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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
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
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
Create Your Own IB PYP Learner Profile Posters Watercolour Digital Edition
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Create Your Own IB PYP Learner Profile Posters Watercolour Digital Edition

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These beautiful watercolour posters are all ready for you to have the children think critically about the descriptors of the IB PYP Learner Profile and then add their own text digitally, before printing them. I like to have the children work on the descriptors collaboratively, in small groups – each researching the definitions, critically evaluating the best way to summarise them and finally creating their own. It is a great way to reinforce an awareness of our Learner Profile as the children learn what it means to possess those attributes of a learner and be an active part of the creation of the posters. They’re then a beautiful reference to be used in your classroom all year long. These contain all of the IB Learner Profile attributes for both the PYP and the MYP, including options of risk taker/courageous and thinker/global thinker. In addition, there are printable versions that can be used for writing the descriptors for each attribute, if that is your preference. You can find that edition by clicking right here. You may also like the same create your own digital posters with the beautiful watercolour flowers rather than the brush strokes. You can look at those here. You can find many more inquiry based tips and tools in my blog and in my store. Enjoy! Susan Powers PYPteachingtools.com P.S. If you’re on social media, come and join in the chat on Instagram @pypteaching or Facebook @ PYP Teaching Tools. Would LOVE to meet you!
Awards Badges for the IB PYP Learner Profile and Attitudes
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Awards Badges for the IB PYP Learner Profile and Attitudes

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Give them a badge of honour! Wear the award with pride! These colourful and eye catching, superhero IB PYP student awards are so much fun! My kids love to wear them and then actually have people stop them and ask them about their award. The very words on the badges say, “Ask about my……..today.” There are badges for the IB Attitudes, the Learner Profile and the Trans Disciplinary Skills. You have them ALL covered in this printable packet. You will find badges suitable for boys and girls, together with blank badges that you can write your own award on or have the students reflect on their own behaviour and write their own reward. There are so many ways to use this positive behaviour reward system . Included: 20 IB Attitudes badges 16 Trans Disciplinary Skills badges 16 Learner Profile badges 6 large blank badges 6 large blank, black and white badges to save ink. If you like these IB PYP resources you may be interested in my complete units of inquiry for every theme or my classroom posters. You can find more ideas and FREEBIES for the PYP on my blog at www.pypteachingtools.com Enjoy! Susan Powers
Amazing Awards Certificates Kit for the IB PYP Learner Profile and Attitudes
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Amazing Awards Certificates Kit for the IB PYP Learner Profile and Attitudes

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Colourful awards certificates for the IB PYP Learner Profile and the IB Attitudes. Make the moment more memorable for the award winners with these fun certificates. The language within these certificates 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 certificates that are preferable for girls and boys for each of the profile traits and the attitudes. There is a certificate for both courageous and risk taker, depending on the option of your school. This 43 page packet contains everything you need to host a fabulous IB PYP awards ceremony. You can also purchase the matching IB PYP classroom display posters as separate packets for the Learner Profile and the Key Concepts, the Skills and the Attitudes, all found in my stores. You can find more ideas for implementing the IB PYP in my blog or in my stores. Enjoy! ~ Susan Powers www.pypteachingtools.com
IB PYP Learner Profile Watercolour Posters with Positive Affirmations
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IB PYP Learner Profile Watercolour Posters with Positive Affirmations

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These beautiful watercolour posters contain the ever powerful words, “ I AM “ and they are designed around the IB PYP and MYP Learner Profile. They are designed to act as a reference point of the attributes of the Learner Profile, rather than descriptors. ( If you’d like this design as posters for your classroom, I also have a set where the children will create the descriptors themselves, for each attribute, as a part of their learning and reflection of their own Learner Profile. You can find the editable version for that resource here. ) These contain all of the IB Learner Profile attributes for both the PYP and the MYP, including options of risk taker/courageous and thinker/global thinker. The posters come in full size and half size. In addition, there are many more positive affirmations that were created by my fifth graders through their own reflections and for the benefit of other kids out there such as: I am enough I am strong I am a great friend etc. There are a couple of editable sheets in a separate file for you to add your own affirmations as you see fit. Included are mirror-image posters that have the text backwards. When held up to a mirror, they will read the correct way around. I LOVE to use these as a fun way to promote positive affirmations. I leave them in our reading corner, beside a mirror, and smile as I watch the children work their way through the positive affirmation posters.  Positive affirmation posters are a lovely way to spread the power of positivity throughout your classroom. I make sure that the posters are placed in high-traffic areas, such as in our library area, by the sink, the pencil sharpeners etc. I also change them up frequently. I don’t want the message to become a part of the wallpaper, so to speak. I want the children to notice the messages every single day. You may also like the same positive affirmation posters with the beautiful watercolour flowers You can look at those here. You can find many more inquiry based tips and tools in my blog and in my store. Enjoy! Susan Powers PYPteachingtools.com P.S. If you’re on social media, come and join in the chat on Instagram @pypteaching or Facebook @ PYP Teaching Tools. Would LOVE to meet you!
Editable Awards Certificates for the IB PYP Learner Profile and Attitudes
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Editable Awards Certificates for the IB PYP Learner Profile and Attitudes

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Colourful awards certificates for the IB PYP Learner Profile and the IB Attitudes. Make the moment more memorable for the award winners with these fun certificates. I created them with Power point 2007 .You can edit them using Power Point. The language within these certificates 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 certificates that are preferable for girls and boys for each of the profile traits and the attitudes. There is a certificate for both courageous and risk taker, depending on the option of your school. This 43 page packet contains everything you need to host a fabulous IB PYP awards ceremony. You can also purchase the matching IB PYP classroom display posters as separate packets for the Learner Profile and the Key Concepts, the Skills and the Attitudes, all found in my stores. You can find more ideas for implementing the IB PYP in my blog or in my stores. Enjoy! ~ Susan Powers
IB PYP Learner Profile and Attitudes Posters with Famous Quotes
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IB PYP Learner Profile and Attitudes Posters with Famous Quotes

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Making the IB PYP meaningful and authentic. These classroom posters include language from the International Baccalaureate’s description of the Learner Profile and IB Attitudes. Each profile trait comes with endearing and funny pictures of animals, to help visualise the meaning behind the words and their kid friendly explanations. The quotes are from well known people from the past and the present and tie in wonderfully to further reinforce the students understanding. These can be used as a classroom display to refer to daily. The children will become familiar with the Learner Profile traits ,the IB Attitudes and the language of the IB PYP. Included: 10 posters of the Learner Profile traits (COURAGEOUS & RISKTAKER) 12 posters of the IB Attitudes Teacher suggestions as to how to utilise the posters 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
100 Acts of Kindness Challenge and Craftivity
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100 Acts of Kindness Challenge and Craftivity

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Random acts of kindness brought into the classroom. What a wonderful way to celebrate the love in our world as we lead up to Valentine’s Day, yet can be done all year round too. Can you reach 100 acts of kindness and pin 100 Kindness coupons to your wall within the time frame? For each act of kindness witnessed, the children will complete a Kindness coupon for the person who was kind and the coupon is attached to the wall/chart. This 12 printable packet provides the tools to implement an idea that has been going around for quite a few years. 100 Acts of Kindness is a classroom challenge that brings a great awareness into the children’s minds, that it is absolutely wonderful to share caring and love. As the compliments are handed out and the kindness coupons are added to our wall, we can see exactly how much love we bring into the lives of others and, in turn, into our own. The children are able to see, by sharing, that when we show love to others, we feel the love within ourselves. This challenge is designed to be completed within 20 -25 days. ( I usually implement it beginning on Martin Luther King Junior day, and we end it with a Valentines Day celebration. You can do it any time of the year, of course. You will find: • Kindness Coupons to print , that the students will complete as they see acts of kindness being carried out. These are used to track our challenge. • Compliment Coupon: To be completed and handed, or left anonymously, to the recipient. • Quilt tiles: create a classroom Kindness Quilt with the quilt tiles. I like to brainstorm as many words as possible that mean caring and love and gratitude. We write the word in the centre of our tile, colour and display. These activities are perfect for demonstrating and practising the IB PYP Learner Profile traits of Caring, Balanced and Principled, together with the IB Attitudes of Appreciation, Empathy and Cooperation. Enjoy as you help to spread the love!  Susan
IB PYP Rainbow Learner Profile and Attitudes Bunting Display
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IB PYP Rainbow 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 bottom corners off and 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
An IB PYP Growth Mindset Activity A Scavenger Hunt with Attitude
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An IB PYP Growth Mindset Activity A Scavenger Hunt with Attitude

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Looking for a fun and engaging activity that reinforces attitudes for growth mindset and positive self image? This is a simple print and go activity that incorporates the 12 IB PYP Attitudes with a fun and inquiry based checklist of self reflection and research. Use for homework, centres or a class focus on any of the 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 attitudes below, together with an engaging doodle note catcher for recording the information and 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 attitudes in their lives and is fun too! Win-win! Each checklist has 5-10 tasks to be completed, focusing wholly on that particular attitude and asking the children to look within themselves as well as the world around them, identifying what that attitude 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. Attitudes included: Independence Cooperation Empathy Integrity Appreciation Confidence Creativity Tolerance Commitment Enthusiasm Respect Curiosity You can find many more tips and tools for inquiry based learning in my store and on my blog. Enjoy! Susan Powers
An IB PYP  Student Led Conference Kit
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An IB PYP Student Led Conference Kit

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Anything to make our lives simpler, right? Well, this convenient IB PYP packet for Student Led Conferences in the upper elementary grades will hopefully do that for you. Even if you are not an IB school, these reflection sheets and scripts will work for you. You will find everything is ready to just print and go, however, if you wish to edit some of the parent letters and information sheets, I have provided a link where you can download those sheets here as Power Points for free and edit as you prefer. You will find: Special conference portfolio cover sheets Cute welcome activity with self portraits and speech bubbles Reflection sheets for the unit of inquiry Goal setting reflection sheets Reflection sheets for the exhibition Learner Profile and IB Attitudes reflections. 3 trans disciplinary inquiry activities to implement with families during the conference Task cards and worksheets for the activities Parent information letter Parent invitations Scripts for the students to use Checklists for the students to use. The family/student collaborative inquiries include: Triptych inferring activity with fiction pictures Web quest: Sergeant Stubby Spaghetti Skyscrapers math inquiry You can find more IB PYP ideas and resources, including my complete units of inquiry, on my blog www.pypteachingtools.com Enjoy! ~ Susan Powers
An End of the Year Collection of Memories Editable Slide Presentation IB PYP
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An End of the Year Collection of Memories Editable Slide Presentation IB PYP

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Colourful presentation slides for the IB PYP Learner Profile and the IB Attitudes. Make the moment more memorable and personal with these editable slides that you simply need to add your own photos and text. I created them with Power point 2007. You can edit them using Power Point. The language within these certificates is aligned with the IB PYP and can be used any time of the year for those special presentations. You will find that they can also be used as awards certificates tby simply printing the slides once you have edited them to suit. There is a slide for both courageous and risk taker, thinker & global thinker depending on the option of your school. UK & USA spelling. With 74 slides included, this packet contains everything you need to host a fabulous IB PYP awards ceremony or presentation event. You can also purchase the matching IB PYP classroom display posters as separate packets for the Learner Profile and the Key Concepts, the Skills and the Attitudes, all found in my store. You can find more ideas for implementing the IB PYP in my blog . Enjoy! ~ Susan Powers www.PYPteachingtools.com
IB PYP Learner Profile Floral Posters with Positive Affirmations
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IB PYP Learner Profile Floral Posters with Positive Affirmations

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These beautiful watercolour posters contain the ever powerful words, “ I AM “ and they are designed around the IB PYP and MYP Learner Profile. They are designed to act as a reference point of the attributes of the Learner Profile, rather than descriptors. ( If you’d like this design as posters for your classroom, I also have a set where the children will create the descriptors themselves, for each attribute, as a part of their learning and reflection of their own Learner Profile. You can find the editable version for that resource here. ) These contain all of the IB Learner Profile attributes for both the PYP and the MYP, including options of risk taker/courageous and thinker/global thinker. The posters come in full size and half size. In addition, there are many more positive affirmations that were created by my fifth graders through their own reflections and for the benefit of other kids out there such as: I am enough I am strong I am a great friend etc. There are a couple of editable sheets in a separate file for you to add your own affirmations as you see fit. Included are mirror-image posters that have the text backwards. When held up to a mirror, they will read the correct way around. I LOVE to use these as a fun way to promote positive affirmations. I leave them in our reading corner, beside a mirror, and smile as I watch the children work their way through the positive affirmation posters.  Positive affirmation posters are a lovely way to spread the power of positivity throughout your classroom. I make sure that the posters are placed in high-traffic areas, such as in our library area, by the sink, the pencil sharpeners etc. I also change them up frequently. I don’t want the message to become a part of the wallpaper, so to speak. I want the children to notice the messages every single day. You may also like the same positive affirmation posters with the beautiful watercolour brush marks. You can look at those here. You can find many more inquiry based tips and tools in my blog and in my store. Enjoy! Susan Powers PYPteachingtools.com P.S. If you’re on social media, come and join in the chat on Instagram @pypteaching or Facebook @ PYP Teaching Tools. Would LOVE to meet you!
Create Your Own IB PYP Learner Profile Posters Digital Version
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Create Your Own IB PYP Learner Profile Posters Digital Version

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These beautiful watercolour posters are all ready for you to have the children think critically about the descriptors of the IB PYP Learner Profile and then add their own text digitally, before printing them. I like to have the children work on the descriptors collaboratively, in small groups – each researching the definitions, critically evaluating the best way to summarise them and finally creating their own. It is a great way to reinforce an awareness of our Learner Profile as the children learn what it means to possess those attributes of a learner and be an active part of the creation of the posters. They’re then a beautiful reference to be used in your classroom all year long. These contain all of the IB Learner Profile attributes for both the PYP and the MYP, including options of risk taker/courageous and thinker/global thinker. In addition, there are printable versions that can be used for writing the descriptors for each attribute, if that is your preference. You can find that edition by clicking right here. You may also like the same create your own digital posters with the beautiful watercolour brush marks rather than the flowers. You can look at those here. You can find many more inquiry based tips and tools in my blog and in my store. Enjoy! Susan Powers PYPteachingtools.com P.S. If you’re on social media, come and join in the chat on Instagram @pypteaching or Facebook @ PYP Teaching Tools. Would LOVE to meet you!
Feel the Love Valentine's Activity Bundle
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Feel the Love Valentine's Activity Bundle

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Everything you need to make that lead up to Valentine's Day full of love, fun and learning. This bundle contains four of my best selling activities. You can help to reinforce that sense of community within your classroom as you review reading comprehension skills with cause and effect task cards, set the challenge for 100 acts of kindness within one month! Bring out the risk takers and laugh with the drama circle, developing speaking and listening skills and finally help to motivate budding young authors with the writing workshop. Each activity is tried, tested and approved by 3rd through 5th grades. With this bundle you are saving 25%! With love, Susan Powers
Back to School IB PYP Bulletin Board Kit
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Back to School IB PYP Bulletin Board Kit

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This bright and cheerful IB PYP bunting is perfect for back to school. Add it on your bulletin boards, hang it over your door to welcome your little learners are they walk into their classroom. Hang it around your room. It is versatile, comes in two different sizes, has everything that you need for your IB PYP bulletin boards and comes with an editable format so that you can change it up to suit yourself from year to year. Please note that only the text is editable due to copyright. The pennants themselves are not editable. You will need Power Point programme to edit this material. Simply copy and fold the top of the bunting over a length of string for an attractive classroom decoration. Or, simply pin to your bulletin board. Included: Unit of Inquiry/Enquiry Action! Our Learner Profile Key Concepts Welcome Skills If you like these materials, you may also be interested in my cute IB PYP posters that come in various packs suitable for little kids and the big kids, including a black and white set to match this bunting. There many other back to school inquiry based teaching tools as well as my complete IB PYP units of inquiry, all found in my store . Enjoy! Susan Powers www.pypteachingtools.com