Heather Bender

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Our kindergarten curriculum is Foss Science. We have to teach a unit on trees. I made these 7 activity sheets to align with my learning centers. Each sheet also aligns with the goals/expectations of the Foss science tree unit, but they can really
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Much like my tree unit, I took our Foss fish unit and put my own spin on it. This unit covers the focus questions: what do fish need to survive, what are the parts of a fish, how do they behave in their environment, and what are
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I put this sight word program together for my kindergartners. This is a supplemental program that I add to their book packs, as part of their nightly reading homework. I do this program to help them learn their first 50 high frequency words. This
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Our district just started using gradebook on skyward (online). Now that we enter all of our grades online, there is no room for comments. I teach kindergarten, so I strive to make things as positive as possible when communicating with parents. I
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I have a poetry center where we work on these poems. Before they go in the center, we practice them as a class and highlight different things within the poems that we may be learning. We do more poems than just these. I just pulled one from each
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This Kindergarten Camp packet is enough for a week long, half-day, kindergarten camp. The packet includes plans for each day, including center ideas for each day. It also includes: snack ideas, morning greeting ideas, a homemade ice cream recipe
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I have included a very good description of how I use these "bubblegum" words in my ABC center, as another support to learning how to stretch words out for reading and writing. We call them bubblegum words because stretching out a word to hear the
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Much like my Foss fish and tree unit, I have taken the focus questions and highlights of the unit, and made my own, more user friendly worksheets. I have included a sheet about what isopods are, a sheet where kids can compare pill bugs and sow
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For each child's birthday I have the class make a card and I put make them into a book. They draw a picture of anything in the world they would like to give that child for his/her birthday. Their ideas are so cute! At the beginning of the year I
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I decided to take our policies and procedures and put them into an A to Z format. I put each bit of info under the letter of the alphabet that it starts with. It sort of puts a cute twist on A LOT of information. We bind these into books and give
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This reading log is a simple tool that goes into my students' book packs. Parents are to sign and date the log every night. I check the logs at the beginning or end of reading groups every now and then, and every once in a while I'll make notes
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This unit has activities that fit into my learning centers. I use this unit in my research, poetry, and art center. There are 3 activities that would fit into a research center, 1 poetry activity, and 1 art project. I also added a guided writing
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On the first day of school I send each child home with a Ziploc bag of goodies, and this card, which I laminate, explaining what each item means to our classroom. It's just a fun way to let parents and students know how much we care.
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I've developed some activities for fire safety week. There are a couple of poem activities that can used in a poetry center, and an art center activity. There is also a fire safety checklist that students can bring home to run through with their
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I use this behavior tracking sheet with my kindergartners. I've found that it is successful in holding the child accountable for his/her actions, positively re-enforces good choices, keeps the communication lines open with parents, and is a good
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I taught an informational book unit to my Kindergartners, and found the format of a table of contents tricky for them to create on their own. I created a form that would help them organize their "chapters" better. This form is for up to 5 chapters
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This is a simple unit that I use with my kindergartners. This could certainly be used with 1st grade as well. I am able to fit each activity of this unit into either my literacy center time, or my Writer's Workshop. The unit includes a song that
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This is a unit that I do in September, sort of at the same time as when we do our tree unit. This unit covers subjects/centers like poetry, art, research (science), math, and some writing. In the research center I have kids do their apple taste
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I decided to put together I Spy activity sheets for the first 25 high frequency words, which are also our word wall words, to increase sight word knowledge. On these activity sheets students will be able to write a sentence using that sight word,
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These are just a few activities that I do with my kindergartners on Earth Day. These would also be good for first and second graders. I have included an art project, a writing project, and a poem/song that we sing and illustrate. The song helps
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught Title One, Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade. I am currently teaching 2nd grade.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I love giving students an exploratory experience with learning as much as possible. My goal is to help my students become self directed, independent learners. I use the Literacy Collaborative model of teaching in my classroom.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

2010 Brainerd Teacher of the Year nominee 2015 Nominated for MN Teacher of the Year

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, minor in Communication Arts and Literature. Master's Degree in Education, specializing in brain research

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