Curley Girl

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Curley Girl
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By Curley Girl
The weekly quizzes that come with the Wonders program did not fit my needs. I didn't want to give the "cold reading" quizzes, because I want to test the story we have spent all week on. But I didn't like the comprehension and vocabulary
Subjects:
Reading, Vocabulary, Literature
Grades:
4th
Types:
Assessment, Printables
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.4, RL.4.6, RL.4.10, RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.3, RI.4.4, RI.4.5, RI.4.7...
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By Curley Girl
The weekly quizzes that come with the Wonders program did not fit my needs. I didn't want to give the "cold reading" quizzes, because I want to test the story we have spent all week on. But I didn't like the comprehension and vocabulary quizzes
Subjects:
Reading, Vocabulary, Close Reading
Grades:
5th
Types:
Assessment, Printables
CCSS:
RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.4, RL.5.6, RL.5.7, RL.5.10, RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.3, RI.5.4...
$8.00
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By Curley Girl
This notebook is designed to help students enjoy good literature while working on Common Core standards. After a small amount of whole class time each day to discuss the previous day’s reading and questions, the reading and notebook work can be done
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Martin Luther King Day
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Novel Study, Printables, Literature Circles
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.6, RL.3.10, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.6...
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7 ratings
3.6
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By Curley Girl
The weekly quizzes that come with the Wonders program did not fit my needs. I didn't want to give the "cold reading" quizzes, because I want to test the story we have spent all week on. But I didn't like the comprehension and vocabulary quizzes that
Subjects:
Reading, Vocabulary, Literature
Grades:
3rd
Types:
Assessment, Printables
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.6, RL.3.7, RL.3.10, RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.4, RI.3.5...
$8.00
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4.0
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By Curley Girl
This PowerPoint is a great way to review what fourth grade students have learned about Indiana. I use it the last week of school and project it on the big screen. All students can participate by writing the answers on white boards and adding up
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Geography
Grades:
4th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Games
$2.00
10 ratings
4.0
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By Curley Girl
This PowerPoint is a fun way to review what students have learned about the systems of the human body. It's a great way to review before a unit test. It includes a title page with theme music, a six-category game board with 30 clues, and a final
Subjects:
Science, Anatomy, Health
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Test Prep, Games
$2.00
8 ratings
3.9
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By Curley Girl
This notebook is designed to help students enjoy good literature while working on Common Core standards. After a small amount of whole class time each day to discuss the previous day’s reading and questions, the reading and notebook work can be done
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Novel Study, Printables, Literature Circles
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.6, RL.4.10, RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.4, RL.5.6...
$4.00
3 ratings
4.0
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By Curley Girl
This notebook is designed to help students enjoy good literature while working on Common Core standards. After a small amount of whole class time each day to discuss the previous day’s reading and questions, the reading and notebook work can be done
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Poetry
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Novel Study, Printables, Literature Circles
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.3, RL.2.4, RL.2.5, RL.2.6, RL.2.7, RL.2.10, RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4...
$3.00
4 ratings
4.0
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By Curley Girl
This packet has everything you need for a quick, easy bulletin board that can stay up all year. These printables include a "Question of the Week" graphic for permanent display, a blackline master of quarter sheet writing paper, and 41 questions with
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas, Literacy Center Ideas
$3.00
1 rating
4.0
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By Curley Girl
Escape rooms allow for learning at its best; the engagement and excitement of solving problems while trying to beat the clock make learning an adventure. Digital escape rooms do NOT need any of the set up or materials but are just as much fun.
Subjects:
U.S. History, Thanksgiving, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Internet Activities, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.7, CCRA.R.10
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By Curley Girl
This notebook is designed to help students enjoy good literature while working on Common Core standards. After a small amount of whole class time each day to discuss the previous day’s reading and questions, the reading and notebook work can be done
Subjects:
Reading, Literature
Grades:
2nd, 3rd
Types:
Novel Study, Printables, Literature Circles
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.3, RL.2.6, RL.2.7, RL.2.10, RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5...
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By Curley Girl
This Power Point presentation can be used to introduce, reinforce, and practice persuasive writing with intermediate and middle school students. It begins with an interactive opinion in the form of "You be the jury." After students decide that the
Subjects:
ELA Test Prep, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Minilessons
CCSS:
W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1, W.6.1
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By Curley Girl
This digital writing activity was made in Google Slides and was designed to be completed in 45 minutes or less. It includes step-by-step practice using a high-interest prompt: “The Most Annoying Thing Ever.” Students are taken through the
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.6, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2
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By Curley Girl
If you're looking for a high-interest way students can practice and become more familiar with the weekly vocabulary words from the Wonders Reading series, this packet will help. Each week, students will have the opportunity to draw something that
Subjects:
Reading, Vocabulary
Grades:
4th
Types:
Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RL.4.4, RI.4.4, RF.4.4a, RF.4.4c, CCRA.R.4
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By Curley Girl
If you're looking for a high-interest way students can practice and become more familiar with the weekly vocabulary words from the Wonders Reading series, this packet will help. Each week, students will have the opportunity to draw something that
Subjects:
Reading, Vocabulary
Grades:
5th
Types:
Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.L.5
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By Curley Girl
Elaboration is the key to good writing but students often can't figure out how to add detail. Each of these 11" x 8.5" posters give a specific strategy to use, as well as an example of that strategy. This set includes one poster with the definition
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Posters
CCSS:
W.5.2b, W.5.3, W.5.3b, W.5.3d, W.6.2b, W.6.3, W.6.3b, W.6.3d, W.7.2, W.7.2b, W.7.3...
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By Curley Girl
I encourage my students to read outside their favorite genre. This book report focuses on the genre of the book. It also allows for some thoughtful short writing rather than just reciting back the characters and plot. It includes a two-page
Subjects:
Reading, Literature
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Novel Study, Printables
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By Curley Girl
This notebook is designed to help students enjoy good literature while working on Common Core language arts standards. After a small amount of whole class time each day to discuss the previous day’s reading and go over vocabulary, the reading and
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Thanksgiving
Grades:
2nd, 3rd
Types:
Novel Study, Printables, Literature Circles
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.6, RL.2.7, RL.2.10, RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4...
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4.0
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By Curley Girl
This book report form can be used with any of Rob Roy's "A to Z Mysteries." You can have individual students or partners read any one of the titles, as these questions apply to all of them. I have had success letting each student choose a different
Subjects:
Reading, Literature
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Novel Study, Printables, Literature Circles
FREE
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By Curley Girl
This digital writing activity was made in Google Slides and was designed to be completed in 45 minutes or less. It includes step-by-step practice using a high-interest prompt: “The Most Annoying Thing Ever.” Students are taken through the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Google Apps
CCSS:
W.3.1, W.3.6, W.3.10, W.4.1, W.4.4, W.4.6, W.4.10, W.5.1, W.5.1a, W.5.1b, W.5.1c...
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I spent my first ten years teaching special education, first in a self-contained MiMH class, then as a Learning Disabilities resource teacher. During this time, I also taught as an adjunct instructor in the education dept. at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. For the past twenty two years, I have taught third, fourth, and fifth grades.

MY TEACHING STYLE

In my classroom I try to build a community of learners where everyone feels free to contribute. We use shared experiences to help us feel like a team, including enjoying good literature, playing games, putting on plays, and sharing ideas. We work with partners, in small groups, individually, and as a whole class. Since we all remember better what we enjoy, we try to keep our learning active and fun. And we always work on making good choices because, "Destiny is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of CHOICE."* *William Jennings Bryan

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

1997 Excellence in Education Award 2012 Horace Mann Abraham Lincoln Fellowship 2014 Excellence in Education Award

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I earned my B.A. in special education at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. I then received my M.A. at Indiana State University, also in special education. I did additional coursework and earned my elementary education certification at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. Since then I have continued my education through multiple graduate classes and seminars.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I grew up in Gary, Indiana, the youngest of nine children. I have been teaching in Vigo County, Indiana since 1984 (even though I am VERY young!) and have been teaching at Fayette Elementary School since 2004. I am currently teaching 4th grade. I live on a farm with my husband, Bob. We have three daughters: Elizabeth lives and works in Indianapolis, Colleen is a college senior who will be student teaching next spring, and Mary goes to West Vigo High School and keeps us busy watching softball and basketball games. In the summer, I play my flute in the Terre Haute Community Band, clean my house, and read a lot.

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