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This packet of main idea activities and printables is designed to help your students grasp main idea in non-fiction texts. This activity pack tak...
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Help your students practice and extend their knowledge of main idea and details with these 24 colorful activity cards. These cards can be used in...
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This powerpoint explores theme in literature and teaches students how to discover the theme of a work. Talks about universal "big" ideas, how to ...
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This exciting and colorful unit includes 60 pages of lesson plans and activities to use with your classroom novel study of Barbara Robinson's The...
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Having trouble teaching text structure or organizatonal patterns to your class? Then this download is for you! I originally developed this lesson...
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This teaching pack combines my best-selling main idea items. It takes a new approach to learning main idea, starting with pictures and moving int...
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15 colorful and interesting cards with a theme about tornados and hurricanes help your students practice their knowledge of text structure and or...
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This fun powerpoint presentation is to help teach students about the differences between mood and tone and how they are used in literature. Appro...
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This teaching bundle contains three awesome items to help you teach Text Structure and Organizational Patterns to your students. Aligned with Com...
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These 24 colorful activity cards are designed to help your students review area and perimeter and the academic language associated with the conce...
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This download contains everything that you need to teach a full two-week unit on poetry. Originally developed for use with my 6th-8th grade ESL l...
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These colorful activity cards can be used in a variety of ways to help your students reinforce their dictionary skills. Contains different ways t...
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These printables are ideal for helping your students practice their dictionary skills. Originally developed for my 6-8th grade ESOL students, I h...
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This download contains four rubrics written in kid-friendly language and are informed by the WIDA performance definitions and can-do descriptors....
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These cards are designed to help your students understand all of the details that make up a setting in a story and how the characters are affecte...
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This powerpoint presentation teaches students about the different types of context clues and how to locate them. Each type of context clue introd...
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Learning author's purpose is really as easy as PIE! This author's purpose packet comes with an author's purpose guide (leveled for basic, profic...
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This is a 138 page novel study unit to go with Paul Fleischman's Seedfolks. Aligned with 6-12 ELA Common Core Anchor Standards in reading and wri...
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Kimberly P.
That helps so much! Thank you for taking the time to respond to me. I'll definitely keep coming back to your store, and I'll be looking for more great Augmented Reality products (hopefully more for 3-5!)
April 8, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
I just updated my Area and Perimeter Cards to add new content and some Augmented Reality for self checking! I mostly make 3-5 stuff and almost everything from here on out will have AR in it somewhere ;) Have I mentioned I love AR?
April 8, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Kimberly P.
The Aurasma app is back up this morning!! I got it. I have a question for you...I was thinking it would be cool to use this app with my word wall, to make it more exciting. Does the embedded data need to be a video, or would a Google image work? I was thinking they'd "zap" the word on the wall, which would come up with an example of the word.
April 7, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
Kimberly, the embedded data can be an image, video, website or 3D model. Basically- the sky is the limit! I created a word wall similar to what you're talking about with RELA test words- students scan the word wall image and see another image with question stems and a sample test question. Of course- you can attach it to an image of a sentence or a picture of the word. I recommend checking out Two Guys and Some iPads (Google it!) they have GREAT tutorials.

Hope this helps!
Laurah J.
April 7, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Kimberly P.
Hi! I'm so excited about the Augmented Reality/Aurasma phenom!! I'm new at this, though, so bear with me…I'm trying to dl the app, but there are several. The one that looks closest is "Bar" but that code isn't on your flash cards. Another was the HP version that didn't look right. Which are you using? Thanks!
Kimberly
April 6, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
For some reason, the app has disappeared from Apple's App Store today. I'm not sure why, but I've got a ticket in with Aurasma's help desk
April 6, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Augmented Reality Flash Cards: The Butterfly Life Cycle
When I go to the App Store, it says that the Aurasma app is currently unavailable. Am I doing something wrong or is Aurasma no longer available in App Store?
April 6, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
The app is available again in the Apple App Store.
April 6, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Augmented Reality Flash Cards: The Butterfly Life Cycle
I'm unable to download using my IPad Air, however I was able to download using my smartphone. This looks very interesting and I would love to use in my classroom. Please give me specifics on how to use. I'm not tech savvy, but I'm trying to learn. We are learning about the lifecycle of the Darkening Beetle right now so this would come in handy.
April 6, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
You first need to download the PDF to a computer or device you can print from and print it out. Then, there are very detailed directions on the fourth page of the item, as well as in the product description for downloading the app and following my channel. Thanks!
April 6, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Aquababy80
Aquababy80  (TpT Seller)
Hi Larah,

I recently purchased your poetry unit from TpT and love it! However, some of the powerpoints and PDFs are locked with a password (like the one for Haiku), which means I can't make any change of my own to the Powerpoints. The Haiku powerpoint also has an entire slide missing about syllables, so I am unable to add the information that is listed on the CLOZE notes and it's confusing to my SPED kids. I was wondering if you would be willing to share the password or could you send me a powerpoint that isn't locked?
April 2, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
Hi,

Thank you for your purchase. The product description does state that the presentations included are read-only. This is because the terms of use on the fonts and graphics I have used for the presentation require that it be sold in a secured format- read-only. Therefore, I am unable to provide a password or unsecured version as I would be violating the Terms of Use and therefore the copyright of the artists. When it prompts for a password, simply click "read-only" and the presentation will function normally. I do make note of the read-only format in the product description so that there are no surprises.

However, I did go back and add the syllable slide back to the Haiku presentation to follow the flow of the Cloze notes. All you need to do is go to "my purchases" and redownload the unit.

As far as the PDFs, I'm not sure what you mean. These require no password to open, view or print.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at tools4teachers.mrsj@gmail.com

Thanks,
Laurah J.
April 2, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Tracy W.
I purchased Text Structure and Organizational Patterns Teaching Bundle and I cannot get the Powerpoint to open on my MAC. It says it needs to be saved as a Powerpoint 97-2003 and 95 Presentation and then resent. Any chance you can do that? My e-mail is tracy.wright@rossrams.com.
Thanks so much!
Tracy Wright
March 17, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
I'm not sure why you are unable to open the powerpoint presentation on your Mac. It was created on a Mac and I can open it with no difficulties on my machine. In any case, the powerpoint is also included as a quicktime movie in the zip folder- it is identical to the powerpoint presentation. That should work just fine on your Mac since it is a native file type. Please try that and e-mail me at tools4teachers.mrsj@gmail.com if you have any further questions.

Thanks!!
Laurah J.
March 17, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Savvy Teacher  (TpT Seller)
Hi Laurah,

I read a post of yours on the Forums recommending the free 30 day trial of Adobe Pro, so I hope you don't mind me asking for your help. When I search "Adobe Pro", several versions come up:
Adobe Acrobat Pro IX
Adobe Pro 9
Adobe Acrobat Pro ?I think there was a number attached to this one also.

There were others, not sure of all the numbers and name combinations. Which one are you referencing? I would use this for my TpT products to ensure that the printable pages come across clean and crisp. Thanks for any help you can provide!
March 9, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
Hi,
Sorry to be so late responding. I have been on vacation with my family and have not had access to internet. I have the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat Pro (X or XI) that comes with the CS6.

Hope this helps.

Laurah
March 17, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

The Creative Classroom Curriculum
Hi Laurah!

Thank you for your helpful feedback on my recent post, "Make Those Links Live!" I took your advice and posted it in the technology section! Looking forward to taking a look at all of your wonderful work!

Happy Teaching,

The Creative Classroom Curriculum
March 6, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Leigh Ann Sims  (TpT Seller)
I bought the tone and mood PowerPoint however whenever I download it the movies wont play. I extracted the files but they still show up separately from the PowerPoint.
March 5, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
I'm not sure what you mean when you say they still show up separately from the powerpoint. Some versions of powerpoint won't play embedded videos, other times the embedded feature doesn't travel well. Therefore, I included in the zip folder the presentation as well as the videos in case you have difficulty playing them from within powerpoint. If you do have difficulty playing them in powerpoint, you can go into the folder and play the video files separately in a program like quick time or Windows media player. I hope this answers your question, as I'm not quite sure what you're asking.
March 5, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Courtney B. re: The ESOL Class Pledge Poster
Hi Laura J,

My school uses the acronym "ESL"... could you make a version saying that? Thanks!
February 27, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
I will take the idea into consideration. However, I currently have many other projects on my plate at the moment that I am trying to wrap up, so it will likely be summer before I take time to add to and/or revise old items. Thanks!
March 1, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Kimberly Franden  (TpT Seller)
I bought one of your slideshows, downloaded it, but there are big red words across the slides giving away the answers??????
February 25, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
Can you tell me which slideshow?

Some of them do have the answers appear on click in slideshow mode. When It is viewed in slide-sorter mode, the answers are visible, but when the slideshow is played, the answers will not appear until you click.
February 25, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Ellen Weber  (TpT Seller)
Laurah, thought you'd be interested that I just saw you featured on the main page. Hope it brings you sales! Ellen
February 9, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
Thanks Ellen! That's so exciting because I've never seen myself.
February 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Brandlynn R.
Hi there,

I downloaded the Chinese New Year reading activity but when I open it, the text is blurred black lines. I've tried re-downloading it again, but its not working. Is there a problem with the file? Can you possibly email me a copy of the file directly?

Thanks!

Brandlynn Reister
January 25, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
Since you did not leave me an e-mail address, I hope that you will return to read this. I can assure you that there is nothing wrong with the file. Please make sure that if you are on a Mac, you are opening with Adobe Acrobat and not preview. For both Mac and PC, please check to make sure that you have the most recent version of Acrobat. If not, please download the most recent version. For more information, see here: https://support.teacherspayteachers.com/Why-my-PDF-blurry-There-are-black-lines-where-images-should-be-c15-a86.html. If you continue having difficulty, please contact TpT Support.

Thank you!
January 25, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Research Project Workbook
The Project Rubric page does not allow me to edit in my name. It has Mrs. Jurca listed as the teacher. It would be nice if that could be changed because our principal and sometimes district people look at these rubrics.
December 30, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
Hi, This correction has been made. You can redownload from your "my purchases" page.
December 31, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Ellen Weber  (TpT Seller)
Would love to invite you to join a secondary pinning party over at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=31288 Let’s grow the upper class community together – one pin at a time.

Hope to see you there – and I for one am excited to pin your products!
Best of the season! Ellen Weber
December 14, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
Thanks Ellen, but I have VERY few secondary products anymore- most of my products are geared toward 3-5. Best wishes!
December 17, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Lori G.
Laurah - do you sell the template for your daily lesson plan? I really like the format and would love to be able to use it.
December 12, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
Thanks for asking. I do not currently have it posted as an item in my store, but I can work on that and try to get it posted in the next few days. Please e-mail me at tools4teachers.mrsj@gmail.com if you'd like to know when it's posted.

Thanks,
Laurah J.
December 13, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Missy C. re: Text Structure and Organizational Patterns Teaching Bundle
I can't save the power point because it's asking for a password
December 4, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
As it states in the product description, "This powerpoint is read-only. When you download the file, instead of opening, click "save as", and save it to the location where you want it. Then, when you open, click "read only". You will be able to use the powerpoint normally, but will not be able to make edits. Another option is to click on it in the folder that you extracted it to, command+click (right click on PC) click copy, go to the location where you would like to save it command+click (right click on PC) again and click paste. If this doesn't help please contact TpT support for further assistance.
December 4, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Theresa S.
Hi Laurah! I just purchased your unit study for The Best Christmas Pagent Ever and I had a question. In several of the lesson plans you mention a story map that the students are continually working on...is this not included in the packet or am I missing something? Do you have a specific one that you use or some suggestions as to what I could use? Also you say in the last lesson plan to give the students a copy of "Plot, plots, plots" activity.....is this the picture of the Christmas tree and the page titled plot map cards? How would the students go about using these to complete the task? I love this unit, but as you can see I am a very detailed orientated step by step person, just looking to fill in a couple blanks!! Thanks in advance for your time!
December 1, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
Hi, I did make some changes to the file to make it a little more clear and to add the story map. You can check your "My Purchases" page for a notification and re-download at any time.

Thanks!
Laurah J.
December 1, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Early Immigration Activity Pack
What text are you referring to when you mention "pages 32-35" on your anticipation guide?
November 29, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
Hi, This was originally part of a multi-page packet I once gave my students. The page numbers referred to the reading included here and another reading (not authored by me) that were included in their packet. I have corrected the anticipation guide to remove the page numbers so that it simply says "before reading". You can download the corrected copy from your "My Purchases" page. My apologies for the error.
November 29, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Carlie V. re: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Novel Study Unit
I am interested in purchasing your unit, but was curious as to how many days it lasts?
November 23, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
It has NINE lesson plans designed for 1:30 blocks, depending on how quickly or slowly students work through the activities. However, it can certainly be adjusted to be longer or shorter by adding some of the included extension activities or cutting out activities. Please download the full preview to see everything!
November 23, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

TeachingFSL
TeachingFSL  (TpT Seller) re: Tutu Font {True Type Font for personal and commercial use}
C'est mignon! (Cute!) I'll keep it in mind when I'm font-shopping.
November 17, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
Thanks!
November 23, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Misty O.
Hello,
I recently bought your Text Structure and Organizational Patterns Teaching Bundle and have come into a problem. When I download the file everything seems to be there but the slide show is only 18 slides not the 49 it says it to be. Can you help?
November 8, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
Hi,
I think there must be some confusion. The product descriptions says that there are "49 slides, activity cards and printables". This means that the total number of slides, activity cards and printables altogether is 49- there are 18 slides in the powerpoint, 8 pages of printables, and 23 activity cards- not that there are 49 slides in the powerpoint. The total number of each item is outlined in the individual product descriptions linked to under "includes".

Thanks,
Laurah J.
November 8, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Brad Pickler  (TpT Seller) re: Text Structure and Organizational Patterns Teaching Bundle
I read the questions and answers and see that you say "As it states in the product description, "This powerpoint is read-only. " I looked everywhere for the "read only" and do not see it. Could you tell me where to find that detail about the PPT? I need to change it to fit my class. I am very frustrated because I can't use it exactly as you have it. I do not want to mess with the "integrity of the product" but I do want to make sure my lesson works in my class with my students. I already have a PPT I made but it is for CA state standards and needs to be altered to match CCSS. I didn't want to spend time changing it and thought your PPT would work with fewer changes. Now I am going to have to alter my own PPT even though I bought your PPT thinking it would save me time. Please let me know where it says "read-only". I looked for it but didn't see it. Thank you.
November 6, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
Hi,
Under "includes", I link to each item included in this pack, so that you can see the description and preview for each component. I do this to provide you with as much information as possible before you purchase. If you follow the link for the presentation, you will see that in description for the PowerPoint, it states that the presentation is read-only. I'm very sorry for any inconvenience, however the terms of use on the fonts and some of the graphics require that they not be used in editable documents.
November 7, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Yes, that's it. sorry!
November 4, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
I'm sorry it's not what you were looking for, can you be more specific about how? I need more information so that I may appropriately address your concerns. Did you download the preview (there is a complete preview of each component), look at the product description or the linked descriptions of the individual components prior to purchase? I provide a thorough description detailing how many of each type of card is included and a full preview of this item so there should be no surprises. Please help me to address your concerns.
November 4, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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I just bought the literature mega bundle and it is not what I was looking for.
November 3, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
I'm sorry, I'm not sure what you're referring to? I don't have any items called "Literature Mega Bundle". Are you talking about the Reading Skills Activity Cards Mega Bundle?
November 3, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Heather Frankfort  (TpT Seller)
I bought your context clues presentation and like it alot. However, I do not like that I cannot save it onto my Flashdrive. Am I supposed to open teachers pay teachers every time I would like to use it? I bought it so please allow me to save it so I can use it for future classes.
October 10, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
You can save it to your flash drive, and you do not have to open TPT each time you want to use the presentation. It is actually very easy, and I gave directions in the product description, but in case you missed them: When you extract the files from the zipped folder, you can choose to have them extracted to any location you wish- like a jump drive. You other option is to open the folder that you extracted the files to, command+click (right click on pc), choose "copy"' then open your jump drive or folder where you want to save it, command-click again, and choose "paste".

Thanks,
Laurah
October 11, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Ashley Davis  (TpT Seller)
Hi! I purchased and downloaded the Fun with Probability Powerpoint Presentation. When I pull up the power point on many of the slides the text runs off the slide. When in presentation mode the text that is off the slide cannot be seen. Due to password restrictions linked to the presentation I am unable to edit the text to fit the slide/screen. Please help! :) Thanks so much!
October 7, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
Hi Ashley, the amount of advice I can give is limited by the fact that I don't know what kind of computer or operating system you are using. My first suggestion would be to check the resolution on your computer. Since I don't know what kind of computer you have, I suggest googling "change screen resolution" and the type of system you are on (Mac OSX or Windows 7, for example) and follow the directions you find. My next suggestion would be to try one of the other file types I included- windows media file or pdf version. They are both included in the zip file with the powerpoint presentation. My final suggestion, if none of the above works, contact TpT support for assistance.

Thanks!
Laurah J.
October 7, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Kathleen S. re: Halloween Fun: Common Core Writing Activities
Do you have a writing packet (common core)for any other holidays?
October 7, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
Hi Kathleen,
I sure do! I have a Winter a Holidays Common Core writing packet as well. it can be found at: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREE-Common-Core-Winter-Holiday-Writing-Activities-411219

Thanks!
Laurah J.
October 7, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Danielle G. re: Text Structure and Organizational Patterns Teaching Bundle
On the powerpoint, why is the answer to each passage covering the text? Is there a way to get rid of that or is there a copy of the passage somewhere else?
October 6, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
The answer to each type of passage is animated and will appear with a click when you are in presentation mode. In order for this effect to be achieved, when in slide sorter mode, it appears over the passage. I downloaded the item on three different devices to be sure, but the presentation is functioning correctly on my devices.
October 6, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Mary Dressel  (TpT Seller) re: Text Structure and Organizational Patterns Teaching Bundle
I downloaded this over the summer and am getting ready to teach this next week. I have tried many things, but I can't get the ppt file to open in Keynote, or upload in Google Docs. I don't have PPT, but have successfully opened several other ppt files in Keynote in the past. When I try in Google Docs, it says that it is password protected. Suggestions?
September 22, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
I'm really not sure, as I don't work in keynote. The product description clearly states that the presentation is in powerpoint format. My best suggestion is to contact TpT support, they might be able to help.

However, this item, and others purchased on TpT, should never be uploaded to google docs because even when set on private, it can be picked up by a google search and made available to others on the web.

Thanks,
Laurah J.
September 22, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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I just purchased your main idea and details teaching pack. I cannot save the power point because it's requiring a password to enable. Can you help me with this please? If I'm going to use it I need to be able to save and transport it.
September 18, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
No password is required to use the presentation. When you extract the files from the zipped folder, you can choose to have them extracted to any location you wish- like a jump drive. You other option is to open the folder that you extracted the files to, command+click (right click on pc), choose "copy"' then open your jump drive or folder where you want to save it, command-click again, and choose "paste".
September 19, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Melissa Moreno  (TpT Seller) re: Theme in Literature Powerpoint
I am or I think I am following your instruction but once I click slide show....it goes blank. Can you please help?
September 10, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
Melissa,
I don't know what to tell you since it works correctly on my end. My best advice is to click "contact us" at the bottom of the page and put in a ticket with TpT support. They're very tech savvy and should e able to help!

Thanks,
Laurah J.
September 11, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Kid-Friendly Rubrics for Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening {WIDA informed}
The rubrics are based on individual WIDA levels, and only seem to tell what the student can do. Much like the "can do" descriptors. Is that correct? How would you suggest the reading, writing, etc. categories be scored?
September 9, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
Each of these rubrics can be used just like traditional rubrics. The writing and speaking rubrics are based entirely off of the WIDA wirint and speaking rubrics with the language transformed to make it more student-accessible. I do make use of the "I can" statements so that students are clear on what they are expected to be able to do at each level. However, unlike the can-do descriptors which are task based and focus on how students will use the language, these focus more on the quality of the language that students are using when they are completing tasks in each language domain- what can they process and produce?

Since these are based on quality of language rather than content or assignment guidelines, they differ a little from traditional rubrics; however, each of these rubrics can be used to score an individual activity. I use the writing rubric to score my students writing activities, when students work in groups or think pair share, I make rounds and listen, making notes on the speaking rubric and using that to score. I have also used it for classroom presentations. When students are asked to listen to a partner and restate their partner's answer, or to follow multi-step directions, the listening rubric comes in handy. I use the reading rubric to assess students' ability to read and understand selected passages and texts.

On each rubric, I determine which level students are at for each of the three criteria (language complexity-did they use more language or less? compound sentences?; language forms and conventions- are there punctuation marks and capital letters? grammar?; vocabulary usage- are there technical words used? general language?) and then average the three to come up with a score. Then I compare that against the student's Access score to see if they are progressing.

These rubrics are designed to measure language development and progress.

I hope this helps, because I'm not really sure I'm understanding your question.

Laurah J.
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I did click on Save As, but it doesn't even bring up the screen for me to save it as 'read only' or 'protected view'. I understand your concern completely. My problem is that I have tried several times to save it as 'read only' but it won't let me even do that. Can you tell me what I might be doing wrong?
September 7, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
You cannot do what I suggested after you have already downloaded and opened the presentation. You must go to your "my purchases" page and redownload. When you download, a box should pop up, asking whether you wish to open the file or save as. Chose "save as" and a box will open up allowing you to chose the location where you wish to save I (ie- hard drive, jump drive, desktop, etc).
September 7, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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It won't let me 'save as', or 'save' even in protected view, as read-only. What solution do you have for this glitch?
September 7, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
This is not a glitch, it is exactly how the PowerPoint is supposed to function. This powerpoint is read-only. When you download the file, instead of opening, click "save as", and save it to the location where you want it. Then, when you open, click "read only". You will be able to use the powerpoint normally, but will not be able to make edits. This is done to protect the integrity of the file and to comply with the terms of use on the graphics.

Thanks!
September 7, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Profs et Soeurs
Profs et Soeurs  (TpT Seller)
Hello Laurah.
Here is the product I made with your clipart's. Thank you!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/5-au-Quotidien-Kit-de-5-activites-854705
September 1, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
Love it!
September 1, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Lessons In History
Lessons In History  (TpT Seller)
Laurah, thanks so much for letting me know my links weren't working in my forum post.. I have fixed them. Appreciate your help! :-)
August 25, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
No problem! Anytime!
August 25, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Tracy M.
Tracy M.  (TpT Seller)
Thank you for your response. Do you have an example of cubing for math that you are selling? Or could you give me an idea of the verbs you used, or sample questions you asked, on the cube for a math concept, ie. fractions. Just need to see an example of what this would look like for math.
August 24, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
Tracy,
I don't currently have any for sale (and I'm on a new computer so I don't have copies of those I've used), but I can see what I can do about putting a set together. That is actually a great idea! What grade do you teach? I will start there!

Thanks,
Laurah
August 25, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Tracy M.
Tracy M.  (TpT Seller) re: Cubing Questioning Strategy Templates
Have you ever used this cubing strategy for math? I'm curious to see a math example of this.
August 24, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
I certainly have, Tracy! They're great for getting students to discuss a concept like fractions or place value, rather than practice with actual calculations.
August 24, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Laurah,
I love your materials, especially Seedfolks:A Novel Study. They are very comprehensive. Do you have something for 5th grade spelling, in a special education classroom. The Harcourt book is too time consuming. Our grade level is all Common Core for the first year, so I want to mix in some higher level words.
Thanks,
Barbara
August 12, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
Hi Barbara,
I wish I did have something to help you with that, but unfortunately I don't. Since I'm an ESOL specialist, my students always did spelling with their classroom teachers. Sorry I can't be more helpful!!

Laurah J.
August 12, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Savvy Teacher
Savvy Teacher  (TpT Seller)
Hi Laurah --I love your new round profile pic. Did you do that yourself, or did TpT do that for you?
Thanks for all of your helpful advice on the forums. :)
August 11, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
Thanks! I put it together myself in photoshop. Glad to help out whenever I can!
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Your TpT materials are incredible! I work in Maryland too so I have to ask where in MD you are? I am trying to form a solid ESOL program at my school/ county and would love to pick your brain and dialogue together- not sure how to make that happen ( if you are willing/ able). Look forward to hearing from you!
June 26, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
Hi Missy,
Thanks for the compliment. I do work hard on my materials! I am sorry it has taken me so long to respond, but I have been "off the grid" on vacation without internet access. I actually live in DC, but teach for a school district in Maryland. How far away are you? Perhaps we could get a coffee sometime. Feel free to e-mail me at tools4teachers.mrsj@gmail.com.

Laurah
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Erin L. re: Content Vocabulary Zip Around Template
Should I be able to add curriculum directly to this template? If so, can you provide some advice because I can't get it to work. Thanks
May 14, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
Yup, all you need is a pen!

I am working on making the template so you can type into it, but right now I am in the end-of-year crunch like everyone else, so it is on my to-do list for this summer.
May 14, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Tiny Toes
Tiny Toes  (TpT Seller)
Great! I am going to start it this evening. Thanks!
May 13, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Tiny Toes
Tiny Toes  (TpT Seller)
Hi Laura! I love that you always have so much to offer on the forums. I know that it's a crazy time of the school year, but would you be interested in being the next guest on the Learning From... series on the Selling Tips board? We would ask questions about your store and see/ask for advice on become a more successful store/seller. Thanks! JoAn
May 13, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
Hi! Sure, I will be happy to offer whatever advice I can :)

Laurah
May 13, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Hi Laura,

I just downloaded the Haiku lesson. All of the lessons are working except the PPT. When I try to download it there was an error accessing Macintosh HD:Users:. I am using a MAC Verson 10.8.3.
May 5, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
I can only imagine that it is the version of powerpoint. I have a Mac OS X 10.8 and it is running Office 2010. I am able to open it with no issues as a read-only file in both Powerpoint and Keynote. I will try to see if I can export it to Quicktime and re-upload sometime today. Otherwise, you may wish to contact TpT Customer Support and put in a ticket with their tech folks who are very savvy.

Sorry about this, we will get it fixed.

Laurah J
May 5, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Hi Laura,

I just downloaded the Haiku lesson. All of the lessons are working except the PPT. When I try to download it there was an error accessing Macintosh HD:Users:. I am using a MAC Verson 10.8.3.
May 5, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
I can only imagine that it is the version of powerpoint. I have a Mac OS X 10.8 and it is running Office 2010. I am able to open it with no issues as a read-only file in both Powerpoint and Keynote. I will try to see if I can export it to Quicktime and re-upload sometime today. Otherwise, you may wish to contact TpT Customer Support and put in a ticket with their tech folks who are very savvy.

Sorry about this, we will get it fixed.

Laurah J
May 5, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Alyson B.
Laura,
Thank you for the quick response. I have a Mac computer. The operating system is OS X 10.8.3 I run powerpoint 2008 for Mac.
Any suggestions?
Alyson
May 4, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
I can only imagine that it is the version of powerpoint. I have a Mac OS X 10.8 and it is running Office 2010. I am able to open it with no issues as a read-only file in both Powerpoint and Keynote. I will try to see if I can export it to Quicktime and re-upload sometime today. Otherwise, you may wish to contact TpT Customer Support and put in a ticket with their tech folks who are very savvy.

Sorry about this, we will get it fixed.

Laurah J
May 5, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Alyson B.
Hi Laurah,
I downloaded your fun with probability pack but it will not let me open the powerpoint. It says "This program is protected by a pasword or digital rights managment (DRM). To access presentation you must have a version not protected by password or DRM."

Can please help me?
Alyson Brown
May 4, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
I can't really offer any advice without knowing what kind of computer you have, which operating system you're running, and which version of powerpoint you have.

If you can provide this information, I might be able to give some insight.

Thanks,
Laurah Jurca
May 4, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am currently an ESOL coach for my district, working with both ESOL and mainstream teachers to help them differentiate and improve the quality of their instruction for English language learners. I currently work in Maryland, but spent several years teaching in North Carolina, and I completed my student teaching in Tennessee as well. During my career, I have worked with students in grades K-8, though most of my attention has been focused on the upper grades, 4-8. I have been invited to Busan, S. Korea, twice to conduct 2 week teacher training seminars on Content Based English Instruction for English language learners, and I am SIOP trained. In addition, I also lead numerous Continuing Professional Development courses, workshops, and focus groups for teachers in my district. In addition to my MS, I also have a BA degree in Spanish and Mass Communications.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I am very passionate about my job and working with teachers to help ELLs. When I was in the classroom, I spent hours at home planning lessons and creating materials to use in my classroom. Many of my materials were originally designed for use in the ESL classroom, however, they can easily be used or adapted for use in the mainstream classroom by students of every ability level.
My teaching style is very laid back. My students always knew that as long as they follow directions, we will have a great time in class!
I believe in catering to students' multiple intelligences and providing an area where they are excited to come and learn.
In my ESOL classes, I believed very highly in the value of reading and literacy, and worked hard to impress it upon my students as well. I also believe in the value of literacy across the content areas. I have many products in my store for each subject area, as well as several that are interdisciplinary. Most products are aligned with CCSS and WIDA standards.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Summa Cum Laude, Master of Science
Teacher of the Month

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

M.S. in Foreign Language and ESL Education from University of Tennessee, 2008
B.A. in Journalism and Spanish from Carson-Newman College, 2006

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

My husband and I are natives of Knoxville, TN. We have no children, but do enjoy spending time with our niece and nephew when we can. We also enjoy spending time in the modern middle ages at SCA events. Catch up with me on my blog, The ESOL Odyssey. Find Tools for Teachers by Laurah Jurca on FaceBook.