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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:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Fun Stuff, Cooperative Learning
$5.00
12
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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:
Health, Life Skills, Critical Thinking
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities, Printables
$3.75
3
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By Big Ideas for Young Minds
This 5th installment of the Economics for Everyone series reinforces earlier concepts (Lessons 1-4) and offers concise definitions for natural, human and capital resources. Engaging interactive tasks involve critical thinking and career exploration.
Subjects:
Economics
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Graphic Organizers
$2.00
2
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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:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Mini-Course, Graphic Organizers
$5.00
2
Digital Download PDF (1.99 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, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
RL.7.4, RST.6-8.7
$2.00
9
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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:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Research, Activities, Mini-Course
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
Peer teaching helps everyone! After all, if you can teach something, you truly understand it. Put another way, teaching something is learning it twice over. Students use these simple, flexible, evergreen forms to research Important Questions, write
Subjects:
Career and Technical Education, Critical Thinking, For All Subjects
Grades:
5th, 8th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Printables, Graphic Organizers
$1.75
1
Digital Download PDF (3.54 MB)
By Big Ideas for Young Minds
This bunny slopes bunny talks to readers! So comparing conventional and unconventional norms in books is fun & easy. This unit's 10 pages of printable activities keep up the fun while students practice ELA K1-6 basics like: prepositions,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Winter
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literature Circles
CCSS:
L.K.1, L.K.2, L.K.4, L.K.5, L.K.6
$2.65
1
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By Big Ideas for Young Minds
This lesson will help the next generation develop critical thinking about everyday economics and perhaps avoid any ‘fiscal cliffs’ in their future. Lesson 4 - Budget, Profit, and Fixed & Variable Costs Students will flock together and then
Subjects:
Economics
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Excel Spreadsheets, Cooperative Learning
$1.50
Digital Download PDF (0.29 MB)
By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Are your young recruits nervous about stepping up to the plate to give an oral report? Calm the jitters with 'World Series Workouts - Infield Chatter to Prep for Oral Reports.' This team of 12 colorful, hardworking PPT slides prompts your report
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Oral Communication, Coaching
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
SL.5.4, SL.11-12.4
$2.50
$2.00
1
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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:
Creative Writing, Critical Thinking, Poetry
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Unit Plans, Activities, Multimedia
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
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:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literature Circles
$2.50
1
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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:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, ...
Types:
Fun Stuff, Handouts, Minilessons
CCSS:
W.6.2, W.11-12.1
$2.00
1
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By Big Ideas for Young Minds
This lesson will help the next generation develop critical thinking about everyday economics and perhaps avoid any ‘fiscal cliffs’ in their future. Lesson 1: Goods, Services, Consumers, Producers, and Opportunity Cost Inspire your students to go
Subjects:
Economics
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Internet Activities, Cooperative Learning
$1.50
1
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By Big Ideas for Young Minds
This mini-lesson works as a center, flipped class activity, journal, or discussion starter. Suitable for health, history, or poetry class and scalable for students grade 3 & up. No prep teaching options set up Ss for interactive &
Subjects:
U.S. History, Health, Poetry
Grades:
3rd, 6th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Minilessons, Literacy Center Ideas, Posters
$2.50
Digital Download PDF (2.74 MB)
By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Ss explore 8 basic economics terms while also practicing foundational word study and phonics skills with reading comprehension. SET 1 TERMS: economics, want, need, goods, services, surplus, wealth, opportunity cost Each puzzle page has a brief
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Economics , Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 7th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Interactive Notebooks
CCSS:
RF.4.3, RF.4.4c
$4.00
Digital Download PDF (9.04 MB)
By Big Ideas for Young Minds
Students practice reading comprehension, annotating and writing SMART objectives as they consider how and when to best use their own brains for homework, test prep, and more. Quick and useful tips that stimulate self-awareness, critical thinking,
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Study Skills
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Test Prep, Minilessons
CCSS:
RI.8.8
$1.00
Digital Download PDF (0.33 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, Mini-Course, Printables
$2.00
Digital Download PDF (0.40 MB)
By Big Ideas for Young Minds
This lesson will help the next generation develop critical thinking about everyday economics and perhaps avoid any ‘fiscal cliffs’ in their future. Lesson 3 - Caveat Emptor: Value, Price, Supply, and Demand Students take an active role in
Subjects:
Economics
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Research, Cooperative Learning
$1.50
1
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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:
Balanced Literacy, Other (Math), Critical Thinking
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Literacy Center Ideas, Interactive Notebooks
$3.00
Digital Download PDF (3.04 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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