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By It's a Teacher Thing
Students can easily practice testing all year long by using the side-by-side Text Evidence Proof Frames, which simulate one of the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) testing formats. Use for assessing your students in any subject area.
Subjects:
Literature, Informational Text, Test Preparation
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Test Prep, Printables
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.5.1, RL.6.1, RL.7.1, RL.8.1, RI.4.1, RI.4.8, RI.5.8, RI.6.1, RI.7.1, RI.8.1...
$3.50
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4.0
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By It's a Teacher Thing
The Literature Circle Unit is complete, easy to use for book clubs, and covers the key elements of literature. With over 50 pages, the complete unit for book clubs is all you'll need to successfully run literature circles for any novel. If you're
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literature Circles
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.4, RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.4...
$8.00
146 ratings
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By It's a Teacher Thing
Keep your students engaged and learning during those weeks leading up to winter break with Christmas Color By Code Activities. Christmas activities can be fun and educational with Color By Code Parts of Speech. Perfect for upper elementary and
Subjects:
Grammar, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Winter
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
CCSS:
L.5.1, L.5.2, L.6.1, L.6.2, L.7.1, L.8.1
$4.00
69 ratings
4.0
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By It's a Teacher Thing
Figurative Language is an important skill in most grades, and the Task Cards are a great tool to help introduce, practice, and review metaphors, similes, idioms, hyperbole, personification, alliteration, and onomatopoeia. Minimal preparation is
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, ELA Test Prep
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Test Prep, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
CCSS:
RL.4.4, RL.5.4, RL.6.4, RL.7.4, RL.8.4, L.4.5a, L.4.5b, L.5.5, L.5.5a, L.5.5b, L.6.5...
$3.80
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4.0
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By It's a Teacher Thing
The Valentine Figurative Language Task Cards are the perfect February activity to help your class stay focused during those days leading up to Valentine's Day. Teaching and reviewing figurative language in the upper elementary or middle school is
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Valentine's Day
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Task Cards
CCSS:
RL.5.4, RL.6.4, RL.7.4, RL.8.4, RL.9-10.4, L.5.5, L.6.5, L.7.5, L.8.5, L.9-10.5
$3.65
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By It's a Teacher Thing
Teaching theme and how to find theme in Literature is simplified with this 71-page differentiated unit. Utilize theme graphic organizers to help you teach theme and track theme. The Theme Unit is flexible in its use. Portions may be used throughout
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Printables
CCSS:
RL.4.2, RL.5.2, RL.6.2, RL.7.2
$6.95
116 ratings
4.0
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By It's a Teacher Thing
The Literary Analysis Writing Unit is exactly what you need to teach this challenging writing genre to your 5th-7th grade students. With this step-by-step scaffolded unit, all students can succeed in writing a literary analysis. Included you'll find
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing-Essays
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Unit Plans, Printables, Graphic Organizers
$5.00
85 ratings
4.0
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By It's a Teacher Thing
Here's an engaging Christmas Activity that's easy-to-use during those December days before the break. Figurative Language Task Cards are a perfect Christmas activity to get your upper elementary or middle school students up and moving around the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
CCSS:
RL.4.4, RL.5.4, RL.6.4, RL.7.4, RL.8.4, L.4.5, L.5.5, L.6.5, L.7.5, L.8.5
$3.80
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By It's a Teacher Thing
The Text Evidence Proof Frames are easy to use in any subject area. Your students will be able to find evidence, cite it, and use the evidence in a response paragraph. Works for fiction and nonfiction text. Just print and go!Included you'll findA
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Literature, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.8, RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RI.4.1, RI.4.2...
$2.00
99 ratings
4.0
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By It's a Teacher Thing
Back to School Brochures for fifth grade will help you get to know your students. Perfect for the first few days of school and for Back-to-School Night, the brochure is both informative and reflective. Easy-to-use and great for your sub tub.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Back to School, Autumn
Grades:
5th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$3.40
56 ratings
3.9
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By It's a Teacher Thing
Looking for Thanksgiving activities that are fun and educational during the weeks before Thanksgiving break? The no-prep Thanksgiving Grammar Color By Code mystery pictures are perfect for those fall days when you need engaging, academically-aligned
Subjects:
Grammar, Thanksgiving, Autumn
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
CCSS:
L.5.1, L.6.1, L.7.1
$3.25
64 ratings
4.0
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By It's a Teacher Thing
Text Organization Task Cards are perfect for reviewing text structure, text purpose, and for test prep. Use as a center station, for an introduction activity to your daily class, for whole-class instruction, for a partner review activity, as test
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Test Prep, Printables, Task Cards
$3.85
75 ratings
4.0
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By It's a Teacher Thing
This unit combines three of my products into one: Text Evidence Proof Frames, Proving Text Frames, and Text Evidence Side-by-Side Frames similar to Smarter Balance testing format. **Use with science, history/social studies, reading, writing,and
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Social Studies - History, For All Subject Areas
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Graphic Organizers
$3.75
74 ratings
4.0
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By It's a Teacher Thing
Teaching character trait can be fun and engaging. The newly-revised Character Trait mini-unit can enhance your introduction or practice of character trait in grades 3-6. Each Task Card has a character trait scenario and three choices of traits for
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, ELA Test Prep
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
CCSS:
RL.4.3, RL.5.3, RL.6.3, RL.7.3, RL.8.3
$5.10
65 ratings
4.0
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By It's a Teacher Thing
You’ll receive the following:28-Task Cards relating to springDefinitions of TerminologyAnswer DocumentsAnswer KeyFormative Assessment18-Literal or Figurative Sort Cards2-Sort BoardsDefinition T-ChartThe Figurative Language Task Cards with a spring
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Spring
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Printables, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
$4.15
42 ratings
4.0
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By It's a Teacher Thing
The February Grammar Color By Code Valentine Activities include four differentiated pictures. Each mystery picture focuses on parts of speech and has two versions to provide differentiation for your students. Nouns, verbs, adjectives, and pronouns
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Valentine's Day
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$3.60
34 ratings
4.0
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By It's a Teacher Thing
The Spring Activities Parts of Speech provides educational fun with color by code mystery pictures. Perfect for upper elementary and middle school students. Includes five pictures. Each picture has two versions which makes differentiation a
Subjects:
Grammar, Easter, Spring
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
CCSS:
L.5.1, L.5.2, L.6.1, L.6.2, L.7.1, L.8.1
$4.00
23 ratings
4.0
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By It's a Teacher Thing
Figurative Language is an important skill in most grades, and the Task Cards are a great tool to help introduce, practice, and review metaphors, similes, idioms, hyperbole, personification, alliteration, and onomatopoeia. Minimal preparation is
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Halloween
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
CCSS:
RL.4.4, RL.5.4, RL.6.4, RL.7.4, RL.8.4, L.4.5, L.5.5, L.6.5, L.7.5, L.8.5
$3.75
31 ratings
4.0
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By It's a Teacher Thing
Test prep for SBAC-type testing is just what you need to make test prep easier and more engaging. These two popular units are now bundled into one! Text Evidence Proof Frames includes side-by-side work and simulates the style of reading response
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Test Prep, Printables
$4.75
44 ratings
4.0
Digital Download ZIP (143.64 MB)
By It's a Teacher Thing
Punctuation Matters! is a lesson I use throughout the year to motivate and remind students that punctuation matters. Punctuation Matters! includes activities to introduce, practice, and review punctuation and sentence types. Perfect for
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Minilessons, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
L.2.2, L.3.2, L.4.2, L.5.2, L.6.2
$4.65
45 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (7.08 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've been teaching 22 years, most of this in middle school language arts and social studies. I specialize in integrating resource students into my mainstream classroom and differentiating student assignments. Prior to my current sixth grade position, I taught third, fourth, fifth, seventh, and eighth.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I'm a hands-on kind of teacher. Currently, I teach an integrated resource core combining language arts and social studies. I typically have ten students with IEP goals included in my sixth grade class of 25-30. Most of my plans allow for modifications depending on learning styles, IEP goals, and/or the needs of all learners. I combine objectives, and many of my units integrate reading, writing, and social studies.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Excellence in Teaching Award

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I received a degree in sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Before I decided to become a teacher, I worked for five years as a full-time instructional aide in junior high classrooms. My teaching degree is from Humboldt State University.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I consider teaching to be an art. I love the creativity of collaborating with colleagues to create lessons and discuss strategies. There's a thrill involved in honing the craft of teaching. I was also a bouncer for The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I think this may help in the classroom. :) Thanks to Laine from A Little Peace of Africa for the logo and banner. You'll find Laine at www.peaceofafrica.com.

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