Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil

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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
I created this poster to help my 2nd grade students remember their place value! It's a simple, cute poster that is a great addition to any math wall. :)
Subjects:
Math, Place Value
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas, Posters
FREE
16 ratings
3.9
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
One of our standards in Second Grade is recognizing shades of meaning among verbs. I came up with this fun way to teach this, and get a cute craft in as a bonus! Enjoy! :) Check out my entire Shades of Meaning packet
Subjects:
Grammar
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Activities, Bulletin Board Ideas
FREE
27 ratings
4.0
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
These data folders are wonderful for students to track their own progress in various subjects! My class loves seeing their progress and the areas they need to work on. It really helps them take ownership of their grades. Included are labels for
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Math, For All Subject Areas
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Classroom Forms
FREE
48 ratings
4.0
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
**UPDATED for 2018**I love making these cute and simple handprint snowman Christmas Ornaments! They make a lovely gift for parents/families, too. :)
Subjects:
Arts, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, For Parents
FREE
12 ratings
4.0
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
My kiddos worked so hard on their tests, so I wanted to reward them! I made these little notes to attach to some bubbles. I hope your class loves them! :)
Subjects:
Specialty
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Fun Stuff, Assessment
FREE
1 rating
4.0
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
I made these little toppers for Meet the Teacher day at my school. I bought 3x4 inch bags in the craft section at Walmart. I filled the bags with Swedish fish, folded the note over, and stapled it on. I also made a version to staple on to snack
Subjects:
Back to School, End of Year
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Fun Stuff
FREE
11 ratings
4.0
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
Send your students home with some FUN homework to prepare them for testing over Spring Break! This bingo includes many 2nd grade common core standards. I also included a blank bingo for you to customize to your class/grade. Have fun! :)
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Math, Spring
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, For Parents
FREE
8 ratings
4.0
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
Do you need a fun and motivational activity to get your kiddos {and you} to the end of the school year? I made this banner to help us count down the days to Summer Break!  On the back of each pennant is an activity for us to do that starts with each
Subjects:
End of Year
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff
FREE
6 ratings
4.0
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
The first day of school is always so hectic for everyone. At schools where we don't have a Meet the Teacher/Bring Your Supplies Day, I love using these play dough work mats. Instead of expecting children to settle down with a worksheet, I place a
Subjects:
Arts, Back to School
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Other, Activities, Fun Stuff
FREE
6 ratings
4.0
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
This is a quick and easy way to practice identifying common and proper nouns. Students work together to place the gumballs on the correct machine, and then complete the recording sheet. Have fun! :)
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Halloween
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
L.1.1b
FREE
10 ratings
4.0
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
This has always been a favorite activity of mine! Students use their listening and/or reading skills to follow directions in order to compete a New Year's Picture. Included in this packet is: -a New Year's picture -24 directions to place under
Subjects:
Reading, The New Year
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Task Cards
FREE
3 ratings
4.0
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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:
Arts, Writing, Winter
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
FREE
13 ratings
4.0
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
I absolutely LOVE this New Years craftivity!! It's simple enough for little learners to complete and makes an adorable bulletin board display! Enjoy! :)
Subjects:
Arts, Writing, The New Year
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
FREE
3 ratings
4.0
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
My class is obsessed with yo-yos this year, so I picked up a few packs from the Target Party Section for their Valentine’s gift! I’ve included three different options for a note in color and black/white. Enjoy! :)
Subjects:
Valentine's Day
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables
FREE
1 rating
4.0
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
I bought this book/stuffed animal set for $5 at Kohls. I thought it was such a sweet story, I HAD to make something to go with it! Included are three writing templates and a bunny headband. THE HAPPY LITTLE Students write their name on the
Subjects:
Writing, Easter, Spring
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
FREE
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By Janae Van Orman - The Sharpened Pencil
These treat tags are a great way to welcome new students into your classroom. I made these specifically for Kindergarten Registration, to give to our incoming Kinders. They were so excited! Simply print the pages, cut, and tape or glue a
Subjects:
Back to School, End of Year
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables
FREE
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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.blogspot.com

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