Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil

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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
This is one of my all-time favorite winter craftivities! I love incorporating art with writing. Even more, I LOVE incorporating student pictures. This one has all three tied into one! Students write about what they do on a snowy day, or any
Subjects:
Writing, Winter, Visual Arts
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Printables
$4.00
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
*Updated July 2022*We all know how important daily reading is for our students to become successful, fluent readers. These monthly calendars are meant to be sent home each month for students to keep track of their nightly reading. I have included
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Classroom Forms
$5.50
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
***UPDATED July 2022***These are the 2022-2023 Handprint Calendars with poems and they are EDITABLE!!! I included editable PowerPoint files, so you can simply add a text box with your own holidays and dates! :) I used the free font KG She
Subjects:
Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Other (Arts)
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
For Parents, Activities
$10.00
593
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
We all know how important daily reading is for our students to become successful, fluent readers. These monthly reading logs are meant to be sent home each month for students to keep track of their nightly reading. I have included three options.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Homework, Printables, Classroom Forms
$4.50
122
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
This unit has been designed to teach the American Revolution in a fun and engaging way. I have included plenty of hands-on activities mixed with a variety of literature. Your students are sure to love learning about the Road to
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Government, U.S. History
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Unit Plans, Lesson, Printables
$7.00
105
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
This has always been a favorite Easter activity of mine! Students use their listening and/or reading skills to follow directions in order to compete an Easter Spring Picture. Included in this packet is: -an Easter picture -24 directions to place
Subjects:
Other (ELA), Easter, Reading
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Task Cards, Activities
$3.00
112
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
This packet is a fun and festive way for young learners to practice comparing length, height, weight, capacity, and sorting in hands-on, engaging ways! Included in this packet are the following topics and skills: -Tall Trees: Height -Enormous
Subjects:
Math, Measurement, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten
Types:
Activities, Task Cards, Centers
CCSS:
K.MD.A.1, K.MD.A.2, K.MD.B.3
$5.00
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
This is one of my all-time favorite fall craftivities! I love incorporating art with writing. Even more, I LOVE incorporating student pictures. This one has all three combined into one! For this activity we read through the nursery rhyme
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Poetry, Autumn
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables
$4.00
72
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
This packet is full of activities to support the second grade standard of distinguishing shades of meaning among words. Many of these activities will support teaching synonyms, as well. Included in this packet is: -Posters -Intro
Subjects:
Spring, Reading, Vocabulary
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
L.1.1f, L.1.5d, L.2.5b, L.3.5c
$5.00
128
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
I was inspired by the book, "I'm The Biggest Thing In The Ocean" by Kevin Sherry. It is such a cute book to introduce measuring. I start out my measurement unit by reading the book and discussing the concepts of bigger/smaller. I reference the
Subjects:
Math, Measurement
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Printables
CCSS:
2.MD.A.1, 2.MD.A.2, 2.MD.A.3, 2.MD.A.4, 2.MD.D.9, 3.MD.B.3
$5.00
55
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
I created these notes as a way for me to quickly and easily send home positive notes to parents on a regular basis. They are printed four to a page, which leaves you enough room to write or type a personalized note to parents and families. There are
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Holidays/Seasonal, Classroom Community
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
For Parents, Printables, Classroom Forms
$4.00
79
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
This is one of my all-time favorite winter craftivities! I love incorporating art with writing. Even more, I LOVE incorporating student pictures. This one has all three combined into one! For this activity we read a few books about Elves and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Printables
$3.00
33
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
I love to celebrate and countdown the last 26 days of school! Each day we either do a fun activity or eat a special treat to go along with a letter of the alphabet. We also practice writing the letter and writing a sentence about our activity. It's
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, End of Year
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Activities
$5.00
38
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
This multiplication book is perfect to use when introducing students to basic multiplication facts. I print each page and staple them together. Then, I go through one set of facts a day. Students practice skip counting, identifying, and solving
Subjects:
Math, Basic Operations
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
3.OA.A.1, 3.OA.A.3, 3.OA.C.7
$3.00
45
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
Keep parents and families informed with these weekly/monthly classroom newsletters! I send these home weekly, but know that many teachers prefer the monthly option. :) These newsletters are editable in PowerPoint. Text boxes are inserted, and
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Back to School
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Classroom Forms
$4.50
30
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
These editable scrapbook covers are perfect to accompany any type of student memory book! Student scrapbooks are a sweet treasure of all their best work and photos throughout the year. Each student gets a 1 1/2 inch binder and I put their work in
Subjects:
End of Year
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Printables
$3.00
7
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
This snowman craft with writing prompts will make an ADORABLE bulletin board display! Instructions, templates, and three writing prompts are included. I've also included blank wintry writing pages for open-ended writing. Enjoy! :)
Subjects:
Writing, Winter, Arts
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Printables
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
In 2nd Grade we count US coins and bills. My school district broke the standard down even further to say we need to teach how to count ALL US bills. I made this mini-unit to add to our money unit to help with identifying and counting bills. My
Subjects:
Math
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Posters, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
2.MD.C.8
$4.00
22
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
We read this story as part of our 2nd Grade Reading Curriculum (Harcourt Trophies). It’s always been one of our favorites! As a culminating activity, we read a few nonfiction chameleon/lizard books and use the website Pebble Go to learn more facts
Subjects:
Literature, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities
$2.00
32
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
This unit aligns with the 2nd Grade Social Studies standard involving Ancient Civilizations. Throughout this unit, students learn about Ancient China. It is packed with activities and resources to help students learn about China is a fun way.
Subjects:
Ancient History, Writing, Asian Studies
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Unit Plans, Thematic Unit Plans, Activities
$6.00
73
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I taught first grade for seven years, second grade for three years, third grade for one year, and am now teaching Kindergarten. I couldn't be happier!! :)

MY TEACHING STYLE

I strive to create a positive atmosphere where children have FUN while LEARNING! I love creating new activities, and incorporating technology whenever I can. :)

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Outstanding Teacher Award from Student Services Diamondbacks Most Valuable Teacher

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I earned a Bachelor's in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University-Idaho and a Master's in Literacy Education from Idaho State University. I also have a reading endorsement from Idaho.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have wanted to be a teacher since I was about 4 years old, and I couldn’t be happier to teach Kindergarten! I love ZUMBA, reading, swimming, ice-skating, singing, and all things Kindergarten! Come visit my classroom blog! www.the-sharpenedpencil.com

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