Creative Classroom Connections

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The world's happiest friends never have the same nature, they just have the best understanding of their differences.
 
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First grade writers need to be able to write opinion pieces (W1.1), informative texts (W.1.2), and narrative accounts of an event (W.1.3). This unit provides easy to use, ready-made activities that will help teach students how to meet these first
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This amazing unit contains 30 “Direction Following” worksheets. It follows my first unit called “Following Directions: Fall Edition”. The simple format allows students to work on their own. This format has been very popular in my free worksheets.
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Close reading means digging deeper into the meaning of selected texts. It is a very important reading strategy. This amazing unit contains 28 engaging stories and 28 corresponding activities that help students learn how to reread a text and dig
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Close reading means digging deeper into the meaning of a text selection. This amazing unit contains 44 engaging stories and 44 corresponding activities that help students learn how to reread a text and dig deeper into its content and meaning.
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This amazing unit contains 26 direction following worksheets. The simple format allows students to work independently. Color words, number words and simple fall vocabulary words are included in the activities. These worksheets cover fall topics
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This unit contains one close reading activity for each of the 30 stories in the 2014 edition of the Journeys First Grade Reading Program. The four new stories that replaced four stories in the previous edition are included in this unit. Students are
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This first grade writing unit contains a complete year of standards based lessons. It includes a basic outline for twelve months of directed teaching. There are 48 lessons with a page of directions for each. Narrative, informative, and opinion
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This is an amazing unit of Second Grade Writing activities, aligned to the Second Grade Writing Standards. There are ten writing prompts and a blank template for teaching students to write opinion pieces; ten writing prompts and a blank template
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This is a terrific unit for use during the last weeks of First Grade. The 33 pages include a variety of reading, writing, poetry and comprehension activities. Students will practice target skills while they enjoy thinking about all their successes
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This amazing unit contains 30 “direction following” worksheets. The simple format allows students to work on their own. Color words, number words and simple spring vocabulary words are included in the directions. Students are asked to extend the
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This adorable unit features 34 pages of reading, writing and comprehension activities centered on an ocean animal theme. Ten fact stories focus on the following animals: crabs dolphins fish jellyfish octopus sea turtles seahorses sea lions
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This resource contains 65 pages of fluency and close read activities for the stories in Units 1 through Unit 5 of the Reading Street First Grade reading program (2013 Common Core Edition). Students work with a partner to practice reading selections
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This unit contains activities connected to the First Grade Reading Street program, 2013 (Common Core Edition). There are 60 pages focused on student responses to the content of the 30 stories in Units 1 to 5. Thirty pages contain fill-in the blank
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Close reading means digging deeper into the meaning of a text. This amazing 50 page unit contains 25 engaging kindergarten-level stories and 25 corresponding activities that help students learn how to reread a text and dig deeper into its content
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This unit includes 30 comprehension activities, one for each of the stories in the 2014 Journeys First Grade Reading Program. Students are asked to use a word bank to find the answers to fill-in the blank statements from the stories. These
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This great “Following Directions” unit gives beginners practice matching words and pictures, while following directions with color words. It provides learning activities for kinders or a quick review for first graders. There are 21 consonant
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This unit contains kindergarten writing activities that are directly related to the Writing Standards. There are activities for teaching students how to write opinion pieces, informative texts, and short narratives of a single event with linked
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This wonderful unit of sequencing activities will help your students learn to read, recall and order events from a story. There is a cut and paste activity for each of the 30 stories in the First Grade, 2013 edition of Reading Street. Students
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This unit contains 36 sheets for home practice of the Reading Street Kindergarten student readers (2013). There is one take-home paper for each of the 36 units in this program. Each story has a colorful picture, related to the story content. There
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This unit contains 30 comprehension activities. There is one for each of the 30 stories in the Journeys First Grade Reading Program, 2013 Common Core Edition. The list of stories is included. Each of the first six comprehension sheets is
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught preschool, kindergarten, first and second grade. The majority of my teaching experience was in Washington state, however the last ten years was in Phoenix, Arizona. I enjoyed "looping" with several kindergarten classes into first grade. I have always enjoyed creating supplemental curriculum to support new reading, writing and math programs.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I would describe my teaching style as an organized combination of demonstrator, facilitator and delegator. After modeling and laying out the background for lessons, I make sure the students are learning in whole group, partner and independent situations. I provide visual, auditory and tactile experiences that prompt students to learn more on their own. I involve parents and middle school students on a regular basis as volunteers in my classroom.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I love creating curriculum projects and enjoy helping to roll out new curriculum programs in the district. I received a Curriculum Quill Award for the creation of social studies materials on our local town history. In the Reading Teacher, Sept. 93, Vol. 47 issue 1, p.69, my poem "Metamorphosis" was published. It shows the parallelism of children to caterpillars, within the chrysalis called classroom.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I received a B.A. in Education and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Seattle Pacific University. I also took many additional hours of classwork through the University of Washington and other universities.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have two grown children and five grandsons. My husband and I enjoy traveling and photography. Our favorite places to visit are warm, sunny beaches and cool mountain getaways.

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