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 contains 5 unit plans for all 5 U.S. regions. Each unit covers the natural resources, products, landmarks, landforms, and history of the region. Each unit also has visual, kinesthetic, note-taking, writing, poetry, mapping, and
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Geography
Grades:
4th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans
$50.00
$34.99
52 ratings
3.9
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By Amber Thomas
Are you short on time to teach cursive, but want your students to practice reading and developing their handwriting style? Work it into your social studies curriculum with these U.S. States and Capitals Cursive Practice Pages! This product
Subjects:
Geography, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets
$3.99
36 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (2.09 MB)
By Amber Thomas
Are you looking for engaging materials to make U.S. immigration more relevant for your students? This unit contains activities as well as a plan for a fun, family out-reach culminating activity: the Cultural Foods Event. Your class will never
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Geography
Grades:
3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Unit Plans, Activities, Assessment
$4.99
25 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (2.39 MB)
By Amber Thomas
This unit on the Northeast region covers the natural resources, products, landmarks, landforms, and history of the region. It also has visual, kinesthetic, note-taking, writing, poetry, mapping, and dramatic activities. The test(s) included have
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Geography
Grades:
4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Unit Plans
$9.99
15 ratings
4.0
Digital Download ZIP (8.83 MB)
By Amber Thomas
This unit on the Southeast region covers the natural resources, products, landmarks, landforms, and history of the region. It also has visual, kinesthetic, note-taking, writing, poetry, mapping, and dramatic activities. Homework assignments and a
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Geography
Grades:
4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Unit Plans
$9.99
7 ratings
4.0
Digital Download ZIP (9.18 MB)
By Amber Thomas
This unit on the Southwest region covers the natural resources, products, landmarks, landforms, and history of the region. It also has visual, kinesthetic, note-taking, writing, poetry, mapping, and dramatic activities. The tests and worksheets
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Geography
Grades:
4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans
$9.99
7 ratings
4.0
Digital Download ZIP (20.00 MB)
By Amber Thomas
This unit on the Midwest and Great Plains region covers the natural resources, products, landmarks, landforms, and history of the U.S. region. It also has visual, kinesthetic, note-taking, writing, poetry, mapping, and dramatic activities. The
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Geography
Grades:
4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans
$9.99
11 ratings
3.9
Digital Download ZIP (10.84 MB)
By Amber Thomas
This unit on the West region covers the natural resources, products, landmarks, landforms, and history of the region. It also has visual, kinesthetic, note-taking, writing, poetry, mapping, and dramatic activities. The test(s) included have answer
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Geography
Grades:
4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans
$9.99
3 ratings
4.0
Digital Download ZIP (11.04 MB)
By Amber Thomas
Kids need lots of practice when it comes to remembering what states and continents are. This product will get your students up and moving around to place the countries into the correct continents. Once they've had some practice you can use it for
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Geography
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Games, Cooperative Learning
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16 ratings
3.9
Digital Download PDF (0.91 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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