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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
Bright IB PYP Learner Profile and Attitudes Bunting Display
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Bright IB PYP Learner Profile and Attitudes Bunting Display

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These banners or bunting are a splash of bright colour for your IB PYP classroom. They are easy to assemble and contain all of the IB Attitudes and the Learner Profile. Use them to hang or to pin as a beautiful wall display. The kid friendly descriptions of each profile trait and attitude are a great reminder for the students. I designed these for my third grade class. The language is suitable for the upper elementary classes. Simply print, trim the corners off, fold the top over at the dotted line and staple each edge down below the dotted line to ensure leaving a space to loop the string through. Then, once they are all folded over and stapled, position the banners in the order you prefer and string them together, by pulling the string through each folded area. It is a good idea to attach the string to a pencil to make it easier to “thread” the string through each pennant. You may wish to laminate the pennants before you fold them over. For more ideas and FREEBIES you can visit my blog at www.pypteachingtools.com Enjoy! ~ Susan
Developing Thinking Skills Task Cards for the IB PYP
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Developing Thinking Skills Task Cards for the IB PYP

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Thinking 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 skills developed within the IB PYP’S Transdisciplinary Skills or Approaches to Learning as they are now known. 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 thinking 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 orange 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. 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 32 task cards ready to print and go. I also have similar sets for all of the skills: Research, Self Management, Social and Communication. 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 Approaches to Learning Skills . There are separate sets for big kids and also for younger kids. Enjoy! Susan Powers www.PYPteachingtools.com
Spanish Getting Started with the IB PYP Kit Editable
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Spanish Getting Started with the IB PYP Kit Editable

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Big kids rule with this complete Spanish PYP getting started kit. This is 50 pages of a colorful and eye-catching Spanish version of my IB PYP posters, designed for the older kids, 3rd through 6th grade. The language within these posters is aligned with the International Baccalaureate Organization's actual descriptions. Therefore, the children become more used to the actual language used along with the academic language used constantly within the Primary Years Programme. You can edit the text and change it totally into Spanish, translate it gradually throughout the year, using each slide as a learning point or simply keep it in English. Suit yourself and the needs of your kiddos. This was created using PowerPoint 2007. Included: Posters for all of the Key Concepts •Lesson Suggestions for implementing the IB language with your older students •Focus pictures for activities to facilitate the Key Concepts •Posters for all of the IB Attitudes •Posters for all of the Learner Profile •Posters for the Trans disciplinary Skills You can purchase these posters in Spanish and English as separate packets for the Learner Profile, the Key Concepts and the Attitudes, all found in my store. By purchasing this all-in-one-packet, you SAVE! You can find more ideas for implementing the IB PYP in my blog or in my store. Enjoy! Susan Powers
An IB PYP Media Inquiry How We Express Ourselves Through Advertising
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An IB PYP Media Inquiry How We Express Ourselves Through Advertising

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How We Express Ourselves - As our children are inundated with media advertising from every conceivable source, this complete IB PYP unit of inquiry gives them an incredible insight, through the central idea, of how the media impacts our thinking and decision making. This 88 page packet is filled with trans-disciplinary, interactive, hands on activities that engage and promote questioning within the children. My 5th graders were thoroughly involved throughout this inquiry. It can of course be adapted for 3rd- 6th grades too. The interactive notebook activities maintain the children’s’ attention as they inquire into the central idea through the key concepts of form, perspective and causation. You will find: Prepared posters with a selection of media advertising Methods of advertising, including hype, endorsement, call to action etc. Interactive notebook activities for literacy Hands on experiments to demonstrate the design process A summative assessment that requires the children to create their own physical product, market it and promote it to a target audience. If you like this complete IB PYP unit of inquiry, you may also be interested in my others which cover each IB theme around the angles of Animal Adaptations, The American Revolution and Other Revolutionaries, Citizenship and Civil Rights, Body Art and Blackout Poetry as A Means of Expression, Space, The Rainforest to name a few. These can all be found in my stores or on my blog www.pypteachingtools.com Enjoy! Susan
An IB PYP Learner Profile Scavenger Hunt Activity
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An IB PYP Learner Profile Scavenger Hunt Activity

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Looking for a fun and engaging activity that reinforces the IB PYP Learner Profile and attitudes for growth mindset and positive self image? This is a simple print and go activity that incorporates the 10 IB PYP Learner Profile attributes ( with options for the alternatives: risk taker/courageous & thinker/global thinker) with a fun and inquiry based checklist of self reflection and research. Use for homework, centres or a class focus on any of the Learner Profile and various attitudes. Ideal for any time of the year, especially back to school, as a getting to know each other activity. Ideally suited for 3rd – 5th grades. UK & USA spelling. You will find a scavenger hunt checklist for each of the profile traits below, together with an engaging doodle note catcher for recording the information and student’s reflections creatively and uniquely. With hands on tasks to complete, such as sharing with someone whom you admire or reciting your alphabet backwards, this can be done both independently or with a partner. It is a very positive activity that shows the kids exactly how they demonstrate these character traits and attitudes in their lives and is fun too! Win-win! Each checklist has 5-10 tasks to be completed, focusing wholly on that particular attribute , asking the children to look within themselves as well as the world around them, identifying what that attribute looks like and how it helps us. It can be differentiated by having the children independently select a given number of tasks from the list or complete all of them. Attributes included: Caring Knowledgeable Principled Balanced Inquirer Open minded Communicator Thinker & Global Thinker Risk taker & Courageous Reflective You can find many more tips and tools for inquiry based learning in my store and on my blog. Enjoy! Susan Powers www.PYPteachingtools.com
IB PYP Developing Inquiry Skills with Science
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IB PYP Developing Inquiry Skills with Science

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Hands on science becomes easy to incorporate into your day with this easy prep, inquiry based learning packet of activities that encourages thinking, communication and questioning within children, from 2nd-5th grade. The skills developed from these engineering science activities leave the planning to the children. Developing thinkers and inquirers is a focal point of the International Baccalaureate but also the more recent CCSS. The speaking and listening opportunities are rich within this printable packet. Each science activity uses minimal materials, mostly paper, sticky tape and scissors. 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 children have to read through the instruction, discuss their ideas, 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. 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: 12 science engineering activity cards 12 different recording sheets, easily differentiated. If you enjoyed this activity, you may also be interested in my complete science units of inquiry: 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.coolteachingtools.blogspot.com
Journey Through the IB PYP Exhibition - A Complete Resource
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Journey Through the IB PYP Exhibition - A Complete Resource

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The IB PYP Exhibition! The big event that is the culminating journey of discovery for the children as they work their way through this valuable process. This resource is here to help you, dear teachers, as you embark upon this journey with them, facilitating the process that will lead to a final Exhibition, showcasing the childrens’ work. UK & USA spelling included. I have designed this resource as a guide and a working tool, using my experience with the IB PYP upper grades in multiple schools and countries. It is my goal to share these ideas with you within this resource. It can be used as a step-by-step guide or you can pick and choose the materials in any order, to suit you, the needs of your class and the timing of your Exhibition. It specifically encourages student agency throughout the process. You will find sections covering: Review and Reflection of the Essential Elements Inquiry and Research Reflection and Assessment Appendix - with alternative spelling and language of the IB PYP, in addition to information letters for parents and mentors. I am in the process of making this resoruce digital so that you will have that option too. I will add it to this same resource, thus making this a growing packet and a totally flexible tool. Please make sure you are following my store so that you will be notified of this update. You can find many more tips and tools for the IB PYP in my store and on my blog. Enjoy! Susan Powers PYPteachingtools.com
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
Back to School IB PYP Key Concepts Fan for Little Kids
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Back to School IB PYP Key Concepts Fan for Little Kids

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Making the IB PYP meaningful and authentic helps with a solid understanding of the Key Concepts. Perfect for a back to school activity, these fans are a fun, interactive and handy tool that can be used for reference over and over as the children learn to focus their inquiries through the lens of these 8 big ideas. The International Baccalaureate’s description of the Key Concepts is included on each fan’s slide, in age appropriate language, helping to reinforce understanding. Perfect for Grades 1-3. These can be used as a classroom tool to refer to daily, easily kept in individual desks. The children will become familiar with the Key Concepts and the language of the IB PYP. UK and USA spelling included. Included: 8 fan slides of the Key Concepts for Little Kids+ cover slide Teacher suggestions as to how to utilise the fans as learning tools for establishing a solid comprehension of the IB PYP academic language. You can find more ideas, resources and FREEBIES for the IB PYP in my store and on my blog. Included are complete units of inquiry for each theme. Enjoy! Susan Powers www.PYPteachingtools.com
A Complete Colourful Kit for Getting Started with the IB PYP for Big Kids
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A Complete Colourful Kit for Getting Started with the IB PYP for Big Kids

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Big kids rule with this complete getting started kit. This is 58 pages of a colorful and eye- catching version of my IB PYP posters, designed for the older kids, 3rd through 6th grade. The language within these posters is aligned with the International Baccalaureate Organization's descriptions. Therefore, the children become more used to the language used along with the academic language used constantly within the Primary Years Programme. You will find British spelling and American spelling on the posters. This 58 page packet contains everything you need to get started with the PYP: •Posters for all of the Key Concepts •Lesson Suggestions for implementing the IB language with your older students •Focus pictures for activities to facilitate the Key Concepts •Posters for all of the IB Attitudes •Posters for all of the Learner Profile •Posters for the Trans disciplinary Skills •Interactive bookmarks for facilitating the IB language within literacy centers activities You can purchase these posters as separate packets for the Learner Profile and the Key Concepts and the Attitudes, all found in my stores. The bookmarks are sold separately too. By purchasing this all-in-one-packet, you SAVE! You can find more ideas for implementing the IB PYP in my blog or in my stores. Enjoy! ~ Susan Powers www.pypteachingtools.com