It's a Teacher Thing

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It's a Teacher Thing
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Wait! You can find this unit combined with another test practice unit for a bundled price. The Text Evidence Proof Frames simulate one of the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) testing formats. Three of the frames are editable. On the
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As a language arts teacher, I often teach about figurative language in the context of reading and writing. It’s always concerned me that once we’ve worked with these terms, there’s not a lot of opportunity for review as the year progresses. To
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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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Test practice for SBAC-type testing is made easier with these two popular units bundled into one! Text Evidence Proof Frames for side-by-side work simulates a style of question found in Common Core tests. You'll fine three different practice
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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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Bundled high-interest close reading for grades 6-8! Includes four units in one: Dracula, Vampire Bats, Bog Mummies, Mummies as Medicine. Perfect for test preparation and practicing close reading strategies with tips and annotation marks. Common
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Close reading that's engaging and perfect for test preparation. Practice close reading strategies with high-interest contend on Egypt's mummies. This unit is part of the Informational Reading Unit Bundle. Common Core questions help you sneak in
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High-interest close reading activity for grades 5-7. Ancient Egypt's Hatshepsut was one of the most fascinating pharaohs. Teach close reading with this pamphlet activity. Perfect for test practice and for guest teachers. Differentiated versions
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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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Earth Day activities informational reading passages with high-interest content are perfect for test prep and use throughout the year. The three passages focus on environmental issues concerning cell phones, plastic water bottles, and convenience
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Newly Revised! Informational text that is high-interest for grades 6-8. Perfect for test preparation, informational text reading, and learning and practicing close reading strategies. The Bog Mummies Informational text includes Common Core
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Wait! Save a bundle because this unit is part of the Fall Information Text Bundle. Close reading that's high-interest for grades 6-8! Perfect for test preparation and practicing close reading strategies (tips and annotation marks included).
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Test prep informational reading practice Vampire Bats Brochure is high-interest reading with text-dependent questions and text-dependent writing. The tr-fold brochure format is unique and engaging. Perfect for seasonal reading, test prep, and your
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Use high-interest informational text to teach close reading and testing skills. This mini-unit is a smaller version of my larger unit "Dracula: Myth, Legend, Reality", and includes *close reading strategies for the teacher *an anchor
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Three Figurative Language Task Card Units bundled together! The Spring, Winter, and Valentine’s Day Figurative Language Task Cards Units provide preview or review opportunities throughout the year. When purchasing separately, the individual units
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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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