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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
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
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
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
An IB PYP  Science Unit of Inquiry into  Plant Adaptations
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An IB PYP Science Unit of Inquiry into Plant Adaptations

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Experiments galore! This makes you the coolest teacher ever! Kids love inquiry based learning and there are over 50 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 adapt in a variety of ways for life in their environment. You will find: Interactive notebook activities, 18 in all. Science experiments for photosynthesis, seed dispersal and more Task cards for math, literacy and science Collaborative group work tasks Formative assessments and homework Summative assessment Interactive web sites and cool learning 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
A Complete IB PYP Unit of Inquiry Adaptations of Living Things
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A Complete IB PYP Unit of Inquiry Adaptations of Living Things

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Experiments galore! And flipables, foldables, gardening and group work, webquests, neighbourhood nature walks, and the science goes on and on. This makes you the coolest teacher ever! Kids love inquiry based learning and there are over 90 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 adapt in a variety of ways for life in their environment. 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 and cool learning 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
A Complete IB PYP Science Unit Adaptations of Living Things
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A Complete IB PYP Science Unit Adaptations of Living Things

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Experiments galore! And flipables, foldables, gardening and group work, webquests, neighbourhood nature walks, and the science goes on and on. This makes you the coolest teacher ever! Kids love inquiry based learning and there are over 90 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 adapt in a variety of ways for life in their environment. 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 and cool learning 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 Inquiry Based Tic Tac Toe Homework Packet for the IB PYP
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An Inquiry Based Tic Tac Toe Homework Packet for the IB PYP

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Homework suddenly becomes FUN and meaningful! Double whammy! Be the coolest teacher in the school with these engaging inquiry based tasks focusing on the 6 IB PYP themes. This EASY print and go packet contains 6 themed homework sheets with 9 trans-disciplinary activities in each theme, giving a total of 54 different inquiry based activities. Thus, these can be used for 3rd grade up to 5th grade. I have used these homework sheets as a reflection piece for my IB PYP class to gauge their own knowledge and learning. They can also be used successfully as formative assessments/exit slips depending on the needs of your class. Mix and match the pages! The activities focus on the Key Concepts, Learner Profile and the IB Attitudes, requiring the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. Every one of the transdisciplinary skills is used within these activities as the children get to independently select their homework, research it and communicate their findings in fun, engaging and very creative ways. I hope you find this resource useful. Please take a look at the many other resources that I have in my store and on my blog, all aligned with the CCSS and the IB Primary Years Programme. Enjoy! Susan Powers www.pypteachingtools.com
Skulls, Skeletons and Skills - An Inquiry Based Maths Project
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Skulls, Skeletons and Skills - An Inquiry Based Maths Project

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Perfect for any upper grades body exploration or even for Halloween, this week long inquiry based math project focuses on the form and function of the human skeletal system and how it compares with the skeletons of other organisms. It offers collaborative learning and hands on inquiry requiring the children to solve problems, think critically and apply their knowledge of measure with hands on application requiring various measuring tools and using the units of centimetres, metres/inches and feet as well as measuring with millimetres. UK and USA spelling is included. The children will : Inquire into the form and function of our skeletal system Measure our own bones and create life sized model Investigate the joints within the human skeletal system Research, compare and contrast the skeletal system of other living organisms, analyse and record their data Plan , design and build a human skeleton using junk materials Plan , design and build a skeleton of another living organism 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 and identify the various bones and joints within the human skeleton. It culminates in a class presentation of the facts found ,reasoning as to their plan and design of their team’s model. Comparing and contrasting each group’s work, helps with critical thinking too and communication skills. Wholly differentiated, ( Task B cards are less challenging) This inquiry based math packet is easy to print and go, perfect for an IB PYP Sharing the Planet theme or for Who We Are and thoroughly encourages student agency throughout. It can be used for 3rd – 5th grade and is included in my Complete Unit of Inquiry of the Human Body, with the central idea of : Human body systems are connected and interdependent. It looks into the major body systems such as the respiratory system, muscular system, digestive system and much more, with over 170 pages of hands on, interactive inquiries. You can take a look at that unit here. 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: Common fractions and/or decimal fractions Measure: using measuring tools , cm, metres, inches, feet and millimetres. 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 IB PYP Science Inquiry Into Animal Adaptations
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An IB PYP Science Inquiry Into Animal Adaptations

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This complete, interactive and hands on science unit is designed with 5th grade science standards and the IB PYP. The experiments stations are a whole lot of hands on fun and the interactive notebook keeps the kids engaged as the learn to independently research and inquire. If you can get your hands on owl pellets you'll be the best teacher ever! 50 pages of inter-disciplinary printables suggestions for over 12 lessons and activities ( 3-4 weeks) task cards for 3 collaborative group work inquiries 6 experiment stations with notebooks research based lesoon plans and more The lessons took me about 4 weeks and culminated in a summative group assessment where the children had to become adaptions experts and together, create and design a mystery animal based upon the animal's environment and behaviours. I have included links to a few websites that are also fun and interactive. Enjoy! Susan Powers www.pypteachingtools.com