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By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Students must learn to Speak Up! and become proactive self-advocates for their own medical care. This unit guides students to manage the process of informed consent so they can have the best medical communication, clarity and care possible. Critical
Subjects:
Life Skills, Critical Thinking, Health
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities, Printables
$3.75
6
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By Big Ideas for Young Minds
This resource offers a new twist on Tooth Fairy lore and dental hygiene that also touches on basic economics. Health is based on making good choices. These eye-catching posters motivate kids of all ages (or anyone needing teeth!) to follow up on
Subjects:
Health, Critical Thinking, Economics
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Bulletin Board Ideas, School Nurse Documents, Posters
$7.00
Digital Download PDF (7.81 MB)
By Big Ideas for Young Minds
The tooth fairy can visit at the oddest times! Losing teeth during the school day is common enough. Touting a proud loss from the night before happens a lot, too. Be prepared with these super-easy notes of advice from the Tooth Fairy. Leave in
Subjects:
Health, Critical Thinking, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Handouts, Printables, For Parents
$4.00
Digital Download PDF (0.81 MB)
By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Explore the concept of VALUE with individual and shared art projects plus graphic organizers for students to tap into big ideas and critical thinking. Emphasis on considering how and why to SAVE, SHARE, and SPEND resources.Aligns with the picture
Subjects:
Health, Critical Thinking, Economics
Grades:
2nd, 5th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Bulletin Board Ideas, Lesson
$5.00
Digital Download PDF (0.83 MB)
By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Youngsters are pretty clear on the idea of tooth fairies. Basic economics? Not so much. This 10-page coloring book with critical thinking activities on each page introduces Gwyneth, her Flossy Posse, and their foe, the rot-minded Plaque Man.
Subjects:
Health, Critical Thinking, Economics
Grades:
2nd, 4th, 6th
Types:
Workbooks, Independent Work Packet, Lesson
$3.75
Digital Download PDF (11.95 MB)
By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Economics for Everyone – Set A Apply sound economic thinking right away - buy the bundle for less than the single lessons! This 4-lesson bundle will help the next generation develop critical thinking about everyday economics and perhaps avoid any
Subjects:
Economics
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 7th
Types:
Lesson
$5.00
12
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By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Thanksgiving traditions are the perfect ingredients for cooking up some careful consideration of two key concepts in economics: want and need. These two interactive pages will whet student appetites for economics amidst the season's abundance. TE
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Economics , Thanksgiving
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets
CCSS:
RI.7.4, RI.11-12.4
$2.00
6
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By Big Ideas for Young Minds
This basic, stand-alone word search introduces 12 foundational terms for understanding economics. It's linked with the #toothfairyeconomics graphic picture book, GWYNETH & the FLOSSY POSSE, a tooth fairy adventure (details on page 2 of this
Subjects:
Health, Critical Thinking, Economics
Grades:
2nd, 5th
Types:
Printables
$1.00
Digital Download PDF (0.56 MB)
By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Focus on Eye Contact reinforces the basic triad of Executive Function, working memory, flexible thinking, and inhibitory control, with emphasis on social cues, annotation, key words, and shades of meaning.Students will read short research-based
Subjects:
Life Skills, Oral Communication, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables
$2.00
1
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By Big Ideas for Young Minds
A determined pup plays with the scientific method to get the results he wants – a game of fetch. 5-page illustrated story / 5 student activity pages This illustrated story will help students enjoy, infer, and identify key elements of scientific
Subjects:
Science, Basic Principles
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Research
CCSS:
RL.2.3, RL.2.6, RL.4.1, RI.3.3, RI.3.7
$8.00
4
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By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Explore the classical hero's journey with Stick Man, a self-actualized fellow swept into a series of adventures who strives to be back at the Family Tree in time for Christmas. Buoyed by this picture book's appealing rhyme and clarion call for free
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Literature, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Literature Circles, Activities, Printables
$2.50
1
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By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Executive Function Skill: TIME MANAGEMENT~ with a dash of other X-Func Skills ~Encourage independent routines with these two sporty charts. Designed with active middle schoolers in mind, suitable for sports fans of any age.Morning Routine Chart –
Subjects:
Life Skills, For All Subjects, Special Education
Grades:
10th, Homeschool, 4th, 7th
Types:
Graphic Organizers, For Parents
$3.00
Digital Download PDF (0.49 MB)
By Big Ideas for Young Minds
This original Halloween poem is a ghoulishly funny treat for students 5th gr. & up. The two related worksheets will trick them into a sweet dose of reading comprehension, vocabulary practice, poetry appreciation, key-word summarization, and
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Poetry, Halloween
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets
CCSS:
RL.7.4, RST.6-8.7
$2.00
9
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By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Most students actually like to quote relevant verses, critique artists, emulate rhythm or style, relate entire anthologies to various worldviews, and create personally meaningful (play)lists of any genre’s masters. They also tend to revel in themes
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Creative Writing, Poetry
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Unit Plans, Activities
CCSS:
RL.9-10.3, RL.9-10.4, RL.9-10.5, RL.9-10.7
$7.00
$3.00
Digital Download PDF (2.23 MB)
By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Use one picture book to stimulate cross-curricular critical thinking. This printable, interactive foldable creates 6 panels of kidlit analysis integrated with other subjects, topics, & skills. Save time & stimulate students' neural networks
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Balanced Literacy, Other (Math)
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Interactive Notebooks, Centers, Printables
$3.00
Digital Download PDF (3.04 MB)
By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Goal: The brain craves novelty. Capture this driving thirst to help students avoid zoning out during videos or recorded lectures by interjecting some playful pondering into their viewing and thinking habits. Videos and recorded lectures are packed
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Writing, For All Subjects
Grades:
8th, 12th, Homeschool, 4th
Types:
Movie Guides, Activities, Study Guides
$3.50
Digital Download PDF (0.98 MB)
By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Need some big league plays to motivate students to practice writing essays? World Series Writing Workouts by Katie Engen offers eight classroom-ready pages of Cracker Jack ideas! The Teachers Playbook (page 1) summarizes the workouts &
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Writing-Essays
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, ...
Types:
Lesson, Handouts
CCSS:
W.6.2, W.11-12.1
$2.00
1
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By Big Ideas for Young Minds
ContextExecutive Function (EF) derives from 3 basic skill sets: working memory, flexible thinking, and inhibitory control. This resource particularly supports these EF subskills: task analyzing, habit/routine building, self-checking, brainstorming,
Subjects:
Math, Problem Solving, Science
Grades:
10th, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Activities
$1.25
1
Digital Download PDF (0.36 MB)
By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Use one picture book to stimulate cross-curricular critical thinking. This printable, interactive foldable creates 6 panels of kidlit analysis integrated with other subjects, topics, & skills. Save time & stimulate students' neural networks
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Literature, General Science
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Interactive Notebooks, Centers, Printables
$3.00
1
Digital Download PDF (2.74 MB)
By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Don't sequester your students' chance to master the basics of economics. Lesson Set B (a follow up to Set A) will pay dividends for their critical thinking and economic savvy. These 'lesson's are more like mini-units...what a bargain! Lesson 5 -
Subjects:
Economics
Grades:
8th, 9th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Activities
$5.00
2
Digital Download PDF (1.99 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I bring 25+ years of experience to creating cross-curricular, multi-modal materials that are useful in various settings. My writing is inspired by the many students from across the full spectrum of academic levels and special needs that I've had the pleasure to meet while involved with classroom teaching, tutoring, outdoor education, homeschooling, public outreach, professional development, and curricular support. Visit my blog: http://crossingthecurriculum.wordpress.com Logo art (heart) credit: http://openclipart.org/user-detail/10binary

MY TEACHING STYLE

With one foot grounded in classroom practicalities and the benefits of fundamental skill mastery, I also aspire to teach with this passage from 'Theophilus North' by Thornton Wilder in mind: "If I had a student whose mind and heart was absorbed by birds, I would build French lessons about ostriches and starlings. Learning takes wing when it's related to what's passing in the student's inner life."

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University of Virginia, B.S. University of Virginia, M.Ed. Loyola Marymount University (CA), prof. clear cert.

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