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By Creative Teaching Company
Close Reading; Character Traits - Analyzing Characters is a GREAT LESSON for getting OBSERVED!!! Each student gets a lesson guide, a story at their level (or teacher’s choice of story) and a coordinating response sheet/template. Bundle up these
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Assessment, Printables, Graphic Organizers
$2.25
211 ratings
4.0
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By Creative Teaching Company
Close Reading Summary Practice; Nonfiction GREAT small group lesson for getting OBSERVED for grades 1- 5! I like to teach multiple skills when I have the chance ~ don't we all? This activity also helps build fluency, comprehension and close
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, ELA Test Prep, Close Reading
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Worksheets, Assessment, Printables
$2.75
189 ratings
4.0
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By Creative Teaching Company
75 pages of differentiated, reproducible GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS and SHORT RESPONSE TEMPLATES for STORY ELEMENTS! Great for TEST PREP, CLOSE READING, GUIDED READING, comprehension building, NOTE TAKING and CLOSE WRITING practice for grades K - 5. PLUS
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Assessment, Graphic Organizers, Scaffolded Notes
$5.75
141 ratings
4.0
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By Creative Teaching Company
60 pages of differentiated, reproducible GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS and SHORT RESPONSE TEMPLATES! Great for TEST PREP, CLOSE READING, GUIDED reading instruction, comprehension building, NOTE TAKING and close WRITING practice for grades 3, 4 and 5. PLUS 32
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Tools for Common Core, Close Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Assessment, Graphic Organizers, Scaffolded Notes
$5.50
116 ratings
3.9
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By Creative Teaching Company
Common Core Writing; The Character Analysis Paragraph;These TWELVE "fill in the blanks" writing TEMPLATES and GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS were designed to TEACH students how to write paragraphs about characters using evidence and inferences. Do your
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Minilessons, Printables, Graphic Organizers
$2.25
93 ratings
4.0
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By Creative Teaching Company
This is another GREAT close reading (small or whole group) lesson for getting observed! The 25 pages included in "Close Reading; Summarizing Stories" can be used for fictional stories, articles, events in history, biographies, poems, folktales ~
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Test Prep, Printables, Graphic Organizers
$2.50
80 ratings
4.0
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By Creative Teaching Company
The Picture Paragraph template takes some of the stress out of writing for elementary students because it doesn’t cause “blank loose leaf paper writing anxiety” ~ it seems more like an art project to students! The Picture Paragraph template allows
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Research, Worksheets, Printables
$2.00
86 ratings
4.0
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By Creative Teaching Company
Responsive Classroom ~ The Morning Meeting is a component of the Responsive Classroom’s approach to behavior and discipline. This item is a brief snapshot of the program to help teachers get started. This item has everything you need to begin
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Character Education, Back to School
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Posters, Professional Development
$2.50
49 ratings
4.0
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By Creative Teaching Company
This is an excellent lesson for getting observed! This product can be used multiple times with curriculum materials you use in your classroom. Students make a claim and then practice providing evidence. Included: One colorful lesson guide
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Assessment, Printables
$1.50
56 ratings
3.9
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By Creative Teaching Company
Close Read to get the Main Idea ~ CHRISTMAS Edition GREAT guided reading/close reading lesson for getting OBSERVED for grades 2- 5! This scaffolded writing activity is perfect for test prep! This activity also helps build fluency, comprehension
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Assessment, Printables
CCSS:
RI.3.1
$1.50
48 ratings
4.0
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By Creative Teaching Company
After students CLOSE READ a text, they should WRITE about what they’ve read! And if students are going to RESPOND to text, teachers should have a tool to ASSESS their comprehension of the text (aka: close reading ability) and their written responses
Subjects:
ELA Test Prep, Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Test Prep, Assessment, Printables
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.4.1, RL.5.1, W.5.9a
$2.50
44 ratings
4.0
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By Creative Teaching Company
Writing RAPP~ Answering Questions Using Evidence has THREE differentiated, scaffolded WRITING TEMPLATES which are GREAT for teaching students how to answer constructed response questions using the RAPP strategy; RESTATE the question,
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Critical Thinking, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Printables, Graphic Organizers, Scaffolded Notes
$2.25
43 ratings
3.9
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By Creative Teaching Company
Close Read to get the Main Idea ~ Grades 1 - 5 GREAT guided reading/close reading lesson for getting OBSERVED for grades 1- 5! Make YOUR JOB EASIER for yourself RIGHT NOW! This product WILL help you do that!! I like to teach multiple skills when
Subjects:
Writing, Reading Strategies, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Test Prep, Printables, Graphic Organizers
$1.75
43 ratings
3.9
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By Creative Teaching Company
60 pages of differentiated, reproducible GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS and SHORT RESPONSE SHEETS! Great for comprehension building, and WRITING practice for grades K - 2. PLUS 30 pages of examples and in depth, STEP by STEP DIRECTIONS for teachers on how to
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Assessment, Printables, Graphic Organizers
$5.50
62 ratings
4.0
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By Creative Teaching Company
I created these templates for "Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle" because I found the Engage NY/module MAIN IDEA worksheets for the book to be... useless! I wanted to create something that would be EASIER for my kids (and me!) to use and also help
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
3rd
Types:
Printables, Scaffolded Notes
CCSS:
RI.3.1
$2.00
30 ratings
4.0
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By Creative Teaching Company
After students CLOSE READ a text, they should WRITE about it! And if students write about it, teachers should have a tool to ASSESS their comprehension of the text (close reading ability) and their written responses to the text! WOW!! Not a
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Test Prep, Assessment, Printables
CCSS:
RL.K.1, RL.1.1, RL.2.1
$2.00
33 ratings
4.0
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By Creative Teaching Company
Teach your students some basic CLOSE READING marks using these handy "desk tags." You can use one of the two colorful direction sheets to TEACH your students what each symbol means. Two sets of tags and two pages of directions for kids included;
Subjects:
ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Test Prep, Fun Stuff, Printables
$1.25
29 ratings
4.0
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By Creative Teaching Company
Make a Claim Using Evidence.~ Martin Luther King, Jr. is GREAT for observations!. Use one of the THREE differentiated essays about MLK, Jr., the scaffolded written response sheets and the lesson guides to help your students make a claim and prove
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Martin Luther King Day, Close Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Test Prep, Printables
$1.75
15 ratings
4.0
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By Creative Teaching Company
Super Bowl Edition ~ Make a Claim Using Evidence is SUPER FUN and SUPER easy!! Students can make claims about the game, the players, the commercials, the cheerleaders, or ANY topic! Can be USED WITH ANY TEXT. I have also done this activity with
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Test Prep, Printables
$1.75
11 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.95 MB)
By Creative Teaching Company
No Prep! This QUICK Kindergarten Fine Motor Skills Assessment was designed to help kindergarten teachers do a quick assessment of their students' fine motor skills on the first day or first week of school. This item includes 1. TWO worksheets for
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Back to School, Handwriting
Grades:
Kindergarten
Types:
Fun Stuff, Assessment, Printables
$2.00
7 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (1.49 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching (and loving it!) since 1997. I taught 3rd grade for 19 years and kindergarten for one year (so far!) I was an education adjunct professor for 11 years at Le Moyne college in Syracuse, New York. I taught a required methods course to pre-service teachers. My top priority was teaching my college students to use multicultural trade books to teach reading, writing and test taking skills. I have also held workshops to help teachers with test prep and to train them to use my SIMPLE system for teaching reading and writing.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I have always been a creative person, and I have been making up worksheets and activities for my students since I began student teaching in 1995. I am an "orange" personality type (google "True Colors Personality Test" or email me for info!), so I like things in my classroom to be creative and fun for my students. I am incredibly grateful to all of the students who have inspired, motivated and challenged(!) me over the years to become a better teacher.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

In 2002 I was honored to receive a Human Rights award from our community's city council. Using multicultural literature to promote diversity and empathy is an important part of my third grade curriculum.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I went back to school in my 30s to get my teaching degree. I had two young children, so going to college was an interesting challenge! I have a Master's degree in Elementary Education and Reading from the State University of New York at Cortland.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

In 1999, I created a story mapping graphic organizer called Story Man. Story Man was designed to help students become better readers, writers and test takers. I published a teacher resource book in 2006 titled ELA Instruction Made SIMPLE; SIMPLE Steps to Reading and Writing Success. The Story Man story map is a child friendly graphic organizer/visual scaffolding tool that allows teachers to holistically teach or review over 20 essential language arts skills AND 27 Common Core Learning Standards.

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