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By Core Inspiration by Laura Santos
Is your classroom library a cluttered mess that feels difficult to maintain? This kit is loaded with all the labels you need to transform your classroom library into an organized, student-friendly reading zone that can be easily maintained by your
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Back to School, Reading
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Classroom Forms, Other
$16.00
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By Core Inspiration by Laura Santos
This Word Work Starter Kit is designed to help you organize your word study routines, and boost student independence during your word work block. These teacher tools are used in my third grade classroom, but are designed for any classroom where word
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Spelling, Vocabulary
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Printables
$12.00
421
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By Core Inspiration by Laura Santos
This resource will help you lay a foundation for goal setting in your classroom this school year. Perfect for the first weeks back to school, or any milestone moment when you want your students to refocus on goal setting in your classroom, including
Subjects:
Writing, Back to School, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Minilessons, Printables
CCSS:
RL.2.7, RL.3.7
$4.00
335
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By Core Inspiration by Laura Santos
These Earth Day writing, art, and read aloud activities are inspired by Lynne Cherry's book The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rainforest. Each of the three activities below can be used to enrich your read aloud of this amazingly powerful
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Earth Day, Informational Text
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Printables
$4.00
140
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By Core Inspiration by Laura Santos
This kit is loaded with all the labels you need to transform your classroom library into an organized, student-friendly reading zone.With 136 premade labels to choose from, you can label your books by genre/topic, DRA Level, Guided Reading/F&P
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Back to School, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Classroom Forms, Other
$16.00
343
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By Core Inspiration by Laura Santos
Keeping students engaged through the first snow days of the year, the days leading up December break, and the excitement of the holidays while still teaching standards is no easy feat. Luckily, this resource has you covered! Use your favorite winter
Subjects:
Writing, Reading, Grammar
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Google Apps, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.2.7, RL.3.7, W.2.3, W.2.5, W.3.3, W.3.5, W.3.3c
$4.50
287
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By Core Inspiration by Laura Santos
Students will write a letter to their parents or family thanking them for intangible items, and everything they do to make life special. This resource also includes detailed instructions to help you guide your students as they create an adorable
Subjects:
Writing, Thanksgiving, Arts
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Projects, Printables
$3.00
120
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By Core Inspiration by Laura Santos
OVERVIEW:Your students will be invited to join a team of ecologists who are building an ecology museum right in your classroom. The museum will teach other students about how living things survive in their ecosystem by interacting with other living
Subjects:
Science, Writing-Expository, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd
Types:
Projects, Unit Plans, Assessment
CCSS:
RI.3.1, RI.3.4, RI.3.5, RI.3.7, RI.3.9, RI.3.10, W.3.4, W.3.7, W.3.8
$20.00
94
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By Core Inspiration by Laura Santos
This project is designed to help students build their research, analysis and synthesis skills while learning about an endangered species that interests them. As students become the class expert for their species, they will exercise reading, writing,
Subjects:
Environment, Writing-Expository, Informational Text
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Projects, Thematic Unit Plans, Research
CCSS:
RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4, RI.3.5, RI.3.6, RI.3.7, RI.3.9, W.3.2, W.3.7, W.3.8
$12.00
154
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By Core Inspiration by Laura Santos
During this craftivity, students will create a unique leaf creature art project, write a diamante poem to describe the creature they have created, and play a guessing game using the clues provided in each diamante poem to guess who created each leaf
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Poetry, Grammar
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Fun Stuff, Printables
CCSS:
W.3.4, W.3.5, W.4.4, W.4.5, L.2.1e, L.2.3, L.3.1a, L.3.1d, L.3.1e, L.3.1g, L.3.3a...
$5.00
65
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By Core Inspiration by Laura Santos
Keep everyone in the classroom on track and efficient during our reading block each day with this customizable reading block transition management deck. This PowerPoint slide deck can be customized to align with your daily reading block schedule.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Classroom Management
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, PowerPoint Presentations
$14.50
212
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By Core Inspiration by Laura Santos
Your students will each be interviewing a classmate using a set of provided questions, and writing a short informational piece about their partner using their interview answers. This activity is a perfect class building activity for the first weeks
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Writing, Back to School
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Assessment, Printables
CCSS:
W.2.2, W.2.5, W.3.2, W.3.4, W.3.5, W.3.10, W.4.2, W.4.4, W.4.5, W.4.10
$4.00
118
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By Core Inspiration by Laura Santos
This resource is designed to help you transform one of your school days into a special learning event dedicated to sharing love for reading, and setting the stage for summer reading. I enjoy hosting this event in my own classroom during the last
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, End of Year, Reading
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Projects, Lesson Plans (Bundled)
$5.00
102
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By Core Inspiration by Laura Santos
The rubrics included in this resource are designed to boost student accountability during reading workshop each day, regardless of the reading workshop curriculum or approach you use. Students can glue these rubrics to the inside front cover of
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Reading
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Rubrics, Assessment, Printables
$5.00
199
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By Core Inspiration by Laura Santos
This resource contains 10 editable reading BINGO cards, which can be used to track nightly at-home reading. Introducing this simple reading homework program in your classroom has the potential to:★ Transform routine at-home reading logs into a fun
Subjects:
Other (ELA), Balanced Literacy, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Homework, Printables
$3.00
116
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By Core Inspiration by Laura Santos
Are your students struggling to explain their math reasoning? Are your young mathematicians creating confusing or vague math models? This Write To Explain How To Guide will walk your students through five steps for creating detailed math model and
Subjects:
Math Test Prep, Word Problems, Writing
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Math Centers, Rubrics, Printables
CCSS:
MP1, MP2, MP4, MP6, MP7
$6.75
88
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By Core Inspiration by Laura Santos
Overview This Wacky Word Work Kit includes a few tools to help you bring creativity and fun to your daily word work routine. These resources can be used with any word work or word study program. Tool #1: Wacky Word Work Flip Deck Create a flip
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Phonics, Spelling
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Homework, Printables
CCSS:
RF.1.2, RF.1.2a, RF.1.2b, RF.1.2c, RF.1.2d, RF.1.3, RF.1.3a, RF.1.3b, RF.1.3c, RF.1.3d, RF.1.3e...
$3.00
166
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By Core Inspiration by Laura Santos
Make student self assessment and reflection an integral part of your classroom routine. These tools will help you utilize rubrics and reflection prompts to foster student self assessment during reading workshop, on a consistent basis so you can
Subjects:
Reading
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Rubrics, Assessment
$5.00
76
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By Core Inspiration by Laura Santos
This project pack includes 20 pages of common core aligned projects designed to accompany Chris Van Allsburg’s holiday favorite, The Polar Express: Writing: Simile Trees Craft – students explore similes, formulate a definition for similes,
Subjects:
Literature, Word Problems, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Projects, Thematic Unit Plans
CCSS:
3.MD.A.1, 3.NBT.A.2, 3.OA.A.1, 3.OA.A.2, 3.OA.A.3, 3.OA.D.8, RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.4, RL.2.5, RL.2.6...
$6.50
70
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By Core Inspiration by Laura Santos
Using this program in your classroom on a regular basis will ensure your students receive routine practice with reading literature, and vocabulary acquisition & use standards. Literature circles are a wonderful way to exercise student reading
Subjects:
Literature, Tools for Common Core, Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Unit Plans, Literature Circles, PowerPoint Presentations
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.6, RL.4.7, RL.5.1...
$20.00
134
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have ten years of elementary teaching experience in grades 2-4. My strengths are classroom management, organization of workshop-style teaching and learning, and designing resources that make differentiation simple. You can read more about my classroom at my blog Core Inspiration.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Math Workshop Reading Workshop Writing Workshop Project Based Learning Organized Differentiation Responsive Classroom Hands-On Games and Simulations Inquiry and Conversation-Driven Instruction Critical Thinking Technology Integration Student Collaboration and Team building

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Scholastic Instructor Advisory Board Member

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BA Public Relations, San Jose State University Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, San Jose State University

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have taught students who have a variety of learning styles and possess the natural ability to ignite passion and enthusiasm for learning in all children. I help each child develop pride and confidence in their strengths so they can use that self-confidence to drive them in the face of academic challenge. Learning about my students' personal interests helps me differentiate my instruction to meet their needs in a way that is interesting and challenging to them resulting in a love for learning.

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