Brainy Apples

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Question Stems for Close Reads of Literature and Informational Texts Need some ideas when it comes to asking your students questions or planning Close Reads? This product contains over 120 different comprehension question stems that can be used
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This 6 Traits of Writing Daily Review is an way to keep the traits of writing fresh in your students' minds. You can use it as a spiraling review of the traits of writing throughout the year, or as a practice activity while focusing on each trait.
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Close Reads Interactive Notebook for Beginners Interactive notebooks are a great way to engage your students in learning content. Close Reads are an important strategy to use to help your students read at a high level. Combine the two and you have
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Starting your expository writing unit? Add this Interactive Notebook to your instruction to ensure students have the background knowledge needed BEFORE they begin to write expository text. Before I have my students write expository text, I teach
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Teaching Greek roots/stems this year? Need a word wall that is appropriate for upper grades? This resource is made for you! I have to teach Greek roots/stems this year to my upper grades students, but I found that it was very difficult for them to
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Celebrating New Year's Around the World- included are the traditions of 8 countries: Scotland, Japan, Denmark, Finland, South Africa, Spain, Philippines, and Bolivia. The included activities can be completed whole group or during center time. Geo
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This product is created to teach about the geography of 9 countries and 12 major physical features in Europe. It covers European geography social studies standards. Looking for a Google Drive version? --> *European Geography: Google Drive
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Looking for unique awards to give your students? Why not award your students based on the character traits they possess? Looking for my animal awards? --> End of the Year Awards- Animal Character Trait Awards UPDATED FOR 2017--> I added 3
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This product is created to teach about the environmental issues in Europe. It covers European geography social studies standards. Looking for a Google Drive version? --> *European Geography: Google Drive Version Also check out my Social
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Teaching figurative language? I love using "I Have...Who Has…" task cards to teach figurative language. Students are engaged, and they have to think quick on their feet. This game can be used as a review or as a way to have an engaging class
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Geo Journeys is a line of interactive notebook products that focuses on integrating Close Reads, culture, geography, writing, and science/social studies content in an engaging way! Each Geo Journey includes a mini-booklet introducing the topic,
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This product contains 24 interactive notebook activities to teach your students about European history. Each interactive notebook activity is differentiated at 2 levels for your students, so all of your students can be successful. Aligns with
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I love to give my students RAFT writing tasks, and I am sure you will, too! It gives students an authentic reason to write and makes it more fun. Many of my students who were reluctant to write actually began to enjoy it, because they were able to
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History can be difficult for students to understand and experience. Simulations help students put themselves in the past, learning about history in an authentically engaging way. Students love simulations because they don't know what the final
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History can be difficult for students to understand and experience. Simulations help students put themselves in the past, learning about history in an authentically engaging way. Students love simulations because they don't know what the final
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Writing isn't just for ELA time! Bring writing into your math block using this graphic organizer pack. Created for grades 2-6, these graphic organizers will help students articulate complex mathematical terms and synthesize concepts. This leads to
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Finding a difficult time getting your students to use figurative language in their writing? This pack is perfect for you! This product contains 2 levels for varying student ability. Level A includes a single sentence on each task card. Level B
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This product is created to teach an overview about economics (different economic systems, trade barriers, resources, gross domestic product, & currency exchange). This product contains 6 interactive notebook activities to introduce economic
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This product is created to teach about the geography of 9 countries and 12 major physical features in Europe and to teach about the environmental issues in Europe. It covers 6th grade Georgia European geography social studies standards. Also
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Geo Journeys is a line of interactive notebook products that focuses on integrating Close Reads, culture, geography, writing, and science/social studies content in an engaging way! Each Geo Journey includes a mini-booklet introducing the topic,
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have 17 years of educational experience. I have taught secondary social studies and grades K-5 either as a homeroom teacher, Title I/EIP teacher, Extended Day teacher, and instructional coach. My goal is to create interactive lessons and units that bring social studies alive for my students and help them make personal connections to the content.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I love creating tasks that are standards-based and cross-curricular, but also fun and engaging for my students. Tying each task with a real world scenario ensures students see a relevance for the activity, and they feel a connection to how it can apply to their life. Making sure each task is accessible by all students is also very important. That is why I design tasks that are differentiated so every child in the classroom is successful and pushed to his/her fullest potential whether it is done through remediation or enrichment. Teaching students to become real-world problem solvers and applying skills and knowledge to a new situation can be a daunting task. Let me bring my passion, knowledge, and expertise into your classroom! Performance tasks are essential in my classroom. I have seen the most unwilling student complete a task with a smile and remark later about how much fun it was! My students always get excited when they are given a new task because they never know what role they will take on next. Integrating multiple subject areas in a task show students how our world is intertwined with content areas, and it helps them see why what they learn in school really is important. Sure it is difficult for students to complete these tasks at first. Chances are they haven't been required to think in that way, but after modeling, showing exemplars, and having them work collaboratively with others, they soon learn how to become independent real-world problem solvers. I am always amazed at the solutions my students come up with and the projects they create. When you give them the freedom to exercise their creativity in a risk-free environment, the results are beyond expectations! Close Reads are my newest love, and they are simply amazing at being able to easily integrate your content areas with reading. As a middle school social studies teacher, I am constantly integrating literacy standards with my social studies standards to strengthen my students' reading and writing.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I want my students to see the importance in being lifelong learners, so what better way to show them than by example. I have received advanced degrees in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment as well as Teacher Leadership. I also have my Gifted Endorsement, On-Line Teaching Endorsement, and certification for Administrative Leadership. I am state certified in Georgia to teach grades P-5 and middle grades social studies, ELA, and science.

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