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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:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Test Prep, Printables
CCSS:
RL.5.1, RL.6.1, RL.7.1, RL.8.1, RI.5.8, RI.6.1, RI.7.1, RI.8.1, W.3.2, W.5.2, W.6.2...
$3.75
232
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By It's a Teacher Thing
The Literature Circle Unit is complete, easy to use for book clubs, covers the key elements of literature, and is perfect for students to practice speaking and listening skills. With over 50 printable pages, the complete unit for book clubs is all
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...
$7.50
181
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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 the Christmas Activities | Grammar Color By Code. Christmas activities can be fun and educational with color by code grammar activities that focus on parts of
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
125
Digital Download PDF (56.13 MB)
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 Activities Grammar Color By Code mystery pictures are perfect for those fall days when you need engaging,
Subjects:
Grammar, Thanksgiving, Autumn
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
CCSS:
L.5.1, L.6.1, L.7.1
$3.65
130
Digital Download PDF (49.67 MB)
By It's a Teacher Thing
This Figurative Language activity uses task cards as 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
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
$3.75
103
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By It's a Teacher Thing
The Figurative Language Activity is focused on figurative language task cards. Looking for a fun figurative language activity to introduce, practice, or review metaphors, similes, idioms, hyperbole, personification, alliteration, and onomatopoeia?
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
146
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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
68
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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
135
Digital Download PDF (328.87 MB)
By It's a Teacher Thing
The Literary Analysis Unit is exactly what you need to teach this challenging writing genre to your 5th-7th grade students. With this step-by-step scaffolded literary analysis unit, all students can succeed. Included you'll find the pitfalls and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing-Essays
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Unit Plans, Printables, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.3, W.5.2, W.5.2a, W.5.2b...
$5.00
91
Digital Download PDF (14.07 MB)
By It's a Teacher Thing
Here's an engaging Christmas Activity with a focus on figurative language that's easy-to-use during those December days before the break. The Figurative Language Task Cards are a perfect Christmas activity to get your upper elementary or middle
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
93
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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
107
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By It's a Teacher Thing
The Back to School Brochures for fifth grade will help you get to know your students the first week of school. Perfect for the first few days of school and for Back-to-School Night, the brochure is both informative and reflective. It's easy-to-use
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Back to School, Autumn
Grades:
5th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$3.40
64
Digital Download PDF (168.71 MB)
By It's a Teacher Thing
The Text Organization Task Cards are perfect for reviewing text structure, text purpose, and for test prep. Covers narrative writing, argumentative writing, descriptive writing, sequence writing, problem/solution writing, poetry, letters, cause and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Test Prep, Printables, Task Cards
CCSS:
RI.4.5, RI.5.5, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.4
$3.85
79
Digital Download PDF (88.30 MB)
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
$3.75
63
Digital Download PDF (14.78 MB)
By It's a Teacher Thing
You'll love using the Text Evidence Proof Frames to help you teach students how to identify evidence from a text and use it as proof. The three products focus on finding evidence in text: Text Evidence Side-by-Side Frames similar to Smarter Balance
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Social Studies - History, For All Subject Areas
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Graphic Organizers
$8.60
$6.25
83
Bundle
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
73
Digital Download PDF (162.20 MB)
By It's a Teacher Thing
The Figurative Language Activity for Spring includes task cards that are spring-themed and are a perfect addition to your figurative language or poetry unit. Each figurative language card has a sentence using figurative language and three answer
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Spring
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Printables, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
$4.15
47
Digital Download PDF (100.55 MB)
By It's a Teacher Thing
Figurative Language is an important skill, and task cards are a great tool to help introduce, practice, and review metaphors, similes, idioms, hyperbole, personification, alliteration, and onomatopoeia. Minimal preparation is required to use the
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
40
Digital Download PDF (141.05 MB)
By It's a Teacher Thing
The Grammar Activities review focuses on parts of speech and provides educational fun with color by code mystery pictures. Better than grammar worksheets, the engaging grammar activities are perfect for upper elementary and middle school students.
Subjects:
Grammar, Summer, End of Year
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
CCSS:
L.3.1, L.3.1a, L.3.1e, L.4.1, L.4.1b, L.5.1, L.5.1a, L.5.1c, L.6.1, L.6.1a, L.7.1
$4.00
45
Digital Download PDF (15.10 MB)
By It's a Teacher Thing
The End of the Year Fifth Grade Memory Brochure is ready to use. Just print and go! End your school year on a high note. The brochure activity is fun, focused, and reflective. With a variety of options for student and teacher preference, it's
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Holidays/Seasonal, End of Year
Grades:
5th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$6.75
$5.40
36
Bundle
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've been teaching 25 years, most of this in upper elementary and 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 Presenter at Differentiation in the Classroom Conference

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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