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Current events are an essential component of any social studies curriculum. This assignment is designed to invite students to delve into the current events of the world around them. Students are required to compose a summary of their article,
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Differentiating between observations and inferences is an important skill for any young scientist. This activity uses the book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick to prompt students to make inferences about these mysterious pictures based on what they
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Historical fiction is a powerful genre for seamlessly integrating language arts and social studies. This project challenges students to take what they have learned from their study of historical fiction to create their own historical fiction
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Literature circles are a terrific strategy for engaging readers in meaningful discussion of the texts they read. Most literature circle jobs are geared towards discussion of pieces of fiction. This file contains six literature circle jobs
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Looking for a fun way to get your kids measuring with the metric system? How about a metric system scavenger hunt? Students will go in search of items that answer a series of riddles and will use their metric measuring and conversion skills to
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What better way to liven up your rocks and minerals unit than with a Pet Rock Project with a twist? In this project, students choose a pet rock to enter into your classroom competition. "Contestants" are judged in three categories: Grooming (which
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Looking for a fun alternative to practicing addition and subtraction? This activity challenges students to design the menu for their own restaurant, to order items from a friend's restaurant, and to then find the difference between the cost of their
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This checklist can be used in conjunction with the Hamburger Model for Paragraphs Rubric. This list of 11 items provides students with specific characteristics to look for in their paragraphs before submitting them. There is room on this form for
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3rd, 4th, 5th
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Looking for a fun supplement to your astronomy unit? This file contains seven ideas for activities your students can do to share what it is like to live a day in the life of an astronaut. Students with strengths in speaking, drawing, writing,
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Looking for a fun way to incorporate everything your students are learning in your physics unit? Look no further - the Physics Olympics is here! This file includes four activities including a balloon car racer, a Rube Goldberg picture, an egg
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What better way to practice measurement and scale than to create your own town? In this activity, students will design a town based on landmarks from books they've read. Students will decide how far apart these places are from each other and will
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This project challenges students to incorporate what they've learned in your geography unit to create a city straight from their imagination. They are required to use geography vocabulary such as "hemisphere," "latitude," and "longitude" to
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This project is terrific to accompany a science unit on weather. Students are asked to research a meteorological tool, make a personal connection to weather by keeping a journal, and to choose from a number of creative activities with a weather
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Looking for an alternative to the traditional solar system reports? With this activity, students will be challenged to take what they learn about one of the planets in our solar system to personify it and recreate it as a character! This activity
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Literature circles are a dynamic strategy for engaging readers of all ages. This file contains an explanation of 7 literature circle roles and worksheets that accompany each role to help students prepare for the discussion. Students will look
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Doing a unit on biographies and looking for a way to continue using literature circles with your reading groups? This file contains five literature circle jobs that are specially designed for the biography genre. Students focus on important events
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This is the perfect project to accompany your unit on Ancient Egypt! Students apply what they've learned to create a room for an Egyptian museum and a brochure to go along with it. The product includes a rubric, helpful websites, and questions to
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Finished introducing your students to the various kinds of graphs they can use to represent data? Consider using this mini-project as a culminating activity to their studies. Students are given the opportunity to create several different graphs to
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3rd, 4th
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Looking for a way to liven up your weekly current events assignment? Consider having your students present as though they were news broadcasters! This file includes directions, a graphic organizer, and questions to get them thinking about what
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Current events are an important part of social studies instruction at any age, and the President's State of the Union speech is a great resource for opening up a dialogue with your students about issues and solutions in our country. This file
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am currently in my eleventh year of teaching in a large public school system. I taught 3rd grade for three years, 4th grade for four years, and 5th grade for two years, all in gifted education programs, and I am currently in my second year of teaching 4th grade in a general education program. I have also been an online instructor for adults taking coursework to earn their gifted and talented certification and students taking enrichment courses in language arts.

MY TEACHING STYLE

At the core of my philosophy of teaching is Vygotsky's zone of proximal development. I aim to instruct my students right at the point where they are stretched and challenged and can be successful with the proper supports. Having taught in gifted and talented center classrooms for the past nine years, I feel I have a broad repertoire of instructional ideas and strategies that infuse interdisciplinary and real world connections, develop habits of mind, and challenge my students to think critically and creatively to apply content in meaningful ways. Although my primary experience is working with students who require advanced and enriched instruction, I think my materials are fun and engaging for a variety of students and classrooms and can be easily modified to meet the needs of many levels of students. They can be used for whole class instruction or as opportunities to differentiate instruction for smaller groups of students.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I was named "Education Student of the Year" at Marymount and "Gifted Education Graduate Master's Student of the Year" at William and Mary. I have spoken at numerous conferences at the county, university, and national level on various topics including I-Search projects, differentiating math instruction, and curriculum planning. I achieved my National Board Certification in 2013.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I graduated from Marymount University with a degree in English and my certification in elementary education. I went on to complete my M.A.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

My husband and I are both teachers, and I am the proud mom to a beautiful five year old boy and three year old girl.

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