John Blake

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By John Blake
When studying folk and fairy tales with my students, I like to have them create their own version of a popular story. We read books like "The Stinky Cheeseman" and "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs" to help them get their creative juices flowing.
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Reading, Literature
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$1.50
10 ratings
3.9
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By John Blake
One of the goals I have for my students is for them to work independently, making good use of their time. Isn't this true for all of us? I developed this "Things to Do" list to help my students track their progress on weekly assignments during our
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Other, Activities, Classroom Forms
$2.50
16 ratings
3.9
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By John Blake
Many of you are familiar with some of my other lesson plan templates, including the Versatile Elementary Grades Lesson Plans, which consolidates as much information as possible into the smallest amount of space. For 18 years this has been the type
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Classroom Forms, For Principals & Administrators
$3.00
16 ratings
3.9
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By John Blake
If you're like me, you don't have time to flip through multi-page lesson plans while you are teaching. I developed this one-page lesson plan template that fits on one legal-size sheet. It allows me to write clear and concise plans that I can have
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Professional Documents, Classroom Forms
$1.50
9 ratings
4.0
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By John Blake
This is a fun activity I've done with my students for many years. One of my fellow teachers came up with the list of directions that leads students through the process of drawing Santa's face. It's a great way to teach your students about the
Subjects:
Arts, Other (ELA)
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Fun Stuff
$1.50
7 ratings
4.0
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By John Blake
We start every day the same way with the same routine from day one to the last day; children need this kind of consistency to feel secure and comfortable. At the beginning of the year I walk my students through the routine, but after a while they
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Printables, Classroom Forms, Bulletin Board Ideas
$1.50
12 ratings
4.0
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By John Blake
Need a simple way to keep your students' families up to date with what's going on in your classroom? Use this easy-to-edit Word document to create a weekly newsletter that you can not only send home with your students each week, but you can also
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Classroom Forms
$2.00
8 ratings
3.9
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By John Blake
Our faculty has studied Debbie Miller's wonderful book, "Reading with Meaning," for a while now. It's a wonderful way to think about the reading process and it develops a consistent vocabulary with which we can discuss our reading at all grade
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$1.50
10 ratings
3.9
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By John Blake
Tired of the same old book reports, but you still want your students to analyze what they read? Try my new Book Blog response sheet. Designed to capture students' interest by incorporating tech terminology, your students will enjoy completing their
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Bulletin Board Ideas, Literacy Center Ideas
$1.50
11 ratings
3.9
Digital Download DOC (0.47 MB)
By John Blake
Are you looking for a great activity that combines math skills, social studies concepts, and a fun learning experience? Well, look no further! My Market Day Starter Pack for Classroom Communities provides everything you need to begin this awesome
Subjects:
Math, Applied Math, Economics
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Simulations
$3.50
9 ratings
4.0
Digital Download ZIP (0.08 MB)
By John Blake
***Please leave feedback to let me know what you think of this product.*** I use many different rewards in my classroom to encourage student participation and good behavior. One of the rewards that is most popular with my students is the "Sit with a
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Character Education
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Classroom Forms
$1.50
5 ratings
4.0
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By John Blake
Keeping up with my students' reading fluency is an easy task when I use this simple, informal assessment tool. Rather than having a standard text that all students read, I can choose any book at an appropriate level, whether it's a cold read or
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Assessment, Classroom Forms
$1.50
8 ratings
3.9
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By John Blake
Your students will love these fun and easy-to-use activities during your Valentine's Day festivities or centers. Included in this packet are 5 Valentine's Day activities: a word search, a dot-to-dot puzzle, a word hunt, a scrambled word puzzle, and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, For All Subject Areas, Writing
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Literacy Center Ideas
$3.00
6 ratings
4.0
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By John Blake
This form is completed by my students after hearing one of our Super Readers share his/her book with a group. Students are assigned a specific day each week as their "Super Reader" day. They are to prepare a book of their choosing to share with a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Classroom Forms
$1.50
7 ratings
3.9
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By John Blake
Reading and analyzing non-fiction news articles is an important skill for learners of all ages. I developed this simple form to help students organize their thoughts and synthesize the information they gather from reading news articles. These work
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies - History
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Research, Activities, Printables
$1.50
3 ratings
4.0
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By John Blake
This set includes... 7 checkerboards with Dolch Sight words for PP through 3rd grade Promethean ActivInspire flipchart with all 7 checkerboards in an interactive game format
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Vocabulary
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Games, Literacy Center Ideas, Activboard Activities
$5.00
7 ratings
4.0
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By John Blake
Tired of your students forgetting to capitalize words in a sentence? Call in the CSI team...well, almost. CSI: Capital Sentence Investigation is a fun literacy center activity your students can complete to sharpen their capitalization skills. There
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Spelling
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$2.50
6 ratings
3.9
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By John Blake
To help keep track of my students who are in need of progress monitoring with the DIBELS assessment, I created this easy-to-use spreadsheet. I linked the data to a graph that gives the user a visual representation of the student data. Just save one
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Assessment, Computation, Classroom Forms
$2.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By John Blake
One thing I have learned during my 18 years of teaching is that I am never satisfied with my classroom layout. Every year I change a little bit here or there, trying to find that perfect placement for every piece of furniture in my room. Since I am
Subjects:
Specialty, Other (Specialty), For All Subjects
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Other, Printables
$2.50
5 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.49 MB)
By John Blake
It's time to start planning those back-to-school activities and icebreakers. This bingo game is a great way for students to share about themselves and get to know their classmates (and teacher) a little better. This is a Word document, so you can
Subjects:
Specialty, For All Subject Areas
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$1.50
1 rating
4.0
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching for 21 years at the same school in Mandeville, Louisiana. I taught 1st grade for six years, then 2nd grade for 15 years, and now I am going back to 1st grade. I was the director of our summer camp for three years and have worked both before and after school programs. I also work as the web manager and technology point person for our school.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I run a disciplined classroom, but I also believe that students must be given responsibilities in order to learn how to be responsible. I use a mini-society in my classroom to help build a community of learners. I would much rather use hands-on center activities to teach my students, instead of JUST a textbook. I differentiate instruction for both low and high performing students.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Leonard P. Monteleone Technology Award

Tech4Learning's Innovative Educator Award

Numerous website awards

15 Donors Choose grants awarded

Who's Who Among America's Teachers

Think Ink Essay Contest Winner

PTA Honorary Life Service award

3rd place Lakeshore Learning's Great Ideas contest (My "Writing Center Caddy" is still sold in their catalog today.)

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.S., Elementary Education, Louisiana State University

M.Ed., Education with an emphasis in Educational Technology, Northwestern State University

Ed.S., Educational Leadership and Instruction with a concentration in Educational Technology, Northwestern State University

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have been married 21 years to my wonderful wife, Nancy. We have three awesome kiddos! We also have one very spoiled Schnoodle! :)

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