Amber Thomas

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Amber Thomas
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"A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but a person with a certain set of attitudes".
 
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By Amber Thomas
This product is a concise poetry unit designed primarily for fourth grade. In the past, I got to spend a whole month teaching poetry. Now I have to "borrow time" from the prescribed reading program to squeeze in everything my fourth graders need
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Poetry
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Games
$3.99
182 ratings
4.0
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By Amber Thomas
This set of homograph task cards contains 29 cards (1 direction card, 1 sample homograph card filled out, and 27 homograph pair activity cards). This activity not only focuses on the different definitions of each word, but also the pronunciations.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Task Cards
$3.99
67 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (3.77 MB)
By Amber Thomas
You asked for it, and you got it! This product contains ALL my Mentor Sentences for fourth grade Common Core State Standards in a single, 112 page download. If you're looking for a better way to model and teach revising and editing, mentor
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets
$24.47
$18.99
95 ratings
4.0
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By Amber Thomas
This Common Core product was designed to show my fourth graders what I am expecting from them in different settings. The standards are rephrased in kid friendly language, and designed as an overview you can refer to all year, not an overly scripted
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Writing
Grades:
4th
Types:
Printables
$2.50
69 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (1.19 MB)
By Amber Thomas
Are you teaching Personal Narratives to your 4th graders, and you want to align your unit with the Common Core State Standards? This product contains activities, student reference materials, and worksheets to bring children through the process of
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
4th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans
$6.99
54 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (2.56 MB)
By Amber Thomas
Do you struggle with how to help your students improve their "word choice" in their writing? If you have a student with a low vocabulary, it can feel especially frustrating to expect them to use sophisticated words when they are writing. One way
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables
$2.50
37 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.97 MB)
By Amber Thomas
Do you do Morning Meeting with your class? Does your class LOVE the "share" portion of Morning Meeting? I used to think this "Show and Tell" stuff was too babyish for my fourth graders, but now I feel like there's never enough time for all the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Math, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
4th
Types:
Activities, Classroom Forms
$1.00
52 ratings
3.9
Digital Download PDF (0.66 MB)
By Amber Thomas
Grammar can be fun IF you make it into a game! This packet contains games as well as scaffolded writing activities to help students learn and practice CCSS 4.L.1d: ordering adjectives in a series according to conventional patterns. This product
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Games
$3.99
44 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (1.19 MB)
By Amber Thomas
If you're looking for a better way to model and teach your fifth graders revising and editing, mentor sentences are the perfect tool. These pages students take the grammar concepts they are learning about and apply it in their own writing, right
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
5th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities
CCSS:
L.5.1a, L.5.1b, L.5.1c, L.5.1d, L.5.1e, L.5.3a
$31.95
$22.99
26 ratings
3.9
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By Amber Thomas
This product helps students go deeper than just identifying conjunctions and transition words. With these pages students take the grammar concepts they are learning about and apply it in their own writing, right away. So if you want your students
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets
$4.99
22 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (1.08 MB)
By Amber Thomas
If you're looking for a better way to model and teach revising and editing, mentor sentences are the perfect tool. These pages students take the grammar concepts they are learning about and apply it in their own writing, right away. These pages
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
5th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets
CCSS:
L.5.3a
$3.99
21 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (1.05 MB)
By Amber Thomas
Are you looking for ways to make your peer editing and revision time be more productive? This packet will help you roll out this procedure, make your expectations clear, and hold students accountable every time they meet with a partner. This
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Posters
$3.00
29 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (2.60 MB)
By Amber Thomas
This product helps students go deeper than just identifying adjectives. With these pages students take the grammar concepts they are learning about and apply it in their own writing, right away. So if you want your students to correctly order
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Worksheets
$1.00
25 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.71 MB)
By Amber Thomas
This product helps students go deeper than just identifying conjunctions and transition words. With these pages students take the grammar concepts they are learning about and apply it in their own writing, right away. So if you want your students
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets
$3.00
19 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.95 MB)
By Amber Thomas
This product helps students go deeper than just identifying verbs and tenses. With these pages students take the grammar concepts they are learning about and apply it in their own writing, right away. So if you want your students to correctly use
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets
$3.99
27 ratings
3.9
Digital Download PDF (0.90 MB)
By Amber Thomas
This product helps students go deeper than just identifying conjunctions and transition words. With these pages students take the grammar concepts they are learning about and apply it in their own writing, right away. So if you want your students
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets
$3.00
18 ratings
3.9
Digital Download PDF (0.96 MB)
By Amber Thomas
These 6 third grade vocabulary worksheets are designed to tap into students' background knowledge before formal study of vocabulary words. They also help students learn to use vocabulary context clues as well as sentence structure to learn new
Subjects:
Reading, Vocabulary
Grades:
3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets
$2.50
8 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (2.77 MB)
By Amber Thomas
This product helps students go deeper than just using the same boring words as they're used to in their writing. With these pages students take the grammar concepts they are learning about and apply it in their own writing, right away. So if you
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets
$3.99
17 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.88 MB)
By Amber Thomas
Are you starting Guided Reading Groups? Whether you group students by reading ability or interest, it can be a challenge keeping track of who has which book, and is in which group, and which skills they are exhibiting. This packet will help with
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Printables, Classroom Forms
$3.99
11 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (2.91 MB)
By Amber Thomas
This product helps students go deeper than just adding dialogue to their writing. With these pages students make informed decisions about grammar concepts they are learning about and apply it in their own writing, right away. So if you want your
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets
$1.00
14 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.64 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught fourth grade for 9 years in public school and third grade in a charter school for 3 years. Prior to my full time teaching career I was a paraprofessional for a teacher of the deaf for grades 1 and 2 for a year, and a preschool teacher for 2 years.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I am pragmatic so I can meet the needs of my students. I teach my fourth graders about working in groups so they can learn social skills as well as academics. I enjoy the balanced literacy reading and writing program. Some experts who have influenced me are John Collins and Lucy Caulkins. In math I use a combination of note taking and math games to promote understanding of vocabulary and principles as well as practice for applying skills. My district has also recently adopted the Math In Focus (Singapore Math) program. In science and social studies I teach research skills to enhance students' writing as well as reading to learn new information since.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I was awarded grant money that funded the purchase of science materials for 6 classrooms at my school in October of 2012.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bradford College: BA in Psychology, minor in Education; Lesley University: MA in Education

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have served on district-wide literacy and science curriculum committees for several years. I have served on school-wide literacy team for several years. I also served as the Second Step (emotional curriculum) school-wide lead teacher.

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