Chalk out your unit of inquiry with this detailed idea bank on teaching simple machines
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Certain units of inquiry are ubiquitous across school POIs. These units, tried and tested, have deep connections to the transdisciplinary theme and are relevant across cultures and contexts. At Toddle, we believe in the power of sharing ideas and best practices. Join us as we deep dive into the units we all know and love and explore strategies for effectively thinking about and planning these units. 

In this Idea Bank, we will explore a How the world works- Simple machines unit.

Studying simple machines from a scientific lens helps students learn about the basic principles of how things work. Inquiring into machines is truly transdisciplinary with integration with reading, math and critical thinking skills, to name a few.  Created by Rachel Poff, this idea bank is sure to become your go-to partner in planning a unit on simple machines.

Use this resource to:

  • Unpack the embedded concepts
  • Design central ideas around related concepts
  • Identify resources you can use in your classroom to bring this unit to life

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Rachel Poff
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Rachel Poff
Rachel Poff is a passionate educator, dedicated to student agency and inquiry based learning. She has been teaching for 18 years in places as Vietnam, the UAE, Singapore, to name a few. She has been a single subject teacher, lower primary, upper primary, PYP coordinator and principal. She is an IBEN who loves facilitating workshops and learning from all of the incredible IB teachers she has the pleasure of meeting.
Inquiry, Unit Planning
Unit of Inquiry Idea Bank-Simple Machines
Certain units of inquiry are ubiquitous across school POIs. These units, tried and tested, have deep connections to the transdisciplinary theme and are relevant across cultures and contexts. At Toddle, we believe in the power of sharing ideas and best practices. Join us as we deep dive into the units we all know and love and explore strategies for effectively thinking about and planning these units.

In this Idea Bank, we will explore a How the world works- Simple machines unit.

Studying simple machines from a scientific lens helps students learn about the basic principles of how things work. Inquiring into machines is truly transdisciplinary with integration with reading, math and critical thinking skills, to name a few. Created by Rachel Poff, this idea bank is sure to become your go-to partner in planning a unit on simple machines.