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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!
$4.50
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ALL New for 2017! This unit has had a major facelift and has nearly tripled in size! Included are many various activities and opportunities for your students to learn about slavery and the secrets of the underground railroad, via slavery
$8.00
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NEW!!! I have a second edition available here 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
$4.00
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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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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
$6.00
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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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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.
$4.50
108 ratings
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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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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 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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This memory book is a perfect gift for your Student Teacher! It includes attractive pages that you can bind together into a booklet form and present them as a goodbye gift when they're ready to leave your classroom. The best part is that it's
$4.00
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Black History can be a very "heavy" topic, especially when teaching it to Kinders and Firsties! So I intentionally made this unit very light and positive, while making sure to bring about the topic of Black History in a meaningful manner! Your
$9.75
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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
$6.00
52 ratings
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Have you ever studied African American Inventions and Inventors during Black History Month? There are so many interesting inventions created by African Americans, for example the Super Soaker water gun or potato chips! Your students will love to
$3.50
43 ratings
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Ahh...the dreaded tattle. There seems to be no way around it; you're bound to have a handful of tattlers each school year, right? This product is meant to help you be proactive and teach about tattling directly, in hopes of having a tattle-free
$6.00
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This is a wonderful packet if you plan on or have an Author Celebration or a Publishing Party with your little learners! Included is all you need to have a wonderful and stress-free set-up of your celebration. Included you'll find: ~Invitations
$4.50
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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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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 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
$8.00
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This product will give you the best of both worlds for the month of February! Black History Month No Prep Printables does just that; included are 30 printables that incorporate math, literacy, writing AND Black History! That's one printable per day,
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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

SUBJECTS

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, 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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