Amy Bratsos

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Amy Bratsos
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A wise 1st grader exclaimed,"I stopped saying the words and the story started to happen in my head!"Aha-COMPREHENSION!
 
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By Amy Bratsos
This fun and highly engaging literacy activity will keep your students thinking as they attempt to figure out which suitcase belongs to which family at the airport. As the families are waiting to board the plane leaving for spring vacation, the
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading, Spring
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.3, RL.2.7, RL.3.1, RL.3.3, RL.3.7, RL.4.1, RL.4.7, RL.5.1, RL.5.7, SL.2.2
$2.25
121 ratings
4.0
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By Amy Bratsos
This product includes a great, easy to use assessment tool for the first grade Math Common Core State Standards.It includes: - a 2 page (25 problems) assessment for "Numbers and Operations in Base 10" -a 1 page (12 problems)
Subjects:
Basic Operations, Word Problems, Place Value
Grades:
1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Assessment, Computation, Printables
$2.25
112 ratings
4.0
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By Amy Bratsos
Do you have students who struggle with decoding multi-syllabic words? They appear to not apply what they know about sound/symbol relationships? I tutor many children who have a solid sight vocabulary and use meaning & vocabulary based strategies
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Spelling, Reading Strategies
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Games, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RF.2.3a, RF.2.3b, RF.2.3c, RF.2.3e, RF.3.3, RF.3.3c, RF.4.3, RF.4.3a, RF.5.3, RF.5.3a
$4.00
109 ratings
4.0
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By Amy Bratsos
REVISED GRAPHICS & FORMATS- SAME WONDERFUL POEM! This is an original poem I wrote to give to students as a keepsake at the end of the year. You can personalize it by adding your signature or a picture. The product includes 4 full page border
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Poetry
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Other, Fun Stuff, Printables
$1.00
79 ratings
4.0
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By Amy Bratsos
This product includes 20 Halloween themed stories, each approximately a ½ page long, Depending on the grade level and the needs of your students, you can choose to do a “shared”, partner, or independent reading of the story. After reading,
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies, Halloween
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$4.00
59 ratings
4.0
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By Amy Bratsos
Thank you for taking a look at this product! If you are looking for specific, thorough, aligned, & organized assessment of the Mathematics Common Core State Standards for 2nd grade, these materials are just what you need! The product is
Subjects:
Math, Back to School, End of Year
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Assessment, Printables
$3.00
69 ratings
3.9
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By Amy Bratsos
“Analogies for Little Kids” is a fun & engaging product designed to provide practice with higher level thinking skills using pictures in addition to print. I chose pictures that most children will be familiar with, and the word
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Vocabulary, Other (ELA)
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
L.K.5, L.1.5, L.2.5
$3.00
55 ratings
4.0
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By Amy Bratsos
Thank you for taking a look at my “Main Idea Challenge” product! “Main idea” seems to be a tough concept for kids. I don’t know about you, but coming up with synonyms, concrete examples, & tips for finding or generating a “main idea” is not
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RI.2.1, RI.2.2, RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.5.1
$3.25
64 ratings
4.0
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By Amy Bratsos
This Thanksgiving themed comprehension product gives students practice locating text evidence to support given statements. The ELA Common Core State Standards require our students to be strategic readers who are able to accurately and
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies, Thanksgiving
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.7, RL.2.10, RL.3.5, RL.3.10, RL.4.1, RL.4.10, RL.5.1, RL.5.10, RI.2.1, RI.2.10...
$4.00
57 ratings
4.0
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By Amy Bratsos
The ELA Common Core State Standards require our students to be strategic readers who are able to accurately and thoughtfully read a passage, then answer questions or discuss the material not only at the literal level, but by integrating
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Guided Reading Books, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.7, RL.2.10, RL.3.5, RL.3.10, RL.4.1, RL.4.10, RL.5.1, RL.5.10, RI.3.1, RI.4.1
$3.00
42 ratings
4.0
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By Amy Bratsos
If you're interested in other products on informational text comprehension with read aloud, you might like my materials on these topics: Gorillas Pumpkins Elephants Owls Grizzly Bears This packet contains materials for teaching informational
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Science, Informational Text
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Printables, Nonfiction Book Study
$4.00
42 ratings
4.0
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By Amy Bratsos
This product includes 20 passages with a “winter” theme. Some of the stories are realistic fiction, in which school age children participate in winter activities &/or experience dilemmas that are familiar to elementary age students.(a boy
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies, Winter
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Minilessons, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.3, RL.2.7, RL.3.1, RL.3.3, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.3
$4.00
35 ratings
4.0
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By Amy Bratsos
This fractions packet is full of fun and engaging activities that give students the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of fractions as they solve St. Patrick’s themed problems. On the “Table of Contents” page in the preview you will
Subjects:
Math, Fractions, St. Patrick's Day
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Math Centers
CCSS:
3.NF.A.1, 3.NF.A.3, 3.NF.A.3b, 3.NF.A.3c, 4.NF.A.1, 4.NF.A.2, 4.NF.B.3b, 4.NF.B.3c, 5.NF.A.1, 5.NF.A.2
$3.50
31 ratings
4.0
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By Amy Bratsos
I LOVE Gail Gibbons and her many informational books for elementary school children. She does a wonderful job of creating text that doesn’t “talk down” to the students, and includes the kind of high-interest information that kids crave to keep
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Printables, Nonfiction Book Study
CCSS:
RI.1.1, RI.1.2, RI.1.7, RI.2.1, RI.2.2, RI.2.4, RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.4, RI.3.7
$3.00
44 ratings
4.0
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By Amy Bratsos
This file is a new & improved revision of my popular “Critical Thinking with Geometric Shapes”. The concepts and content taught remain the same- most revision involved improving the graphics and organization of materials. I did add a
Subjects:
Math, Geometry
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Math Centers
CCSS:
3.G.A.1, 4.G.A.2, 4.G.A.3, 5.G.B.3, 5.G.B.4
$3.00
33 ratings
4.0
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By Amy Bratsos
This fun and engaging phonemic awareness card game challenges your students to segment words into individual phonemes and match words with similar sounds, filling a game card with "three of a kind", "full houses", and "small straights". The
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Spelling, Phonics
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Games, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RF.2.3, RF.3.3, RF.4.3, RF.5.3
$3.25
34 ratings
4.0
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By Amy Bratsos
This beginning of the year activity is a lot of fun because the students can make personal connections with the ten elementary student characters portrayed in this mini-mystery . All of the children dropped their open backpacks in their
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies, Autumn
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.4, RL.3.1, RL.3.4, RL.4.1, RL.4.4, RL.5.1, RL.5.4
$1.50
37 ratings
4.0
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By Amy Bratsos
This "I Have...Who Has?" game provides a fun and engaging method of practicing place value and number sense for numbers 0-100. The math concepts practiced by using these cards are clearly aligned with primary Math Common Core State Standards.
Subjects:
Math, Numbers, Place Value
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Games
CCSS:
K.CC.A.1, K.CC.A.2, K.NBT.A.1, 1.NBT.B.2, 1.NBT.C.5, 2.NBT.B.8
$2.00
25 ratings
4.0
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By Amy Bratsos
This CCSS aligned reading comprehension product is based on the informational text Bats written by Gail Gibbons. As emergent & beginning readers learn to decode simple text, it is extremely important that we keep them engaged in
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Halloween, Informational Text
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RI.1.1, RI.1.2, RI.1.4, RI.2.1, RI.2.2, RI.2.4, RI.2.8, RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.4, RI.4.1...
$3.75
21 ratings
4.0
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By Amy Bratsos
This fun and engaging game is great as a beginning of the year "getting to know you" activity. Each student receives a one page game sheet with 30 squares, each of which has a letter pattern or phonetic clue. The object of the game is to find a
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Spelling, Back to School
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Assessment
$1.50
18 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (1.52 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I taught 22 years in the primary grades in Glen Ellyn, Illinois (mostly first grade). Early in my career I got my MEd with a reading specialist K-12 certification. I always taught self-contained heterogeneous classes, but really used my reading training with all of my wonderful emergent readers! For a number of years I have tutored children K-12 in all subject areas, but literacy remains my true passion. For the past few years I have been tutoring a young lady from Poland and have developed my own curriculum based on her literacy needs. I have learned so much about the English lanbguage that I intuitively knew, but hadn't thought about...I have developed comprehension discussion questions and vocabulary work for a number of popular novels based on her interests, including "The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo" trilogy. I currently am busy as an adjunct faculty member at National Louis University. I teach in the literacy dept. (usually K-4 Literacy Methods) and supervise student teachers in K-8 classrooms throughout the Chicago suburbs. I never grow tired of visiting classrooms!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I am big on strategy devewlopment in all subject areas... I think it's important to use authentic assessment to pinpoint what students know and how they process information, and then carefuolly scaffold their learning , build on their successes, and help them become independent thinkers using learning "tools" effectively.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a BA in Elementary Education with a double major of Elementary Education and Music from Millikin University in Decatur, IL and a Master's in Education from National Louis. University I have K-8 elementary certification and reading specialist certification K-12. I also have approximately 30 hours of graduate work taken after working on my master's degree in all kinds of subject areas including Writer's Workshop,Math their Way, Cooperative Learning, and Math/Science Integration.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have three (almost!) grown children-one son still in college. I love animals-I have 2 parakeets and (an adopted) red-earred slider turtle. I just recently lost my 16 yearold very special schnauzer, Fritzie, but have been comforted by my "granddog" Tucker! I enjoy crafts, particularly kniting and crocheting, and always have a number of projects going simultaneously. I am trul yenjoying adapting and creating new materials for teachers as I get to know the TpT community.

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