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Mark B. re: Sight Word Take Home Materials
wondered if you can offer this in a block print
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Kristine G. re: Sight Word Phrase Cards
Can you please explain the game "POP". The link you listed below is no longer working. Thanks!
August 30, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
varkgirl
varkgirl  (TpT Seller)
http://maiolo.org/mrsmaiolo/literacy/sightwords/
August 31, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Making Words Cut Out Worksheets
I have been using these in my classroom for a little over a year. I noticed just today that in the word version winter has 2 i s and no e. Could you fix this so I download a correct version?
January 13, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
varkgirl
varkgirl  (TpT Seller)
Please use the doc format and make the change until I get a chance to do this.
February 4, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Angela T. re: Native American CrossWord Puzzles
I was surprised that the Native American crossword puzzles didn't have keys included. Do you have them?
September 30, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
varkgirl
varkgirl  (TpT Seller)
No, sorry
September 30, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Rachel Gibbons  (TpT Seller) re: Making Words Cut Out Worksheets
Which book are these words from? I went on Amazon to buy the book but there are several books by that title and author. Is it the kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade or maybe the grades 1-3 Multilevel book?
September 29, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
varkgirl
varkgirl  (TpT Seller)
It is the multilevel book. Looks like there might be a new version out though so I can't guarantee 100% it will match up (although I would think it would be ok). http://amzn.to/NYnFgh
September 30, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Making Words Cut Out Worksheets
I am interested in the making words sheets you created.. is there a reference to the page in the book ..or are we given the mystery word?
May 30, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
varkgirl
varkgirl  (TpT Seller)
No, but you should be able to match it up with the words in the book. http://amzn.to/NYnFgh The title of each document is the mystery word :)
September 30, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Number of the Day
On your number of the day worksheets, I don't have quisenaire rods, and they are not standard issue in our district. Would you be able to maybe make a version that has another more common type of manipulative, or some other question type there?
May 27, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
varkgirl
varkgirl  (TpT Seller)
I don't have plans to change these, sorry.
September 30, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer
Hello, My 2nd grade team purchased both of your making words cut-out worksheets and are looking forward to putting them to good use next year. We would like to purchase the Cunningham books to accompany the lessons we are orgainzing in to our resource files. Wanting to make sure we order the right ones. Is the Making Words from Good Apple/Carson-Dellosa; copyright 1994; and the Making More Words from Frank Schaffer; copyright 2001? Thanks for helping clarify. Sincerely, Melanie A.
May 13, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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varkgirl  (TpT Seller)
http://amzn.to/NYnFgh
http://amzn.to/SWyTil
September 30, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Making Words Cut Out Worksheets
Where do the words come from that students use to make the 2,3,4,5,6,7 letter words? Are they included or do I have to think up those words?
March 26, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
varkgirl
varkgirl  (TpT Seller)
They are in the book "Making Words"
March 27, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Renee K.
Have you considered adding lines to the worksheets? I did that on one document and also made a point system for them to count up points for words made (ties in a little math and some competition, too)
can't figure out how to attach it here_

I would need to email it to you :)
Thanks again!
pictures.pdf
February 12, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
varkgirl
varkgirl  (TpT Seller)
Cool idea :)
February 12, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Nicole G. re: Making MORE Words Cut Out Worksheets
Can you format these in word or a PDF? I am unable to open zip files successfully?
October 9, 2011 Report inappropriate comment
varkgirl
varkgirl  (TpT Seller)
There are so many of them - sorry, I just can't. They are in Word AND PDF within the zip file.

http://www.wikihow.com/Open-a-.Zip-File-Without-Winzip
October 10, 2011 Report inappropriate comment

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Mrs. Maiolo,

While searching for information about genre study I found some lesson plans you made. They are August/September- Establishing procedures for Daily 5 and genre study. They are WONDERFUL! I am starting my second year this fall and will be teaching second grade at a very poorly resourced district. The plans you made are so well done with page references, mentor text, and chart information. I'm thankful to have found them. I decoded to see what else you have done. I checked out your website and it's now bookmarked in my favorites. I'm also following you here.

I'm wondering if you have similar August/September lesson plans for launching Writer's Workshop. Please let me know if you do.

Best wishes to you!
Tonya Arnold
July 10, 2011 Report inappropriate comment
varkgirl
varkgirl  (TpT Seller)
I don't, sorry :( Thanks for the nice note!

I am actually looping to 3rd with my class this year.

http://www.maiolo.org/3rd_Grade
July 13, 2011 Report inappropriate comment

Scipi
Scipi  (TpT Seller)
It was your continent chart. Unfortunately, because it is your main freebie, there is no product description attached to it which means a buyer has to go to your product list to figure out what to do with the chart. Just something to think about.
May 18, 2011 Report inappropriate comment
varkgirl
varkgirl  (TpT Seller)
The chart can be used alone as you teach elementary students about the 7 continents - have them fill in the info as you go or draw small pictures or write key words in each box (this is what I do with my second graders). I also have a set of powerpoints for each of the 7 continents that can be used alongside this chart that can be purchased here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Continents-Powerpoints and a webquest that I created a long time ago that might be helpful: http://web.mac.com/varkgirl/iWeb/Continents/Introduction.html

Hope this helps! Thanks for your suggestions.
May 18, 2011 Report inappropriate comment

Scipi
Scipi  (TpT Seller)
I just downloaded your freebie, but have no idea what I am suppose to do with it. Here are a couple of suggestions to increase your sales. First, create a cover page so that you have an attractive, eye catching thumbnail to entice buyers. Secondly, always write a page of instructions to place before your product so that your buyers know how and why to use your product. Good luck as you sell on TPT!
May 17, 2011 Report inappropriate comment
varkgirl
varkgirl  (TpT Seller)
I have many free items and I am not sure which one you downloaded, but if you read the item description that might help. Someone searching for the specific items I sell would know what to do with the items. My sales are good, and I don't really have the time (or the inclination) to make cover pages, etc. I am just trying to make a little extra cash off things I already have/use myself. If I can provide any help with the item you downloaded please let me know.
May 17, 2011 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Sight Word Take Home Materials
I have downloaded the "sight word take home materials" and I am able to open the directions, but the word lists will not open (I have Adobe). It gives me an error code each time. Could you please email me the lists or repost them? elizabeth.treadwell@cobbk12.org

Thank you!
March 6, 2011 Report inappropriate comment
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Buyer
Just sent them to you!
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Buyer re: Making Words Cut Out Worksheets
I ordered the making word sheets-how do I get them? I paid through paypal.Also, I can't find my book. I need a list of the words you can make. glytle@gmail.com
January 10, 2011 Report inappropriate comment
varkgirl
varkgirl  (TpT Seller)
How to get them is more of a question for TPT in general. There should be a download link or something?

From the FAQ: How will I receive my purchases?
Digital items will be delivered via instant download. Once you make your purchase, download links will live for 30 days on your "Download/Rate My Purchases" page which you can access when you're logged in. Be sure to print and save your products before the 30 days are up. Hard goods, both teacher-created and used items, will be shipped to you by the seller within 3 days of purchase. Buyers can contact sellers through their 'See My Purchases' page on their 'Manage My Account' dashboards.

Also, I cannot give you the lists of words to make because I do not want to violate copyright. You would need to buy the book to get that information.
January 10, 2011 Report inappropriate comment

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Karina R.
Do you have any guided reading, reading strategy, or writing strategy lessons?
Thanks...
KARINA
November 4, 2010 Report inappropriate comment
varkgirl
varkgirl  (TpT Seller)
http://www.maiolo.org/2nd_Grade/Mini_Lessons.html
November 7, 2010 Report inappropriate comment

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Jennifer P. re: Sight Word Phrase Cards
I stumbled upon your website, which led me here. Thank you for sharing so may wonderful resources. I am curious what the game "POP" is. Would you share?
September 25, 2010 Report inappropriate comment
varkgirl
varkgirl  (TpT Seller)
More info here: http://www.maiolo.org/2nd_Grade/Sight_Words.html
September 26, 2010 Report inappropriate comment

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Terri's Teaching Treasures  (TpT Seller) re: Sight Word Phrase Cards
How do you play POP? Thanks!
January 24, 2010 Report inappropriate comment
varkgirl
varkgirl  (TpT Seller)
More info here:

http://www.maiolo.org/2nd_Grade/Sight_Words.html
March 2, 2010 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Making Words Cut Out Worksheets
the free download only shows the page that students use to record their words. Does his product acutally include the pages from the book that have the letters and the words you can make from it? I've seen the book but don't really want to but it. Thanks.
November 5, 2009 Report inappropriate comment
varkgirl
varkgirl  (TpT Seller)
The product is 100s of pages like the blank free download with the actual letters in the spaces at the top. The lists of words you can make are not included. You really need to buy the actual books to get that info.
November 12, 2009 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Number of the Day
How many number of the day worksheets are included? Up to what number does the number of the day worksheet go up to?
September 30, 2009 Report inappropriate comment
varkgirl
varkgirl  (TpT Seller)
They are generic worksheets that will work with any number. There is one version for 1-20, one for 21-100, and one for 100+
September 30, 2009 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Sentence Building Parts
I have tried downloading sentence building parts without any luck. When I look at the file size it says zero. Could that be why I am unable to download them?
thank you for your time and work
bickie
August 3, 2009 Report inappropriate comment
varkgirl
varkgirl  (TpT Seller)
I don't know why it is acting like that. Will try to re upload it soon. Thanks for letting me know.
August 3, 2009 Report inappropriate comment

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Markie Wright  (TpT Seller) re: Color Coding Conventions for Sentence Writing
Hello,
How do you use the coloring. Do you mark their papers with it. How is it taught.
January 23, 2009 Report inappropriate comment
varkgirl
varkgirl  (TpT Seller)
I start the year with teaching them to color the capitals green and periods red. The other colors are added over time. They use these colors to color their own sentences when they check their work before turning it in.
February 7, 2009 Report inappropriate comment
TEACHING EXPERIENCE

12 years experience teaching 2nd grade in Rochester, NY and DeSoto County, FL

Looping to 3rd grade for 2011-2012 school year!

MY TEACHING STYLE

Brain-compatible teaching strategies

Currently working to implement The Daily 5/CAFE and Reader's Workshop

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

National Board Certified Teacher

DeSoto County, FL Teacher of the Year 2009

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor's in Elementary Ed. from SUNY Geneseo, 1998

Master's in Elementary Ed. from USF Sarasota, 2006

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

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