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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 Set of IB PYP Classroom Posters with Famous Quotes
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A Complete Set of IB PYP Classroom Posters with Famous Quotes

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A Complete Set IB PYP POSTERS WITH FAMOUS QUOTES ©Susan Powers 2016 Making the IB PYP meaningful and authentic. These classroom posters include language from the International Baccalaureate’s description of the Key Concepts, Learner Profile and IB Attitudes. Each poster 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 Key Concepts, the Learner Profile traits ,the IB Attitudes and the language of the IB PYP. UK and USA spelling included. Included: •10 posters of the Learner Profile traits (COURAGEOUS & RISKTAKER, THINKER & GLOBAL THINKER) •12 posters of the IB Attitudes •8 posters of the Key Concepts •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
A Complete IB PYP Unit of Inquiry into Rocks and Minerals
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A Complete IB PYP Unit of Inquiry into Rocks and Minerals

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Experiments ! Math fun! Science stuff! And flipables, foldables, web quests, and the science goes on and on. This makes you the coolest teacher ever! Kids love inquiry based learning and there are over 80 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 How the World Works with our central idea of: Scientific principles create and shape the rocks on earth. Lines of inquiry: How are the different types of rocks connected? How does the earth continue the cycle of rock formation? What scientific principles shape the rocks on earth? (inquiry into the 7 natural wonders of the world) How does society use rock? 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 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.coolteachingtools.blogspot.com Enjoy! Susan Powers
A Complete Set of IB PYP Classroom Posters with Authors' Quotes
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A Complete Set of IB PYP Classroom Posters with Authors' Quotes

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A Complete Set IB PYP POSTERS WITH FAMOUS QUOTES ©Susan Powers 2016 Making the IB PYP meaningful and authentic. These classroom posters include language from the International Baccalaureate’s description of the Key Concepts, Learner Profile and IB Attitudes. Each poster 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 Key Concepts, the Learner Profile traits ,the IB Attitudes and the language of the IB PYP. UK and USA spelling included. Included: •10 posters of the Learner Profile traits (COURAGEOUS & RISKTAKER, THINKER & GLOBAL THINKER) •12 posters of the IB Attitudes •8 posters of the Key Concepts •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.coolteachingtools.blogspot.com
An Interactive Science Inquiry Plate Tectonics IB PYP
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An Interactive Science Inquiry Plate Tectonics IB PYP

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Take the children to the centre of the Earth! Be the Miss Frizz of your classroom with this IB PYP inquiry. How the World Works: The Earth’s surface is constantly moving and changing through processes and forces. This is a mini unit about the amazing moving and shaking of our Earth’s surface as we explore the science behind plate tectonics and how the processes under the Earth lead to the movement and changing of our world as we know it. Go back 200 million years and explore Pangaea and make the connections between the world then and now..With over 60 pages of interactive, foldables, flippables, hands on , engaging, inquiry based activities, this transdisciplinary unit will take you through math, critical thinking, writing, geography, reading for information and, of course, science. UK & USA spelling included. Lines of inquiry include: How is the Earth structured? How is the Earth’s crust formed? How does our world today connect with the supercontinents? How does the Earth’s crust move and separate? Learning how to read clues from artefacts and also from evidence in the text, helped us to become incredible geologists 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 and history, the children gather knowledge of how plate tectonics contribute to how our world is shaped today. This mini unit can be found within my complete unit of inquiry that delves further into landforms and natural disasters as well: Earth’s Structures and Landforms, found in my store and on my blog. 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. Enjoy! Susan Powers www.pypteachingtools.com
Getting to Know the IB PYP Create Your Own Classroom Posters
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Getting to Know the IB PYP Create Your Own Classroom Posters

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Making the IB PYP meaningful and authentic by including the children in the development of your classroom bulletin boards. These blank templates are fantastic for creating your own classroom posters. The children can draw and colour a scene that they visualise to connect with each profile trait and IB Attitude. Or, cut out pictures from magazines that spark a connection. Another suggestion is that you can print these and include them in the student’s working binders as a great learning tool to refer back to over the curse of the year. So many ways to utilise these materials. They all include language from the International Baccalaureate’s description of the Learner Profile and IB Attitudes. Each poster comes with a well known author’s quote and their kid friendly explanations of the IB PYP Learner Profile and the IB Attitudes. 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 store and on my blog. Included are complete units of inquiry for each theme. 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!
A Mega Bundle of Multiplication Activities
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A Mega Bundle of Multiplication Activities

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Making multiplication fun! Over 200 pages of engaging games, word problems and other collaborative and fun math activities all geared towards mastering the strategies and skills for multiplication. These activities covers CCSS Math and IB PYP phases 3 and 4. Ten of my best selling math products in one convenient bundle, saving you almost $15! Perfect for 3rd grade, 4th grade and 5th grade. With these year round activities, you can reinforce and review the skills within multiplication whilst developing critical thinking and inquiry. Easy to use with small guided math groups, math centres as well as independent tasks, the children will constantly have the tools at their fingertips to master multiplication. Included in this packet: Identifying multiplication strategies Math facts crack the code Multiples and factors Associative Property Commutative property Long multiplication Multiplication homework activities Problem solving and critical thinking I Have Who Has Fluency Game Interactive Flip flap assessment activity Spinners fluency activities Number Talk Drama Circle analysis activity You can find many more hands on, inquiry based activities in my store and my blog. Enjoy! Susan Power www.pypteachingtools.com
St. Patrick's Day Bundle O' Learning Fun
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St. Patrick's Day Bundle O' Learning Fun

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A bundle of St. Patrick's Day fun covering maths and literacy and drama. Drama circles bring hilarity to reading fluency and speaking and listening skills as you relay the Strange Tale of Paddy McMouse. Cause and Effect task cards are fantastic tools for small guided reading activities to aid comprehension skills. Keep fractions engaging- involve candy! More problem solving number and fractions centres activities for grades 4-6, all around the fun theme of Ireland and St. Patrick's Day! These problem solving activities are designed to have the children practise their finding fractions skills through operations and problem solving scenarios. Included: 6 different types of task cards ( 16 altogether) for practising lowest common denominator, finding fractions, equivalent fractions, operations with fractions 5 problem solving inquiries to use as small group work or homework CCSS check list for number and fractions Answer sheet You can find many more inquiry based learning tools on my blog and in my store. Enjoy! Susan Powers www.pypteachingtools.com
Reading Comprehension Mega Bundle
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Reading Comprehension Mega Bundle

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Every reading comprehension skill for 3rd through 5th grade is covered within this bundled packet. There are four separate resources that are interactive, hands on and engaging. The graphic organisers, which can be used for ANY text, can be used to support the task cards games and interactive notebook resources, as well as the rest of your guided reading and small group work activities. The task cards are great to use with small guided groups or for reading centres. The interactive notebook packs cover the skill of inferring, observing and higher level questioning, together with writing skills for both fiction and non fiction. You can find many more inquiry based learning tools in my store and on my blog. Enjoy 30% savings with this bundle! Susan Powers www.pypteachingtools.com
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
A Big Reading Comprehension Bundle
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A Big Reading Comprehension Bundle

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A bundle of best selling interactive and engaging tools for making reading comprehension integrated and fun. This bundle contains games that can be used for literacy centres or small guided reading groups, developing comprehensions skills in a fun and rigorous way. You will find creative book reports that actually motivate children to read and reflect, with everything from soap carving of characters and their traits to exploring settings, creating treasure maps and writing interviews with book characters. There are enough book reports for every day of the month if you wished. The graphic organisers can be used with ANY text. Almost 100 pages of graphic organisers to use with every reading skill and non fiction and fiction. Easy to integrate into any cross curricular subject or guided reading. Covering all reading skills: cause and effect, questioning, visualising, inferring, sequencing, making connections, reflecting, summarising and so much more. With this bundle you are saving! You can find many more inquiry based learning tools on my blog www.pypteachingtools.com. Enjoy! Susan