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South Africa - Eastern Cape - Port Elizabeth
Michelle Walker
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Gisel D. re: My Little Book of Fractions
I was wondering if I could purchase just the front page that says, "___________'s little book of fractions. I teach Kindergarten and the only skill we teach them are whole and halves (equal parts). Thanks=)
March 28, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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J Osullivan O. re: My Little Book of Fractions
Hello, I have just purchased this but cannot see the UK spelling. It should read colour and coloured rather than color. Are you able to fix this and send me a copy? osullivanjess007@hotmail.com
Thank you- it is lovely apart from that small error!
March 19, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Hello
Thank you for your purchase!!
Scroll through to page 10 (onwards) and you will notice that all the pages with US spellings have been repeated with the UK spellings.
I hope your students have lots of learning fun with this little book!
Regards
Michelle
March 19, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Kim V.
I had purchased your "The Hat Cat's Place Value Bingo Game" 2 years ago and can no longer download it to use this year. I have not kept copies of it and would really like to use it again. Is there any way to e-mail it to me? I have already written to TPT to let them know my disappointment in removing several of the products that I had paid for. I don't think it is right. Let me know if you can help. Thank you. My e-mail address is vanderheydenki@aasd.k12.wi.us, if you can send it.
Kim
February 24, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Hi Kim
So sorry I haven't responded sooner!! Unfortunately, I was asked to remove this product. Apparently the "Seuss people" have trademarked all their characters and images and in terms of copyright law using them in products we sell on TPT is an infringement of copyright! (I was sad too!!) I have replaced the game with "Monkeying Around with Place Value". I will gladly send you a copy of this game as a replacement! My sincerest apologies for the inconvenience (and delayed response!!)
Kind regards
Michelle
March 19, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer
I saw your recycling thematic unit and wanted to check out all 26 pages before downloading any purchasing. Is there a way to do that or do I need to buy first? I am really interested in checking it out.

Thanks for your help!
January 28, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer
Hi, do you still have the unit one foot two foot for sale I am a foot care nurse and I do foot care education of diabetic patients I would be interested in seeing some excerpts before purchasing the book, Thanks for your help

Ellen Loudermilk, RN,BSN
December 29, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Hi Ellen
I was asked to take it down a while ago because of the Dr Seuss references...I have now changed it a little to remove the Cat in the Hat images and will be able to upload the new version again. I am currently on vacation and without a good internet link. Are you able to wait a few days? You can email me at michelle@creativeclassroom.co.za should you need it sooner. I will upload a few sample pages when I upload the file but would be happy to email that to you in the meantime if you would like me to. Feel free to make contact via email and I will do my best to help you out as soon as possible.
Many thanks for making contact.
All the best for a wonderful 2014!
Regards
:) Michelle
January 2, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer
Hi Michelle! I really love your Monster Problem Solving activity. The kids are loving it too! Do you have an answer sheet for the challenge as well?
November 10, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Hi...Thank you for the positive feedback. I didn't create an answer sheet for the freebie...Monster Problems Solving 2 does have...I will put it on my to-do list...I think it might make quite a few teachers happy!! Thank you for asking! ;)
November 11, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

airheart
airheart  (TpT Seller) re: Spring fraction matching cards FREEBIE!
thanks
August 31, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

airheart
airheart  (TpT Seller) re: FREE Monster Problem Solving Math Center
great ideal thanks
August 31, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Christine B. re: Sunflower Journals Writing Prompts to Promote Positivity & Joyfulness
Hi- Just wondering if al of the writing prompts are presented in "strip" style as shown in the sample - with the idea of each student having a copy & gluing in the notebook?
Thanks- Chris :)
July 10, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Hi, Chris!
Yes, the prompts are all "strip" style and the idea would be that the students have a notebook to use as their journal. There are roughly 120 different prompts. Also included in this packet are the full page prompts from my 'Sunflower Journals Back-to-School Freebie', as well as Science themed worksheets (also full page) about germinating and caring for a sunflower plant.
Hope this helps you!
Regards
Michelle :)
July 10, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Bugs! Thematic Unit
I'm really disappointed with this download, from your overview I thought there would be more student activity pages. I won't leave a bad review but I'm not happy that I paid so much for nothing.
March 21, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
I am so sorry you feel that way! Have you actually read through the entire product? I believe you will find that there are tons of activities to do with your kids...they are just not necessarily printable. I know that many schools do not have facilities available to print and laminate large quantities of worksheets etc and need to use recyclables and other materials to make teaching aids and assist with learning...not only that, children actually enjoy moving away from pencil and paper activities and being able to create their own learning aids - you will find a multitude of these types of activities included in this pack. If after giving it a good read, however, you are still unhappy with it please email me and I will happily arrange a refund or offer another product from my store in its place. You can reach me at michelle@creativeclassroom.co.za.
Kind regards
Michelle
March 22, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Nancy B. re: Roll, slide and hop! (Fractions)
What do you do when they slide the dice together and make for example 8/2? My first graders are just learning fractions for the first time. They really don't know to turn it around and say 2/8ths. Just wondering how you use the game.
March 19, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
I would stress before the time (when introducing the game) that the smaller number MUST go at the top...that way they will always make a proper fraction that will appear on the board. Hope this helps! Enjoy the game.... :) Michelle
March 19, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

A Perfectly Poetic Page
A Perfectly Poetic Page  (TpT Seller)
It's my Fun Friday~Think Spring post. Thanks a bunch!!

~Tracy
February 10, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Thanks!! :)
February 10, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

A Perfectly Poetic Page
A Perfectly Poetic Page  (TpT Seller) re: Spring fraction matching cards FREEBIE!
I included a link to your fabulous product on my blog. The link goes directly to your store here. I hope that's okay. If not, please send me a note and I will remove the link. Thanks!

~Tracy from A Perfectly Poetic Page
February 10, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Wow, Tracy! I am honored! Thanks for the shout out! I am heading over to your blog to take a look!
:) Michelle
February 10, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Lisenell Smith  (TpT Seller) re: Snowman Dial-a-Sum (Tables)
Michelle on the Snowman Dial-a-Sum Multiplication page you should really have dial a product for it to be correct usage of math terms, shouldn't you?
January 25, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Ahhh, I see what you are saying, Lisenell. You are reading 'sum' as addition and then it should be 'product' for multiplication...here in South Africa we call all equations "sums"...do you do the same?? If not, that is where the confusion is coming in...and yes, you are perfectly correct!! Thanks so much for pointing it out! There are so many subtle differences, beyond spellings, between the way English is spoken in different parts of the world! I am so enjoying learning all these subtleties.
Lisenell, please could you confirm whether the word "sum" is used to refer to an equation there too...because if it is not then I must definitely change the wording on this product!
Thanks so much for taking the time to point this out to me!!
:) Michelle
January 26, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Elvira T. re: Penguin Dial-a-Sum
Dear Michelle Walker,
I wish some day (and this way it is a bit of a question too), teachers will going to share editable sheets, templates and products which I can translate in the .PDF
into Dutch (or any other language needed, like French, Spanish)
That would be so great!
That way teachers can share and join Global :-)
At this moment it is only reserved for the kids in my class which understand the basic of English...... and making other kids jealous with it.... while watching that it's so much fun ;-)
Greetings from a Dutch Teacher
at The Netherlands
January 16, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Hi, it is so fantastic to hear from you!
I love The Netherlands, visited very briefly many years ago now, but would love to return someday for a longer visit. As I live in South Africa, and speak Afrikaans, I understand some Dutch...when spoken slowly, of course!! :) And can usually make out a little when it is written as the two languages are so close. I would be very happy to create Dutch versions of any of my products for you if you are prepared to supply me with the translation....and perhaps let your other teaching friends know that I have Dutch products available! ;) You can email me directly at michelle@creativeclassroom.co.za...I look forward to hearing from you in the future.
Warm regards from sunny South Africa!
Michelle
January 16, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs  (TpT Seller)
Congrats on making it to the weekly newsletter today!! That's a huge milestone! Congrats again and see you around TpT!!!! :)

Take Care & Best Wishes,
Beth B
January 13, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Wow, Beth! Thank you so much for your kind words!
:) Michelle
January 13, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Roll, slide and cover (fractions)
Hi Michelle,
I'm the lady who loved the fraction activity (Roll, slide and cover) but would have liked it in black and white. Thanks for your offer. My email address is daselwonk@aol.com
Thanks,
Lyn Knowles
January 10, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Hi Lyn
You are most welcome! I am happy to send it to you!
:) Michelle
January 13, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Lynn S. re: Christmas Cookie Problem Solving
My downloadable copy had dark boxes over the text which made it very hard to read. Did it download a different version?
December 7, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Hi...that is very strange! I just downloaded it myself and all is okay! Are you using the latest version of Acrobat? I would be happy to email the file to you if you would like to leave me your email address, or alternatively mail me at michelle@creativeclassroom.co.za.
Thanks for your purchase!!
Regards
Michelle :)
December 7, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Gabriella Hernandez  (TpT Seller) re: Recycling Thematic Unit
Hi Michelle!

I was wondering if your unit has lesson plans specifically for Language Arts and Social Studies. If so how many in each? Thank you for sharing!

Gabriella
November 30, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Hi Gabriella, Thank you for your question! A little tricky to answer... :) Every lesson/activity in this unit is integrated, eg. a lesson may include discussion, thinking and reasoning (literacy activities) while the topic is landfills...there is then an application where the children make and monitor a mini landfill...which further involves writing up their findings.

Here is a list of the topics covered by the unit: Sorting rubbish; Creating litter monsters from junk; Where does it come from, where does it go? (includes creating and monitoring a mini landfill); Packaging (includes experiments relating to magnetism, sinking and floating and waterproof materials); One man's trash is another man's treasure (recycling/reusing); Magazine madness (a whole host of language activities - reading, spelling, writing, etc) (This section is available as a free download if you would like to take a closer look!!); Making puppets from junk and putting on a puppet show; Maths from trash (includes shapes, capacity, sorting and counting, number work, time, money); Science of Sound (Sound experiments, history of the telephone, writing a dialogue, make a telephone); Junk-estra! (Making instruments and music from junk); Ready, steady...recycle! (PhysEd activities using recycled materials e.g. plastic bag football/soccer, newspaper hockey, etc)...as you can see quite a vast variety of activities. Almost all the activities involve literacy in some shape or form, whether it be discussion (oral); writing (creative, informational, dialogue, etc.); reading; spelling; word work; etc. And as the topic has a strong science/social studies connection most activities include some element of this subject. I hope this helps to make your decision easier...I am sorry I cannot give you more definite numbers of lessons...Please do download the 'Magazine Madness' freebie..this will give you a selection of just some of the literacy activities that are included. If you decide to purchase 'Recycle' you will soon see why it is difficult to actually pinpoint a number of lessons for each subject. Many of the "lessons" are "multi" activities with a number of different activities relating to the topic that all integrate with one another to form an holistic learning experience.
I am sure that you will find this resource "jam packed" with wonderful learning activities and opportunities!
Warm regards
Michelle
December 1, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: M&M's Math Challenge
Michelle--

I loved your m&ms sheet and I would definitely like a copy of your smarties packet (please:)) My contact information (email) is katerose2319@gmail.com.
Thank you,
Kaitlyn
November 23, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
With pleasure, Kaitlyn!
I will send it to you!
:) Michelle
November 24, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

Simone
Simone  (TpT Seller)
Hello, Do you have a problem solving that is fall/thanksgiving themed? I love the monster and the cookies problem solving so I would love to have something for fall.
Thanks,
Simone
November 17, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Hi, Simone...I don't as yet...but give me a week or so and I will make sure to put something together! Thank you so much for supporting my store!
Regards
Michelle
November 17, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Christmas Borders Clipart
Hi Michelle,
I'm new to the clip art world...With your lovely border clip art would I be able to type in an invitation?
I'm trying to make a flyer invitation for an autism family support group that we have every December.
Thank you for your time.
Diane Agresti
dlagresti@gmail.com
November 11, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Hi Diane
You will need to create a document in whatever programme you usually use and insert the border as an image. You can then add text boxes as you wish.

Hope this helps!
Michelle
November 11, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

LuvNmath
LuvNmath  (TpT Seller) re: Night, night graph
Where can I purchase a license to use the font on your resources? I am a middle/high school math teacher, I can't use your resources but I can use your font and some graphics.
October 27, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Spider web number patterns
Hello Michelle I have recently discovered Teacher Pay Teacher and I'm very much impressed by all the quality of your work !Where do you get all these nice images and frames ? How do all the teacher create all these frames ? In France we do not create such nice work. Again a great "merci" from France !
October 24, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Wow! I love how small the world has become since I became involved in Teachers Pay Teachers! I am from South Africa and have new "friends" all over the US and Canada as well as form other exciting places...like France!! :)
Thank you for your kind words! I create some of my own borders and images but most I purchase on line. www.scrappindoodles.com is a good place to start for good clipart...also do a clipart search in the TPT search engine. There are more and more people creating and selling clipart, fonts and borders/frames on TpT.
Hope this helps! :)
Michelle
October 24, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Spring fraction matching cards FREEBIE!
How do the boys feel about the flowers?
October 21, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
I really don't think it does boys any harm to have a little femininity around every now again! Spring is the season of flowers after all! And girls have dinosaurs, pirates, vehicles, etc given to them without any question of how they feel about it...??? :) Michelle
October 22, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

Drew's Room
Drew's Room  (TpT Seller)
Ok I appreciate all of your help. So I downloaded one of the digital kits from just so scrappy and saved it to my computer...how do I add the content into the boxes. My computer downloaded file into windows photo viewer??
October 8, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
I am always happy to help! :)
How you add the images to your products will depend on the program you are using...the images are usually .jpg or .png files. I prefer working with the .png files because they do not have a white "background". I am afraid I have no real working knowledge of how to use MS software for creating products....what I do know, however, is that most questions are easily answered by a Google search! :) Alternatively, there are many people in the TpT forums who are willing and able to answer questions and help out newcomers! Sorry I can't be of more help here!! Good luck!
:) Michelle
October 9, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

Drew's Room
Drew's Room  (TpT Seller)
Thanks so much! So when you purchase a digital download (right) you receive it right away? How do you then add content to the purchase.
October 8, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Yes, you receive the clipart (digital download :)) right away...unless you buy off Etsy - then you wait for the seller to email it to you.

Usually, I think of a product idea first and then source the clipart I want to use...the layout and design work are then my own ideas and interpretation...using the clipart images and paper backings, borders etc. InDesign allows much layering and manoeuvering of text and images...I'm not sure about working in PowerPoint or other MS software. I do believe a lot of teacher sellers use PowerPoint very successfully, but I have not used it in years!! Not sure if I have answered you question!!
:) Michelle
October 8, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

Drew's Room
Drew's Room  (TpT Seller) re: Monster Math Activity Pack
Did u use PowerPoint to make this? What did u use for the backgrounds and clip art? I am new to TpT and just figuring it out.
October 8, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Hi, welcome to a fantastic community!! My hubby is in graphic design so I am very fortunate to have Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator to work in. All the backgrounds and most of the clipart in this bundle are from www.justsoscrappytoo.com. The blackline drawings are my own. Just So Scrappy is great for getting clipart because their bundles include co-ordinating background papers, images and lettering....great value for money! However, the downfall is that everything is in colour and that there are no blackline images. If you want access to both the colour and the blackline of the image then I would suggest trying Scrappin Doodles, KPM Doodles or Melonheadz (store on TpT).
Hope this helps!
Do not hesitate to make contact again if I can assist you further!
My email is michelle@creativeclassroom.co.za.
Alternatively, if you visit the forums there is always someone willing to help you out!!
All the best for a wonderful TpT ride!!
:) Michelle
October 8, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Anne Weaver  (TpT Seller) re: Monster Math Activity Pack
How clever...anyone would want to learn about monsters, I mean math! I have always loved using monsters for teaching a variety of concepts. Great work, check me out I'm new. If you need any photos or ideas let me know. I have a load of "monster" ideas.
Thanks,
Anne Weaver
October 7, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Wow, Anne! Thank you so much! I will pop over to your store right away! Welcome to a great community of people! :) Michelle
October 8, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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gayle genchi  (TpT Seller)
i was looking at the monster problem math center;the monsters are eye catching. i am trying to figure out how to use the monsters; do they each have a 'different value' or is the value of each '1'?
August 12, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Hi Gayle
Have you downloaded my free Monster Problem Solving unit? Monster problem Solving 2 works in the same way. Yes, each monster is just '1'...each problem indicates a number of monsters to be used and then based on the other criteria students have to work out how many of each color monster is required to solve the problem with the correct total number of monsters.
Hope this helps! :) Michelle
August 12, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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I do "edit" for several teachers on TpT, so if you ever need me to help out, just let me know. I am really good at it - my OCD!!! (ha ha) That's my way of giving back to teachers who create products since I can't do that - but I do have an objective eye that catches mistakes. Thanks.
susanlulu@yahoo.com
August 2, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for this offer and your kind words below! I will certainly keep you in mind as I often need an "American eye" to spot my "South Africanisms"! :)
I will be in contact soon about the Sunflower Journals!
Regards Michelle :)
August 2, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Sunflower Journals: Back to School Journal Pages FREEBIE
Aren't you just the sweetest person? You melted my heart!!!!! You must be an awesome person and teacher to be this "open" about what someone else thinks. My golly!! I wish I knew you in person! You are my kind of person - so caring, generous, grateful, open, willing to hear others' views, and the list goes on and on....... I never gotten this kind of nice message from anyone when I have given my opinion on fonts that do not follow correct teaching! Bless you little heart! You are #1 on my list. I will take a look at all your products when I have a chance. What a gracious person you are!!!!!!!!!!
susanlulu@yahoo.com
August 2, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

Cupcakes and Polka Dots
Cupcakes and Polka Dots  (TpT Seller) re: Monster Word Wall
Hello Michelle!

My name is Chansi and I was wondering how much you would charge for just the letter part of the Monster Sight Word pack?
Thank you!
Chansi Akridge chansi.akridge@yahoo.com
July 23, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Hi Chansi
Thank you for your message. I am sure you will understand when I say that it is really not worth my while to separate this file. Although the letter pages only make up a small percentage of the file the work that went into creating them way outweighs the time it took to create the pages of words. Might I suggest that you follow my store and wait for a sale to purchase this pack? That way you will have the letters for now as well as the words should you ever want to use them in the future. I hope you are not too disappointed by this response.
Kind regards
:) Michelle
P.S. ....just between us....you won't have to wait too long for a sale! ;)
July 23, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

Sprinkles to Kindergarten
Sprinkles to Kindergarten  (TpT Seller) re: I'm the Gingerbread Man Thematic Unit
HI Michelle,
I was wondering if this unit is all Christmas gingerbread man graphics or could it be used for back to school (not too Christmassy)?
Thanks,
Erica
July 18, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Hi Erica
This unit relates directly to the story of The Gingerbreadman and is not "Chrismassy" at all. I think it would be quite suitable for the beginning of the school year. It includes lots of language activities, math, science and technology/art. You can see a complete list of the activities included in the product write up in my store. None of the images relate to Christmas.
Hope this helps!
:) Michelle
July 18, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Kimber S.
Do you have a list of answers for the monster math packs? I love them, but use them as a station and want them to check themselves...
July 7, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Hi..."Monster Problem Solving" and "Monster Math Activity Pack" were two of the first items I created for TpT and I didn't include answer sheets...I shall add it to my 'to do' list. (Monster Problem Solving 2 and Christmas Cookie Problems both have answer sheets as they are newer and I realized that my customers wanted a list of answers included.)Make sure you follow my store and you will be alerted of the changes to the Monster Math Activity pack when I upload the updated file. Thanks for your query and support of my store. :) Michelle
July 7, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Lezlie M. re: FREE Monster Problem Solving Math Center
Do you have a answer sheet/recording sheet for the sudents answers?
June 2, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Hi Lezlie...this was one of the first items I created for TpT and I didn't include an answer sheet...I think I shall add it to my 'to do' list. (Monster Problem Solving 2 and Christmas Cookie Problems both have answer sheets as they are newer and I realized that my customers wanted a list of answers included.) I'd be happy to send you the answers. You can email me at michelle@creativeclassroom.co.za. There is a recording sheet included for the students to solve the problems on. It has spaces for them to record the question card they are answering and a large space to work out in. I kept the spaces big for littlies to be able to work on the sheet...if your students are older you could probably reduce the size of the recording sheet and copy 2 to a page...that way your students could answer 4 cards on a single recording sheet. :) Michelle
June 3, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Thanks for your reply. Since this is a free item, I'm surely not going to ask you to redo it. But, when I buy some of your items (and this happens), I would ask you about them if this font or others posed a problem for me. Thanks for being willing to do that!
May 30, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
You are most welcome! :)
May 31, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Still waiting to hear a response from you. Thanks for all you do to help teachers.
susanlulu@yahoo.com
May 30, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Oh, Susan! I am so pleased you sent another message! My apologies, I typed a lengthy response yesterday and must have forgotten to hit the 'reply' button before I left the page!! So sorry!
In reply to your original question... The font I used (Smiley Monster) does not have capital letters. I already altered the 'i' by using an 'l' (L) because 'I' just isn't right as a small letter. As the problem cards are written in bullet form (and bullets don't always begin with capitals) I didn't think it would pose too much of a problem...most of the bullets begin with numbers anyway. Looking at the file again I think my error was to place fullstops (periods) at the end of the bullets....perhaps I should take these out to make it more correct as bulleted lists...? If you would prefer the question cards in a different font that has the option of capitals then please feel free to contact me again via the Q&A or directly to my email: michelle@creativeclassroom.co.za. I thank you for supporting my store!
Warm regards
Michelle
May 30, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: FREE Monster Problem Solving Math Center
Thank you for your math activities. I have a question, but I don't mean to be critical at all. Why didn't you use capital letters in your math questions? I stress correct capitalization so much to my 2nd graders, I would hate to give them math problems that are not written correctly. Thanks again.
May 29, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: FREE Monster Problem Solving Math Center
Hi,
I love your materials. I frequently make my own materials for my class, but they are not visually attractive like yours. I went to http://www.scrappindoodles.com but I am wondering how you create your pages using this site, do you use another program to create your pages. I see so may great resources on this site I just don't understand how teachers create them themselves.
thanks for the free download.
May 24, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Thank you for your kind compliment! I use a layout program called InDesign to create my units....but it is expensive (my hubby is in graphic design that's why I have it!) I know that many teachers here use Powerpoint to create their units and are quite successful with that...they say it is easier and better than MSWord. Once you have an idea of what you want to create you use the clipart, papers, borders etc. to "pretty up" an otherwise ordinary page of text. Good fonts are also important. I use a lot of freely available ones from kevinandamanda.com. I hope this helps to answer your questions...please feel free to contact me again should you have further queries. My email address is michelle@creativeclassroom.co.za.
:) Michelle
May 25, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Sara B. re: All About Me! Thematic Unit
Are all of your products on sale today 41% off? If so, why does it show the original price? Thanks and I hope to buys some of your stuff:)!

Happy Birthday,
Sara
May 4, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Hi Sara..
Thanks for the birthday wishes! My birthday was 3 May...and yes everything was 41% off for the one day only. So sorry you missed it. This weekend I am having a 20% off for Teacher Appreciation Week and TpT offers a further 10% off with PromoCode TAD12. Hope you are able to buy some things while the sale is on!
Happy shopping!
Michelle
May 5, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

TechedOutTeacher
TechedOutTeacher  (TpT Seller) re: Spring fraction matching cards FREEBIE!
Hi! I'm one of the admins on the Tchr2Tchr Blog. We collaborate together to share educational articles, feature teacher authors (from Tpt), review books, and Link Up to great products here on TpT. We have over 500 followers on the blog plus twitter and facebook followers too. Right now we have a Spring Thing Link Up going on that this item would be perfect for. We hope you'll take advantage of some FREE publicity for your store by linking up your spring freebie! http://tchr2tchr.blogspot.com/2012/04/teachers-pay-teachers-link-up-its.html
April 12, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
That is so kind of you! Many thanks for letting me know! I'm on my way over to your blog right now!!
:) Michelle
April 12, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer
Thank you for your response...I am going to try to open it in school tomorrow.
It seems to open fine on my iPad...I just can't print from that.
March 25, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Please let me know if you still have trouble! :)
March 25, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: My Little Book of Fractions
Hi Michelle,
I just bought "My Little Book of Fractions" and I am unable to open it. It says there is an error in opening the document because the document is damaged. I bought 3 other fraction activities with yours and they opened without a problem. Is there anyway to email it to me or do you have another suggestion I could try? Thanks!
March 25, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
That is very strange...I have just downloaded it myself and it was fine. Do you have the latest version of Adobe reader? Perhaps try updating your reader and download again...if you still have trouble leave me another message in the Q&A with your email address and I will send you the file. :) Michelle
March 25, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Bugs! Thematic Unit
I will glady take a refund, thanks!
March 2, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Hi, my apologies for taking so long to respond to this message - I was waiting for a reply from TPT. Dana has emailed me and he will no doubt make contact with you. He is quite happy to issue a refund. I trust that you will be satisfied with this arrangement. Regards Michelle
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Sandra B. re: The Hat Cat's 10 more and 10 less game
Thanks for letting me know who to contact about this slip up. :) I appreciate all the hard work and wonderful products I have gotten through this website. :)
February 26, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
You are most welcome! Please let me know if you don't come right and I'll see what I can do to help you out! :)
February 26, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Kristen Keplinger  (TpT Seller) re: Anyone for a game of doubles?
I am interested in this doubles packet however the preview isn't working on my computer! :)
February 21, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Hi Kristen
I sometimes have trouble viewing the previews as well, I think it is during busy times when the system is a little overloaded.... perhaps you would like to try again...? The packet consists of doubles matching cards for numbers 1-9, 10's to 100 and 15,25,35 etc to 95. Also included are 2 board games to consolidate doubling of numbers 1-5 and 1-10; as well as 2 recording sheets...all with a tennis theme! Hope this helps... :) Michelle
February 22, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Katy Engle  (TpT Seller) re: Dinosaurs and Dodos Thematic Unit
I work at a private school that teaches from a creation-based perspective. How much of this Unit discusses the rise/fall of dinosaurs, dinosaur periods, and/or evolution?
January 16, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Hi Ahoykaty and thank you for your query. My thematic units are all based on creative thinking and creative expression activities. "Facts and figures" do come into the unit but they can easily be adapted to suit your needs and requirements. Many of the activities have a variety of "spin off" integration work that allows you to expand the theme as you see fit. The types of activities included in this unit are: using question words and obtaining information from the past, "finding" and making fossils, how did dinosaurs become fossils, gathering information from artefacts or pictures, looking at dinosaur habitats and creating a "habitat" mural, recording weather in your area, measuring (mass and length) using standard and non-standard measures, data collection (graphs and tables), oral/creative writing activities, a dinosaur research project, design a new dinosaur, shapes, oral hygiene (and dinosaur teeth), looking at extinction and endangered species, and numerous art ideas. Sure, there are discussion type activities that could extend as far as you see fit, but the majority of the content can very easily be adapted to suit any environment. The focus is most certainly on CREATIVITY, using dinosaurs to spark your students imagination! I hope this helps! All the best, happy teaching! Michelle
January 16, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer
I found it and downloaded it along with many others from that site! Love it! Thank you so much for posting all of these great things and answering so quickly! Sherry :)
January 14, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
You are most welcome! :)
January 14, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer
The font for Monster problem solving-seeing it everywhere on here and other blogs. Do you know the name of it? Thank you!
Sherry
January 11, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker  (TpT Seller)
Hi Sherry, It is called 'Smiley Monster' - and it really does make ME smile! It is available from kevinandamanda.com as a free download.
:) Michelle
January 12, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I taught in an independent school in Port Elizabeth, South Africa for 16 years prior to the birth of my daughter. I am now self-employed as a resource developer creating thematic units, worksheets, posters and games for teachers using the wealth of knowledge and materials I developed in my years of teaching and giving private maths tuition to grade 1 to 7 children. I have developed an online resource center that teachers subscribe to to download teaching resources. You can visit my website at www.creativeclassroom.co.za.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe in a creative approach to teaching young learners and like to integrate subjects so that learning becomes exciting and meaningful. As far as possible I try to include a variety of learning styles in my lessons and activities and I love using discussion and creative thinking as a basis for communication and learning with children.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Yet to be added

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I studied a Bachelor of Primary Education degree at the University of Port Elizabeth in South Africa.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I love to read, paint and do a number of crafts. I remain passionate about teaching and can frequently be found browsing the web (an addiction of mine!) searching for new and exciting ideas and advances in education and education philosophy. At present, my day time hours are dedicated to my 4 year old daughter and 16 year old stepson and so I am behind my computer - trying to earn a living - until the small hours of the morning! (It is worth it!)