karen aitken

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By karen aitken
Using a real world connection to teach a work ethic lesson that helps students understand the purpose for acquiring the kind of work habits that lead to success. Students have fun reading and performing this short play, and teachers can refer back
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Drama
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Scripts, Cooperative Learning
$4.00
3 ratings
4.0
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By karen aitken
This Chris Van Allsburg Author Study Packet includes author biography, lesson plans, student story maps, and activities. A great way to introduce your students to the intriguing world of this incredible author and spark imagination. Students will
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Printables, Literature Circles
$3.00
6 ratings
3.6
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By karen aitken
Students will learn to write a couplet and practice rhyming words. They will think of a winter theme for their subject and write a poem that will express what they are doing and create an illustration to go with their poem.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Poetry
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Literacy Center Ideas
$2.00
2 ratings
3.5
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By karen aitken
Teach students about the judicial branch through a fairy tale on trial activity. They will learn how to prepare a case for court, question witnesses, and use critical thinking skills to prepare for trial. This is a memorable activity that will
Subjects:
Drama, Character Education, Criminal Justice - Law
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Projects, Scripts, Cooperative Learning
$10.00
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By karen aitken
Cure rush jobs in your classroom by performing this fun and memorable example of what happens when someone does a rush job in the real world. Students will make connections to the script and understand the purpose for learning to do their best
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Drama
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Scripts, Cooperative Learning
$4.00
3 ratings
3.7
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By karen aitken
This interactive reading mini-lesson packet is a great way to cover all the elements required for reading success. Using the academic language that students need to learn and retain is easy with this teacher created resource. A great resource for
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
3rd
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Guided Reading Books, Cooperative Learning
$10.00
5 ratings
4.0
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By karen aitken
Having fun with teaching personification. Students will learn what personification and metaphors are. They will create a short story to share with an animal or inanimate object that has human-like qualities. This activity will help them remember
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Literature
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Minilessons, Printables
$4.00
4 ratings
4.0
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By karen aitken
This is a great way to motivate your students to want to be Horton-like by attaining the wonderful traits that they will see in the adorable elephant created from the mind of Dr. Seuss. This also gives the teacher an opportunity to be a role model
Subjects:
Reading, Classroom Management, Character Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Assessment
$5.00
3 ratings
4.0
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By karen aitken
Introduce your students to the spine tingling experience of writing a spooky narrative. First, read the short story, The Creepy Night (included) and discuss all the words and descriptions that help create the creepiness of the story. Then, have
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Short Stories, Writing
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Word Walls, Cooperative Learning
$4.00
4 ratings
4.0
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By karen aitken
An interactive reading journal for students to use with the 2nd Grade Guided Reading Mini Lessons. Students will be able to use this as a reading resource to help them understand text and academic language terms. May be used in small group or whole
Subjects:
Reading, Vocabulary, Reading Strategies
Grades:
2nd
Types:
Workbooks, Minilessons, Guided Reading Books
$5.00
6 ratings
4.0
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By karen aitken
Students will dig deeper into text to gain a greater comprehension of this wonderful literacy piece that will also inspire a love of reading. These questions can be used independently, in a literature circle group, or as part of a class book study.
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Novel Study, Literacy Center Ideas, Literature Circles
$3.00
1 rating
4.0
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By karen aitken
This interactive reading mini-lesson packet is a great way to cover all the elements required for reading success. Using the academic language that students need to learn and retain is easy with this teacher created resource. A great resource for
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
2nd
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Homeschool Curricula, Guided Reading Books
$10.00
1 rating
4.0
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By karen aitken
Are you ever frustrated by disorder and chaos in your classroom? Students not paying attention and being disrespectful? You're not alone! The good news is there is a solution. Creating the Self Managed Classroom provides simple but effective
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Professional Development, Character Education
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Teacher Manuals, EBooks
$29.95
4 ratings
4.0
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By karen aitken
Your students will enjoy using their imaginations and creative writing skills to produce an adventure story for a snowman character that they "bring to life" with their words. Included in this packet is a graphic organizer, word bank, lesson plan,
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$4.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By karen aitken
Engage your students with a love of reading through this author study. They will love her books and enjoy making connections to the story and learning about this fabulous author. This packet includes a lesson plan, biography of the author, and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
$5.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By karen aitken
This packet includes a lesson plan, anchor chart sheets, student graphic organizers for fairy tale characteristics, student fairy tale planning page, prewrite/rough draft pages, final draft title page and pages, and an illustration page. Students
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Assessment
$3.00
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By karen aitken
Students will learn how to use descriptive writing in creating a scarecrow's adventure story. They will enjoy using their imaginations and descriptive vocabulary to create an entertaining story about a character that they bring to life in words.
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Graphic Organizers
$4.00
4 ratings
4.0
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By karen aitken
Impress upon your students the importance of taking ownership of their work by sharing this example of a real world connection to what happens when someone cheats by stealing knowledge. Dr. LaZee doesn't have the skills needed to perform surgery
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Drama
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Scripts, Cooperative Learning
$4.00
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By karen aitken
Plan a Jan Brett author study and share her wonderful stories and illustrations with your students. Have them practice writing summaries from her stories and creating their own illustrations with captions. This is a great way to enhance a love of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$3.00
not yet rated
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By karen aitken
Students will enjoy learning expository writing with a fictional character. The purpose will be to explain how to become a leprechaun after learning about Irish folklore.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Cultural Activities
$4.00
4 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (1.36 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught 7, 9, and 10th grade at private school, and 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in the public schools. My Building Custom Kids workshops have been presented at the University of Texas in San Antionio, Basic School Conference, Texas PTA Conference in Austin, and at many campuses for elementary school.

MY TEACHING STYLE

To engage the student in all aspects of learning by using a variety of techniques that incorporate all the learning styles.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Teacher of the Year 2005. Published author of Building Custom Kids and article on "You Can Teach Self-Control" on New Horizons for Learning.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Received a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. K-6th Texas Teacher certification.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have traveled and lived in many different countries including Japan, Pakistan, England, Scotland, and Italy. I love sharing my stories with my students of the adventures and experiences that I have been blessed to have.

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