Heather Van Houten

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Heather Van Houten
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By Heather Van Houten
This activity can be used as an introduction or a review, or both! The main idea is for the students to determine which traits in a plant are either inherited or are caused by an outside force using picture cards and a sort map. I’ve included two
Subjects:
Biology, Other (Science), General Science
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Cooperative Learning, Science Centers
$4.50
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By Heather Van Houten
This Plants unit was created for my 5th grade students, but it can be adapted as an intro to 4th grade or a review for 6th. The unit includes the following: • 3 introduction lessons Photosynthesis Structure &
Subjects:
Basic Principles, Other (Science), General Science
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Science Centers
$8.00
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By Heather Van Houten
Students work together on this Earth Science review by taking on the role of detective and accepting missions that will take them on a fun Earth science journey! I am a teacher in Texas and created this as a review for the 5th grade Science STAAR.
Subjects:
Earth Sciences
Grades:
5th
Types:
Assessment, Graphic Organizers, Cooperative Learning
$8.98
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By Heather Van Houten
Teaching 5th grade Science in Texas has led me to become a self-professed biome/ecosystem expert! ;) I used these lessons and projects throughout the entire Life Science unit to introduce AND review AND reinforce the concept of biomes. The Biome
Subjects:
Environment, Other (Science), General Science
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Study Guides, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Science Centers
$8.00
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By Heather Van Houten
Teaching behaviors…what a mess! At least it is for my 5th graders in Texas. This set of pictures comes with lesson plans and a teacher key that give you a clear guide on how to effectively use the sorting cards to best guide your students through
Subjects:
Biology, Other (Science), General Science
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Cooperative Learning, Science Centers
$4.00
29
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By Heather Van Houten
This collection of Science activities were made for my 5th grade students. I teach in Texas, where 5th Science is THE scary grade. :) These lessons are also suitable for 6th and 7th grades. I created a lot of my own activities since my kids'
Subjects:
Physical Science
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities
$8.00
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By Heather Van Houten
I have put together a matching/sorting game containing the 48 most challenging and common Science words that are used in 5th grade in Texas. These cards can be used as a match at the beginning of the unit, or a memory game for more of a challenge.
Subjects:
Science
Grades:
4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Flash Cards, Games
$3.00
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By Heather Van Houten
In my classroom, if a student is disrespectful to another, he/she pulls a slip from the Respect Jar. These slips have consequences such as: "Carry the books for the person you bullied today" & "Volunteer your time after school to help the
Subjects:
Classroom Management, School Counseling, For All Subjects
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, By TpT Sellers for TpT Sellers
$2.00
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By Heather Van Houten
Newly updated to reflect the 2017 TEA adoptions! I print these color coded, 6th grade science TEKS on Avery 5161 address labels. I stick these labels to the top of my lesson plans, activities, and any other place I need to ID the TEK the lesson is
Subjects:
Science
Grades:
6th
Types:
Printables, For Principals & Administrators
$2.00
11
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By Heather Van Houten
I use these pictures to introduce Kingdom & Domains. Make T-Charts comparing Heterotrophs vs Autotrophs, Eukaryotic vs Prokaryotic, and Unicellular vs Multicellular vocabulary. This set includes large and small versions, and photos of the
Subjects:
Science, Other (Science), General Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Science Centers
$6.95
7
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By Heather Van Houten
This poster reads, "In this classroom, we don't do easy, we make easy happen through hard work and learning" Part of the Craving the Chaos Polka Dot Collection
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Character Education, For All Subjects
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Printables, Posters, By TpT Sellers for TpT Sellers
$1.50
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By Heather Van Houten
This Photosynthesis & CO2-O2 lesson was created for my 5th grade students, but it can be adapted as an intro to 4th grade or a review for 6th. The review lesson connects Photosynthesis and the Carbon Dioxide-Oxygen Cycle and
Subjects:
Science, Basic Principles, General Science
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Science Centers
$6.00
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By Heather Van Houten
I have compiled information and pictures about the landforms I teach in 5th grade Science. I use these Fact Sheets for several different lessons and projects throughout the year. The students use the fact sheets to take ownership of their
Subjects:
Earth Sciences
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Research, Printables, By TpT Sellers for TpT Sellers
$4.50
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By Heather Van Houten
This packet contains 3 activities that will help you and your students get to know each other. Classmate Scavenger Hunt - fun ice breaker to get the kids up and moving Get to Know the Teacher Test - I love this one! The students think it's a real
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, By TpT Sellers for TpT Sellers
$4.00
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By Heather Van Houten
While teaching 5th and 6th Grade Science in Texas, this biome collection came in handy in lots of ways! I used them for centers, for hooks, to introduce the biome/ecosystem concept, for food chains, for energy flow, for review, for adaptations, you
Subjects:
Environment, Other (Science)
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Test Prep, Posters, Science Centers
$3.00
8
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By Heather Van Houten
This collection of Science activities were made for my 5th grade students. I teach in Texas, where 5th Science is THE scary grade. :) These lessons are also suitable for 6th and 7th grades. I created a lot of my own activities since my kids'
Subjects:
Physical Science
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities
$8.00
6
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By Heather Van Houten
This Facebook page is a huge hit with my older students. It's their homework for the first day of school, filling it out and bringing it back the next day. Fields range from basic info through their favorite snack and what a good teacher is like.
Subjects:
Classroom Management, For All Subjects
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Fun Stuff, For Parents, By TpT Sellers for TpT Sellers
$2.00
6
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By Heather Van Houten
This 11 document packet is geared for 3rd - 5th grade Math students. When creating practice pages, my focus is quality not quantity. I attempt to cover the ways a TEK can be tested, but do not include drill and kill into the worksheet or lesson.
Subjects:
Basic Operations, Decimals, Place Value
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Minilessons, Math Centers
$6.50
4
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By Heather Van Houten
Use these posters as quick reference for students after you have taught the divisibility rules. Enjoy!
Subjects:
Math, Numbers, Order of Operations
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Bulletin Board Ideas, Posters
$3.75
4
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By Heather Van Houten
These silly and fun Science jokes are great for a Science lesson ice breaker, a Science Fair or an Open House display. I made these for my school which has a large Spanish speaking population, so they are in English and Spanish. In my display, I
Subjects:
Other (Science)
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Science Centers
$4.00
2
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am a Texas teacher of 10 years. I have taught Math and Science in 4th, 5th and 6th grades.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My goal is to engage students with interactive lessons that incorporate technology and involve more student talk than teacher talk, while keeping it fun!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

-Mentor Teacher -1 of 2 teachers selected from my district to attend Space Camp for Educators

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

University of North Texas & Baylor University

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I love FUN FONTS! Thank you to all graphic designers out there that fill my need for my teaching materials to be adorable!

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