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This is one of my most engaging resources for March Reading Month, Read Across America, or when celebrating Dr. Seuss! It is packed with interactive games and centers, cooperative learning activities, Seuss STEM projects, and more! This resource
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This resource contains printables that can be used for a character study for any book! There are a variety of organizers and helpful printables that students can keep track of their chosen character throughout their book or study. The activities
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As many of you know, my son has Autism and our life has its ups and downs for sure. But this year has especially been a challenge, as Garyn is a 5th grader. He has been facing bullying and name calling from his classmates. So this resource is one
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This resource is aimed at the younger, First - Third grade students. It is all about the Underground Railroad. It discusses slavery and what it was, the Underground Railroad not being a real railroad, slave freedom quilts, other secret codes of
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This resource is aimed at those studying growth mindset, metacognition, or classrooms that do STEM or Project Based Learning. It involves your students using basic materials to design and create a Thinking Cap. Using their imagination, students
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This resource is perfect for your littlest learners! Aimed at Kinders and Firsties, this Push and Pull Unit contains materials you'll use to teach all about these basic types of forces. Included are definition posters that use real photos, a
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Celebrate March Reading Month with this resource, a set of 10 literacy centers, perfect for the primary learner. There are a variety of skills practiced within the unit; the skills are: ►Identifying Rhymes ►Generating Rhymes ►Alphabet
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This resource, a "Silly" Leprechaun in the Classroom, is a bundle of two units for St. Patrick's Day fun with your students! The first part of the resource is a variety of 8 activities you can do with your special friend that visits your classroom
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There's a new book out for Valentine's Day, 2018! It's called, Valensteins and is about Fran (Frankenstein) and his new crush. He makes a Valentine for her and gets razzed by his group of creature friends...EWWW! Will they kiss on the lips? The
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Your students will love making their own sentences with this CVC sentences center! To use, students first choose a sentence stem card. Then they choose a photo card to finish the sentence. There are dots under the words for students to track
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To celebrate Dental Health Month, you can use the activities and resources in this unit to learn all about teeth! Based on the book, Open Wide, by Laurie Keller, this resource not only has the activities, but the informational text you'll need to
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This resource was made for those of you that do Black History Month read alouds or if you have students read Black History books independently, i.e., Read to Self or Silent Reading. Included are reading response sheets for both fiction and
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This is a custom bundle for Robin V. Please do not purchase unless you are her. Thanks So Much Robin! Cara
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This resource is a very meaningful craft for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Not only did King have a dream, but he also wanted others to be part of his dream by helping to make it come true. Take your students to the next level of thinking by having
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This resource is for Black History Month and focuses on Rosa Parks. Included are materials for students to read, learn, and make a History Hero Hanger. This is a simple craftivity that can be hung from your ceiling, bulletin boards, or whiteboard
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This resource is for Black History Month and focuses on Ruby Bridges. Included are materials for students to read, learn, and make a History Hero Hanger. This is a simple craftivity that can be hung from your ceiling, bulletin boards, or
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This resource is for Black History Month and focuses on Henry Box Brown. Included are materials for students to read, learn, and make a History Hero Hanger. This is a simple craftivity that can be hung from your ceiling, bulletin boards, or
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I'm so excited to present this new Black History resource for 2018! Perfect for all your learners as it's very open-ended, students will research a Black History Hero and write about what they're known for. There are 33 cards included; therefore,
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This resource is full of all you'll need to celebrate and teach about Presidents' Day! Included in this must-have bundle are a presentation about what it takes to be the President and living in the White House, informational articles about
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The New Year is fast approaching and this resource will help you ring it in with a bang! It's made to celebrate both before and after the New Year, so it can be used before and after Winter Break. Included are nonfiction magazine-type articles,
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades for 17 years in Muskegon, Michigan. I've also taught at the higher education level, as an adjunct professor of Psychology, Human Relations, and Educational Practices and Techniques.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Artsy-Fartsy, eclectic & extremely humorous

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I've presented at the National Council for History Education Conference this past March, in Kansas City, Missouri. I developed a unit about the Harlem Renaissance for Lower Elementary to Middle School age students. I've presented on the topic of Urban Education at the SDE National Conference for Differentiated Teaching Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. I also created a unit on Lyrical Rhyme for the Library of Congress; it appears on their website for public use.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BA Psychology & Special Education MA Educational Leadership Certified Elementary Teacher (K-8 Self-Contained) Certified School Administrator Endorsements in Elementary Principalship, Cognitive Impairments, Behavioral\Emotional Impairments

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have a 10-year-old Autistic Son, Garyn, with Aspergers Syndrome. He is the absolute joy of my life and brings me laughter nonstop! Other than my Son and teaching, my other passion is art and drawing. I really like to create realistic portraits of people, using only a mechanical pencil! If you'd ever like to have anything custom drawn or created for you, please email me and I'd love to make you happy and have fun at the same time! caraelizabethtaylor@gmail.com

GRADES

PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool, Staff, Not Grade Specific

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English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, PreCalculus, Other (Math), Science, Astronomy, Basic Principles, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environment, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Elections - Voting, Government, U.S. History, World History, World Language, Spanish, Arts & Music, Art History, Visual Arts, Graphic Arts, Other (Arts), Music, Music Composition, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Other (Music), Physical Education, Special Education, Drama, Career and Technical Education, Health, Other (Specialty), African Studies, Afro-American Studies, Other, Math Test Prep, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), Life Skills, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Anthropology, Economics , Character Education, Word Problems, General Science, Physical Science, Problem Solving, Basic Reading, Writing, Forensics, Short Stories, Writing, Asian Studies, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Mental Math, Physical Therapy, Halloween, Speech Therapy, Winter, The New Year, Dance, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Decimals, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Place Value, Products For TpT Sellers, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Summer, Informational Text, Handwriting, End of Year, Engineering, Phonics, Close Reading, Women's History Month, African History, Classroom Community

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