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By Independent Learners Make Happy Teachers
*** UPDATE!!! I'VE CREATED A SECOND WEBQUEST ON THE SUMMER OLYMPICS! If your students enjoyed this one, there's more to explore with new, up-to-date articles from the Official Rio Olympics website! CHECK IT OUT AT MY STORE! *** This Interactive,
Subjects:
Computer Science - Technology, Summer, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Research, Internet Activities, Webquests
$1.50
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By Independent Learners Make Happy Teachers
I created these prompts to practice writing in state testing formats. There are 10 prompts in this packet, each focusing on either expository, persuasive, compare/contrast, or creative writing. These can be used as whole class, individual, or small
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Test Prep
$1.95
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By Independent Learners Make Happy Teachers
I had many requests for a second Olympic WebQuest! So, here you go! This is a second version of the interactive, fun activity that uses the upcoming Summer Olympics as an opportunity for students to practice research skills, test-taking skills,
Subjects:
Computer Science - Technology, Summer, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Research, Internet Activities, Webquests
$1.50
12 ratings
4.0
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By Independent Learners Make Happy Teachers
**46-PAGE DOWNLOAD!** *Can be used with or without Eyewitness Reader Book!* Included in your download: Detailed daily teacher lesson plans Printable, ready-to-use Student Journal Web quests for Online Learning from www.rio2016.com This unit,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Holidays/Seasonal, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Unit Plans, Thematic Unit Plans, Nonfiction Book Study
$3.00
6 ratings
4.0
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By Independent Learners Make Happy Teachers
PUMP up student writing!! Use an actual balloon to teach adding details. Lesson plan included for 2-day lesson. GREAT for writing test prep! Show students how their writing can improve when they PUMP it up! Use this along with my test prep
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Handouts, Printables
$1.50
3 ratings
4.0
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By Independent Learners Make Happy Teachers
This is a very *fun* cross-curricular activity that lets kids research any state of their choosing. This project gives guidelines for researching a dream vacation to one of the states (pages 1-2) and creating a PowerPoint presentation (or google
Subjects:
Computer Science - Technology, Geography, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Research, PowerPoint Presentations, Internet Activities
$2.00
3 ratings
4.0
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By Independent Learners Make Happy Teachers
Students work independently, with a partner, or in small groups for this comparing fractions activity. Great for centers or just extra practice! Note: Students need 5 dominoes to complete this activity.
Subjects:
Math, Fractions, Math Test Prep
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Math Centers, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
4.NF.A.1, 4.NF.A.2, 5.NF.B.5, 5.NF.B.5a, 5.NF.B.5b
$1.00
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By Independent Learners Make Happy Teachers
Students learn about character traits (or characterization) in this fun, student-driven, 4-Day Lesson Plan. It includes 3 student pages and a project-based culminating activity. Each lesson is 20-30 minutes long, and can be adapted to small group
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RL.4.3, RL.5.3, RL.6.3, RL.7.3
$1.00
1 rating
4.0
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By Independent Learners Make Happy Teachers
Kids practice Mean Median Mode and Range using a deck of cards in this math practice center. For use alone or with partners
Subjects:
Algebra, Other (Math), Math Test Prep
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Math Centers, Cooperative Learning
$1.00
1 rating
4.0
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By Independent Learners Make Happy Teachers
STOP RIGHT NOW! To purchase an entire day's worth of St. Patrick's fun, go to my store and purchase the entire St. Patrick's Unit! Includes Reading, Writing, Science, and Math! Students practice addition and subtraction with this fun classroom
Subjects:
Basic Operations, Fractions, St. Patrick's Day
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Test Prep, Math Centers
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By Independent Learners Make Happy Teachers
**47-PAGE DOWNLOAD!** ---NOTE--- This has the same unit activities as my SUMMER OLYMPICS RIO 2016 12 DAY UNIT, but uses a different book and comprehension questions for it. PLEASE do not buy both units, unless you want the same activities for 2
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Holidays/Seasonal, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Webquests, Nonfiction Book Study
$3.00
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By Independent Learners Make Happy Teachers
This writing goes with my "pumped up writing" lesson, but you can do it without. Describe some writing like a deflated balloon: boring, nothing inside, no fun. Writing should be like an inflated balloon. Pumped up with detail, descriptions, and
Subjects:
EFL - ESL - ELD, Writing, Thanksgiving
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts, Literature Circles
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By Independent Learners Make Happy Teachers
12 Day Outline of concepts for Place Value Unit from thousandths to millions place. Includes project-based culminating project and step-by-step daily lesson plan for modeling, student collaboration, and student practice. (Additional assignments
Subjects:
Math, Decimals, Place Value
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans
$2.00
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By Independent Learners Make Happy Teachers
This 19-page download includes: * 9-page Student Journal made from Comprehension Questions or Writing Activities for each chapter * Answer Key * Classroom Olympics activities for end-of-book fun! Great way to discuss and learn about the Summer
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Holidays/Seasonal, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Unit Plans, Thematic Unit Plans, Nonfiction Book Study
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By Independent Learners Make Happy Teachers
This 40+ page download is a great unit for the book Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing! It can be used as a printable student journal with 4 or more pages of activities per chapter, or can be used as a teacher's manual to pick and choose activities
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Thematic Unit Plans, Novel Study
$2.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By Independent Learners Make Happy Teachers
STOP RIGHT NOW! To purchase an entire day's worth of St. Patrick's fun, go to my store and purchase the entire St. Patrick's Unit! Includes Reading, Writing, Science, and Math! This writing goes with my "pumped up writing" lesson, but you can do it
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, St. Patrick's Day
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Handouts, Homework, Printables
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By Independent Learners Make Happy Teachers
Enjoy a full day of lessons at your fingertips!! Includes: 2 Pages Adding details to Writing Addition/Subtraction Fractions Math Scoot Game (with Answer sheet and Teacher's Key) Close Reading Comprehension Passage (Teacher's Key Included) St.
Subjects:
Creative Writing, St. Patrick's Day, Close Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
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By Independent Learners Make Happy Teachers
Color game board for use with any game. Students provide place markers. Teachers give question cards and die (not included) to small groups of students. If a student gets the answer correct, roll the die and move that many places. Can be printed
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Fun Stuff, Math Centers, Cooperative Learning
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Questions regarding any newspaper article. Read an article then answer the questions to review main topics and opinions in the article. (Print front/back for best review of article)
Subjects:
Reading, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts
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This activity uses dice to create fractions. Then, students calculate sums and differences using these fractions. Can be used as individual work or in math centers.
Subjects:
Fractions, Numbers, Other (Math)
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Math Centers, Montessori
FREE
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching for almost 10 years. Although I have spent the majority of time in 5th grade, I have also worked with students and teachers from 2nd-6th grade, creating effective and engaging lessons in both language arts and math. I am currently a curriculum coach, and love helping to create lessons that provide hands-on learning and incorporate reading, writing, listening, and speaking!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I am all about independence. For years, my students knew the answer to the question "What kind of students do I need you to be?" was always "Independent!" I think it's important for kids to learn how to read directions, work on their own, troubleshoot their own issues, and use problem solving skills to come up with their own answers. This not only creates life skills but helps them to be ready for standardized tests as well. Many of my lessons promote this independence, as well as letting kids work with each other. I believe this combination of self-motivation mixed with the use of teamwork help students to reach their highest potentials.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I've been on my schools' leadership and curriculum team for 3 years. It's been a great time to get to know various grade levels and teaching styles!

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor of Science Degree, Ball State University Currently enrolled in Masters Program for Instruction and Curriculum Development

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

As many teachers do, I have a part time job. Mine is extra fun because I work at a comedy club! Laughing and being playful is by far my favorite thing to do. You may even see a few "inside" things to make the teacher smile (that kids wouldn't necessarily get) in some of my units and plans! ("Sally, Jessy, and Raphael were splitting a pie....")

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