Amber Thomas
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Are you looking for a first day of school math activity that will help your students review what they learned last year, or do you want a fun project that will get them hooked on math starting on the first day? Luckily you don't have to choose
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Do your students need more practice learning to make a line plot to display a data set of measurements in fractions of a unit? I know when I went over the Common Core Standards CCSS Math 4.MD.B.4 had me scratching my head. We had NO resources to
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Are you new to teaching fractions on a number line? I felt like this was a big switch in my instruction and I didn't have enough fraction number lines for my students to practice on. For many of my fourth graders, having them draw number lines was
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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
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Do your students need to practice long division? This bundle contains 3 different learning center activities to help your class practice division with visual models as well as hands on activities. The 3 activities (available separately in my store
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Do your students need extra practice finding multiples of a number? Finding multiples was easy for my students since they could relate to "counting by" a number. However once they learn factors, they seem to always confuse the two! (and since
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Are you teaching about tessellations or motion geometry? Or are you looking for geometric patterns coloring pages for "early finishers" that reinforces pattern skills? This product contains 5 different designs that tessellate in different ways,
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Do you find teaching long division to be difficult and frustrating for you and your students? Do you find that there are just too many hands up with questions like "I forget how to do it," and "What do I do now?" or "I can't do this." I have
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This long division game will help children practice visualizing division with remainders. Learning the algorithm for long division can be tedious. Some students follow the steps without really grasping the concept of what division is, or why we
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In this game, children will learn about equivalent fractions (fractions with unlike denominators) by making "Fair Trades." All the children will start out with a jumble of fractional pieces, although they all add up to the same length (1 whole
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This game will help children practice place value to the hundred thousands place. By asking questions that reinforce concepts such as greater than, less than, odd, and even, students will solve the mystery digit in each place value box. After
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These lesson plans on coordinate points and ordered pairs help children practice drawing coordinate points on a grid and listing ordered pairs for those coordinate points. The project promotes creativity by allowing children to make their own robot
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Making paper snowflakes isn't just a fun geometry activity. It also gives students a tool to practice identifying geometric concepts like: *2 dimensional figures *Angles *Types of triangles *Types of quadrilaterals *Lines of symmetry *Line
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These 5 tessellation lesson plans can be taught in 60-90 minutes each. This product contains 40 pages including: * 5-10 days of tessellation activities * 17 color examples of tessellations * 8 Tessellation coloring pages (for extension activities
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This math activity is designed to motivate students as they practice identifying equivalent fractions. The teacher holds up a fraction, the children look for a chocolate bar that represents an equivalent fraction, and if they are correct they earn
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This product contains 3 fun fraction activities to help your students practice finding equivalent fractions. This bundle is more economical than buying each of these activities separately. The activities included are: ★ Fraction Bingo ★ Chocolate
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Are you looking for math fractions games that you can play with the whole class or a small group? Try Fraction Bingo! You can reinforce different math concepts depending on which "answer guide" you read from. So whether you are looking for adding
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Classroom management is not always easy. If you are feeling tired of catching bad behavior, and stressed out about speaking to parents about problems their children are having, here is a solution to expensive or cumbersome systems of behavior
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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
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Are you looking for a fun way to help students practice identifying parallel and perpendicular line pair in a complex polygon? My fourth graders were successful in identifying relationships in a single pair of lines, but once they saw them in the
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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.