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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
Decisions About Money A Complete IB PYP Unit of Inquiry
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Decisions About Money A Complete IB PYP Unit of Inquiry

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How does money affect everyday life? The struggle becomes real for the kids with many critical thinking activities. Through all of the curricular areas, the children learn about the origins of money, the difference between wants and needs, banking and budgeting and they explore the myriad of ways decisions about money can affect our lives. The culmination dives into careers and how our choice of career will ultimately shape our lifestyle. Lots of hands on inquiry into social studies, math and literacy. With over 90 pages, this interactive complete unit of inquiry, with the IB PYP theme of How We Organise Ourselves is full of engaging inquiry based learning. Both U.K & USA spelling. Most money activities have no denomination to make it more international.  Central idea: Decisions about money shape everyday life. Lines of inquiry: Where did money originate? Why do we use money? Goods vs Services How does money shape daily life? You will find: Web quests Math- decimal fractions Multi step problem solving Math- shopping activities, critical thinking Homes around the world: scarcity and abundance Close reading: the effect of the Gold Rush on America, the story of the Bank of England Literacy: Excerpts from Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson Cool websites and movies And much more You may also be interested in the many other products that I have created specifically for the IB PYP. You can find classroom materials, hands on, inquiry based activities for math and literacy as well as complete units of inquiry for all of the themes. Check out my blog for ideas too. Enjoy! Susan Powers www.pypteachingtools.com