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Figurative language refers to words, and groups of words, that exaggerate or alter the usual meanings of the component words. Figurative Language includes simile, metaphor, personification, alliteration, onomatopoeia, idioms, and cliches.
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Need a fun way to practice R Controlled Vowels? Do you have any football fans in your class? Here's a fun way for kids to practice R controlled vowels! This resource is a Bingo type game played with dice to practice reading words with R
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Homographs are words that are spelled alike, but have different meanings. Brain research tells us that using the arts helps children connect to their learning. When children illustrate homographs, it makes them visualize the meaning of the word.
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Athletes need warm ups. Musicians need warm ups. Did you realize readers need warm ups, too? I always start readers with a warm up exercise that's below their instructional reading level. Experts say children should read words in phrases rather
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Contractions, plurals, and possessive nouns? Do your students stick an apostrophe in every word ending in s? This set has a few tricks to help them remember when to use the apostrophe (possessives and contractions) and when NOT to use that
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This resource gives your students plenty of practice on their mapping skills! Here are 48 task cards to get students interacting with the map of the United States. The tasks include names of states, capital cities, and bodies of water. I encourage
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Are your students interested in camping? Are they ready for summer vacation? Are you teaching summer school? This camping unit is a great end of the year to review literacy as well as math skills. It also would work great for summer school, or
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I always start readers with a warm up exercise that's below their instructional reading level. Experts say children should read words in phrases rather than in isolation. Reading these phrases for a few minutes will have the children warmed up and
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I always start readers with a warm up exercise that's below their instructional reading level. Experts say children should read words in phrases rather than in isolation. Reading these phrases for a few minutes will have the children warmed up and
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I always start readers with a warm up exercise that's below their instructional reading level. Experts say children should read words in phrases rather than in isolation. Reading these phrases for a few minutes will have the children warmed up and
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Children need plenty of practice with long and short vowel patterns! Here are 10 practice sheets, each with 27 different words for practicing long and short vowels. There are 2 sheets for each vowel, one with nonsense words and one with real
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Here's a fun game with a baseball theme for practicing antonyms. This game has a baseball theme, and can be played like "Old Maid" or like "Concentration". It can be played with a pair of children, or a whole reading group. Suggestion: Don't
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For your favorite football fans! Here's some practice matching present verbs to their past form. It can be played like "Old Maid" or like "Concentration". There are options to make it easier or more difficult. This activity addresses these
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Looking for some fun verb practice with a winter theme? This is a sorting activity for verbs. The students will take the word cards and sort them into past, present, and future tense by placing them on the right cards. The set has 45 regular
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Interested in starting Writer's Workshop? This resource has everything you'll need to run and organize Writer's Workshop in a primary classroom! I've been doing Writer's Workshop for years in my second grade classroom, having been trained by one of
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Brain research tells us that including the arts as part of instruction helps students remember what they are learning. It internalizes understanding. Here are 65 words with suffixes -ful, ship, -ly, tion, -or, -er -less, -ness, and -ment The
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Help your growing readers learn to "sound out" longer words by practicing the 6 syllable types. There are 6 syllable types: Closed Syllable - These are short vowels followed by a consonant, such as num in number, or vel in velvet. Vowel
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Brain research tells us that including the arts helps to "internalize" learning. See how much your students have learned about comparatives and superlatives by having them illustrate these words! Rather than do the "creating" myself for this
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Warm ups are important for athletes, singers, and even readers! I always start readers with a warm up exercise that's below their instructional reading level. Experts say children should read words in phrases rather than in isolation. Reading these
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Practice reading two syllable words with a fun BINGO game! Here's a Bingo type game with dice to practice reading 2 syllable words with long vowels. It has baseball theme. The roll of the dice determines which word to cover. Sometimes there's a
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I am an experienced teacher who is fascinated by how the brain learns. My products reflect years of studying brain research and 39 years of teaching experience. I've got a lot of tricks up my sleeve!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I have done much studying of recent brain research, and look for ways to include proven methods into my teaching. My activities are typically social and fun, as this promotes learning! I bring experience as well as a passion for learning into my resources and my classroom.

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My students have given me many awards! :)

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a focus on reading from Plymouth University in Plymouth, NH . I have a Master of Education degree in Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass.

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Besides close to 40 years of teaching, I also have extensive training and in musical theatre, dance and voice. Being from the Boston area, I can't help but be a fan of Boston sports, especially the Red Sox!