Amber Thomas

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Amber Thomas
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"Every morning before the kids arrive ask yourself, "Would I want to be a student in this class?"
 
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By Amber Thomas
Are you teaching about the classification of vertebrate or invertebrate animals? This printable project can be used for distance learning. This fun project helps children practice sorting skills at a higher level using a taxonomy. The teacher
Subjects:
General Science, Science
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Projects, Activities
$2.50
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By Amber Thomas
Are you teaching a unit on invertebrates, and want fun activities as well as materials to help develop your students' research skills? This unit contains a balance of the two, complete with a final test to assess their knowledge about
Subjects:
General Science, Science
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Unit Plans
$7.99
22
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By Amber Thomas
Are your students studying vertebrates' adaptations? Are you looking for a unit that focuses on the different attributes animals have to adapt to their environment? Do you want your students to be able to compare how animals within a class are
Subjects:
Science, Biology
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Unit Plans
$5.99
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By Amber Thomas
Are you teaching a unit on the states of matter, but have limited materials? This unit contains games, engaging, hands on and movement activities that you can do with common, everyday materials.This product contains:✅ Solid, Liquid and Gas lesson✅
Subjects:
Physical Science, Science
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans
$4.99
22
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By Amber Thomas
Are you looking for an engaging unit on weather for upper elementary students? This unit contains notes, activities, homework pages and assessment for your unit on weather. It is meant to supplement science textbooks with multimodal activities
Subjects:
Science, Earth Sciences
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Unit Plans, Activities, Assessment
$7.49
26
Digital Download PDF (2.40 MB)
By Amber Thomas
This board game is perfect to help you students practice studying the stages of the water cycle. The rules are simple; roll the "dice" (tetrahedron) and advance if you land on the correct stage in the sequence. Directions, notes for students, and
Subjects:
Science, Earth Sciences, Environment
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Games
$2.00
26
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By Amber Thomas
This butterfly "fortune teller" is a fun, tactile activity to make learning those life stages fun, even with repetition that is so needed. Have children trade partners several times after they make this cootie-catcher/fortune teller game and
Subjects:
Science, Biology
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Games
$2.00
24
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By Amber Thomas
Are you looking for a study guide on the classification of vertebrates? Do you want materials that will help students analyze different attributes animals have to adapt to their environment? Do you want your students to be able to compare how
Subjects:
Science, Biology, Earth Sciences
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Worksheets, Unit Plans, Assessment
$3.00
10
Digital Download PDF (1.36 MB)
By Amber Thomas
Are you looking for a quick, comprehensive assessment for your unit on rocks and minerals? This test on rocks and minerals assesses vocabulary such as:✅ Igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks✅ Magma✅ Minerals✅ Crystals✅ Density✅ Cleavage In
Subjects:
Science, Earth Sciences
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Assessment
$0.50
23
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By Amber Thomas
This concentration style memory game helps student practice light waves vocabulary words. Each concept is illustrated in a simple, easy to remember doodle style on one card, and named on a separate card. Mix them up, flip them over, and take
Subjects:
Physical Science, Science
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Games
$1.50
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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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