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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 Complete Unit of Inquiry The French Revolution IB PYP
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A Complete Unit of Inquiry The French Revolution IB PYP

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Take the children back in time to 1700s France with this complete IB PYP unit of inquiry. Over 80 pages of web quests, reading for information, inquiry based math projects, hands on writing, art, drama and much more; Where We Are in Place and Time: What have we learned from the past and how has history influenced society today? By delving back in time the children can explore the concept of time and unrest and how the two big ideas have brought about change in our world, for the better or not. I have taught this unit of inquiry with my 5th grade. Each time, I find that it is one of my favourites. There is so much to explore. It can easily be adapted for 3rd-6th grades, although the math is geared for 4th-6th grades/IB Phase 4. With over 100 pages of interactive, hands on , engaging, inquiry based activities, this transdisciplinary unit will take you through math, critical thinking, writing, geography, reading for information and, of course, history. UK & USA spelling. Our lines of inquiry: Comparing the perspectives of the time period & people of the French Revolution. What were the causes of the French Revolution? How developments from the revolution brought about change in the French communities and society. Comparing violent and non violent revolutionary tactics. Implications for the modern world. As we travelled through time with our interactive timeline, we travelled back across the Atlantic ocean, exploring the French Revolution . The inquiries came flooding fast and furiously as we learned more and more about how people were affected by revolt ,through hands on research, various artefacts , communication and much ,much more. The unit culminates in a summative assessment where the children prepare their own wax museum character of a revolutionary. Learning how to read clues from artefacts and also from evidence in the text, helped us to become incredible historians as we had to figure out the answers to our lines of inquiry. This involved a lot of reading for information, analysing text and recognising non fiction text features. Through explorations within math, reading, writing, geography, history and art, the children gather knowledge of how revolutionaries brought about change to their world and contributed to societies today. If you enjoy this complete unit of inquiry, you may also like my others: Ancient Civilizations, Rainforests and Food Chains, Adaptations of Living Things, Exploring Poetry, Exploring Explorers , the Ocean, the American Revolution and many more found in my store and on my bl
A Complete Unit of Inquiry World Revolutions & Revolutionaries IB PYP
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A Complete Unit of Inquiry World Revolutions & Revolutionaries IB PYP

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Take the children back in time with this complete IB PYP unit of inquiry. Over 130 pages of web quests, reading for information, inquiry based math projects, hands on writing, art, drama and much more; Where We Are in Place and Time: What have we learned from revolutionaries from the past and how have they influenced society today? By delving back in time the children can explore the concept of time and unrest and how the two big ideas have brought about change in our world, for the better or not. I have taught this unit of inquiry with my 5th grade. Each time, I find that it is one of my favourites. There is so much to explore. With over 100 pages of interactive, hands on , engaging, inquiry based activities, this transdisciplinary unit will take you through math, critical thinking, writing, geography, reading for information and, of course, history. UK & USA spelling. As we travelled through time with our interactive timeline, we travelled back and forth across the Atlantic ocean, exploring the American Revolution, the Rise of the Nazis in Europe, the French Revolution and more. The inquiries came flooding fast and furiously as we learned more and more about how people were affected by revolt through hands on research, various artefacts , communication and much ,much more. The unit culminates in a summative assessment where the children prepare their own wax museum character. Why did Britain want to keep the American colony? If Independence Day is 1776, why was the war still continuing? Why are some revolutionaries violent and others are non violent? How do you win if you don’t use violence? Why were women arrested when trying to get the vote? How did Ghandi win freedom for India if he didn’t fight? Learning how to read clues from artefacts and also from evidence in the text, helped us to become incredible historians as we had to figure out the answers to our lines of inquiry. This involved a lot of reading for information, analysing text and recognising non fiction text features. Through explorations within math, reading, writing, geography, history and art, the children gather knowledge of how revolutionaries brought about change to their world and contributed to societies today. If you enjoy this complete unit of inquiry, you may also like my others: Ancient Civilizations, Rainforests and Food Chains, Adaptations of Living Things, Exploring Poetry, Exploring Explorers and many more found in my store and on my blog. Enjoy! Susan Powers www.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
A History of Florida- Explorers and Conquerors An IB PYP Unit of Inquiry
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A History of Florida- Explorers and Conquerors An IB PYP Unit of Inquiry

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Dive back in time with this complete inquiry based U.S history unit. STEM! Math fun! Interactive literacy! And flipables, foldables, web quests and the history goes on and on. This makes you the coolest teacher ever! Kids love inquiry based learning and there are over 120 pages full of hands on inquiry that engages and promotes learning in this complete, interactive social studies unit of inquiry. I created this for an IB PYP theme of Where We Are in Place and Time with our central idea of: The past is part of who we are today, as today will impact the future. Lines of inquiry: Compare the perspectives of the people within Florida throughout history. Why were Europeans interested in Florida territory? Developments from settlers brought about change in Florida communities and society over time. Implications for the future state of Florida. Interactive notebook activities, Web quests Differentiated informational text. Math inquiry based activities - number sense, operations & geometry. Non fiction literacy articles for reading and writing. Collaborative group work tasks STEM activities Formative assessments and homework Summative assessment Interactive web sites And much more besides. 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
The American Revolution An IB PYP Unit of Inquiry
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The American Revolution An IB PYP Unit of Inquiry

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Delve into The American Revolution with this complete IB PYP unit of inquiry. Over 100 pages of web quests, reading for information, inquiry based math projects, hands on writing, art, drama and much more; Where We Are in Place and Time: What have we learned from revolutionaries from the past and how have they influenced society today? By delving back in time the children can explore the concept of time and unrest and how the two big ideas have brought about change in our world, for the better or not. I have taught this unit of inquiry with my 5th grade. Each time, I find that it is one of my favourites. There is so much to explore. With over 100 pages of interactive, hands on , engaging, inquiry based activities, this transdisciplinary unit will take you through math, critical thinking, writing, geography, reading for information and, of course, history. UK & USA spelling. As we travelled through time with our interactive timeline, we travelled back and forth across the Atlantic ocean, exploring the American Revolution. The inquiries came flooding fast and furiously as we learned more and more about how people were affected by revolt through hands on research, various artefacts , communication and much ,much more. The unit culminates in a summative assessment where the children prepare their own wax museum character. Why did Britain want to keep the American colony? If Independence Day is 1776, why was the war still continuing? Why are some revolutionaries violent and others are non violent? How do you win if you don’t use violence? Were there women active in this revolution? Learning how to read clues from artefacts and also from evidence in the text, helped us to become incredible historians as we had to figure out the answers to our lines of inquiry. This involved a lot of reading for information, analysing text and recognising non fiction text features. Through explorations within math, reading, writing, geography, history and art, the children gather knowledge of how revolutionaries brought about change to their world and contributed to societies today. If you enjoy this complete unit of inquiry, you may also like my others: Ancient Civilizations, Rainforests and Food Chains, Adaptations of Living Things, Exploring Poetry, Exploring Explorers, the Ocean and many more found in my store and on my blog. Enjoy! Susan Powers www.PYPteachingtools.com