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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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
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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
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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)
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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
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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
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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
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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,
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“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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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This comprehensive phonics assessment is useful at the beginning of the year to help with targeted instructional planning, at or near the end of the school year to determine specific phonemes &/or letter patterns your students still need to
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This packet contains a wealth of ideas for oral and written vocabulary development that align with the Language portion of the Common Core State Standards. Many of the activities are “springboards” for more vocabulary building as you plan your
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This character trait packet includes a variety of common core state standards based literacy activities that can be used as material for whole group or guided reading instruction, as well as center or independent work during Reader’s Workshop,
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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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