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Regions of the United States: Southeast region, Northeast region, Midwest region, Southwest Region, and West region. This is a ...
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Government Unit & Lapbook! A complete unit for teaching about the United States government. Over 50 pages! This Gov...
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Economics Unit with Lapbook! $$$ A complete unit for teaching about basic economics. Over 60 pages! $$$ This Economics...
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Regions: Southeast Region This is one of a
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Mexico! Learn about our neighbor to the south! Includes a fantastic 10-page complex text to use when teaching social studies. T...
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Southwest Region, Regions of the United States Your students will enjoy reading this complex informational text about the
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Learn about Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean, our North American neighbors! Each unit includes a 10-page complex information t...
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Patricia Cassel
Patricia C. re: Southeast Region of the United States Lapbook or Interactive Notebook
Do you have lapbooks for the other 4 regions?
July 23, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Collabor8
Collabor8  (TpT Seller) re: Regions of the United States: 5 Complete Units with Informational Text & more
Hi Jill,
I was working on a new geography unit for my classroom on the regions of the US and then I came across your masterpiece! It is so well done, so professional, and so thorough. I bought one for my grade level partner also! Yay! Plus, I am so relieved that I do not have to make one! I did have a question about one section, though. I plan to teach each region by itself, beginning with the NE because I teach 5th grade and we always begin with the early colonial states. Then I planned to move on to the SE region. However, the NE region test on the back side, questions #20-30 ask the student to indicate whether the statement tells about the NE region, the SE region, or both. Since the students will not have studied the SE region yet, it will be difficult for them to answer. All of the other tests only ask the students to answer questions about that particular region. Would you consider changing the directions on the back to just ask the students to indicate whether the statement tells about the NE region? I know I can type something up and glue it over your directions to cover them up, but I hesitate to alter a product that has someone's name on it.
Thanks again for such a fantastic product!
Sharon
July 13, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
Hi, Sharon! I'm so sorry for the delay in answering your question. I'm not getting my notifications for some reason. I apologize.

I'm so glad you liked my regions materials. They were a lot of work to research and create! Because I'm in Florida, I started my class with our "home" region, the Southeast. I understand why you would want to start with a different region. I can make you a revised version of the test that just has "Yes" or "No" for that section.

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The revised version of the Northeast Region test in now uploaded. You can find it in your Purchases page in either the Five Regions complete bundle, or the single Northeast Region unit packet.

Thanks!
Jill
July 16, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

JenessaIs
Buyer
I LOVE your materials!! I am also a Florida teacher and the materials align nicely with the content we are required to cover. Do you also have resources for teaching map skills?
July 11, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
I'm so sorry I didn't answer this sooner! Somehow I didn't get a notification of your question! I apologize for the delay! Thanks for the lovely compliment. I enjoy hearing about teachers who use my materials.

As a matter of fact, I just posted a map skills unit that covers the 3rd grade Florida standards. You can find it at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Geography-Map-Skills-Unit-Lapbook-with-informational-text-test-more-1325077

I hope you like it! It's my favorite one so far.
--Jill
July 16, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Susan Muriel
Susan M.
PS Do you have a blog?
Susan
July 2, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
Funny that you should ask that just now because I JUST started a new blog! On July 10, as a matter of fact! You can find it at http://jillruss.com/

There's not much there yet, and I'm embarrassed to show it to you right now. But keep watching because I'm going to be adding to it this year!

--Jill
July 16, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Susan Muriel
Susan M.
Jill,
I have your Neighbors series (as well as the United States bundle). Since we have to cover Western Hemisphere- which includes South America (or Latin America), do you have any plans for South America?

Also, I'd love a United States version that looks at US as a whole, instead of regions.

I think the updated version is much better than the original. I think it captures the idea of informational text with more features embedded.

Thank you for sharing all your ideas, time, and effort!
Susan
July 2, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
Gosh, I'm so sorry I didn't answer your question sooner! Somehow, I'm not getting notification that someone has asked a question any more! I'm apologize for the delay!

At this time, I don't have plans to do South America any time soon, since that's not something my students study. I've got a lot of other things I'm working on first. I will add South America to my list!
--Jill
July 16, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

MrsRossClassroom
MrsRossClassroom  (TpT Seller) re: Regions of the United States: 5 Complete Units with Informational Text & more
Does this bundle include the exact same handouts as you have in the individual regions packs?
May 29, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
Yes, the bundle is just a group of the same materials that are found in each separate region unit. You can buy one big bundle instead of buying five smaller ones.

--JIll
May 29, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Casey Cowherd
Casey C.
Hi Jill,

I purchased your Our Government (the one that costs $8.50), but I am unable to open it. When I try to save it, the document says to enter the owner password to unlock. Can you please help me? Not sure how to obtain it.

Thank you,
Casey
May 18, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
You should not need a password to open this file, so I'm not sure why you are getting this message. I am no good a troubleshooting computer problems! But fortunately, TPT has a terrific tech support crew that can take care of your problem. If you are having trouble downloading something from your Purchases page, contact tech support by clicking on FAQs & Help at the top of the page, and then clicking on Contact Us. They will straighten out your problem in a jiffy!

--Jill
May 18, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Tara Cozzi
Tara C. re: Regions of the United States: 5 Complete Units with Informational Text & more
What is the latest revision you have done on this unit? It's blinking at me. :)
May 13, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
Gosh, I can't even remember what the last revision was! I've made several small revisions to this file in the past year. Most of them were just correcting a typo or making a small tweak to the layout. If you click on the "Description of Revision," you should see a little note letting you know what the revision was.

--Jill
May 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Sharon Darcy
Sharon D.
I'm glad I read the comments. I was also going to ask you about lap books for the regions and the countries. I'm a Florida teacher and hate the social studies book - so boring and really love your products. It's how I taught social studies this year. So I'm glad you're coming out with additional lap books.
May 13, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
I'm working on it! "Follow Me" and you'll receive an email when I upload the new products!

A few more days of teaching for me, and then I'll get busy finishing up those products.

--Jill
May 13, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

maryhlester
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Hi Jill,

I am a huge fan of your products...especially the bundled science quizzes! As a fellow Florida teacher (that doesn't use the Fusion series) your quizzes are extremely relevant and are a better assessment tool than our textbook series tests. Thank you!

I just recently noticed all of the math quizzes...will they ever be available as a bundle??
May 6, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
I will put those out as a bundle after I revamp them to better align to the new Go Math Common Core text book and the standards.

--Jill
May 13, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Rachel McClelland
Rachel M.
I love your economics and government units. The kids really love doing the lapbooks. I was wondering if you ever thought about adding lapbooks to your 5 regions unit or the the units about Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean? My teammate and I plan on using your stuff next year when we teach Social Studies. We would love to have lapbooks for each unit. I would also like to say thank you for making the quizzes for the Science Fusion and Go Math. These quizzes are much better than what is in the book. I will continue to use these until our next adoptions.
April 28, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
Thank you so much for your lovely comments! I actually am working on some regions lapbooks. I should have them completed this summer.

--Jill
April 29, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Jennifer Tyler
Jennifer Tyler  (TpT Seller)
Hi,
I bought the Regions of the United States: 5 Complete Units with Informational Text & more. I started using it in the beginning of the school year and love it. However, I did not save it. Now when I try to download it, it says the file has a problem and will not let me save it. Can you help me?
Thanks
Jennifer Tyler
April 15, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
Jennifer, I am no good a troubleshooting computer problems! But fortunately, TPT has a terrific tech support crew that can take care of your problem. If you are having trouble downloading something from your Purchases page, contact tech support by clicking on FAQs & Help at the top of the page, and then clicking on Contact Us. They will straighten out your problem in a jiffy!

--Jill
April 15, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Tania England
Tania England  (TpT Seller)
Jill, Do you have the Regions Scrapbook pages as one whole document. I am letting mine choose and wondered if you have them bundled together?
April 13, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
Yes, I have all five scrapbooks in a bundle here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Five-Regions-of-the-United-States-Scrapbook-Collection-552069

Thanks for asking!
--Jill
April 13, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Patricia Cassel
Patricia C. re: Regions of the United States: Midwest, Complete Unit (5 Regions)
Is this region included in your bundle (5 regions)?
March 25, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
Yes, the "5 Complete Units" bundle contains the five separate listings for the individual regions.

--Jill
March 25, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Katherine MacIver
Katherine M.
Just wanted to mention your economics and government units are the BEST on TPT!! Thank you for such quality!!
March 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
Thank you so much! I'm glad that you and your students liked the units!

--Jill
March 21, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Mary Elordi
Mary E.
I've enjoyed using your unit on Mexico this year. Is there a chance that a similar unit for Spain is in the works?
Thank you,
Mary
January 30, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
I don't have a unit on Spain. I just have Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. When I have time this summer, I will look at making a packet for Spain.
--Jill
January 30, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Lisa Mullen
Lisa M.
How do you use the scrapbook guide in your region packet? I just purchased this product. Do you have them read the region and answer questions and then do this as a project? Thanks.
January 25, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
You are exactly right. I have the students read one section of the reading packet. Then they summarize their learning by writing and drawing on the scrapbook pages.

--Jill
January 30, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Michelle Kado
Michelle K. re: Regions of the United States: Southwest, Quiz (5 Regions)
Is this included in your larger US Regions Pack.
January 25, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
Yes, this is the same quiz included in the "Complete Unit" pack.

The regions listings that say "Complete Unit" contain the reading text, questions, scrapbook, study guide, and quiz.

The listings for "Reading Packet" contain only the text and questions.
January 25, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Ginger Bright
Ginger Bright  (TpT Seller)
I love all of your products. I am planning on buying several of your social studies packs. The total for the 4 packs I would like to buy equals $49.50. I was just wondering if you offered any discounts when a customer is buying several products. These are exactly what I was looking for but a little high for my budget. I would appreciate any help you could give me. Thanks! Ginger vkbright@oneclay.net
January 24, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
I've put together a Mega Bundle for you. The Mega Bundle includes all of the 5 Regions materials, and the Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Economics, and Government units. I've discounted the Mega Bundle 25%. You can find it at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/MegaBundle-Regions-Economics-Government-More-for-3rd-grade-Social-Studies-1077183
January 24, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Shay Eisenbarth
Shay E.
Jill - I was using your West region packet and noticed that some on the Before questions aren't addressed anywhere in the packets. For example, it asks about Monument Valley and the US Mint in the questions but there is nothing about either place in the text. Is this part of any update I might have missed?

I did purchase the whole pack but began with the West since we are in Washington. I don't know if this occurs in any of the other sections yet.

Thanks for your help.
January 15, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
I can't find your name in my list of recent purchases, so I'm not sure which exact product you have. Can you tell me exactly which product you purchased? Did you purchase the complete 5 region set, the 4 region set, or the West region from the 5 region or 4 region version? All of the products I've checked have the correct version of the questions. I updated the reading packets recently, and did change the questions. Please email me at jillsruss@gmail.com. Tell me which exact product you purchased and I will help you get the corrected questions.
--Jill
January 15, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Rande Lynne
Rande Lynne  (TpT Seller) re: Regions of the United States: 5 Complete Units with Informational Text & more
Your product is fantastic! Do you have an answer key for the reading questions? Also, would it be possible to get this where it included the capitals on the study guide and tests? If not, is there an editable version of the study guide, map, and tests so that I can include capitals as well?
January 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
I do not have an answer key for the reading questions yet. I am working on it.

I have updated all of the quizzes and study guides to include an optional page with the abbreviations and capitals. You can download the updated files from your Purchases page.
--Jill
January 15, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Wild About 4th Grade
Wild About 4th Grade  (TpT Seller)
Hi, Jill--

I purchased your Midwest pack last night and really enjoy it. I was going to go ahead and buy the rest of the regions, but I didn't know if you could allow me to buy the large pack at a discounted price since I already paid $5 for the one region.

I would have bought the entire pack last night ($20) if there would have been more to preview. I would have hated to spend $20 and not love something, but now that I can see my self using this, I would love to have the rest of the regions.

Thanks!
January 13, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
There isn't any way for me to give you a discount on the complete pack, but I can send you the 5th region for free by email if you go ahead and purchase 3 more sets. That way, you will have paid $20, the same as the complete set. Send me an email at jillsruss@gmail.com to let me know when you have purchased the other regions, and also let me know which region to send you by email.
Thanks!
--Jill
January 15, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

maryhlester
Buyer re: Science Quiz Bundle
Are all the science quizzes in your store included in this bundle? I have found your Properties of Matter quizzes extremely useful! :)
Thanks!
January 4, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
Yes, all of my science quizzes are included in this bundle.
--Jill
January 5, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Gorilla46
Buyer re: Regions of the United States: 5 Complete Units with Informational Text & more
Hi Jill,

I just wanted to be sure that the study guides and quizzes I'm seeing that are sold separately are included in this package. The quizzes with pictures saying which would/would not belong are the same, correct?? I'm trying to find a way for my kids to begin learning the location of states and how to spell them correctly! I want to spread it out and have them learn them to know them, not just memorize them!! :) I didn't see any examples in the previews...so I just wanted to be sure! Thanks.
October 26, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
Yes, the study guides and quizzes that are shown in my other listings are all included in this bundle. You will get a reading text, questions, study guide, quiz, and scrapbook for each region.

Thanks for asking!
--Jill
October 26, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

kristin sigel
Kristin S.
Hi-I bought your entire region unit last year, but this looks updated. Is it possible to send me your updates?

Thanks-Kristin
October 22, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
If you purchased the materials, you can access the update by going to your Purchases page. When you download the file this time, you will get all of the updated material.

Enjoy!
--Jill
October 22, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Vanessa Garcia
Vanessa Garcia  (TpT Seller) re: Regions of the United States: 5 Complete Units with Informational Text & more
Hi Jill,
I was wondering if you have a unit Test for this product. I have been giving the section test a quizzes. If you don't have a unit test that is fine I will just create one myself using your material if you give me permission to do so.
September 23, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
I don't have a unit test for the 5 regions packet. We spend at least 12-15 weeks covering all of the regions with my third graders, and the other teachers I talked to felt that way too long and too much material for a unit test. Of course, your situation with your students will be different. You are welcome to make your own unit test for your classroom.

--Jill
September 23, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Cristy  Brown
Cristy B. re: Regions of the United States: 5 Complete Units with Informational Text & more
Hi Jill,
Can you tell me if there is a specific order you teach the regions? I ask because some of the test questions require knowledge of different regions. Is there an introductory packet of the five regions of the US that we should be teaching before the individual regions? Please recommend the best order to teach the regions based on the test questions. Thank you. Cristy
April 19, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
Hi, Cristy!
Since I made these packets to use with my students in Florida, I started with the Southeast region because I thought that would be most familiar to them. Then, I teach the Northeast, the Midwest, the Southwest, and finally the West region. If you go to this page on my website, http://www.mrsruss.com/Teachers/regions.html you will find some powerpoints with pictures illustrating the information in the reading packets and some other activities to go along with each region.

--Jill
April 19, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

sarahbreuer
Buyer
I really like your units on the states regions. I have both sets which divide into 4 or 5 regions. In the 5 region set, there's a study guide for each unit to review with before the quiz at the end. I don't see that in the 4 region set. It's a great take home piece for students to study with. Will you be making study guides available for the 4 region set?

Thanks for making such great products available!
April 4, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
The study guides for the 4 regions materials are now available in my store. They are included with the download of the complete 4 region set of materials, and are also available separately.
--Jill
April 5, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Lisa  Schumacher
Lisa S. re: Regions of the United States: 5 Complete Units with Informational Text & more
I just purchased this unit and I'm so excited about it! I will only be able to spend 3-4 days on each region. Do you have a timeline or specific lesson plans you use when teaching this unit?
March 14, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
If you're in a hurry, you can do one section of the region's packet in a day, which would take five days to cover one region. You can do it in four days if you combine Climate with another section.

For each day, I first have the students answer the "Before" questions on the reading guide. Then, we read and discuss the section and the students answer the rest of the questions on the reading guide. After that, they complete the section of the scrapbook. If you visit my website, http://mrsruss.com/Teachers/regions.html, you can find powerpoints with pictures that go along with each section of the reading packet.

If I have time to spend about two weeks on one region, the students read the section themselves and answer the questions the first day, and then we read the same section again and discuss it the second day. We spend some time practicing with the states on the map, and doing some art projects.

Thank you for your purchase! I hope your students enjoy it!
--Jill
March 14, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

ketterhagen
Buyer
Hi Jill,
I just purchased your complete packet for the 5 regions of the U.S. It is wonderful and just what I was looking for. I also have the power point for the Southeast that you created. I believe it was a free one, but I don't remember. I went back on TeachersPayTeachers and I cannot find any powerpoints for the other four regions. Could you tell me if they are available and how to get them. I think the Southeast one was a great visual that went along with the unit so well.
Thank you,
Judy
January 29, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
I have powerpoints with pictures to go along with all of the Regions reading packets on my website. You can find them all for free at http://mrsruss.com/Teachers/regions.html.

Enjoy!
--Jill
January 29, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Brenda  Hanuschik
Brenda H. re: Regions of the United States: Northeast, Study Guide (5 Regions)
Hello,
I'd love to purchase your "Regions" information but I have a slight problem. We are being asked to teach 4 regions. Therefore, the states are not the same. Is there a generic way to adapt or change the states/region names? Ex: Our northeast doesn't include MD or DE..they are part of the southern region along with 14 others and DC...The Midwest includes 12 states and the West includes the Mountain and Pacific states 10. Any ideas?
August 7, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
Great news!! I was able to revise my materials to go along with the four regions! If you look in my store, you will find a reading packet, a quiz, an anticipation guide, and a scrapbook activity for each of the four regions. I've also bundled the materials for all four regions together.

I'm so glad you asked me to rearrange things for you!! And please let me know if you see any mistakes or typos on anything.
--Jill

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Jill-Russ/
August 19, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

Arionna
Buyer re: Regions of the United States: Southeast, Informational Text (5 Regions)
IS there a packet that I can get the whole united states?
June 25, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Jill Russ
Jill Russ  (TpT Seller)
Yes! I have a bundle that contains all of the materials for all five regions available at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Five-Regions-of-the-United-States-5-complete-units

Thanks for asking!
--Jill
June 25, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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I've been teaching since I graduated from the University of Florida in 1987. I've taught first, second, and third grade in Georgia and Florida.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I am a teacher who believes in creating life-long learners. I want to make learning fun so that my students look forward to coming to school each day. I want the children to leave the classroom every day excited and wondering what they will be doing tomorrow. Above all, I want each student to feel that they can, and will, be successful in third grade. I want my students to always put forth their best efforts. When students leave my classroom, I want their experience with learning to be an experience they will never forget.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Teacher of the Year, Plew Elementary School, 2010 Just Read, Florida! Reading Leadership Team of the Year, regional winner, 2010 Reading Leadership Team of the Year, Okaloosa District Schools, 2010 Florida Math and Science Day, Model Lesson Plan for Grades 3-5 winner, 2009 Florida Digital Educator Middle Childhood Generalist, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

University of Florida, M.Ed. Troy State University, Ed.S.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

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