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TpT Description Harry Potter Themed Emergency Sub Plan – ELA – 9th/10th – Common Core Aligned Ever had a sub emergency? Ever wished you had a plan in place ready to go at the drop of the hat that anyone could lead? This Harry Potter-themed
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary
Grades:
9th, 10th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Other, Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.L.4
$0.99
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4th and 5th Grade Common Core Differentiated Math Vocabulary Wordsearches Your students will improve their mastery of common core 4th and 5th grade math academic vocabulary with these ready-to-go wordsearches. There are five variations of the
Subjects:
Math
Grades:
4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
4.NBT.B.4, 4.NBT.B.5, 4.NBT.B.6, 5.NBT.B.6, 4.OA.A.2, 4.OA.B.4, 4.OA.C.5, 5.OA.A.2, 5.NF.A.2, 5.G.A.1
$1.50
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By giftedguru
TpT Description Saint Patrick’s Day Activity Pack – 3rd/4th Grades – Common Core Aligned This is a print-and-go no-prep Saint Patrick’s Day Activity Pack with both math and language arts activities, all of them Common Core aligned. Quality
Subjects:
Basic Operations, St. Patrick's Day, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Literacy Center Ideas, Math Centers
CCSS:
3.MD.B.3, 3.OA.A.4, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.L.3
$1.50
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By giftedguru
Differentiated Literary Elements Crossword Puzzles: 4th & 5th Grades -- Set 1 It's a breeze to differentiate for gifted learners with this set of crossword puzzles. There are two different kinds of puzzles included: one kind for on-level
Subjects:
Reading, Gifted and Talented, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, GATE, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RL.5.4
$1.50
2 ratings
4.0
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By giftedguru
TpT Description A Separate Peace Quizzes – Differentiated – Common Core Aligned Are you looking for quality quizzes for “A Separate Peace”? This package contains knowledge and comprehension quizzes for each of the thirteen chapters. In addition,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Gifted and Talented, Literature
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes
CCSS:
RL.8.3, RL.8.4, RL.8.10, RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.4, RL.9-10.10, RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.4, RL.11-12.10
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6 ratings
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By giftedguru
Strategic Reader Question Cards - Task Cards Help your students deepen their understanding of what they read with these printable Strategic Reader Question Cards for fiction. The questions include vocabulary questions and analysis questions,
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Printables, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
CCSS:
RL.3.3, RL.4.3, RL.5.10, RL.6.10, RL.7.10
$1.50
9 ratings
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By giftedguru
TpT Description A Separate Peace Reflection Questions – Common Core Aligned Would you like quality reflection questions for “A Separate Peace”? Looking for questions beyond the standard knowledge and comprehension level? Would you like your
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Novel Study, Printables
CCSS:
RL.8.3, RL.8.4, RL.8.10, RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.3, RL.9-10.4, RL.9-10.10, RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.3, RL.11-12.4
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Common Core Aligned George Washington Activity Pack 3rd/4th/5th Grades Celebrate George Washington’s birthday to the core! Students will learn about the father of our country while addressing both reading and writing Common Core State
Subjects:
Writing, Presidents' Day, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RI.3.10, RI.4.10, RI.5.10, W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1
$1.50
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CONTIG Math Game | Common Core Aligned | Low-Prep Looking for a print-and-go math game kids will want to play that will actually build skills? Does it need to be standards aligned? CONTIG is your answer! Grab this simple, yet powerful game that
Subjects:
Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Mental Math
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
GATE, Games, Math Centers
CCSS:
2.NBT.A.4, 4.NBT.B.4, 4.NBT.B.5, 4.NBT.B.6, 5.NBT.B.6, 3.OA.B.5, 3.OA.C.7
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By giftedguru
A Separate Peace Journal Prompts – Common Core Aligned Would you like journal prompts to accompany your students’ exploration of “A Separate Peace”? Quality journal prompts allow students to reflect more deeply on their own thinking, leading to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Novel Study, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1
$1.50
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3.8
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4th and 5th Grade Common Core Differentiated Literary Elements Wordsearches Your students will improve their mastery of common core 4th and 5th grade literary elements vocabulary with these ready-to-go wordsearches. There are four variations of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, GATE
CCSS:
RL.5.4
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By giftedguru
A Separate Peace Discussion Prompts – Common Core Aligned Would you like discussion prompts to accompany your students’ exploration of “A Separate Peace”? Quality discussion prompts allow students to discuss their ideas, impressions, and
Subjects:
Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Novel Study, Cooperative Learning, Literature Circles
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.4
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End of the Year Depth and Complexity Venn Diagram Activity Looking for a print-and-go end of the year activity that’s not just busy work? This is your answer! Grab this simple, yet powerful reflection that uses the elements of Depth &
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Writing, End of Year
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, GATE, Printables
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By giftedguru
Free Classroom Motivational Poster Help your students develop internal motivation and a growth mindset using this 9 Ways to be Awesome at School free motivational poster download. This poster will encourage students to find meaning and purpose in
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, Classroom Management
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas, Posters
FREE
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By giftedguru
Professional Development Record Log for Teachers Keep track of your professional development experiences with this Professional Development Record Log for Teachers. You'll never worry about a computer eating your hours again! Simply choose the
Subjects:
Education, Professional Development, For Administrators
Grades:
Staff
Types:
Reflective Journals for Teachers, For Principals & Administrators, Professional Development
FREE
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READ AHEAD CONTRACT FOR FAST READERS Strong readers need differentiated reading opportunities, and this Read Ahead Contract is perfect for that task. With the Read Ahead Contract, students agree to certain reasonable conditions in exchange for the
Subjects:
Reading, Gifted and Talented, Reading Strategies
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, GATE, Classroom Forms
FREE
2 ratings
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READ AHEAD CONTRACT FOR FAST READERS - SECONDARY Strong readers need differentiated reading opportunities, and this Read Ahead Contract is perfect for that task. With the Read Ahead Contract, students agree to certain reasonable conditions in
Subjects:
Reading, Gifted and Talented, Reading Strategies
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, GATE, Classroom Forms
FREE
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Printable Finger Labyrinths - Set 1 {FREEBIE} Finger labyrinths are a simple and effective way to decrease student anxiety, and they do so much more. For gifted kids whose brains are racing, they're perfect! This set of printable finger labyrinths
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, School Counseling, For All Subjects
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, GATE, Printables
FREE
1 rating
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Printable Finger Labyrinths - Set 2 {FREEBIE} Finger labyrinths are a simple and effective way to decrease student anxiety, and they do so much more. For gifted kids whose minds race, the labyrinth can provide a way to calm the mind to prepare to
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, For All Subject Areas, School Counseling
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, GATE, Printables
FREE
1 rating
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Free “What’s Your Sentence?” Printable Help your students develop internal motivation and a growth mindset using this “What’s Your Sentence?” activity. Students create their own “What’s My Sentence?” mini posters that share their visions for their
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Character Education, For All Subjects
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
FREE
2 ratings
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've taught 3rd grade and all grades in high school (ELA & Social Studies). I'm the Youth and Education Ambassador for Mensa, a professional development facilitator, and an international speaker on issues of gifted education. I also have a great time writing award-winning lesson plans, consulting for television shows, and writing for the Library of Congress, as well as magazine articles. I'm the Chair of the Gifted Plus Division of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented, and I serve on the board of directors of SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted). I share resources for educators and parents on my website giftedguru.com.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style emphasizes engagement and quality activities. I love using music and action to bring content alive and take it deep. Build a river down the middle of the room? Check. Create Gatsby's house out of sugar cubes? You bet. Use lyrics to teach literary elements? Of course! Dance the times tables? Sure. I'm a GT person, and I think it stands for Good Teaching as much as Gifted and Talented. I share resources that work for all students, because good teaching is good teaching.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

- Christa McAuliffe Teacher Hall of Fame - APEX Grand Award for lesson plans

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I've got two degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington - a B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from the Honors College, and an M.Ed.T. with English as my content area. I've also done the administration grad work for when I thought being an administrator was a good fit for me!

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I'm the wife of a terrific Aussie, and we have three sons. I love to read and organize and dance and create stuff for teachers (no lie - it's a hobby!). I wish I knit better, and I also wish my husband wanted a dog as much as I do! Dream dogs: Golden Retrievers and Wheaten Terriers. I stay busy with family and church and playing with teacher friends.

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