Elly Thorsen
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If you aren't having fun neither are your students, and students learn so much more when they enjoy class.
 
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Use this reflection sheet as a consequence for misbehavior. The Behavior Think Sheet gets students to think about what they did, why they did it, and how it affects those around them. When students in my class choose not to not follow the classroom
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This activity has students sort examples into groups of physical and chemical changes. Kinesthetic learners, SPED students, and ELL students especially benefit from this sorting activity because they physically group the examples, which have both
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These stations can be used in a variety of ways. They can allow students to practice hypothesis writing, variable identification, procedure writing, and more. These stations allow teachers to provide extra assistance to ELL and SPED students.
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Give this survey to students at the beginning of the year or new semester to get to know fun things about your students. The survey can be used in any subject area. It was created for middle school students but can also be used in late elementary or
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This activity allows students to see the scientific method at work in something seemingly unrelated to science class—rappers* and music. Students work in groups to arrange rapper scenario cards into the order of the six steps of the scientific
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In this assignment, students complete an application in the point of view of an organ applying for a job in the human body. Students must know about the organ system the organ is a part of, the functions of the organ, and the importance of the
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This resource contains two different pages sized for INBs. The first page is used to introduce independent and dependent variables and how to tell them apart. It contains a note-taking outline for students to fill in with the teacher. The second
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This package contains three different dual-sided worksheets and their keys. The worksheets give students practice with identifying independent and dependent variables and writing good hypotheses. The worksheets listed below are included in this
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In this assignment, students complete a job application in the point of view of an organelle or cell part applying for a job in a cell at the company CELLS-R-US. Students must know about whether the organelle is a part of a plant or animal cell or
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This activity allows students to see the scientific method at work in something seemingly unrelated to science class—taking selfies! Students work in groups to arrange selfie scenario cards into the order of the six steps of the scientific method.
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These stations give students a fun way to practice the changes in states of matter (freezing, melting, sublimation, condensation, and vaporization). The stations test students' knowledge by having them define, provide examples of, draw, and explain
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This interactive notebook card sorting activity will help your students practice and understand the steps of the scientific method. The activity can be used as a review, a lecture aid, an alternative to traditional notes, or an interactive notebook
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This activity helps students understand the differences between elements, compounds, and mixtures. They classify sixteen cards into piles of elements, compounds, and mixtures. Then they complete their student activity worksheet to help show their
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At the beginning of the school year I send out this form for parents or guardians to complete about their child. It provides information about how to contact family members, the strengths and areas of need of the student, and other helpful
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This resource contains three card sorting lesson options to learn about, practice, or assess the steps of the scientific method. Each lesson option can be used in a variety of ways. Full instructions with pictures and complete answer keys are
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Students will enjoy creating a poster in science class about one of the changes in states of matter (melting, freezing, vaporization, condensation, or sublimation). In their poster the students will need to include the definition of their change in
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This worksheet gives students practice with elements, compounds, and mixtures. There are four parts to the worksheet. The first part is identifying the types of matter using pictures of atoms. Part two is classifying types of matter in a chart based
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This activity has students sort examples of mixtures into groups of homogeneous and heterogeneous mixtures. Kinesthetic learners, SPED students, and ELL students especially benefit from this sorting activity because they physically group the
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These activities are designed to give students a fun and active way to experience homeostasis. This resource has two different homeostasis activities. Each activity is described in detail and is accompanied by a student worksheet. The activities
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Use this five question assessment to quickly determine student understanding of the differences between independent and dependent variables. Four of the questions are multiple choice. The fifth question has students identify and write the variables
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught English, social studies, physical education, reading, and science in kindergarten through eighth grade. I have experience teaching in a variety of school settings (rural, open school, urban, and education centers) in South Dakota, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and, most recently, South Korea. My favorite teaching experiences come from 2011-2014 when I taught 7th grade science and had a chance to develop my resources and try a variety of strategies with my students. I LOVE working with middle school students and enjoy all the fun ways to teach science.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe my teaching style is mostly a reflection of five influential teachers I had growing up. To learn more about who I am as a teacher, please read my blog posts about my teachers and how they impacted me. Teacher One: Elementary School, Teacher Two: Middle School, Teacher Three: High School, Teacher Four: Graduate School, Teacher Five: Life

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I attended the University of South Dakota and achieved my Elementary Education degree in 2009. Immediately after graduating I began and completed my Masters in Technology for Education and Training during my first year of teaching.

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