# Jennifer Farnham

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The Multiple Step Problem Solving Pack is a collection of 10 real-life (but totally school-related) problems. Each problem includes multiple steps and operations, emphasizes critical thinking skills, and solving for unknowns. They are well-suited
Subjects:
Math, Order of Operations, Word Problems
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Math Centers, Task Cards
CCSS:
4.NBT.B.5, 4.NBT.B.6, 4.OA.A.2, 4.OA.A.3
\$3.00
72 ratings
4.0
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Included in this download are two sets of task cards (52 cards in total) to practice place value relationships, computation with missing numerals, problem solving, addition and subtraction within 1000, higher-order thinking skills, and explaining
Subjects:
Math, Basic Operations, Place Value
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Math Centers, Task Cards
CCSS:
2.NBT.B.7, 2.NBT.B.9, 3.NBT.A.2, 4.NBT.B.4
\$4.00
27 ratings
4.0
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My goal was to create something that fulfills CCSS 3.NBT.3 (multiplying whole numbers by 10, though Iâ€™ve added 100s and 1000s!) For those student who are ready for a push beyond the computation, Iâ€™ve included a fantastic story problem writing
Subjects:
Math, Basic Operations, Word Problems
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Math Centers, Task Cards
\$3.00
21 ratings
3.9
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This literacy center comes with six different 5-step sequences that utilize the 'How To ____' format. I decided to give them a common theme and went with 'Helpful at Home.' Each sequence reflects one way in which kids an be helpful at home. The How
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
\$4.00
40 ratings
4.0
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The goal of this literacy center is for young students to become comfortable identifying, distinguishing, and writing statements, questions, and exclamations. Included in this download are an 'I Can' poster for the Center itself, posters to define
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
\$4.00
22 ratings
4.0
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Included in this download are outlines and directions for 6 different poetry forms. Youâ€™ll notice that none of them require rhyming (another reason I love poetry with kids!) The forms are: - sensory - acrostic - haiku - cinquain - concrete -
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Printables
\$4.00
13 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (3.18 MB)
Hello! Thanks for checking in! The Robot Game is an incredibly useful tool for developing young learnersâ€™ phonemic awareness. Before young children can learn to read, they must first become aware of letter sounds, how sounds are combined in order
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Flash Cards, Games
\$4.00
12 ratings
4.0
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Included in this download are outlines and directions for 7 different poetry forms. Some of them are â€˜formalâ€™ poem structures, others are ideas that Iâ€™ve put together over the years. Youâ€™ll notice that none of them require rhyming (another reason I
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Poetry, Spring
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Printables
\$4.00
16 ratings
4.0
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This product is included as part of my Building Community at the Beginning of the Year pack. I am SO EXCITED about this activity...I canâ€™t wait to use it with my own kiddos in a few short weeks! The beginning of the year is all about getting back
Subjects:
Math, Back to School
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Math Centers, Cooperative Learning
\$4.50
19 ratings
4.0
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Vowel sounds can be a complicated concept for kids to get their heads around, particularly when it comes to discerning vowel sounds from one another. This resource is intended to help your kiddos identify and sort the short a,e, and o sounds using
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
\$4.00
16 ratings
4.0
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The Winter Word Order and Sentence Center is a hands-on way for your students to explore word order and sentence construction. Students will build and place into correct word order sentences all about WINTER! Included in this download: - 20
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Holidays/Seasonal, Winter
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Literacy Center Ideas
\$3.00
11 ratings
4.0
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These task cards give kids the chance to practice place value knowledge and relationships, comparing numbers, addition and subtraction within 100 and 1,000, higher-order thinking, and representing their mathematical reasoning. Included in this
Subjects:
Math, Numbers, Place Value
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Math Centers, Task Cards
CCSS:
2.NBT.A.4, 2.NBT.B.5, 2.NBT.B.7, 3.NBT.A.2
\$3.00
6 ratings
4.0
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The activities in this download were designed to help further kidsâ€™ awareness of contractions. Specifically, how they are constructed, spelled, and finally used in sentence construction and writing. Contractions used in these
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
\$4.00
7 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.21 MB)
These task cards give kids the chance to practice place value knowledge and relationships, comparing numbers, addition and subtraction with the standard algorithm within 1,000,000, higher-order thinking, and explaining their mathematical thinking.
Subjects:
Math, Numbers, Place Value
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Math Centers, Task Cards
CCSS:
4.NBT.A.2, 4.NBT.B.4
\$3.00
2 ratings
4.0
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Included in this download are 20 task cards and a recording sheet, as well as an answer key. All you need to get started is to print the cards. If you run them on cardstock, just laminate and go! If you run them on regular printer paper (which is
Subjects:
Math, Basic Operations, Numbers
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Math Centers, Task Cards
CCSS:
K.CC.A.3, K.CC.B.4, K.CC.B.5
\$3.00
8 ratings
3.9
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This resource helps support CCSS 1.OA.3, 1.OA.6, and 2.OA.2. Having said that, I wouldnâ€™t limit its use to 1st and 2nd grade. My 3rd graders (and even some 4th graders!) continue to need practice with this skill. Find the Fact Family includes two
Subjects:
Math, Basic Operations, Mental Math
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Games, Math Centers
CCSS:
1.OA.B.3, 1.OA.C.6, 2.OA.B.2
\$3.00
6 ratings
3.9
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Included in this download are five excellent community building activities: - Getting to Know You: Students interview one another using a series of unique questions. Then, a twist follows: they must take their interview results, and create a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Math, Back to School
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Cooperative Learning
\$7.00
4 ratings
4.0
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UPDATED 9/23! - Includes upper and lowercase letters! Learning how to discern and identify beginning consonant sounds is a key step toward developing a child's phonological readiness. Task cards and matching cards are an incredibly versatile and
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
\$4.00
6 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (32.90 MB)
Included in this download are outlines and directions for 9 different poetry forms. The first five are more formal poem structures that you have heard of, the rest are ideas that Iâ€™ve put together around the theme of Back To School. Youâ€™ll notice
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Back to School, Poetry
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Fun Stuff
\$6.00
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The Classroom Names Pennant is a great way to display your students' names! Included are 9 pennant pieces, each in a different eye-catching color. Simply run however many pieces you need! The pennant flags have an inner white triangular box in which
Subjects:
Other (Specialty), Classroom Management, Back to School
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Printables
\$3.00
1 rating
4.0
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught in an independent school setting for the last 15 years. My first 7 years, I was part of a rich and lively Kindergarten setting. Then I taught in a combined 1st and 2nd grade classroom for another 7 years. I am in my second year teaching a combined 3rd and 4th grade classroom. I am incredibly fortunate - I team teach with another full-time teacher in our homeroom. They say that teaching is an incredibly personal profession. That is certainly the case for me. Through all of my teaching experiences, I have learned so much about myself. Not only as a professional, but as an individual, too. I am lucky to have a job about which I still feel so passionate at this point in my career.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe firmly in the philosophy that true learning only happens when children feel a true emotional attachment. For me, that attachment happens through humor, sharing, making intentional efforts to know my students, fun and engaging activities, and genuinely reaching out to parents as partners in their child's growth and development. I work hard to strike a balance between structure and spontaneity, encouraging independence in my students yet not forgetting the role that teacher-led activities plays, honoring tradition while inviting innovation, and (of course) incorporating modern technology as much as we do the good old 'getting your hands in it'.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I know this isn't an honor or award, but it is definitely an example of those moments when I'm over-the-moon thrilled that I am a teacher. I'm talking about those moments when, after your class has worked on a long-term collaborative project, you now have to sit back and just let them do their thing. For example, putting on a play. They've done all kinds of incredible work and compromising and collaborating and you've put your heart and soul into getting them ready. But there comes a point where the curtain lifts, and it's all about them. I love those moments. It's this incredible combination of hope and fear and pride and worry and elation...and not only is it running through your bones, you can see it on their faces. And of course, there is success - and the light in your kids' eyes the moment they realize, "We did it!" is so incredible! To me, that's the best evidence to me that I've done my job: my kids coming together to show the world what they've accomplished!

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

After 13 years in a wonderful public K-12 setting, I attended St. Olaf College. I earned a B.A. in Speech-Theater with an emphasis in Communication. I came to the realization that I wanted to teach children not long after I graduated from college. I decided to pursue my K-6 teaching license and Master's Degree at the University of St. Thomas. I completed my M.A. in 1999.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I live in beautiful St. Paul, Minnesota with my husband and son.

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