It's a Teacher Thing

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Text Organization Task Cards are perfect for reviewing text structure, text purpose, and for testing preparation. Use as a center station, for an introduction activity to your daily class, for whole-class instruction, for a partner review
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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
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The Reading Response Log Unit, from It's a Teacher Thing, is aligned with the Common Core Standards and can be a year-long activity. Regularly use this simple format to check student understanding of literary elements and independent reading novels
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The Reading Comprehension Response Fans were created to provide easy access to reading prompts that fit the targeted teaching focus and to allow students some choice in prompt selection. The Reading Response Fans can be used for partner
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Wait! You can find this combined with another test practice unit for a bundled deal. Simulating the Smarter Balanced practice test, Fact Selection for Writing will help your students prepare for one of the most difficult parts of the test. There
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The Preposition Unit includes worksheets, tests, keys, a song for memorizing the prepositions, and tips to make grammar fun. Kids challenge themselves to memorize the song. After playing with the catchy tune, I let them know that they now have the
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Wait! Save a bundle because this unit is part of the Informational Text Unit. Test prep and close reading practice that's high-interest for grades 6-8! Common Core questions are exactly what you'll need to sneak in test prep throughout the
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Halloween-Themed Writing Paper comes in four printable versions: color, black line, wide ruled, and thin ruled. The 24 pages come with cute graphics that can span grades 2-12 and can be used for any Halloween or October writing project or prompt.
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You’ll find two easy-to-use frames to help your students propose and support a theme in any text. The format is a breeze to follow, and the paragraph writing frame includes different shapes to easily distinguish the topic sentence, supporting
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Prepositional phrases can be difficult to teach. Use the differentiated task cards to reinforce your lessons. Included you'll find tips, a song, test, and notes to support your teaching. Two sets of cards are included with the same sentences.
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Free and differentiated. Utilize these two leveled character trait lists (grades 5-7 and 6-10) with more than 300 character traits. It benefits students to keep a Character Trait List in their binders all year for use when responding to prompts
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Free! Who said grammar can't be fun??? Use the Subject and Predicate Activities from It's a Teacher Thing to liven up your lessons and student learning. You’ll receive the following: *56-complete subject slips with solid borders (with an option of
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This list of themes found in literature is a perfect resource for your students' binders. It contains more than 40 common themes found in literature and essential notes on theme. You and your students can add to the list throughout the year. This
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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.


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.


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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.


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

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