Common Sense Teaching

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Tired of boring reading logs? Spice up your at-home reading with Reading Bingo! These Bingo sheets are ready to be copied and sent home. You can send them home weekly, or copy on two sides for a longer challenge. Your students will enjoy earning
Subjects:
Reading
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Homework
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End your Lewis and Clark study with a project that shows off your students' learning! Students will engage in research to gather facts and arrange them in a timeline that chronicles the Corps of Discovery expedition. This project provides an
Subjects:
U.S. History, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th
Types:
Projects, Activities
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We know our students have plenty of opinions, but do they know how to support their opinions with good reasons? These fun Christmas opinion writing prompts give students a chance to practice a key Common Core standard. Included are three Christmas
Subjects:
Writing, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1
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Are you letting the primary grades have all the fun during Fire Safety month? Kids are naturally interested in fire safety, and it is a topic well-worth discussing. Use your intermediate students’ natural interest to help them practice writing
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Projects, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
CCRA.W.2
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This Bible Study was created to meet a need in my own church for Bible-based lessons that are age-appropriate. This unit focuses on Esther 2-7 in four lessons. The lessons are perfect for Sunday School, Christian Education classrooms or home study.
Subjects:
Religion
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Thematic Unit Plans, Homeschool Curricula
$2.00
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Posting your learning targets can be fast and easy! Each 4th grade Math Common Core standard is written in student-friendly language. Each statement is a half-sheet of paper, which saves space and keeps your classroom from looking cluttered. Print
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
4th
Types:
Other, Posters
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Posting your learning targets can be fast and easy! Each fourth grade ELA Common Core standard is written in student-friendly language. Each statement is a half-sheet of paper, which saves space and keeps your classroom from looking cluttered. Print
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
4th
Types:
Other, Posters
$5.00
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Posting your learning targets can be fast and easy! Each 4th grade Math Common Core standard is written in student-friendly language. Each statement is a half-sheet of paper, which saves space and keeps your classroom from looking cluttered. Print
Subjects:
Math
Grades:
4th
Types:
Other, Posters
$5.00
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Posting your learning targets can be fast and easy! Each ELA Common Core standard is written in student-friendly language. Each statement is a half-sheet of paper, which saves space and keeps your classroom from looking cluttered. Print on card
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
4th
Types:
Other, Posters
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Do your students understand how multiplication works, but need to become fluent in their facts? Multiplication Madness is designed to take only a few minutes from your packed schedule to help your students master this important skill! You can spend
Subjects:
Math, Basic Operations
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Assessment, Flash Cards, Minilessons
CCSS:
3.OA.C.7
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Need some structure to help your students learn to write a well-thought out opinion paper? This 3 week unit will help your students identify the necessary elements to support their opinion. They will learn to state their opinion, identify reasons,
Subjects:
Grammar, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
4th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled)
CCSS:
W.4.1, L.4.1f, L.4.2c, W.4.1a, W.4.1b, W.4.1c, W.4.1d
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These are simple headers to use in displaying your I Can statements in your classroom. The design helps you organized your display, but doesn't add visual clutter to your room. Use these headers with my Common Core I Can statements. Your students
Subjects:
Tools for Common Core
Grades:
4th
Types:
Posters
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Use the picture book, A Bad Case of Stripes, by David Shannon to help your student master 2 Common Core Standards. Your students will practice identifying character traits with evidence from the text. They will also practice summarizing the story.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
4th
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
RL.4.2, RL.4.3
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Are you using the Class Dojo website for behavior management? Or are you thinking about using it, but don't know how to reinforce those points? Here's a simple way for kids to keep track of their own points and then trade them in for classroom
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Other
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Tired of reading about the same old topics with your students? This informational text about the Pony Express is perfect for guided reading in the intermediate grades. Each story is written at a number of levels, ranging from 2nd grade to 6th grade
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Short Stories, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Guided Reading Books, Literature Circles
CCSS:
RI.4.1, RI.4.4
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Tired of reading about the same old topics with your students? This collection of 4 stories about the Wild West is perfect for guided reading in the intermediate grades. Each story is written at 6 or more levels, ranging from 1st grade to 6th grade
Subjects:
Reading, Short Stories, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Guided Reading Books
$2.00
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This unit will help your students master a number of the Common Core standards for informational text! You gather a variety of tourist brochures for attractions in your area or state, and the learning takes off! Students will use the brochures to
Subjects:
Writing, Tools for Common Core, Informational Text
Grades:
4th
Types:
Unit Plans
$2.00
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Reading Response Notebooks are a great way to see how students are thinking, but they make grading a trick! These user-friendly rubrics make it easier to assign grades to your students notebook entries. The first rubric grades notes that students
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Literature, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
4th
Types:
Rubrics
$2.00
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Are you having trouble keeping track of where all the Common Core standards will fit into your school year? This simple checklist lists ALL the fourth grade ELA and Math Common Core standards, written in student-friendly language. All you have to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Math, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
4th
Types:
Professional Documents, Printables
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Remind your students how foundational skills help them read accurately every day! These student-friendly statements describe the learning goals of the Common Core Foundational Reading Skills standards for fourth graders. Print and display them in
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
4th
Types:
Other, Printables
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught in Minnesota and South Dakota since 1995. My experience includes preschool, half-day kindergarten, all-day, every-day kindergarten, third grade, fourth grade, and Title I reading in grades K-2.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My students are engaged in an active literacy environment. My reading workshop time includes a large-group mini-lesson, independent work, guided reading, and an interactive read-aloud. My students also have a daily writing workshop time which includes a mini-lesson, independent writing, and individual conferencing. I am a big fan of Fountas and Pinnell, Aimee Buckner, Katie Wood Ray, Ralph Fletcher, and The Two Sisters.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a Bachelor's degree in elementary and early childhood education and a Master's degree in reading education.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

My husband is a middle school principal, which makes for some interesting conversations at our house! We have three busy kids who are growing up way too fast. In my "spare time", I work with our school's Destination Imagination program and volunteer with our church's youth education program.

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