reflect on social situations that present doubt, possible antagonism, confidence issues and other difficulties. As you help the children with these communication 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. The purple cards are more challenging text. 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. 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. Teacher led- read aloud a card to a small group and facilitate the discussion that follows. 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 32 task cards ready to print and go. You can find many more tools for implementing the IB PYP within my store and on my blog. You may like my posters explaining the Transdisciplinary Skills . There are separate sets for big kids and also for younger kids. These can be found on my blog too or in my store. Enjoy! Susan Powers www.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
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
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
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
Plan A Popcorn Party Inquiry Based Math Project
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Plan A Popcorn Party Inquiry Based Math Project

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Get ready to plan a popcorn and movie party, keeping the kids engaged with this week long inquiry based math project. It offers collaborative learning and hands on inquiry requiring the children to solve problems, think critically and apply their knowledge of measure, time, fractions, place value, ratio tables and word problems with the four operations as they prepare their own class party! Text is included with data that the children will have to identify in order to solve the problems. This the perfect end of the year keep ‘em going activity , substitute teacher plans or any time you need that boost of motivation in the class. ( some might call it bribery  ) UK & USA spelling. The kids will plan the flavour of popcorn to use, with a taste test & class vote , analysing the data gathered and recording in a variety of ways according to their level in math. This can be used with 3rd-6th grades. They will be required to measure distance in the Great Popcorn Toss, find fractions with data, identify place value, calculate quantities of popcorn needed, find elapsed time in order to decide upon the best time to hold their party in class, research a movie for the party and much more. Eventually the groups will present their arguments for their favourite movie in a bid to persuade the rest of the class and the winning choices shall be part of the popcorn and a movie party. 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. This inquiry based math packet is easy to print and go, perfect for year round. I designed it for my IB PYP 5th grade class. It can be used 3rd – 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: finding fractions, subtracting and simplifying Measure: using measuring tools , elapsed time, weight, length Data analysis: graphing, maximum, minimum Make math fun, engaging and authentic! You can find many more inquiry based learning tools in my store and on my blog. Enjoy! Susan Powers www.pypteachingtools.com
Design Santa's Sleigh with Geometry & Measure
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Design Santa's Sleigh with Geometry & Measure

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This math project is a fun way for the children to practice their skills with geometry and critical thinking as they follow the instructions on the differentiated task cards to design their own sleigh for Santa. Using the Ask – Plan – Think – Design -strategy of the design process, the children will look at various forms of travel, including different types of sleigh. This can be done independently or in small, cooperative groups. They will then use their knowledge of geometry to plan their own design for Santa. The rigour comes when they HAVE to include various forms of geometry into their design. Included: Lines Rays Angles Intersecting lines Parallel lines Etc. You could of course, add in other geometrical aspects as you wish to suit your class’ needs. It is quick and easy for you to prepare and will take up 2-3 math periods to complete. You can find more inquiry based activities in my store and on my blog. Enjoy! And have a fabulous Christmas! Susan Powers www.PYPteachingtools.com
Inquiry Based Math Project Measure and Geometry
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Inquiry Based Math Project Measure and Geometry

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Inquiry based math offers collaborative learning and hands on inquiry requiring the children to solve problems, think critically as they have to measure the school, calculate area and perimeter, design a playground, find out the population of the school and which grade has the most students and so much more! The children have to research another school in a foreign country, looking at facts within each country and comparing both the country and the schools to their own school. They will have to interview administrative staff in order to research specific areas of their school and record their data in a way that can easily be presented to others. It culminates in a class presentation of the facts found . Wholly differentiated, ( Task A cards are less challenging) you can use it as an 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. The inquiry is largely math based and is all about “Our School”. 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 Measure: using measuring tools , area and perimeter. Geometry: identifying and classifying polygons and polyhedrons Place value: using standard form, word form and expanded form. Data analysis: graphing, mean, median, maximum and minimum 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