Cara's Creative Playground

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End your year right with this fun, learning, countdown resource! Included are activities, literature connections, recipes, and crafts for 7 themed days. Spread them out over a few weeks or do them the last week of school. I've included
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The end of the year is almost near, so let's celebrate with some fun and engaging activities your students will surely enjoy! Have them focus on the future by taking a look into the magic mirror. They will focus on where they see themselves in 5,
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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with your little learners by using this holiday resource! Full of information and learning, your students will be totally engaged by completing the included activities and projects. You will find nonfiction big and little
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This is a fun resource to add to your Math Centers for the Spring! There are 12 full-page cards, with pictures made from unifix or linking cubes. Students can choose a card, grab some blocks, and begin the learning fun! They will be practicing
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This resource is perfect for spring and learning about oviparous, or animals that lay eggs. It focuses in great detail about these animals and the properties of their eggs. There are big books for your library, cooperative learning activities,
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This resource is a fun way to spice up your Makerspace! All these task cards involve a spring theme and creative ways to solve problems. For example, students are asked to create things such as: ~a new swing for spring ~a new object for frog to
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This ultimate bundle has everything you need for your zoo and animal units! This was written especially for those of you preparing to visit the zoo this year and need some practical, informational, and purposeful activities before you go. This
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This is a pretty gift for your student teacher! Perfect to give when they're ready to leave, this gift features a bouquet of flowers with your students' names on the petals. You can customize the flowers to look however you'd like by using
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This resource practices real-life skills, including counting money and problem solving. Set in a bakery theme, students will solve 26 story problems, using provided bakery ads. The beauty of this resource is that the store ads are differentiated!
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This resource celebrates the many facets of Earth Day. Your students will learn about reusing, reducing, recycling, and why these are important for all of us to participate in. They will also learn the process of our waste going from our homes to
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This resource practices real-life skills, including counting money and problem solving. Set in a pet store theme, students will solve 26 story problems, using provided pet store ads. The beauty of this resource is that the store ads are
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This project based learning activity, Junkbots, has students practicing "reusing" in celebration of Earth Day. In this fun activity, students will create a Junkbot, or robot made from junk they find from home. I encourage students to work small,
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In celebration of Read Across America and Dr. Seuss, this resource features activities to coordinate with the book, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. It is aimed at the little learners, Kinders and Firsties. There are many activities,
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This is a game resource, Brain Blocks, that practices time to the half hour. It uses Jenga Blocks and is played the same way, with questions answered for each block pulled. The blocks can be purchased inexpensively from Amazon; the link is
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This resource practices real-life skills, including counting money and problem solving. Set in a grocery store theme, students will solve 26 story problems, using provided grocery store ads. The beauty of this resource is that the store ads are
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This is a flip book resource for the "Who was..." and "Who is..." biography series of books. These are popular books for students to gain knowledge about many different types of people, from sports stars to activists. Included are pages for
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This is a fun game resource that is a different take of the popular game, Twister. Instead of using a mat on the floor, students will use a paper board and their fingers to get Twisted! This Blends Edition is full of game boards, spinners, and
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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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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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