Cara's Creative Playground
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******A Top 50 Best Selling Item!!! ******* This product includes 7 Mini-Foldable Books, that consist of just one sheet of paper each. This makes it very easy for students to construct the books themselves...All they need to do is fold it twice!
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Here is the perfect activity packet to have your class do during Black History Month! Included in this culturally meaningful packet is: ~Content-Specific, Focus Word Wall ~Glossary of Vocabulary Terms ~Classroom Freedom Quilt Example ~Make Your Own
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This is most definitely one of my most fun items, for both me and the students! Attention Grabbers are call and response sayings that educators can use for most importantly behavior management and transition times throughout the day. How they work
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Shapes, shapes, shapes everywhere! Students are visually overstimulated with so many shapes, that as educators we must focus their attention on the specific shapes in their world. Therefore, I created this product, Shaped to the Core~3D Shapes for
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My best-selling Black History Mini-Foldable Books~Sets 1 and 2 are now available to be purchased together at a considerable discount price! Bought separately, the Mini-Foldable Books would cost $9.50. I'm offering both sets together for more than
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****A 50 Top Best Seller**** This is by far my favorite and I had a blast creating it (and learned a lot also!) Inspired by the most adorable clip art from Melonheadz, this Famous Folks of Black History unit has a whopping 152 pages, my largest
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If you've read the book Henry's Freedom Box, you know that it's a must for Black History Month...It's a picture book that chronicles the life of Henry Box Brown. He was a runaway slave that mailed himself in a wooden box to Philadelphia, in the US
$3.50
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Reading is part of all of our classroom lives, but during the month of March, it's extra special due to March Reading Month! Our favorite author, Theodor Geisel, the famous cat doctor, has his birthday on March 2. This day and author is a kick
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The beloved story of the Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell, written by Lucille Colandro, is most likely a favorite of yours to read to your students during the Christmas holiday! Who doesn't love the Old Lady, right? This comprehensive, interactive
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These comprehension passages, African American Heroes, were created for your young learners, yearning to learn about Black History! Included are 16 informational text passages about different African Americans that are famous for many reasons.
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This unit was so fun to create... There's something about Mo Willems' books that are so fun and lively and they always have a helpful message for kids. Mo Willems is the author of the famous Pigeon, Elephant and Piggie, and Knuffle Bunny
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The time is near and minds are winding down! Here's a perfect solution to those last days in the classroom, this set of End of the Year Activities. Included in this product you will find: ~Classroom Books with color covers and student printables
$5.00
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This is a product you'll be able to use year after year and you can use it in your classroom library too! Your students will love reading about the ABC's of Black History! It's perfect for Black History Month and can be used all month
$7.00
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This product, The Secret of the Slavery Freedom Quilts, is a coloring and journal activity book. There are pages of quilt squares used on freedom quilts as part of the Underground Railroad. Students will be intrigued because the symbols on the
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Here's an addition to your Black History Month activities you'll want to make...10 Famous Folks of Black History Activity Mats! These mats will not only occupy your students with meaningful activities, but teach and review important information
$6.40
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I'm so happy to provide all of you that teach the young learners a quality product for Black History Month...Introducing the Ruby Bridges Engaging Sight Word Reader! What I love about this book is that it is so interactive in many ways. The sight
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This adorable book, The Day the Crayons Quit, is a must for all primary grades! It's about Duncan's crayons and how they "quit" due to a huge list of reasons that they write down in letter format to Duncan. There are a large number of skills
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This informational text reader compliments my George Washington Carver Thematic Activity product, also available at my store. This 10-page reader, contains nonfiction text about the main theme of peanuts. It uses George Washington Carver as a
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This packet, Fairytale Print and Learn, is the Ultimate NO PREP set of printables. Perfect for those studying fairytales, this packet is geared towards Kinders and Firsties; it is aligned with Kindergarten Common Core Standards. The standards are
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Updated! on 2/3/15;) My favorite time of the year is Black History Month because there are so many wonderful parts of it, the kids love to learn about it! I especially love all the new literature that's out about famous or not-so-famous African
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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 6-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! Recently, I joined on the TpT Clip Art Bandwagon and have begun satisfying my artistic cravings that way. 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

SUBJECTS

English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, PreCalculus, Other (Math), Science, Astronomy, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environment, 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, Other (Specialty), African Studies, Afro-American Studies, Other, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), Life Skills, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Anthropology, Economics , Character Education, Word Problems, General Science, Problem Solving, Basic Reading, Writing, Short Stories, Writing, 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, Tools for Common Core, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Summer, Informational Text, Handwriting, End of Year, Engineering, Phonics, Close Reading