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By BYTES Power Smarts
Power-Up your classroom with BYTES Power Smarts®! Introduce your students to Multiple Intelligences (Power Smarts®), and use our easy Student Strengths Survey to help them identify their strengths (Power Smarts®). Students will then use our brain
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Community
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual)
$1.99
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By BYTES Power Smarts
Power-Up your classroom with BYTES Power Smarts! The BYTES Power Smarts Chart is a colorful reference visual for your BYTES Power Smarts Adventures in Learning Center or for anywhere in your classroom. This chart is designed for upper elementary
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, School Counseling, Informational Text
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Fun Stuff, GATE
$1.50
12
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By BYTES Power Smarts
Power-Up your classroom with BYTES Power Smarts! This pack contains 25 Choice Cards where students use their creativity to design new and improved products and then write an advertisement or produce a commercial using propaganda techniques. See
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Writing, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards, GATE
CCSS:
W.4.4, W.4.5, W.4.10, W.5.4, W.5.5, W.5.10, W.6.4, W.6.5, W.6.10, SL.4.6, SL.5.6...
$6.99
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By BYTES Power Smarts
Power-Up your classroom with BYTES Power Smarts! This chart is designed for primary students to help them realize and appreciate their multiple intelligences and those of others. The BYTES Power Smarts Chart is a colorful reference visual for
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, School Counseling, Informational Text
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Fun Stuff, GATE
$1.50
7
Digital Download PDF (0.37 MB)
By BYTES Power Smarts
Power-Up your classroom with BYTES Power Smarts! This pack contains 26 Research Choice Cards about animals. See the full packet contents listed below and click on Preview under the thumbnails above to see a sample of the packet contents.Choice
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Writing, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards, GATE
CCSS:
RI.3.4, RI.3.5, RI.3.10, RI.4.4, RI.4.9, RI.4.10, RI.5.4, RI.5.7, RI.5.9, RI.5.10, RI.6.4...
$6.99
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By BYTES Power Smarts
Power-Up your classroom with BYTES Power Smarts! These Choice Cards include 25 argumentative essay prompts that cover multiple standards for Common Core. See full packet contents listed below and click on Preview under the thumbnails above to see a
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Writing, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards, GATE
CCSS:
RI.4.4, RI.4.9, RI.5.1, RI.5.4, RI.5.6, RI.5.7, RI.5.8, RI.5.9, RI.5.10, RI.6.1, RI.6.4...
$6.99
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By BYTES Power Smarts
Power-Up your classroom with BYTES Power Smarts®! Don’t just tell your students to “Pay Attention,” teach them HOW to pay attention! With the attention focus skills introduced and practiced in this lesson plan, students will become better and
Subjects:
Life Skills, Classroom Management, For All Subjects
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual)
$1.99
3
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By BYTES Power Smarts
Power-Up your classroom with BYTES Power Smarts! These 25 Choice Cards are designed for Common Core and include Narratives (Science Fiction Short Story, Historical Fiction Short Story, Fantasy Short Story, Mini-Biography, Script), News Articles,
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Writing, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards, GATE
CCSS:
RI.4.1, RI.4.3, RI.4.4, RI.4.7, RI.4.9, RI.4.10, RI.5.1, RI.5.4, RI.5.6, RI.5.7, RI.5.9...
$6.99
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By BYTES Power Smarts
Power-Up your classroom with BYTES Power Smarts! This pack contains 27 animal research Choice Cards. See the full packet contents listed below and click on Preview under the thumbnails above to see a sample of the packet contents.Choice Cards® are
Subjects:
Writing, Tools for Common Core, Informational Text
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards, GATE
CCSS:
RI.2.1, RI.2.4, RI.2.5, RI.3.4, RI.3.5, RI.3.10, RI.4.4, RI.4.9, RI.4.10, W.2.5, W.2.6...
$6.99
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By BYTES Power Smarts
Power-Up your classroom with BYTES Power Smarts! Activate your students' empathy for social causes with the Do It! Choice Cards. Students will choose a project to raise awareness, raise empathy, and raise resources for the social concern they
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Problem Solving, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Task Cards, GATE, Research
CCSS:
RI.4.1, RI.4.4, RI.4.7, RI.4.9, RI.4.10, RI.5.4, RI.5.7, RI.5.9, RI.5.10, RI.6.4, RI.6.7...
$6.99
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By BYTES Power Smarts
Power-Up your classroom with BYTES Power Smarts! In this seventh story of the BYTES Power Smarts series, see how 8-Bit BYTE uses his Self Smarts to resist peer pressure from Spark BYTE.BYTES Power Smarts stories are designed for elementary age
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, School Counseling, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Fun Stuff, GATE
$2.50
1
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By BYTES Power Smarts
Power-Up your classroom with BYTES Power Smarts! In this fourteenth adventure, join Pixel as she stows away in Al's camera and travels to an aquarium to learn about seahorses. Each Pixel story comes with a discussion question that could also be
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Science, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Fun Stuff, GATE
$2.00
Digital Download PDF (0.26 MB)
By BYTES Power Smarts
Power-Up your classroom with BYTES Power Smarts! Worried that you students are losing The Art of Conversation? Introduce your students to Discussion Etiquette and The Art of Conversation with 2 posters included in this pack. Discuss It! contains
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, Oral Communication
Grades:
Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards, GATE
CCSS:
SL.4.1, SL.4.4, SL.4.6, SL.5.1, SL.5.4, SL.5.6, SL.6.1, SL.6.4, SL.6.6
$6.99
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By BYTES Power Smarts
Power-Up your classroom with BYTES Power Smarts! This pack contains 26 divergent thinking, thought-provoking Choice Cards that can be used as writing or discussion prompts. See the full packet contents listed below and click on Preview under the
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, Writing
Grades:
Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards, GATE
CCSS:
W.4.1, W.4.2, W.4.4, W.5.1, W.5.2, W.5.4, W.6.2, W.6.4, L.4.1, L.4.2, L.4.3...
$6.99
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By BYTES Power Smarts
Power-Up your classroom with BYTES Power Smarts! This pack contains 25 Choice Cards with free writing prompts to stimulate students' thinking. See full packet contents listed below and click on the Preview button under the thumbnails. Choice
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Writing, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards, GATE
$6.99
2
Digital Download PDF (22.81 MB)
By BYTES Power Smarts
Power-Up your classroom with BYTES Power Smarts! This Creativity (creative activity) can be used after students read Story #10 - Hey, Play Fair! BYTES Power Smarts Creativities are designed to accompany BYTES Power Smarts stories and Pixel
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Character Education, Creative Writing
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, GATE
$1.00
Digital Download PDF (0.35 MB)
By BYTES Power Smarts
Power-Up your classroom with BYTES Power Smarts! This Creativity icreative activity) can be used after students read Story #12 - Roots & Shoots to the Rescue: Lyin Escapes from the Land of Toey-Toes.BYTES Power Smarts Creativities are
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Problem Solving, Specialty
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Projects, Fun Stuff, GATE
$1.00
Digital Download PDF (0.19 MB)
By BYTES Power Smarts
Power-Up your classroom with BYTES Power Smarts! In this sixth story of the series, find out how 8-Bit uses his Logic Power Smarts to try to understand some crazy laws like the one in New Jersey that says you can’t throw spoiled pickles in the
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Civics, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Fun Stuff, GATE
$2.50
2
Digital Download PDF (1.25 MB)
By BYTES Power Smarts
Power-Up your classroom with BYTES Power Smarts! This Creativity (creative activity) can be used after students read Story #13 - Mindfulness.BYTES Power Smarts Creativities are designed to accompany BYTES Power Smarts stories and Pixel Adventures.
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Writing, Health
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Projects, Fun Stuff, GATE
$1.00
Digital Download PDF (0.28 MB)
By BYTES Power Smarts
Power-Up your classroom with BYTES Power Smarts! This Creativity (creative activity) can be used after students read Story #11 - Mind Your Manners.BYTES Power Smarts Creativities are designed to accompany BYTES Power Smarts stories and Pixel
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Creative Writing, Visual Arts
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Projects, Fun Stuff, GATE
$1.00
Digital Download PDF (0.62 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

BYTES Power Smarts instructional materials are designed by Kathy Hackett and Theresa Jackson who have over 55 years of combined teaching experience in the areas of elementary gifted and talented students, twice exceptional students, deaf students, and preschool students; adult literacy; and undergraduate and graduate college students. Our students were from diverse backgrounds, and we keep in touch with many of them via Facebook so we can see where life has taken them in their adult lives. We both love teaching, but Kathy had to retire earlier than expected due to a benign pituitary tumor that required multiple surgeries and recovery periods. So, BYTES Power Smarts was born (!) to enable Kathy to continue to contribute to the field of education. BYTES Power Smarts is a collaboration of family and friends working together and using our Power Smarts to give teachers and parents access to high quality materials that stimulate students' imagination, teach them about their multiple intelligences (Power Smarts ®), encourage face-to-face communication with family and friends, and provide independent learning activities (Choice Cards) designed for Common Core Standards and 21st Century Skills.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Our teaching styles are as varied as our experiences and certainly evolved over time. One activity we liked doing at the beginning of the year to teach our students about multiple intelligences, was to have the students write their names on cut out pictures of brains. We would then make a large classroom graph where students could glue their name/brains in the multiple intelligence columns representing their strengths. Anytime there would be a group project assigned, students could consult the graph to make sure they would have students on their teams with a variety of types of intelligences. We had many students that were fast finishers and independent learners, or would compact out of lessons, so learning centers were an important part of our classrooms. We prefer the term Choice Cards over Task Cards because student choice is motivational. We incorporated Bloom's Taxonomy, E. Paul Torrance, Carol Ann Tomlinson, Howard Gardner, and the Renzulli Enrichment Triad Model in our classrooms to engage students in independent, authentic projects, higher level thinking, and creativity.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Kathy received The Washington Post newspaper Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award, the Maryland State Department of Education Chair’s Group Award – Initiative for Maryland Minority Students, NASA Ideas Grant Collaborator Award, City of Bowie Excellence in Education Award, Washington Post Grants in Education Award, and is listed in Who's Who Among American Teachers.

Theresa received the Maryland State Department of Education Gifted and Talented Advisory - Outstanding Educator Award, Time for Kids Excellence in Education Award, Prince George’s County Public Schools Outstanding Educator Award, Prince George’s County Association for Talented and Gifted Outstanding Educator Award, Maryland State Department of Education Chair’s Group Award – Initiative for Maryland Minority Students, and is listed in Who's Who Among American Teachers.

Both Kathy and Theresa have coached 1st place Maryland State winning teams that competed in the global competitions at Odyssey of the Mind and Destination Imagination.

Kathy and Theresa have participated in many curriculum development task forces, and both have done numerous presentations at teacher development workshops and local and state conferences.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Kathy has a B.A. from The College of New Jersey with a major in Special Education. She has completed post-graduate work at The University of California – Berkeley, San Francisco State University, Holy Names College, Dominican College, University of La Verne, St. Mary's College, Trinity College, and McDaniel College.

Theresa has a B.A. from The University of Baltimore, and M.Ed. from Mount St. Mary’s College, and an M.S. from McDaniel College.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Theresa and Kathy have several publications:

Jackson, Theresa. Gaining an Appreciation for Native Americans, Time For Kids Teacher Supplement, October 2002.

Romani, P.N., K. Hackett, T. Jackson, S. Melzer, S. Edwards, and F. Moore. 1997. A successful integration of astronomy into an elementary school curriculum. Bull. Am. Astron. Soc. 29:1013.

Romani, P. N., M. Frank, K. Hackett, T. Jackson, S.Melzer, and the 6th Grade at Glenarden Woods Elementary School. Integrative Geoscience Solutions: Lesson Plans from the 3rd millennium B.C.E. 2000. EOS Sup. 9 May:S64.

Romani, P.N., K.S. Hackett, and T. Kaplan. 1996. Measuring the size of the world with tomato stakes. Archaeoastr. Ethnoastr. News.21:1,4.

Romani, P.N., K.S. Hackett, and T. Kaplan. 1996. Eratosthenes made easy. Bull. Am. Astron. Soc. 28:1157.

While Kathy was teaching high school at The California School for the Deaf in Berkeley, she shuttled two of her Language Arts students to Stanford University on the weekends to “tutor” the young Koko, the gorilla, in sign language. Koko was an eager “student,” and Kathy had some memorable moments of being in a cage with a gorilla who loved to swing and then jump into her arms!



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