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Rock-On, the Rock Cycle Card Game by Leanne Thomas. Each deck is comprised of Igneous, Metamorphic, and Sedimentary rock cards in addition to Ma...
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Each deck consists of Solid, Liquid, Gas, Melt, Evaporate, Condense, and Solidify (Freeze) cards. Cards are played in an order to simulate the c...
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Each deck consists of 30 pairs of cards dealing with Sound concepts. Players take turns asking each other for a card to complete their pair. Th...
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Each deck consists of 12 Monera, 12 Protist, 12 Fungi, 12 Plant, and 12 Animal kingdom cards. A player must collect three different cards from o...
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Each deck consists of 25 vertebrate cards in five classes (mammal, fish, bird, amphibian, and reptile) and 29 invertebrate cards in six different...
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Objective of this lesson: The student will use data from experiments to predict outcomes when an experiment is repeated. Interactive spinners, ...
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A Smartboard Notebook lesson about the three basic States of Matter. 21 pages. Reviews the concepts of solid, liquid, gas, melt, evaporate, con...
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A Smartboard Notebook lesson about basic Fractions. 20 pages. Introduces the concepts of one half, line of symmetry, one third, and one fourth....
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A Smartboard Notebook lesson about vertebrates and invertebrates. 20 pages. Reviews the fives classes of vertebrates: mammals, fish, birds, rept...
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Information about five different card games for your students to play. About the rock cycle, sound, states of matter, Kingdoms of living things,...
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Buyer re: Fractions Smartboard Lesson with Interactive Activities
I agree with Jennifer. I think that the picture of the numerator should make it clear that we are dealing with part of the whole chocolate bar. I think I would put only half of the chocolate bar for the numerator in 1/2 rather than the whole chocolate bar. Similarly when dealing with 1/3 I would only show one third of the whole chocolate bar when identifying the numerator. Thanks for sharing your work. Everything else about this product is very useful.
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Leanne Thomas  (TpT Seller)
You two convinced me. Done. It was actually a rather easy edit. Thanks for helping to improve this lesson for others!
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Jennifer Glueck  (TpT Seller)
Thank you so much for the speedy answers to my questions. No rush on it, I will be using it with my kids this week, but I have already modified the pictures for my kids. I replaced the pictures of the whole candy bar with the appropriate fractional piece, this is the only change that I made to your work.
February 9, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Leanne Thomas  (TpT Seller)
My pleasure. I happen to be at my computer working, and my phone pings as I get a new message, so it was not a problem to respond right away. Thanks again for your feedback. Have a good evening.
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Jennifer Glueck  (TpT Seller)
Hi Leanne, Your explanation makes sense, Thank You! I teach first graders and your idea is a bit abstract for them. We teach them the literal that the numerator represents how many parts and the denominator is the whole. For example if I have 2/3 of a candy bar, the top picture would show the two pieces that I have and the bottom picture would show the three pieces that make the whole. The kids can actually count the two pieces on top for the number 2, and the three pieces on the bottom for the number 3. I hope this helps =)
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Leanne Thomas  (TpT Seller)
I'm an Instructional Technology Resource teacher and I actually designed this lesson for a 1st grade class. I used it to co-teach with 1st grade teachers. But I did bring some of my 5th grade mentality with me when I did it (I taught 5th grade before becoming the ITRT). By the time the kids get to 5th grade, they need to know that a fraction is a division problem. But, as you said, for 1st graders, it may be better to stick with the .. count the pieces you have and put that on top. Count the total number of pieces possible and put that on the bottom. I'll take a look again when I get a chance. In the meantime, have you used it yet? Are you waiting for me before you do? Or was this feedback after you used it. (I could bump it up on my to-do list if you are waiting for me) :)
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Jennifer Glueck  (TpT Seller) re: Fractions Smartboard Lesson with Interactive Activities
Hi Leanne, thanks for these great Smartboard slides for fractions, very visual and I love the use of the candy bar!
I think there is a problem with your representations though that is going to confuse the kids. On the slides where you are showing the number fraction (1/2) and the candy bar pieces, your representation shows 1 Whole as the numerator, and the Whole divided into the two pieces for the denominator. The bottom is correct, but the top should only represent one of the two pieces, not the Whole candy bar. Does this make sense? The numerator should represent only 1 of the two pieces that make up the denominator which is the whole candy bar broken into 2 pieces but still all there. Please let me know if I am not being clear in my explanation. If you could fix these pictures, the slides would be Perfect!! Thanks for your time =)
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Leanne Thomas  (TpT Seller)
I fixed it Jennifer! I've had this lesson up here for a while. Now that I'm looking at it, I'm surprised that no one has ever commented this before. Thanks again.

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Hi Jennifer, I'm glad the lesson is useful to you, and I appreciate the feedback. I don't want to confuse the kids. What I was trying to do was introduce the idea that a fraction is really a division problem. You take something and divide it into pieces. We have the fraction 1/2 because we have taken something ( a whole something) and divided it into two parts. Each part is therefore one half of the whole, or 1 divided by 2 or 1/2. (By the way, this works with any fraction. Take 3 wholes and divide them into four equal pieces. You end up with pieces that are the size 3/4 of a whole). But perhaps this approach is too abstract. From your comment, how would you suggest the slide be modified? What exactly should go in the numerator position? You said ... "but the top should only represent one of the two pieces, not the whole candy bar." There is a 1 there. If not a one, then what? Or maybe it's the words next to the fraction that need to be changed. What words would make it less confusing? Thanks for helping me make this a better lesson. Leanne
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Courtney Pelletier  (TpT Seller) re: Rock Cycle Card Game
Do you ship to Canada? It will not allow me to put my address in, I keep getting prompted to re-enter.
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Leanne Thomas  (TpT Seller)
Yes, definitely.
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Scotten's Stuff
Scotten's Stuff  (TpT Seller) re: Kingdoms, of living things
Hi there! I had questions about your game. How many decks do I need for my class of 35? Did you have the cards made, or do you make them yourself?
Thanks in advance!
Suzanne Scotten
(I am new here, and I've invented card games, too...yours look great!)
August 26, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Leanne Thomas  (TpT Seller)
Hi Suzanne, I advise one deck for every 2-6 players. So at least 6 decks would be good. I had the cards printed by a company in India. The cards are high quality playing cards. What games have you invented? Thanks for the interest in my cards. Leanne Thomas
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First Class Teacher Resources  (TpT Seller) re: Rock Cycle Card Game
Is there a shipping charge?
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Leanne Thomas  (TpT Seller)
Hello,
The price per deck through Teacher's Pay Teacher's is $7.00 with a shipping charge of $2.50. If you buy through my website, www.thomasleanne.com. The price of $9.50 per deck includes shipping. I hope that answers your question.

Thank you for your interest. i look forward to receiving your order.

Leanne Thomas
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First Class Teacher Resources  (TpT Seller) re: Rock Cycle Card Game
Is there a shipping charge?
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Lou Ann Jackson  (TpT Seller) re: States of Matter, the card game
Hi Leanne! Can I download the cards and print them off or will I have to wait for them to ship?
May 1, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Leanne Thomas  (TpT Seller)
I'm sorry there is no digital download for this. The cards are high quality playing cards, like a regular deck of cards. I ship them priority mail, so you will have them in no time at all. Thank you for your interest. I look forward to receiving your order.
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Buyer re: Rock Cycle Card Game
Hi,

I was going to order but am not sure how many cards is in each set?

Thanks,
Laleh
January 28, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Leanne Thomas  (TpT Seller)
A set of cards is one deck. Each deck has about 60 cards, depending on the game. i advise one deck for every 2 - 6 players. Please let me know if I can answer any more questions. i look forward to your order.
January 29, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Jane H. re: Silence! a game about sound
Is there a price break on multiple sets/complete set of all concepts?
October 27, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Leanne Thomas  (TpT Seller)
Hello, On my website, www.thomasleanne.com I give a volume discount for orders of 10 decks or more of any kind. But buying though TpT I have already discounted the price by more than half. So sorry, no there is no volume discount here. Thank you for asking. I hope you will still consider buying. I think you will find them well worth the money.
Leanne Thomas
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Buyer re: States of Matter, the card game
I see the shipping is $2.50. If I buy more than one set of cards, is the shipping $2.50 per set?
August 25, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Leanne Thomas  (TpT Seller)
Hello

Yes, it is. sorry. On my website I give a volume discount for orders of 10 or more (price and shipping). But buying through TpT I have already discounted the price by more than half. So you are really getting a deal, even with the individual shipping fees. Thank you for asking and I looking hopefully forward to your order.

Leanne Thomas
www.thomasleanne.com
August 25, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Paige H. re: Rock Cycle Card Game
Hello!

I am interested in ordering 5-6 of your rock cycle games. Is there a way to order multiple card games without paying individual shipping fees for each game?

Thanks!

Paige Houston
August 1, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Leanne Thomas  (TpT Seller)
Hi Paige,

I'm sorry. Buying through TpT there is no mechanism for that. On my website I give a volume discount for orders of 10 or more (price and shipping). But buying through TpT I have already discounted the price by more than half. So you are really getting a deal, even with the individual shipping fees. Thank you for asking and I looking hopefully forward to your order.

Leanne Thomas
www.thomasleanne.com
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Buyer re: Silence! a game about sound
I would really like to have these cards for my grade three classroom. I do live in Canada, so does this shipping include Canada?

Hoping it does:)
Thanks,

Ashley
July 22, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Leanne Thomas  (TpT Seller)
How many decks are you interested in so I can check on the price to mail them. When do you need them by and where in Canada do you live? I may be traveling to Toronto within the next month and could perhaps mail them from there.
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Barnettca  (TpT Seller) re: States of Matter, the card game
Hi - I'm interested in these cards. How much would you charge to ship to Canada - I see a shipping cost, but not sure if it would include Canada. Thanks.
Also - is there a digital download so I could print my own cards?
September 25, 2011 Report inappropriate comment
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Leanne Thomas  (TpT Seller)
How many decks are you interested in so I can check on a shipping cost? I'm sorry there is no digital download for this. The cards are high quality playing cards, like a regular deck of cards.
September 25, 2011 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Who's Got the Bones? (card game about vertebrates and invertebrates)
How do you play?? Does it give instructions for small groups?
September 5, 2011 Report inappropriate comment
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Leanne Thomas  (TpT Seller)
Hello, This game is good for small groups of 2 - 6 players. It is a rummy style game. I hope the following information helps. Thanks for your interest! Leanne Thomas

Who’s Got the Bones?
For 2 to 6 players

54 Cards
25 Vertebrate
Classes: 5 mammal, 5 fish, 5 bird,
5 reptile, 5 amphibian
29 Invertebrate
Phyla: 10 arthropod,
7 mollusk, 4 cnidaria, 4 echinoderm, 2 porifera, 2 annelid

Object of the Game
The object of the game is to collect one of each class of vertebrate (one mammal, fish, bird, amphibian, and reptile) OR to collect one of each of five different phyla of invertebrate.

How to Play
1. Deal five cards to each player.
2. Put stack in middle face down (draw pile).
3. Turn up one card (discard pile).
4. Player 1 picks one card from the top of the draw pile OR the discard pile.
5. Player 1 then discards an unwanted card face up onto the discard pile.
6. If Player 1 has collected one of each vertebrate class OR one of five different invertebrate phyla, he/she wins. Otherwise, it is the next person’s turn.
7. Continue until there is a winner.
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Peace and Blessings
Peace and Blessings  (TpT Seller)
Hi Leanne,

I too am a teacher in Prince William County schools. I would be interested in purchasing your state of matter cards. However, I am teaching Matter beginning on Monday, May 23rd. Can I purchase the cards from you and have you send them to me via the school courier? So, I can get them in a timely manner. Let me know. Thanks, MLewis
May 21, 2011 Report inappropriate comment
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Leanne Thomas  (TpT Seller)
Are you at Bristow Run? I hate to use the school courier for personal business. I can bring them to your school Monday morning before school. Or do you happen to live in the area? I live over by Saunders Middle School. I could bring them to you tomorrow (Sunday May 22). Give me a call.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am currently an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher. I collaborate with teachers to provide appropriate learning experiences that increase the technology knowledge and skills of students. I also teach K - 5 students in the computer lab. ******* Prior to that, I taught 5th grade (all subjects) for 8 years. Additionally, I taught math or language arts to 4th or 5th graders during summer school each year. ******* Prior to that, I was a U.S. Navy Laboratory Officer. Over my 22 year career, I directed/trained over 900 young adults in laboratory medicine and military duties and responsibilities.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Kids learn without knowing it through play. I believe in plenty of opportunity for experimentation, use of manipulatives, and lots of hands-on experiences.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

National Board Certified Teacher, November 2008

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

M.Ed 4-8th Grade; 2001; George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia ******** M.S. Computer Science; 1986; Renssellaer Polytechic Institute, Troy, New York ********* B.S. Medical Technology; 1978; University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Teaching is my second career. I spent 22 years as a Laboratory Officer in the U.S. Navy. Before my retirement, I went back to school for my Master's in Education. When I started teaching, I was struck by the lack of hands-on teaching material for science. This led to the creation of the card games you see here.