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By Susan Powers
Fun ways to encourage reflection and goal setting. Reflection can be a tricky concept to genuinely learn. Often it becomes filling out the “usual” things and is not really meaningful for the student. These IB PYP reflection and assessment sheets (
Subjects:
English Language Arts, International Baccalaureate, Back to School
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Printables
$4.75
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By Susan Powers
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, International Baccalaureate, Classroom Management
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Classroom Forms
$4.50
75
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By Susan Powers
For the little kids! Use these colorful, printable posters to introduce and review the language of the trans-disciplinary skills within the PYP. They are designed with the lower elementary in mind and use a lot of the verbiage directly from the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, International Baccalaureate, Classroom Management
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas, Posters
$2.99
50
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By Susan Powers
Welcome to the world of inquiry based social studies, civics and human rights. This interactive, complete, six week unit of inquiry is perfect for the IB PYP. Created with a transdisciplinary theme of How We Organise Ourselves, it is ideal for 4th
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Civics, International Baccalaureate
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Activities, Printables
$14.00
39
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By Susan Powers
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, International Baccalaureate, Classroom Management
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
$4.75
73
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By Susan Powers
The IB PYP Exhibition! The big event that is truly a journey of discovery for the children as they work their way through this valuable process, culminating in a final Exhibition; presenting their work over the past few months as well as show casing
Subjects:
Specialty, Critical Thinking, International Baccalaureate
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Research, Scaffolded Notes, Cooperative Learning
$12.00
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By Susan Powers
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, International Baccalaureate, Reading Strategies
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Activities, Printables
$10.00
47
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By Susan Powers
This rigorous language arts game has 14 pages, including colorful reproducible cards to engage kids, whilst they are learning about inferring character traits for reinforcing reading comprehension. It is a matching game with three color coded,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$4.75
68
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By Susan Powers
Flippables, foldables, 3d models, science experiments, research, transdisciplinary learning…….all in the name of inquiry based science. With over 170 pages, this 6 week, IB PYP unit of inquiry is looking at the human body and how our organs and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Science, International Baccalaureate
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Science Centers
$15.00
57
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By Susan Powers
Use these colorful, printable posters to introduce and review the language of the trans- disciplinary skills, now known as the Approaches to Learning Skills, within the PYP. They are designed with the upper elementary in mind and use a lot of the
Subjects:
Life Skills, International Baccalaureate, Classroom Management
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas, Posters
$2.99
29
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By Susan Powers
Inquiry is all about exploring and this complete IB PYP unit of inquiry is all about exploring explorers! With over 100 pages filled with activities, this printable packet is a complete, trans-disciplinary unit filled with engaging, hands on
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, International Baccalaureate
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.10
$10.25
41
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By Susan Powers
Little kids rule with this colorful and eye-catching version of my IB PYP Attitudes, designed for the younger kids, K through 3rd grade. The language within these 13 posters is aligned with the International Baccalaureate Organization's
Subjects:
English Language Arts, International Baccalaureate, Classroom Management
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Printables, Posters
$3.75
50
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By Susan Powers
Finally, I got around to creating reading comprehension graphic organisers that are suitable for the IB PYP, the CCSS ELA and promote inquiry within reading for ANY non fiction and fictional text. More thinking strategies will be added as I
Subjects:
International Baccalaureate, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Literacy Center Ideas, Graphic Organizers
$7.00
37
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By Susan Powers
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,
Subjects:
International Baccalaureate, Character Education, Back to School
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Cooperative Learning, Task Cards
$10.50
16
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By Susan Powers
We all need a hero! Within this 68 page packet you will find engaging, interactive activities designed around math, literacy, arts and crafts. The interactive notebook aspect is particularly fun for 3rd-5th grades. This is a 4 -6 week
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, International Baccalaureate
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Printables
$10.50
44
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By Susan Powers
Take the children back in time. Be the Miss Frizz of your classroom with this complete IB PYP unit of inquiry. Where We Are in Place and Time: Ancient Civilizations contributed to today’s society. This is one of my favourite social studies units of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, International Baccalaureate
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Thematic Unit Plans, Activities
CCSS:
RI.3.1, RI.3.3, RI.3.8, RI.3.10, RI.4.3, RI.5.1, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.4
$12.50
34
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By Susan Powers
Getting to know your students with this self reflection activity is a win-win, as you encourage them to think critically about the questions in each section of their t shirt. Their thinking is recorded with drawings rather than simply written
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, International Baccalaureate, Back to School
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$3.00
32
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By Susan Powers
This hands on, 22 page, interactive booklet is designed to be used as a means of facilitating the IB PYP Attitudes within the upper elementary. I designed it with my 4th grade in mind but it can be used with 3rd, 5th and 6th. It can be done within
Subjects:
Vocabulary, International Baccalaureate, Back to School
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Printables
$3.00
37
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By Susan Powers
These IB PYP cover sheets can be used for the on-going working binder and/or for the IB PYP Portfolio. These sheets are designed to be used as a mini reflection sheet as the you introduce each new unit of inquiry. There are two forms of the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, International Baccalaureate, Back to School
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Graphic Organizers
$2.75
31
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By Susan Powers
Welcome to the world of civics! This is a 6 week transdisciplinary unit study with the theme of How We Organise Ourselves. Using the idea of what it means to be a citizen in the world, we inquire into the central idea and how leaders have governed
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Government, International Baccalaureate
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Thematic Unit Plans, Activities
$12.00
28
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

For over twenty years I have had the joy of teaching to a myriad of children. No two days are ever the same with this amazing job! It can never, ever be described as boring. The children who have been my students have enriched my life with their natural curiosity. I currently teach fourth grade in an IB World school in France and have taught internationally, primarily with 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades, in Scotland, the USA, the Middle East and now France.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Hands on, inquiry based learning is my ideal way to present new concepts and reinforce strategies and skills. Fostering a community of trust within my classroom, allows everyone to realise their potential without feeling afraid of failure. Promoting risk-taking and recognizing that fair does not mean everyone is the same.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

"Funnest Teacher" award, given to me by one of my 8 year old students! Means more than any other award I've received. :)

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor of Education degree from Glasgow University, Scotland.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Mother of two teenagers and a 3 year old Rottweiler. Chief cook and bottle-washer, household taxi driver and efficient, if somewhat crazed, multi-tasker!

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