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"Marianas Trench, Gneiss's birthplace and the Moho." Many quotes are so deep, I wanted mine to be too!
 
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This is the template I use to make the cubes I used in my classroom. I use them now to teach this strategy (cubing) in my GT differentiation staf...
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I used menus all the time in my classroom and wanted an easy way to demonstrate them to parents during our open house/meet the teacher night. Hen...
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In an effort to conserve paper, but still make the smaller pieces easy to handle because of their universal size, there are six tickets on one pa...
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This is a game show menu covers the topics of:formation of fossils (and therefore fossil fuels), thermal energy (molecular structure of the state...
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This page has 8 open house tickets on it. When I taught middle school, we did not have as much parent response as we had hoped, so I sent a ticke...
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This is a menu which allow students to show you who they are, including their interests and goals - it can be used at the beginning of the school...
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This is a problem solving math worksheet for addition and subtraction using an Egytian theme. I was asked to do a model lesson for a first grade ...
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This is the first unit in a series of primary independent studies. Each unit is designed to be used by a single student or even groups of student...
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This is a cube of genergic questions which can be used by your groups of students as you present information. Each group should be given a cube....
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This is the template for a product which incorporates different learning styles. It is a simple concept - after choosing or being assigned an obj...
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The first day of school is both important and monotonous for the majority of our students. As teachers, we have to get some very important inform...
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This is a 8 page "webquest" (through one website) about global warming, the atmosphere and the environment. It is designed with the primary handw...
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The preview has only a few of the cards, but this file has 19 different creative writing prompts. I made them originally to go in a crazy colored...
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There are lots of menus available online (as well as this site) and of course, you can design your own menus. That being said - this checklist l...
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This is a basic word (13 words) search for global warming. It was designed as a introductory activity for a primary student's enrichment lesson o...
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I have several of your menu books. I was wondering if you have an electronic copy of the shapes choice menu found in the K-2 books.

By the way, I love your books. I have all the 3-5 books, but only one of the k-2 books currently.
April 2, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Laurie Westphal  (TpT Seller)
Sure, send me an e-mail and I will reply back with the template. :). Laurie@giftedconsultant.com

Glad you are finding the books helpful! I am excited that my publisher has approved a second edition of the 3-5 books to come out in 2016. Updated technology and more aligned with the new mandated curricula. :)

Laurie
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Mary Dolan  (TpT Seller) re: Rocks, Minerals and Fossils Independent Study for Primary Grades
Hi Laurie, This looks very interesting. Can you suggest books that you've used to support the basic info and/or the enrichment? I'd like to have several units like this for my smarties and for motivating kids. My school library is very small so I will probably be purchasing on my own. Any help you can provide would be a bonus!

Thanks!
Mary D
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Laurie Westphal  (TpT Seller)
I wanted to let you know I read your question - I am out of town until Sunday but I have a list on my home computer. I will post the list when I get home! :)
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Teachingisagift  (TpT Seller) re: I Have, Who Has Winter Theme - Challenging SnowFlakes - 28 Cards
Laurie,
I saw your new product! Great stuff sister! I didn't have a chance to tell you yet but I am hosting a HUGE New Year Linky Party at my blog http://teachingisagift.blogspot.ca/2012/12/2013-new-year-linky-party.html. I would like to invite you to come and join in the fun! There are already over 40 TPT authors and teacher bloggers ringing in the new year! Don't wait, the party keeps getting better and better!
December 29, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Elizabeth Hodge  (TpT Seller) re: Cube Template - Make your own cubes!
do we have permission to use this cube in TpT products?
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born2bateacher  (TpT Seller)
Hi.. I am really interested in your Diffferentiating Lessons Using Menus grades 6-8 for math, social studies, and LA. Where can I purchase all three without breaking my budget?
Please email me: born2bateacher@comcast.net
Thanks
Denice Dodge
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Axiom L.
Hi Laurie,

We really appreciate this list you composed. Several of the sites seem to have been modified so that the links aren't as automatic and/or obvious as I know that you had intended. Could you please put together an updated version of the document?

Many thanks!

Kind Regards,
Aisha
February 27, 2011 Report inappropriate comment
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Laurie Westphal  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for letting me know - I have removed the file!
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Mary Thrasher  (TpT Seller)
Laurie,
I have been trying to find your books. Is there a place in Houston, Texas that sells all the Menu books?
thrasher.mary@gmail.com
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

As a published author, I take copyrights pretty seriously - I look at each book as a labor of both love and creativity; when others take my words, call them their own and sell them, I can't help but take this personally. I was just notified that this was happening to my works here on TpT and I am still reeling that this really is the case.

My publisher is cracking down on these infringements and if you have come to my page because I have left you a comment or message about copyright infringement, just know that claiming and selling my work as your own is just not cool.

Use my ideas and run with them as a starting point for making your own menus, create your own ideas from scratch even, but selling mine is just not right.

I will get off my soapbox now.

................... Feel free to contact me: Laurie@giftedconsultant.com

Independent Gifted/Science Consultant, Published Author 2006 - present Based out of Houston, Texas, but travel nation-wide

Horizons Gifted/Talented Helping Teacher (Teacher of Teachers) 2004 - 2006 Cypress Fairbanks ISD Houston, Texas

ESL Science Teacher 2001 - 2004 Middle School, Katy, Texas

Honors Integrated Physics and Chemistry Teacher 1998 to 2004 8th grade, Middle School, Katy, Texas

Science Teacher 1997 to 1998 6th grade, Junior High, Katy, Texas

Earth Science Teacher 1995 to 1997 8th grade, Junior High, Katy, Texas

Classroom Teacher 1993 to 1995 4th through 8th grade, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Science Teacher 1990 to 1993 5/6 Grade, Monterrey, Mexico

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style is interactive, student centered and Socratic in nature. You would often hear students saying "Wow, I never knew I knew that!" I am the author of the Differentiating Instruction with Menus series. I am more than happy to create menus "on demand." Just send me a message!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Publications:

Westphal, L. (2014). Literature for Every Learner: Grades 9 - 12. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2014). Literature for Every Learner: Grades 6 - 8. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2014). Literature for Every Learner: Grades 3 - 5. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2013). Differentiating Instruction With Menus: High School Algebra I / II. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2013). Differentiating Instruction With Menus: High School Biology. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2013). Differentiating Instruction With Menus in the Inclusive Classroom: Grades K - 2: Science. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2013). Differentiating Instruction With Menus in the Inclusive Classroom: Grades K - 2: Math. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2013). Differentiating Instruction With Menus in the Inclusive Classroom: Grades K - 2: Language Arts. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2013). Differentiating Instruction With Menus in the Inclusive Classroom: Grades K - 2: Social Studies. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2012). Differentiating Instruction With Menus in the Inclusive Classroom: Grades 6 - 8: Math. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2012). Differentiating Instruction With Menus in the Inclusive Classroom: Grades 6 - 8: Language Arts. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2012). Differentiating Instruction With Menus in the Inclusive Classroom: Grades 6 - 8: Social Studies. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2012). Differentiating Instruction With Menus in the Inclusive Classroom: Grades 6 - 8: Science. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2012). Differentiating Instruction With Menus in the Inclusive Classroom: Grades 3 - 5: Math. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2012). Differentiating Instruction With Menus in the Inclusive Classroom: Grades 3 - 5: Language Arts. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2012). Differentiating Instruction With Menus in the Inclusive Classroom: Grades 3 - 5: Social Studies. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2012). Differentiating Instruction With Menus in the Inclusive Classroom: Grades 3 - 5: Science. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2011). Ready to Use Differentiation Strategies: Grades 6 - 9. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2011). Ready to Use Differentiation Strategies: Grades 3 - 5. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2010). Differentiating Instruction With Menus: K - 2 Science. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2010). Differentiating Instruction With Menus: K - 2 Math. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2010). Differentiating Instruction With Menus: K - 2 Language Arts. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2010). Differentiating Instruction With Menus: K - 2 Social Studies. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2009). Science Dictionary for Kids. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2009). Differentiating Instruction With Menus: Middle School Science. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2009). Differentiating Instruction With Menus: Middle School Math. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2009). Differentiating Instruction With Menus: Middle School Language Arts. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2009). Differentiating Instruction With Menus: Middle School Social Studies. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2007). Differentiating Instruction With Menus: Grades 3- 5: Science. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2007). Differentiating Instruction With Menus: Grades 3- 5:Math. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2007). Differentiating Instruction With Menus: Grades 3- 5: Language Arts. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2007). Differentiating Instruction With Menus: Grades 3- 5: Social Studies. Austin: Prufrock Press.

Westphal, L. (2007). Hands-On Physical Science Austin: Prufrock Press.

Awards: Spotlight Teacher of the Year for my Middle School in 2004.

Earth Science Teacher of the Year for Houston's Geological Society in 1995.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Doctoral Student in Curriculum and Instruction, Texas A & M (College Station, Texas)

Master's Degree in Adult Education from Jones International University (Centennial, Colorado)

Framingham State University (Framingham, Massachusetts), Graduate Work in Educational Leadership

Bachelors of Arts:

Double Major: Spanish and Group Science with an emphasis in Chemistry from Grand Valley State University (Allendale, Michigan)

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

After working in the classroom for over 13 years, I am now working with teachers, providing staff development. I also still work with children through a thriving tutoring business in which I see 20 - 25 students aged 10 through 18 on a weekly basis. I support infringement free products by using public domain/commercial approved graphics and original ideas.