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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
Free Biography Writing Powerpoint Presentation
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Free Biography Writing Powerpoint Presentation

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This slide show will guide you through the form and structure of writing a biography, from the different forms of lead to the conclusion. There is text to compare too. You can find the complete inquiry based writing lesson for Creating Living History in my store or on my blog. www.pypteachingtools.com Enjoy! Susan
Division I Have Who Has Game
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Division I Have Who Has Game

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Its an oldie but a goodie! I have, who has is a favourite with my kids. The reason this resource came into being is because we lost a few of the cards I have had for years and years and our game was kaput. Thus my fresh, new and colourful card game helping us to learn our math facts with multiplication and division. Use it for small guided math groups or centres activities. Perfect for 3rd grade, 4th grade and 5th grade students. Try these out for FREE! The multiplication cards in my store are an entire class set, with 36 cards showing multiples and factors to practice our multiplication tables up to 10s. Besides the usual way of playing it across the class, we have been timing ourselves to see how our fluency is developing and improving each week. The kids absolutely LOVE this competition that they have with themselves. These can of course, also be used for small guided math groups and math centres activities. For those of you who aren't as old as I am (!), I have included teacher instructions too.  Enjoy! Susan Powers www.pypteachingtools.com
Math Multi Step Word Problems Task Cards.
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Math Multi Step Word Problems Task Cards.

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A free sample of my inquiry based math, multi step word problems. These are easy to print and go and can be mixed and matched for simple differentiation. Designed for my 3rd graders, they cover 3rd and 4th grade CCSS Math standards and are aligned with IB PYP Phases 3 and 4. These task cards can be used as centres activities, for mall guided math groups and as homework review sheets. You will find word problems that cover the following: Number and place value Number and operations Measure: area and perimeter Data analysis As with all problem solving, the critical thinking skills are rehearesed as the children learn to do multi-step problems. You can find many more inquiry based products in my stores and on my blog. www.pypteachingtools.com Enjoy! Susan Powers
The Human Body Systems Reading Articles
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The Human Body Systems Reading Articles

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These non fiction articles are great to add to your science unit about the human body. With the text suitable for upper elementary, they look at the facts behind six of our human body systems, with new vocabulary highlighted and provocations and inquiry based tasks included. The language aligns with the IB PYP phases 3 and 4 and NGSS. You will find spelling for USA and UK. This is a small part of my complete science unit of inquiry, Human Body Systems, that delves into the central idea of: The human body’s systems connect and function interdependently. With over 170 pages , it covers a six week study inquiring into the various organs and systems and how we compare to the systems that give life to other organisms. It is filled with transdisciplinary, inquiry based, multi-sensory learning activities and experiments, fully differentiated for grades 3-6. It is a thoroughly engaging and rigorous unit. Take a look here. We cover circulatory, respiratory, digestive, nervous, immune, integumentary, skeletal and muscular systems. You may also be interested in my other complete inquiry based units as well. They include: Revolutions and Revolutionaries Across Time The American Revolution Extreme Weather and Global Warming Adaptations of Living Things The Earth’s Structure and Landforms Rocks and Minerals Those are just a few. Feel free to explore further in my store and on my blog, where you will find many more inquiry based resources and ideas. Lets keep in touch. You can find me on Instragram @PYP teaching and on PINTEREST. Enjoy this freebie, ~ Susan Powers PYPteachingtools.com
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
Colourful Scientific Method Posters
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Colourful Scientific Method Posters

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These posters are a great, colourful tool to use as you teach the scientific method. Hang them all year long to reinforce the concepts of inquiry and critical thinking skills. These are a part of my complete unit study of The Scientific Method, complete with over a dozen hands on experiments and STEM challenges. 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. Find more inquiry based learning tools on my blog and in my store. Enjoy! Susan www.pypteachingtools.com
Summer Reading Challenge Freebie
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Summer Reading Challenge Freebie

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Free! Keeping those brains in training all summer long! This free summer reading challenge can be used to send home for a fun, quirky way to keep kids engaged in reading over the summer. The challenges are doable for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades and can be sent home at the end of the school year or used as homework at the beginning of the new school year as a great getting to know you activity. UK & USA spelling included. This is part of my Summer Learning Challenges Packet. Mix and match the pages to suit the skill levels of your kiddos or staple them all in fun packets. A cover sheet is included. I like to offer prizes to those who do their best to complete the challenges over summer, and they can hand them back to me when we all return to school in August. Included in the complete packet: Reading challenge Spelling challenge Writing challenge Maths challenge Acts of Kindness challenge IB Learner Profile challenge You can find many more inquiry based learning tools in my store and on my blog. Enjoy! And HAPPY, HAPPY SUMMER!  Susan Powers www.PYPteachingtools.com
A Fractions Flip Flap Book for IB PYP and CCSS
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A Fractions Flip Flap Book for IB PYP and CCSS

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Make math fun and engaging with this interactive flip flap mini book! This print and go packet contains a flip flap book focusing on fractions, aligned with IB PYP Phase 3 and CCSS Number and Fractions for 3rd and 4th grades. The pages can be easily mixed and matched, thus differentiated for the needs of your kids in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. I have used these booklets as a reflection piece for my IB PYP class to gauge their own knowledge and learning. They can also be used successfully as formative or summative assessments depending on the needs of your class. Mix and match the pages! The pages also include the language of the International Baccalaureate, therefore aligning nicely with both standards. These mini math books can be used for guided math groups, independent centres activities as well as small peer group collaboration. I hope you find this resource useful. Please take a look at the many other resources that I have in my store and on my blog, all aligned with the CCSS and the IB Primary Years Programme. Enjoy! Susan Powers www.pypteachingtools.com
A Math Assessment Flip Flap Book
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A Math Assessment Flip Flap Book

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Keeping ASSESSMENT for math fun with flip flap books! Kids love to make these booklets to show their skills with math. The tasks require the children to explain the concept in writing, show examples and to give their strategies. All perfectly aligned with the CCSS expectations and the IB PYP Phases 3 and 4. Simply cut, complete, colour and staple or glue the pages together. Use as engaging and fun assessments, mastery tasks, homework or for early finishers all year long. This printable packet contains two different booklets aligned with CCSS Math Geometry and Data Analysis and Number and Operations. The first booklet includes: Geometry and Data Analysis: Lines Rays Angles Polygons Polyhedrons The second booklet includes: Number Sense and Operations: Number Place value Addition Subtraction Division Multiplication These booklets were designed for my 4th grade as a beginning of the year assessment activity, however they can be used with 3rd, 4th and 5th grades too. You may also be interested in my complete packets of Math Concept Assessment Posters found here. They come in packets for each separate CCSS math unit or as a complete big bundle with savings for you.  Enjoy! Susan Powers
Valentine's Card Design by Numbers with Multiplication & Place Value
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Valentine's Card Design by Numbers with Multiplication & Place Value

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Sharing the love! Free download, design by numbers as kids solve the multiplication problems, review place value and design their own unique Valentine's cards. Unless you have twins in your classroom, no two cards should be the same! Spread the love with these engaging Valentine’s math tasks focusing mostly on multiplication & place value, requiring the children to solve problems so that they can design and draw their own Valentine’s card and/or a Fairy Tale Love Story based on their own personal information. This EASY print and go packet contains math problem sheets with 2 digit by 1 digit multiplication and 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication. Thus, these can be used for 4th grade up to 6th grade. I have used these as a fun math centres activity and as homework sheets. The pages align with the CCSS math standards for 4th grade & 5th CCSS NBT., requiring the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions within their own drawings. You will need to provide the children with a sheet of construction paper or card to create the actual card, and Fairy Tale drawing, a ruler, pencils, crayons, markers etc. The kids love to share their unique pictures, reflecting upon their problem solving and how their answers and, in turn pictures, differ from their classmates. A gallery walk is a fun reflection activity. And sharing the Fairy Tale Love Stories is actually hilarious! I love teaching older kiddos!  I hope you find this resource useful. Please take a look at the many other resources that I have in my store and on my blog, all aligned with the CCSS and the IB Primary Years Programme. Enjoy! And share the love.  Susan Powers www.pypteachingtools.com
Earth Day Tic Tac Toe Enquiry Activity
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Earth Day Tic Tac Toe Enquiry Activity

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Homework suddenly becomes FUN and meaningful! Double whammy! Be the coolest teacher in the school with these engaging inquiry based tasks focusing on Earth Day. This EASY print and go packet contains a themed homework sheet with 9 trans-disciplinary activities. Thus, these can be used for 3rd grade up to 5th grade. The children love to independently select their own 3 tasks, horizontally, vertically or diagonally, just like Tic Tac Toe. The activities focus on the Key Concepts, Learner Profile and the IB Attitudes, requiring the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. Every one of the transdisciplinary skills is used within these activities as the children get to independently select their homework, research it and communicate their findings in fun, engaging and very creative ways. I hope you find this resource useful. There are other Tic Tac Toe packets available in my store, covering[ [math themes]( as well as social studies. Please take a look at the many other resources that I have in my store and on my blog, all aligned with the CCSS and the IB Primary Years Programme. Enjoy! Susan Powers www.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
Fairy Tale Story Structure Flip Flap Booklet
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Fairy Tale Story Structure Flip Flap Booklet

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Make creative writing fun and engaging with this interactive flip flap booklet! Designed to reinforce the students’ knowledge of the story structure for fairy tales through concept based thinking, as well as plan their own fairy tale, this is an easy to print and go activity. The pages can be mixed and matched to suit the needs of the children in your class, thus very easy to differentiate. The pages cover setting, characters, magic, problem, solution and plot. Thus, these can be used for 2nd grade up to 5th grade and phases 2, 3 and 4 of the IB PYP. I have used these booklets as a reflection piece for my IB PYP class to gauge their own knowledge and learning. They can also be used successfully as assessments ,depending on the needs of your class. Mix and match the pages! The pages align with the CCSS writing standards for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade, CCSS Writing Literacy: Production & Distribution of Writing narratives. They also include the language of the International Baccalaureate, therefore aligning nicely with both standards. You will find both British and American spelling and vocabulary. These mini writing books can be used for guided writing groups, independent centres activities as well as small peer group collaboration. I hope you find this resource useful. This is a part of my complete Fairy Tales IB PYP Unit of Inquiry under the theme of How We Express Ourselves. You can find many more inquiry based resources in my store and on my blog, catering for the IB PYP classroom. Take at look at these examples below: A Complete IB PYP Unit of Inquiry- Rocks and Minerals An IB PYP Poetry Workshop – How We Express Ourselves IB PYP Learner Profile for Literacy Task Cards Fun Figurative Language Scavenger Hunt Enjoy! Susan Powers www.pypteachingtools.com
Design Santa's Sleigh with Geometry & Measure
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Design Santa's Sleigh with Geometry & Measure

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This math project is a fun way for the children to practice their skills with geometry and critical thinking as they follow the instructions on the differentiated task cards to design their own sleigh for Santa. Using the Ask – Plan – Think – Design -strategy of the design process, the children will look at various forms of travel, including different types of sleigh. This can be done independently or in small, cooperative groups. They will then use their knowledge of geometry to plan their own design for Santa. The rigour comes when they HAVE to include various forms of geometry into their design. Included: Lines Rays Angles Intersecting lines Parallel lines Etc. You could of course, add in other geometrical aspects as you wish to suit your class’ needs. It is quick and easy for you to prepare and will take up 2-3 math periods to complete. You can find more inquiry based activities in my store and on my blog. Enjoy! And have a fabulous Christmas! Susan Powers www.PYPteachingtools.com
Empowering Valentine's Cards for Your Students
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Empowering Valentine's Cards for Your Students

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These 24 different Valentine’s cards are a wonderfully positive and empowering reward for your students. Aligned with the language of the IB PYP, they will make your kiddos smile with the message that you are sending them but also with the cute and funny animal pictures on each card. They will suit all grade levels and are easy to print, cut and go! If you prefer, you can edit the text to type in names of children, rather than writing it. Please note that this is the only editable section. It was created with Power point. There is a blank card to add your own message too. Use these cards all year long, for easy prep rewards, with a great growth mindset message. If you like this resource, you’ll also love my 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge, found here. This is the perfect project to use in your classroom around Valentine’s day, spreading the message of showing kindness and caring to others. Plus it has a really cool craft too.  You can find many more inquiry based resources and ideas for the PYP in my store and on my blog. Share the love! Enjoy! Susan Powers PYPteachingtools.com
Tic Tac Toe Inquiry Based Activities The Holiday Bundle
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Tic Tac Toe Inquiry Based Activities The Holiday Bundle

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Homework suddenly becomes FUN and meaningful! Double whammy! Be the coolest teacher in the school with these engaging I.B P.Y.P. inquiry based tasks focusing on holidays & celebrations throughout the year. This EASY print and go packet contains a themed homework sheet with 9 trans-disciplinary activities. Thus, these can be used for 3rd grade up to 5th grade. The children love to independently select their own 3 tasks, horizontally, vertically or diagonally, just like Knots and Crosses. The activities focus on the Key Concepts, Learner Profile and the I.B. Attitudes, requiring the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. Every one of the trans disciplinary skills is used within these activities as the children get to independently select their homework, research it and communicate their findings in fun, engaging and very creative ways. Included: New Year Valentines Day St. Patrick Day Earth Day Easter Summer Celebrate Our Country Back to School Thanksgiving Halloween Christmas Winter I hope you find this resource useful. There are other Tic Tac Toe packets available in my store, covering math themes as well as social studies. Please take a look at the many other resources that I have in my store and on my blog, all aligned with the C.C.S.S and the I.B Primary Years Programme. Enjoy! Susan Powers www.pypteachingtools.com
Spin Your Maths Wheels Comparing & Ordering Fractions
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Spin Your Maths Wheels Comparing & Ordering Fractions

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Get their brains spinning as they play with these math spinners for a fun, engaging and hands on way to practise their skills with comparing and ordering fractions. The rigour is added with the higher level numbers used and is therefore easy to differentiate for your groups’ needs. Perfect for 3rd grade as they get to grips with fractions and for 4th and 5th grade as review. These are simple to just and print and go! Use them with small groups, paired work or for independent practice. The children love to spin the spinners and complete the equations on the recording sheet. There is even space for making their thinking visible. I have used these as truly interactive notebook activities where the children have simply glued the sheet into their notebooks and used the spinners from there. I have also used them successfully with math centres, small guided math groups and with pairs working collaboratively. Included : 6complete spinner + recording sheets 4 large spinners with fractions and mixed number fractions 3 large spinners with ordering and comparing symbols 1 bonus operations spinner for those who are ready for that challenge. Skills include: Ordering and comparing proper fractions Ordering and comparing mixed numbers. You may also like my interactive spinners for Multiplication and Division Facts, Ordering and Operations with Decimal Fractions and Comparing and Ordering with Place Value. Enjoy! Susan Powers www.PYPteachingtools.com
Spin Your Maths Wheels with Multiplication & Division
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Spin Your Maths Wheels with Multiplication & Division

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Get their brains spinning as they play with these math spinners for a fun, engaging and hands on way to practise their math facts. The rigour is added with the higher level numbers used and is therefore easy to differentiate for your groups and their needs. These are simple to just and print and go! Use them with small groups, paired work or for independent practice. The children love to spin the spinners and complete the equations on the recording sheet. There is even space for making thinking visible. I have used these as truly interactive notebook activities where the children have simply glued the sheet into their notebooks and used the spinners from there. I have also used them successfully with math centres. Included : xxxx complete spinner + recording sheets 2 large spinners with numbers large spinners with operations. 1 create your own copy Skills covered include: Multiplication and division fact families Two digit by one digit multiplication Two digit by two digit multiplication Associative law You may also be interested in Spin Your Math Wheels interactive packets for Addition and Subtraction, Place Value Ordering and Comparing and Operations with Fractions. Many more hands on, inquiry based activities can be found in my store and on my blog. Enjoy! Susan Powers www.PYPteachingtools.com
Spin Your Maths Wheels with Comparing & Ordering Place Value
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Spin Your Maths Wheels with Comparing & Ordering Place Value

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Get their brains spinning as they play with these math spinners for a fun, engaging and hands on way to practise their math facts. The rigour is added with the higher level numbers used and is therefore easy to differentiate for your groups and their needs. These are simple to just and print and go! Use them with small groups, paired work or for independent practice. The children love to spin the spinners and make their thinking visible on the recording sheet. I have used these as truly interactive notebook activities where the children have simply glued the sheet into their notebooks and used the spinners from there. I have also used them successfully with math centres. Included : 9 complete spinner + differentiated recording sheets ( from tens up to hundred thousands.) 8 large spinners with numbers differentiated up to hundred thousands. 2 large spinners with greater than, less than, equal symbols. 1 create your own copy Skills covered include: Identifying numbers up to hundreds of thousands. Ordering numbers Comparing numbers. You may also be interested in Spin Your Math Wheels interactive packets for Addition and Subtraction, Place Value Ordering and Comparing and Operations with Fractions. Many more hands on, inquiry based activities can be found in my store and on my blog. Enjoy! Susan Powers www.c.PYPteachingtools.com
IB PYP Key Concepts Question Cards for Any Age Level
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IB PYP Key Concepts Question Cards for Any Age Level

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Conceptual learning begins by understanding how to think conceptually and to formulate concept-based questions. These cards are ideal for developing understanding of the IB PYP Key Concepts as well as helping children to focus their thinking and develop higher level questioning skills. The cards are differentiated for Grades K-2 and Grades 3-6. Each card contains sentence stems for guiding the children’s thinking and structuring their questioning as they formulate their own questions with anything. Easy to print and keep in a box or a ring on table groups. I prefer to give each child their own set that they keep in their desks for easy access to use at ANY time and for ANY subject. I have seen children referring to the cards for formative assessments and reflections, for setting goals, for developing their own lines of inquiries as well as within literacy and maths. Perfect for collaborative thinking activities and encouraging accountable talk within discussions. Enjoy! Susan PYPteachingtools.com